National Benefits Center

The following is the USCIS National Benefits Center Processing Time Report as of August 31, 2018.

FormPurposeSub-TypeNow Processing Cases with Estimated time range of:
I-102Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure RecordInitial issuance or replacement of a Form I-943.5 Months to 5.5 Months
I-131Application for Travel DocumentAll other applicants for advance parole4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-539Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant StatusAll other extension applications1 Week to 4.5 Months
I-600Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate RelativeU.S. citizen filing to adopt an orphan1 Week to 4.5 Months
I-600AApplication for Advance Processing of Orphan PetitionU.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born child1 Week to 4.5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationBased on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-765Application for Employment AuthorizationAll other applications for employment authorization5 Months to 7 Months
I-817Application for Family Unity BenefitsVoluntary departure under the family unity program6 Months to 8 Months
I-824Application for Action on an Approved Application or PetitionTo request further action on an approved application or petition7 Months to 9 Months

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These Processing Times issued by USCIS gives you an estimate of how long it will take the National Benefits Center to process a class of petitions or applications. USCIS generally processes cases as they are received (“first in, first out”).

How to use the Processing Time Report:

  1. Check your receipt notice (I-797C, Notice of Action) and make sure that the receipt number begins with “MSC”.
  2. Look for the Form number or Purpose for your petition or application.
  3. Look for the specific Sub-type for your petition or application, if applicable.
  4. Check the column titled “Now Processing Cases with Receipt Notice Date of”. If you see a date, the Service Center is currently processing cases filed on or before that date. If you see “X” months, it means that the Service Center is processing cases within their internally-developed goal time frames.

If you find that your case is outside “normal” processing times, you can contact USCIS Customer Service.

NOTE: If you received a notice from USCIS informing you that the case has been transferred from the National Benefits Center to another Service Center or Local Field Office, check the processing times for the destination Service Center or Local Field Offices.


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