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USCIS California Service Center Processing Times

California Service Center

The following is the USCIS California Service Center Processing Time Report as of June 30, 2015.


Form Purpose Sub-Type

Now Processing Cases with Receipt Notice Date of:

I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 10-year renewal
I-90A Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement for Special Agricultural Workers (SAW)
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94 2.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad April 22, 2015
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S. April 22, 2015
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S. 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1C - Nurses
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A- Temporary workers 1 Month
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B- Other temporary workers 1 Month
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3- Temporary trainees 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E- Treaty traders and investors 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L- Intracompany transfers 1 Month
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O- Extraordinary ability 2 Weeks
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P- Athletes, artists, and entertainers 2 Weeks
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Q- Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker R - Religious occupation 5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker TN-North American free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional 2 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 - Already married - spouse and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 April 24, 2012
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister June 22, 2011
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 5 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole 3 Months
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Extraordinary ability
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Outstanding professor or researcher
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Multinational executive or manager
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Schedule A Nurses
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Advanced degree or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Skilled worker or professional
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker Unskilled worker
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal Read mission after deportation or removal
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant Religious workers 5 Months
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant All other special immigrants 5 Months
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status Employment-based adjustment applications 4 Months
I-526 Immigrant Petition By Alien Entrepreneur For use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change of status to H or L dependents 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change Status to the J exchange visitor category 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for H and L dependents 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students. 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors. 2.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications 2.5 Months
I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility 4 Months
I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement Application for a waiver of the 2-year foreign residence requirement based on exceptional hardship or persecution 4 Months
I-730 Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition Petition for accompanying family members of a refugee or an asylee
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents 6 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on an approved asylum application [(a)(5)]
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a request by a qualified F-1 academic student. (c)(3)] 3 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending asylum application [(c)(8)] 3 Weeks
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)] 3 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on TPS for Honduras/Nicaragua [(c)(19), (a)(12)] 3 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on an approved, concurrently filed, I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (c)(33). 90 Days
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization February 16, 2015
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits Voluntary departure under the family unity program
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador initial or late filing
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status El Salvador extension
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua initial or late filing 3 Months
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Honduras and Nicaragua extension
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition 3 Months
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Request for Deferred Action 6 Months
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Renewal 3.5 Months
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (immigrant investors) based on PL107-273
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (immigrant investors)
N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship Application for recognization of U.S Citizenship

These Processing Times issued by USCIS gives you an estimate of how long it will take the California Service Center to process a class of petitions or applications. USCIS generally processes cases as they are received ("first in, first out"). USCIS has also developed internal goals for most types of petitions and applications. For example, the stated goal for Form I-129's (H-1B petitions) is 2 months.

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 "WAC".
  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 California Service 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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