California Service Center

The following is the USCIS California Service Center Processing Time Report as of October 31, 2020.

Form Purpose Sub-Type Now Processing Cases with Estimated time range of:
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94
8 Months to 16 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Visa to be issued abroad
4 Months to 6 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Change of status in the U.S.
4 Months to 6 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-1B – Specialty occupation – Extension of stay in the U.S.
4 Months to 6 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2A – Temporary workers
2 Weeks to 2.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-2B – Other temporary workers
5 Weeks to 3 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker H-3 – Temporary trainees
2 Months to 4 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E – Treaty traders and investors
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L – Intracompany transfers
1.5 Months to 3.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Blanket L
5 Weeks to 4 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker O – Extraordinary ability
2 Weeks to 2.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker P – Athletes, artists, and entertainers
2 Weeks to 2.5 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker Q – Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process
2 Months to 4 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker R – Religious occupation
5 Months to 7 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent child
5 Months to 7 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child
5 Months to 7 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21
44 Months to 57 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21
98.5 Months to 127.5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister
110.5 Months to 143.5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21
13 Months to 17 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21
14.5 Months to 19 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21
59 Months to 77 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant All other special immigrants 11.5 Months to 15 Months
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status Employment-based adjustment applications
10 Months to 23.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change of status to H dependents
16 Months to 20.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change of status to L dependents
8 Months to 10 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change status to the F or M academic or vocational student categories
9.5 Months to 12.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Change Status to the J exchange visitor category
13 Months to 16.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications
14 Months to 18.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for H dependents
15.5 Months to 20 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for F or M academic or vocational students
8 Months to 10.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of Stay for J exchange visitors
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Extension of stay for L dependents
10 Months to 13 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications
12.5 Months to 16 Months
I-751 Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
18 Months to 29 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]
5.5 Months to 7.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization
12 Months to 15.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Haiti extension
3 Months to 5 Months
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Haiti Initial or Late Filing
3 Months to 5 Months
I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status Haiti Extension
3 Months to 5 Months
I-821D Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Request for Deferred Action
10.5 Months to 14 Months

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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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