National Benefits Center

The following is the USCIS National Benefits Center Processing Time Report as of November 2022.

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
4 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole
12 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other change of status applications
1 Week
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension of stay applications
2 Months
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative U.S. citizen filing to adopt an orphan
2.5 Months
I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition U.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born child
2.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]
8.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization
8 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Application for Suspension of Deportation/Sec.244/NACARA/Cancel of Removal [(c)(10)]
9.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Alien with Final Order of Deportation Under an OSUP [(c)(18)]
8 Months
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits Voluntary departure under the family unity program
9 Months
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition
5 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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