National Benefits Center

The following is the USCIS National Benefits 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 6 Months to 16.5 Months
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole
1.5 Months to 5 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative U.S. citizen filing to adopt an orphan
2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition U.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born child 2.5 Months to 4.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization
4.5 Months to 6.5 Months
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits Voluntary departure under the family unity program
5 Months to 13 Months
I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition To request further action on an approved application or petition
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 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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