It’s much easier to check your immigration case status online! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) upgraded its case processing times page, making it easier to figure out whether there’s been a delay in your case and if you should follow up.
For example, a Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document) sent to the California Service Center should take USCIS two to five months to process as of today, April 16. Had you submitted Form I-131 before Nov. 17, 2017, you should contact USCIS because it’s now past the normal processing timeframe.
“The upgrade to the USCIS Check Case Processing Times website makes it very quick and easy for clients to check the current processing times on their respective cases,” says Aleen Bagdasaryan, Alcorn Immigration Law’s senior case manager. “The user interface of the website is very friendly and straightforward. This is great for our clients and all immigrants awaiting benefits from USCIS. It gives everyone a better understanding of how long their case might take.”
In addition, the page includes a link that allows you to check the status of your individual case by entering your case number and by creating or logging into their online account.
On the redesigned page, USCIS is also testing out an automated method of calculating processing times designed to be more accurate for four forms:
- Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)
- Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card)
- Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), which is used to apply for green cards
- Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence)
Eventually, USCIS aims to expand use of this automated, more accurate method to other forms as well.
In addition, you can now do the following from the page:
- Update your mailing address
- Correct a typographical error
- Ask about missing mail
- Request special accommodations for an appointment due to a disability.
How Are Processing Times Calculated?
USCIS calculates processing times based on how long it typically takes to complete a review of cases.
For the pilot program, the low end of the processing time range reflects the time it takes USCIS to complete 50% of cases. The high end of the range reflects the time it takes to complete 93% of cases. For the other forms, the low end of the processing time uses the old method for calculating processing times. The added high end of the range generally reflects 130% of the processing time.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team closely monitors changes to immigration policies and procedures. We can help you, your employees, or your loved ones find the best option to live and work to enable you to live and work in the U.S. Contact us for a consultation.