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USCIS Processing Times — What to Expect

Immigration cases often move at a snail’s pace and require much patience. Processing times often change and often do so without notice. Nevertheless, posted processing times by USCIS have, in the past, served to reasonably estimate when a case should be decided and help all concerned manage their expectations. Now not so. USCIS-posted processing times uniformly appear to be out of synch with reality. Not only are posted processing times not updated regularly, but when inquiries are made with the National Customer Service Center, USCIS representatives frequently advise that the posted processing times are not the real processing times. In response to this lack of transparency as well as a growing backlog in processing, the immigration bar has requested a meeting with USCIS Director León Rodrìguez to discuss the processing times problem. Stay tuned.