USCIS Processing Time Information for our
California Service Center

Posted: March 22, 2013

Instructions on Using the Table

Below is a chart that shows the Form Number, Form Name and Processing Times for all of the forms that are processed at that office. (Note that not all offices process all types of applications and petitions.)

Find the particular form number (in the left column) or form name (in the center column) in which you are interested. In the right column you will find either a timeframe in months or an exact date.

If the office is processing a particular type of application in less time than our processing goal, you will see the processing times expressed in months (for example, if the office is processing naturalization applications in less than our 5 month goal, the processing time will state "Five Months"). However, if that office is taking longer than our processing goal to handle the form type in question, you will see the filing date (e.g., "April 10, 2003") of the last case we processed on the date the website chart was last updated. The charts are updated on or about the 15th day of each month.

IMPORTANT: If your receipt notice date is earlier then the processing date shown, we suggest you call our USCIS Customer Service Office at 1-800-375-5283 for assistance.

Please note that the processing times listed below for Form Number I-765 category (c)(8), based on a pending asylum application, only applies to an initial filing. The processing time for a renewal I-765 category (c)(8) is 3 Months.

The 90-day period for reviewing Form I-765 filed together with Form I-821D begins if and when USCIS decides whether to defer action in your case.

We offer a variety of services after you file. For example, for most kinds of cases you can check the status of your case online.

 

 

Field Office Processing Dates for California Service Center as of: January 31, 2013

Form

Title

Classification or Basis for Filing:

Processing Timeframe:

I-102

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival/Departure Record

Initial issuance or replacement of a Form I-94

2.5 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

Blanket L

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

E - Treaty traders and investors

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S.

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-1C - Nurses

November 16, 2012

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

H-3 - Temporary trainees

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

L - Intracompany transfers

1 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

O - Extraordinary ability

2 Weeks

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

P - Athletes, artists, and entertainers

2 Weeks

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

Q - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process

2 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

R - Religious occupation

5 Months

I-129

Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker

TN - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional

2 Months

I-129F

Petition for Alien Fiance(e)

K-1/K-2 - Not yet married - fiance and/or dependent child

July 18, 2012

I-129F

Petition for Alien Fiance(e)

K-3/K-4 - Already married - spouse and/or dependent child

July 18, 2012

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21

September 3, 2011

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21

July 5, 2012

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21

January 19, 2010

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21

October 4, 2010

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21

June 19, 2010

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister

February 11, 2010

I-360

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

All other special immigrants

5 Months

I-360

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Religious workers

5 Months

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status

Employment-based adjustment applications

April 11, 2011

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status

Under the Indochinese Adjustment Act

4 Months

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status

Under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)

4 Months

I-526

Immigrant Petition By Alien Entrepreneur

For use by an entrepreneur who wishes to immigrate to the United States

March 16, 2012

I-601

Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

4 Months

I-730

Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

Petition for accompanying family members of a refugee or an asylee

5 Months

I-824

Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

To request further action on an approved application or petition

3 Months

I-829

Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions

Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (immigrant investors)

May 16, 2012

I-829

Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions

Removal of lawful permanent resident conditions (immigrant investors) based on PL107-273

September 12, 1997

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Initial issuance or replacement

June 3, 2010

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

10-year renewal

3.5 Months

I-90A

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

Initial issuance or replacement for Special Agricultral Workers (SAW)

June 3, 2010

N-600

Application for Certification of Citizenship

Application for recognition of U.S. citizenship

5 Months

N-643

Application for Certification of Citizenship on Behalf of an Adopted Child

Application for recognition of U.S. citizenship on behalf of an adopted child

5 Months

 

 

 

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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