Green card processing times

Amazon fuqX66
May 18, 2018 14 Comments

Why is the green card process (in my case is from L1A) taking longer and longer? It seems like processing times are slowing down...

I have friends that got the same type green card processed in 4-6 months and mine is taking 14-16 months. Processing center is Nebraska.

This is frustrating.

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  • Bosch YYIF16
    The way the I-485 are being processed is not very transparent when it comes to determining how many people are in front of you/ your number in line. As somebody who just recently got their Green card Approved, I can give you the following hints to get a basic idea:

    1. USCIS provides a portal you can lookup the status of your case via your receipt number.

    https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

    2. For every USCIS office you can check up to which date they process cases.

    https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/

    3. Every quarter the I-485 inventory is published which gives you an insight on how much workload the offices deal with and where you might be in the queue of processing.

    https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/pending-employment-based-i-485-inventory

    The above mentioned data sources are the closest you can get as to understanding where you might be in line. However, there is no way to tell where exactly one is. You can basically derive an estimation based on the data points you get from these sources.

    In addition to that you should also monitor the visa bulletin with the cut-off dates, as the amount of green card numbers per fiscal year usually runs out before the fiscal year is over. In that case the USCIS usually puts all cases on hold that were filled after a certain date they decide on.

    I hope that will help you and get you a litte more clarity on your gc processing time.

    Good luck!
    May 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon LeGoat
    I got my just under 3 months
    May 18, 2018 4
    • Amazon fuqX66
      OP
      Service center, via which visa?
      May 18, 2018
    • Amazon LeGoat
      I don’t remember the service center. I am based in the Bay Area. L1A
      May 18, 2018
    • Amazon fuqX66
      OP
      California, different processing times...unfortunately
      May 18, 2018
    • Amazon LeGoat
      I remember I got a letter saying there was a merge of service centers or something and there was likely to be a huge delay, so either I could stay on with the same center or start the queue again at another center. Luckily I received my gc a couple weeks after that.
      May 18, 2018
  • PayPal Sonars
    OP, which country ?
    May 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon fuqX66
      OP
      Spain
      May 18, 2018
    • PayPal Sonars
      Overall looks like processing times have slowed down!
      May 18, 2018
  • Oracle Tryme
    You could have try for EB2, seems it might be faster for you than EB1 based on above sources
    May 26, 2018 0
  • Apple vcVg33
    There is no PP for EB1C, of course the interview is not for i140, which part of “and then” did you miss?
    May 26, 2018 0
  • Amazon lDDH24
    I-140 with premium processing takes only 15 days. There is no interview for I-140, that’s for I-485
    May 26, 2018 0
  • Apple vcVg33
    Sounds about right and then add another 6 months delay for the now mandatory interview.
    May 18, 2018 0
  • Oracle Tryme
    Any insight on I-140 for Nebraska center as to chance of approval, when to expect response etc? I went through the USCIS url and it says 12-16months
    May 18, 2018 0

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