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Figuring out the USCIS Processing Times


USCIS Defined:

The USCIS or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, is a government-run bureau of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

The USCIS performs a number of administrative functions that are specifically designed to streamline and organize Immigration applications. These functions, which were formerly carried out by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, aim to promote national security and expedite the immigration process through elimination of case backlogs.

Furthermore, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department aims to offer improved and understanding customer service agents to aid those individuals looking to earn legal citizenship or residency within the United States.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department is the fundamental administrative figurehead responsible for streamlining the delivery of immigration services and benefits. Additionally, the United States Citizenship and immigration Services Department is responsible for adjudicating asylum claims, issuing employment authorization documents, adjudicating petitions for non-immigrant temporary workers, granting lawful and permanent residences, and granting United States’ citizenship to those who meet the eligibility requirements.

USCIS Processing Times

As a result of their responsibilities and numerous functions, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department informs applicants to lengthy waiting periods for all requests. That being said, the U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services Department is committed to offering the possible service to their customers. Through this attempt, the USCIS offers a variety of services, both before and after the applicant files their specific case.

Through the USCIS services, an applicant can determine how long the department will take to process a particular type of case; the ability to check the status of a case by accessing the USCIS website; and by accessing the USCIS customer guide, the applicant has the ability to obtain contact information which will help deliver answers concerning the application.

The USCIS processing times are dependent on the order in which the case was received. For each type of application or petition, the USCIS possesses a specific workload and coordinating processing goals. For example, the USCIS will try and process naturalization cases within 5 months of the date received and immediate relative petitions within 6 months of the receipt date. The volume of cases, however, may disrupt these goals.

The USCIS has developed a Processing Times table that aids an applicant in determining how long their specific case, application, or petition will take. If the applicant has already filed their case, they can evaluate their expected processing time by accessing the USCIS website and entering the office where the case has been or will be filed, the type of application or petition, and the date on which it was filed or has been submitted, into the USCIS Processing Times Table.

Upon entering this information the USCIS will deliver a prediction date on when they assume the case will be evaluated and subsequently affirmed with a final decision.

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