Friday, May 24, 2013

USCIS: May Processing Time Reports

From, 05/22/2013

On May 21, 2013, USCIS issued updated processing time reports as of March 31, 2013 for the Vermont Service Center (VSC), California Service Center (CSC), Texas Service Center (TSC), Nebraska Service Center (NSC) and the National Benefits Center (NBC).

For CSC and VSC, the reports indicate that, on the day before H-1B cap cases were accepted, all categories of H-1Bs were being processed in 2 months.  Bear in mind that these reports do not cover any of the time period in which H-1B cap cases were being processed.

I-140 processing has picked up at TSC.  All categories of I-140 are once again being processed in 4 months, compared to nearly 5 months in the April report.  At the TSC stakeholder meeting a couple weeks ago, there was indication that more adjudicators are now working on I-140 cases.

At NSC, there has been modest movement in processing times. The processing date for EB-1 Extraordinary Ability petitions moved forward exactly one month to November 2, 2012, for a processing time of about 5 months.  Processing times have also begun to lag for EB-1 multinational executives and managers, with a processing date of November 16, 2012. This is a processing time of about 4 and a half months compared to 4 months in the April report.  On the other hand, EB-2 and EB-3 processing is back to 4 months after falling to 4 and a half months in the April report.

Employment based I-485s continue to be processed in 4 months at NSC and just over 4 months at TSC (with a November 27, 2012 processing date). NBC continues to process I-765 employment authorization applications in 3 months.