Updated National Benefit Center Form Processing Times

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On January 12, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its updated processing times for the National Benefits Center [PDF version]. The chart provides average processing times for various immigration forms that are handled by the National Benefits Center based on the processing timeframe as of November 30, 2015.

Furthermore, the document includes a reminder that applicants who have filed the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, may submit inquiries about applications that have been pending for more than 75 days. In addition, the document notes:

For a Form I-765 [category (c)(8)] based on a pending asylum application, the processing timeframes listed only apply to an initial filing.
The 90-day period for adjudicating a Form I-765 [category (c)(33)] filed together with a Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, does not commence until a decision has been rendered on the deferred action request.

The following is the current chart of average processing times for forms processed by the National Benefits Center:

Field Office Processing Dates for National Benefits Center as of: November 30, 2015

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-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole 3 Months
I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status All other extension applications 2.5 Months
I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. U.S. citizen filing to adopt an orphan 2.5 Months
I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. U.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born child 2.5 Months
I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Provisional Waiver of Unlawful Presence August 19, 2015
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)] 3 Months
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization All other applications for employment authorization 3 Months
I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits Voluntary departure under the family unity program 6 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-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card Initial issuance or replacement June 4, 2015
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 10-year renewal June 4, 2015

Note that the National Benefits Center is experiencing processing delays for the:

Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits
I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card (for both initial issuance or replacement and 10-year renewal)

Accordingly, the chart lists “the filing date of the last case the [National Benefits Center] completed before updating the chart.”

Source: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processingTimesDisplay.do [PDF version]