Processing Times Increasing for I-526 and I-829 Petitions

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Ronald Fieldstone

Ronald R. Fieldstone

IIUSA Reports Processing Times for I-526 and I-829 Petitions at Record High

In the early afternoon of Friday, May 26th, IIUSA circulated its weekly report indicating the all-time high processing times, as stated below:

  • As of March 31, 2017, USCIS is processing the I‐526 petitions that it received before September 20, 2015 (a two week increase over the processing times published in February January); therefore, taking approximately 20 months.
  • The I‐829 petitions that USCIS received before October 12, 2014 (up from October 1); therefore, taking approximately 31 months.
  • The I‐924 applications that USCIS received before September 16, 2015 (an increase of over a month from last month’s processing times); therefore, taking approximately 20 months. 

The weekly report also cited the following Key Data Points:

  • Processing times for I-526 petitions reached 18.6 months, an all-time program high; and I-829 processing times reached 30 months another all-time high.
  • Waiting times for I-924 adjudications are now at 18.7 months, almost double the processing times from this time last year.
  • In a year-over-year comparison, I-829 adjudications are taking one year longer to be adjudicated, I-924 petitions are taking 9 months longer and I-526 petitions are taking 2.5 months longer. 

To view the full report, please click here.

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