The number of months presented is the median. It represents the time it took to complete 50% of the cases in a given time period.
Historical processing times are not comparable to the processing times posted on the USCIS processing times
certain form types due to different methodologies (for example, cycle time methodology versus processing time methodology). For more information, visit the
Case Processing Times webpage.
Historically, USCIS has reported the processing time from filing to waiting list determination. On June 14, 2021, USCIS updated the
USCIS Policy Manual to implement a new process, referred to as the Bona Fide Determination (BFD). The new policy enables USCIS to
review petitions more efficiently, and provide the benefits of employment authorization and deferred action to more petitioners in a
shorter time period than the waiting list process. As with the waiting list, petitions will generally be adjudicated under the BFD
process in the order they were received. While USCIS implements the BFD process and gathers initial data on the BFD adjudications,
including the possible impacts of the new process on overall U adjudications, USCIS is not reporting processing times for the
Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918). This page will be updated on January 1, 2022 or once USCIS has collected
sufficient data to report accurate BFD processing times, whichever occurs earlier.
Consistent with the July 16, 2021, order (PDF, 401.59 KB) from the Southern District of Texas
that prohibits DHS from granting initial DACA requests, USCIS has suspended calculations of processing times for
initial DACA requests. The 5.9 months historical processing time listed for initial DACA requests was current
as of June 30, 2021.
The federal fiscal year is from October 1st through September 30th.
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), C3 Consolidated, C4 Consolidated, INFACT, queried August 2021.