6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) No processing times are reported for I-918 and I-918A for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 due to no applications being waitlisted.
10) Consistent with the July 16, 2021 order from the Southern District of Texas (https://www.uscis.gov/DACADecisionStateofTexas) 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.
12) The federal fiscal year is from October 1st through September 30th.
13) I-131 Parole in Place applications did not start being received by USCIS until November 15, 2013. I-601A applications did not start being received by USCIS until March 4, 2013. I-821D applications did not start being received by USCIS until August 15, 2012.
1) Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), C3 Consolidated, C4 Consolidated, INFACT, queried September 2021.