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.
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 July 2021.