Speed of USCIS Processing

According to statistics published by the USCIS, in Fiscal Year 2019, the average processing time for an I-130 Petition For Alien Relative, filed with the USCIS in the US for the benefit of an Immediate Relative, was in excess of 10 months.

However, at Davies Legal Immigration, we are pleased to report that in July 2020, properly executed I-130 petitions filed online have been approved in as little as 2 months – a considerable improvement on the historic 10 month average processing time.

Approval of the I-130 Petition For Alien Relative is the first stage of the Immigrant Visa (Spouse) application process and, historically, was the lengthiest part of the application process. As such, the significant decease in processing time for online I-130 filings is a very welcome development.

NVC Processing Times

Similarly, since April 2020 Davies Legal Immigration has observed NVC Case Numbers being issued on the day of petition approval, or the very next working day. This is significant, as it enables the beneficiary to file their DS-260 and submit their NVC documents for review quicker than was historically the case, thereby enabling the visa applicant to receive their visa at the first available opportunity, when Consular processing resumes.

We note that, over the past 3 months, properly prepared documents submitted via the NVC portal have been reviewed in as little as 3 weeks – significantly quicker than the historic processing time of 2 months.

While there are never any guarantees on timing, at Davies Legal Immigration, we are pleased that processing times for many stages of the Immigrant Visa (Spouse) application process have deceased significantly in recent months. We hope this trend will continue.

At Davies Legal Immigration, we represent clients in connection with all types of  US immigration. We provide a comprehensive service, including clear and concise advice from the outset, a pragmatic approach and efficient working practices. We understand the importance of our cases to clients and adopt a well-reasoned, diligent approach, in order to maximize your prospects of success. Call now to speak to a licensed US immigration attorney and obtain a free, no obligation quote.

Published: 14th July 2020

Filed under: Coronavirus, Green Card, Immigrant Visa, US Immigration, US Visas, USCIS