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USCIS Processing Times for I-129Fs and I-130s for Immediate Relatives

The below table shows processing times at all Service Centers for:

  • Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, filed by U.S. citizens for immediate relatives (i.e., spouses, parents, or children under 21). In particular, these processing times are for standalone I-130s, meaning I-130s not filed together with Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status; and
  • Forms I-129F, Petitions for Alien Fiancé(e)s. Upon approval of such petitions, the beneficiaries apply for K-1 or K-2 visas at U.S. consular posts abroad.

Source: USCIS Case Processing Times.

Date Checked: 2020-08-27
FormUSCIS service centerEstimated time range (in months)Receipt date for a case inquiry
I-130California11 – 14.52019-06-23
Nebraska6.5 – 8.52019-12-17
Potomac9 – 11.52019-07-14
Texas6 – 7.52020-01-13
Vermont21 – 27.52018-05-25
Average11 – 14
I-129FCalifornia5 – 72020-01-29
Nebraskanone shownnone shown
Potomacnone shownnone shown
Texasnone shownnone shown
Vermont15.5 – 202018-12-29
Average10 – 13.5
Date Checked: 2020-07-28
FormUSCIS service centerEstimated time range (in months)Receipt date for a case inquiry
I-130California5 – 72019-12-29
Nebraska7 – 9.52019-10-27
Potomac10 – 12.52019-07-17
Texas4.5 – 72019-12-31
Vermont20.5 – 26.52018-05-25
Average9.4 – 12.5
I-129FCalifornia5 – 72019-12-28
Nebraskanone shownnone shown
Potomacnone shownnone shown
Texasnone shownnone shown
Vermont14.5 – 192019-01-07
Average10 – 13
Date Checked: 2020-06-28
FormUSCIS service centerEstimated time range (in months)Receipt date for a case inquiry
I-130Californianone shownnone shown
Nebraska10.5 – 13.52019-05-26
Potomac7 – 92019-10-02
Texas6 – 82019-11-07
Vermont19.5 – 252018-06-03
Average11 – 14
I-129FCalifornia5 – 72019-11-29
Nebraskanone shownnone shown
Potomacnone shownnone shown
Texasnone shownnone shown
Vermont13.5 – 17.52019-01-16
Average9 – 12
Date Checked: 2020-05-22
FormUSCIS service centerEstimated time range (in months)Receipt date for a case inquiry
I-130Californianone shownnone shown
Nebraska12.5 – 162019-01-30
Potomac7 – 92019-08-27
Texas5 – 72019-10-25
Vermont17.5 – 22.52018-07-14
Average10.5 – 13.5
I-129FCalifornia5 – 72019-10-23
Nebraskanone shownnone shown
Potomacnone shownnone shown
Texasnone shownnone shown
Vermont17 – 22.52018-07-23
Average11 – 15
Date Checked: 2020-04-23
FormUSCIS service centerEstimated time range (in months)Receipt date for a case inquiry
I-130Californianone shownnone shown
Nebraska12.5 – 162018-12-31
Potomac9 – 122019-05-07
Texas7.5 – 9.52019-07-21
Vermont16.5 – 212018-07-25
Average11.5 – 14.5
I-129FCalifornia5 – 72019-09-30
Nebraskanone shownnone shown
Potomacnone shownnone shown
Texasnone shownnone shown
Vermont16 – 212018-08-09
Average10.5 – 14

9 replies on “USCIS Processing Times for I-129Fs and I-130s for Immediate Relatives”

With the current COVID situation, what is the I-129f situation and are there any steps one can take to ensure a prompt processing?

Bukaz: You raise an important question. The processing times shown here report current processing times. But you are asking for a prediction about future processing times, which may be impacted by various factors, such as: (a) how will COVID-19 impact the number of applications/petitions submitted and the number of officers assigned to adjudicate them? (b) how will USCIS’ budgetary woes (Update: USCIS Cancels Employee Furlough, But Processing Delays Loom) impact processing times? (c) what priority is USCIS giving to this type of case now under the Trump administration, and how might that change if there were a Biden administration? Unfortunately, I don’t have a crystal ball.

Hi
My priority date is October 2019 for an I-130 in the F2A category (spouse or unmarried child of a permanent resident) filed at the California Service Center. The processing times posted by USCIS seem to increase every month.

Thanks

Hi
I’m a US citizen. I filed an I-130 for my spouse. The Texas Service Center received it May 7, 2019, but no decision has been made yet. What should I do?

Alysha: USCIS suggests: “We have posted a ‘Receipt date for a case inquiry’ … to show when you can inquire about your case. If your receipt date is before the ‘Receipt date for a case inquiry,’ you can submit an ‘outside normal processing time’ service request online.” You may also want to scheduled a consultation to have our firm review your I-130 for any issues that could potentially cause delay.

My receipt date on Form I-129F for K3 (spouse of U.S. citizen) is December 2019. It is already outside the normal processing time per USCIS website. I completed the Form for Outside Normal Processing Time, waited 1 month, no response. Are they really processing I129Fs?

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