How long will it take for my F2A (or other Family-Based) Application to be Processed?

By now, many permanent residents and their families have filed the I-130/I-485 package with USCIS in light of the “current” priority dates as reflected in the August and September visa bulletins. A burning question then is “how long will this take?” And for that question, I have a classic lawyer answer: It Depends!

  1. I-130 Processing – The first step in the process is the I-130 petition. Once filed with USCIS, it can take USCIS several months, and up to a year or more to process the I-130 petition. Keep in mind that USCIS processing times change all the time depending on case volume and other factors.
  2. If your case was filed for a family member who is in the US in valid immigration status, and if you filed the I-485 (application for permanent residence, also known as the green card application) with the I-130, the I-485 is often approved either at the same time as the I-130 petition, or shortly thereafter. If your application is not approved at the same time or soon after, it may be delayed due to a background check or for other reasons. Remember, you can place a service request with USCIS once the case is more than 30 days past reported USCIS processing times.
  3. If your case was filed for a family member who is currently outside the US, the case will be sent to the National Visa Center, and ultimately to the consulate indicated on the I-130 petition, for processing. This process can also take several months or up to a year or more, depending on the specific consulate.
  4. Finally, remember that if your permanent residence application (via adjustment of status inside the US, or via consular processing) is not approved before the priority dates retrogress again, it may not be approved until your priority date is current.

While this wait may seem daunting, it’s often better to get started now and wait it out than to delay filing and miss your chance to file for an indefinite period. Contact us today to form your strategy for success! 804-396-3412 or esumner@sumnerimmigration.com.

Recent blog posts

Mar
1
2021
Great news for those applying for naturalization to become a US citizen! USCIS will now continue to use the 2008 version of the civics test. In the last days of the Trump administration, USCIS announced that they would use a longer and harder version… Read More
Feb
6
2021
By Nikita Hernandez, Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal It’s official! You’ve become Mr. or Mrs. and want to take on your spouse’s name while getting your US permanent residence situated, but when is the best time to do that? APPLYING FOR A NAME… Read More
Feb
2
2021
One of the most common questions that we receive from our clients is about case processing time. The USCIS and DOL estimated case processing times are available online, but that source can be frustrating as they sometimes give a wide range of timefra… Read More

Read More Blog Posts

“I have been thru various immigration processes with several attorneys and finally got under the valuable umbrella of Emily, she represented my H1 transfer, 7th year H1 extension, Perm Process & I-140. Through all these process she was informative… Read More"
– Kumar S.
“I have worked with Emily for slightly over 5 years on various Immigration matters. Emily is extremely talented and results driven Immigration attorney. Her willingness to help is outstanding; her capacity to perform her job in the most efficient way… Read More"
– Chandra R.

More Client Reviews