AAO Processing Times (April - June 2023)

The AAO reports its processing times by form type, displaying the total number of completions for the quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, which is our goal.

The administrative appeals process has two stages: initial field review and AAO appellate review.

Initial field review: The office that issued the unfavorable decision has 45 days to evaluate the appeal and determine whether to take favorable action on the appeal. If that office does not take favorable action, it will forward the appeal to the AAO and send the appellant a Notice of Transfer to the AAO.

AAO appellate review: The AAO strives to complete its appellate review within 180 days from the time it receives a complete case record after the initial field review. Some cases may take longer than 180 days due to factors beyond the AAO’s control. For example, additional documentation may be needed to complete the record, or the case may be more complex and require additional review.

The following chart shows the percentage of cases the AAO completed within 180 days, by case category, during the most recent quarter of the fiscal year. These data include all AAO dispositions for the listed form types. If a case category is not listed, the AAO issued no appeal decisions for that category in the most recent quarter.

Timeliness of Fiscal Year 2023 Third Quarter Completions (April - June 2023)
Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   95.34% 880
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 80.00% 5
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 100% 24
I-129H2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker 100% 1
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 100% 37
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 100% 4
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 100% 5
I-129Q Nonimmigrant International Cultural Exchange 100% 1
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 100% 5
I-131 Application for Travel Document 100% 4
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 94.00% 50
I-140B Outstanding Professor or Researcher 100% 1
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 100% 26
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 100% 4
I-140E Professional Worker 92.31% 13
I-140F Skilled Worker 100% 7
I-140G Other Worker 100% 9
I-140I National Interest Waiver 99.22% 256
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 100% 34
I-352 Bond Breach 100% 6
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 92.00% 50
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 100% 6
I-360G Special Immigrant G-4 100% 2
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 98.39% 62
I-485 SEC 13 Cuban Adjustment Act 100% 17
I-485T Adjustment of Status of T Nonimmigrants 100% 3
I-485U Adjustment of Status of U Nonimmigrants 94.44% 36
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 63.16% 19
I-600 Petition for Orphan 80.00% 5
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 90.00% 70
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 100% 1
I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Under Sections 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act 100% 4
I-698 Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident Under Section 245A 100% 1
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 100% 12
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 72.73% 11
I-914A Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient 33.33% 3
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 93.75% 48
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Recipient 100% 1
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 90.00% 10
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 85.00% 20
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 100% 7

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