Please note that all the processing data in this blog is directly fetched from the USCIS Case Processing Times website every month. We manually check and update the information in order to ensure the accuracy of the data provided. Keep in mind that this information is subject to change and should be used as a general guide to understand current processing times.


The I-824 form, officially known as the “Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition,” is a crucial document that allows a petitioner to request a duplicate approval notice, notify a U.S. consulate of an approved family-based or employment-based petition, or request further action on an approved Form I-797. Understanding the processing time for the I-824 form is essential for planning purposes and ensuring smooth communication with immigration authorities.

This article will discuss various factors affecting I-824 processing times, current estimates of processing times across USCIS locations, how to check your application status, tips for speeding up the process, and how to handle delays in processing times.

Factors Affecting I-824 Processing Time

1. USCIS workload and processing center location: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes numerous applications daily, leading to varying workloads at different locations. Consequently, this can impact the overall processing time for your I-824 application.

2. Completeness and accuracy of submitted forms and documents: Ensuring that your application is complete and accurate can significantly affect its processing time. Incomplete or inaccurate submissions may be delayed or even denied.

3. Request for additional evidence or information from USCIS: Occasionally, USCIS may require more information or evidence before making a final decision on your application. This additional request can prolong the processing time while you gather the necessary documents.

4. Security checks and background investigations: USCIS conducts security checks on all applicants as part of their standard procedure. Depending on individual circumstances, these background investigations could take longer than expected and affect overall processing times.

Current I-824 Processing Time

Processing times vary depending on several factors; however, average estimates range between 4 to 20.5 months across different USCIS locations.

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
To request further action on an approved application or petitionCalifornia Service Center4 Months
To request further action on an approved application or petitionNational Benefits Center5 Months
To request further action on an approved application or petitionNebraska Service Center20 Months
To request further action on an approved application or petitionTexas Service Center13 Months
To request further action on an approved application or petitionVermont Service Center13.5 Months

Due to COVID-19 restrictions impacting staffing levels at USCIS offices, there may be additional delays in processing times. It is important to stay informed about any updates or changes to these estimates through the USCIS website.

How to Check the Status of Your I-824 Application

1. Using the USCIS online case status tool: This allows you to easily check your application’s current status by entering your receipt number.

2. Creating an account with myUSCIS portal: This personalized online service provides tailored updates on your application statuses and allows you to manage your case more efficiently.

Tips for Speeding Up the I-824 Process

1. Ensuring all necessary documents are submitted along with the application: Double-check that you have included all required documentation to avoid delays due to incomplete submissions.

2. Double-checking form accuracy: Before submitting your application, ensure that all information is accurate and complete, as mistakes or missing sections could lead to delays or denials.

3. Following up promptly if additional evidence or information is requested by USCIS: Respond quickly and thoroughly when asked for more information, as this can help expedite processing times.

How to Handle Delays in I-824 Processing Times

1. Exploring options such as expedited requests or congressional inquiries if eligible: In some cases, you may be able to request expedited processing or seek assistance from a congressional representative if you meet specific criteria.

2. Understanding your rights and responsibilities while waiting for application approval: Stay informed about what actions you can take while waiting for a decision on your I-824 application and any responsibilities you have during this time.


Dealing with immigration processes can be overwhelming at times, but being prepared and patient when it comes to I-824 processing times is essential for a smoother experience. Stay informed about any updates on processing times, and seek assistance when needed to ensure the best possible outcome for your application.

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