You can now check USCIS processing times online at the USCIS web site. All you need to enter is your form number, and the office processing your case. USCIS has made processing times easier to understand and provide a more realistic date range.

Check Case Processing Times

The processing time range is how long it is taking for USCIS to process your type of case from the date they received it. USCIS processes cases in the order they receive them, and they normally update this information monthly. The estimated time range displayed is based on data captured over the last two months.

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Question #1 – H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa

What is the minimum time period for which an H1B visa can be issued? Can it be less than 3 years? If yes, what is the minimum number of years for which my employer can sponsor me for a visa?

If you are making any paper filings with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), they have made a list of recommendations for such filings to avoid scanning delays. USCIS is moving to an electronic environment which requires them to scan and upload many of the documents that they receive. For the list of recommendations please view this USCIS News Alert: “Recommendations for Paper Filings to Avoid Scanning Delays”. 

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USCIS (USCIS.gov), 11/16/22, News Alert: 

On Tuesday, November 22nd, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is extending and expanding already announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals. To view the list of Fee Exemptions and to see the Expedited Processing available please view this USCIS News Alert for more information: “USCIS Extends and Expands Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processing for Afghan Nationals”. 

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USCIS (USCIS.gov), 11/22/22, News Alert: 

We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, December 2, 2022. Act now and submit your questions!

USCIS has an online Electronic Reading Room with access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested documents. The Reading Room is really a Web-based searchable database of public requested FOIA documents; mixed with USCIS documents that the government decided may have a larger public demand. You can use pull-downs to choose different listed subjects and include any month/year date from January 2011 to the present. You can also type in your own keywords to search.

Please visit this page for more information: Electronic Reading Room

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USCIS has announced that it will only except the 08/19/22 edition of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions as of November 21, 2022. This form is used to apply for an exemption from the English language requirements, civics, or both due to a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment, the language requirement and civics test are normally part of becoming a U.S. citizen. This revised form is shorter and easier to fill out and will allow a medical professional to complete the form during a telehealth appointment! 

For further details please review the USCIS Factsheet, “Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, Form N-648, English Language Exemptions, and Accommodations (PDF) 

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