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AAO Processing Times (January 1, 2014)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of January 1, 2014.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal is “current” (6  months or less) (no change from our last report as of October 1, 2013);
  • L-1 is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (no change), Multinational Manager or Executive is also current (no change) and EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) is current (no change) and EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker is current (no change) and EB-3 Other Worker is current on appeal (no change).
Conclusion

The AAO processing times reports have been improving over the past 6-12 months and we are now happy to report and see that all types of cases reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Office are “current” which means that a decision is expected in six months or less from the time arrives at the AAO.   Now that all times are “current” we hope that AAO would continue to maintain them at this level – many of our readers may remember that several months ago some of the AAO processing times were close to three years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (October 1, 2013)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of October 1, 2013.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal is “current” (6  months or less) (no change from our last report as of March 1, 2013);
  • L-1 is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (no change), Multinational Manager or Executive is also current (no change) and EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) is current (no change) and EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker is now current (improvement of over six months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current on appeal (no change).
Conclusion

The AAO processing times for many of the (H-1B, EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months and our office has witnesses these greatly improved processing times.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing as “current” all of its case types, as reported as of October 1.    Now that all times are “current” we hope that AAO would continue to maintain them at this level – many of our readers may remember that several months ago some of the AAO processing times were close to three years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (March 1, 2013)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as ofMarch  1, 2013.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal is “current” (6  months or less) (no change from our last report as of February 1, 2013);
  • L-1 is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (no change), Multinational Manager or Executive is also current (improvement with 3+ months since last month) and EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) is current (no change) and EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 12 months (improvement of two months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current on appeal (no change).
Conclusion

The AAO processing times for many of the (H-1B, EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months and our office has witnesses these greatly improved processing times.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in as little as six months and EB-3 cases in as little as 12 months (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times improve  across many of the other types of cases.     Now that most AAO cases are “current”, we hope that AAO will be able to keep these processing times consistently going forward.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (February 1, 2013)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of February 1, 2013.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal is “current” (6  months or less) (no change from our last report as of January 1, 2013);
  • L-1 is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (no change), Multinational Manager or Executive takes 9 months (no change) and EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current (no change);
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) is current (improvement of one month) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 14 months (improvement of five months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current on appeal (no change).
Conclusion

The AAO processing times for many of the (H-1B, EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in as little as six months and EB-3 cases in as little as 14 months (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times improve  across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well, specifically EB-3, where the current wait is still around a little over one year.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (January 1, 2013)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of January 1, 2013.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal is “current” (6  months or less) (a notable decrease, or improvement, of three months, compared to our last report as of November 1, 2012);
  • L-1 is current (improvement of four months);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current, Multinational Manager or Executive takes 9 months (improvement of one month) while EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current;
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) is at 7 months (increase of one month) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 19 months (improvement of five months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current on appeal (no change).
Conclusion

The AAO processing times for many of the (H-1B, EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in as little as six or seven months (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times improve  across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well, specifically EB-3, where the current wait is still around a little less than 2 years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (November 1, 2012)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of November 1, 2012.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal takes 9 months (a notable decrease, or improvement, of three months, compared to our last report as of October 1, 2012);
  • L-1 appeal takes 10 months (improvement of three months);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (less than six months), Multinational Manager or Executive takes 10 months (improvement of three months) while EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current;
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) is current (or six months or less, improvement of one month) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 24 months (improvement of five months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current (6 months or less) on appeal (no change).
Conclusion

The AAO processing times for many of the (H-1B, EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in as little as six months (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times improve  across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well, specifically EB-3, where the current wait is still around 2 years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (October 1, 2012)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of October 1, 2012.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal takes 12 months (a notable decrease, or improvement, of three months, compared to our last report as of September 1, 2012);
  • L-1 appeal takes 13 months (improvement of four months);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (less than six months), Multinational Manager or Executive takes 13 months (improvement of three months) while EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current;
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) takes 7 months (improvement of one month) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 29 months (improvement of two months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current (6 months or less) on appeal (no change).
Conclusion
The AAO processing times for many of the (EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in a little over a year (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times remain steady across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well, specifically EB-3, where the current wait is around 3 years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (September 1, 2012)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of September  1, 2012.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal takes 15 months (decrease, or improvement, of two month compared to our last report as of July 1, 2012);
  • L-1 appeal takes 17 months (improvement of five months);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability is current (less than six months, an improvement of four months), Multinational Manager or Executive takes 16 months (improvement of two months) while EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current;
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) takes 8 months (a significant improvement of four months) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 31 months (improvement of four months) while EB-3 Other Worker is current (6 months or less) on appeal (no change).
Conclusion
The AAO processing times for at least some of the categories (EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in less than a year (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times remain steady across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well, specifically EB-3, where the current wait is around 3 years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (July 1, 2012)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of July 1, 2012.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal takes 17 months (decrease, or improvement, of one month compared to our last report as of May 1, 2012);
  • L-1 appeal takes 22 months (no change);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability takes 10 months (improvement of four month), Multinational Manager or Executive takes 18 months (improvement of three months) while EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current (defined as 6 months or less);
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) takes 12 months (a significant improvement by 9 months) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (no change); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 35 months (increase by 1 month) while EB-3 Other Worker is current (6 months or less) on appeal (no change).
Conclusion
The AAO processing times for at least some of the categories (EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We are very pleased to see that the AAO is now processing I-140 EB-2 cases in one year (in comparison to close to three years recently).   We notice that AAO processing times remain steady across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well, specifically EB-3, where the current wait is around 3 years.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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AAO Processing Times (May 1, 2012)

Our office has established a reputation as one of the leading practices for handling appeals with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and we often receive inquiries not only  about the procedural aspects of an AAO appeal but also about the current processing times for AAO cases.    The AAO processing times are published monthly, at the beginning of the month, and we are providing monthly updates and analysis for the benefit of our clients and readers.

About the AAO

The AAO is an appeals office which handles appeals of certain decisions made by USCIS field offices and regional processing centers.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires that all AAO decisions be made available to the public.  As a result, AAO decisions are accessible in reading rooms at USCIS headquarters here in Washington, DC and at field offices.  Also, some (but not all) AAO decisions are available online.

Current AAO Processing Times

USCIS has released the average processing times for cases pending at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as of May 1, 2012.  Read the full AAO Processing Times report.

Among the most notable AAO processing times:

  • H-1B appeal takes 18 months (decrease, or improvement, of three months compared to our last report as of March 1, 2012);
  • L-1 appeal takes 22 months (no change);
  • I-140 EB-1 Extraordinary Ability takes 14 months (improvement of one month), Multinational Manager or Executive takes 21 months (no change) while EB-1 Outstanding Professor or Researcher category is current (defined as 6 months or less);
  • I-140 EB-2 (Advanced Degree) takes 21 months (improvement by 3 months) while EB-2 (NIW) is current (improvement by two or more  months); and
  • I-140 EB-3 Skilled Worker takes 34 months (improvement by 1 month) while EB-3 Other Worker is current (6 months or less) on appeal (no change).
Conclusion
The AAO processing times for at least some of the categories (EB-2, for example) have been improving notably over the past few months.   We notice that AAO processing times remain steady across many of the other types of cases.     We hope that the notable trend of improvement in the processing times in EB-2 appeals would continue and spread to other types of cases as well.

If our office can be of any assistance regarding AAO representation or consultation, please contact us.  Also, please feel free to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to receive updates and immigration news.

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