AAO Processing Times (October - December 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 2024 First Quarter Completions (October - December 2023)
Form Type Case Type Completed 0-180 Days Quarterly Completions
Cumulative total of all completions   96.27% 1,018
I-129CW Petition for CNMI Nonimmigrant Transitional Worker 100% 4
I-129F Petition for Fiancée 100% 7
I-129H1B Nonimmigrant Specialty Occupation Worker 100% 28
I-129L Nonimmigrant Intracompany Transferee 100% 26
I-129O Nonimmigrant Extraordinary Ability Worker 100% 8
I-129P Athletes, Artists and Entertainers 100% 1
I-129R Nonimmigrant Religious Worker 66.67% 3
I-131 Application for Travel Document 100% 7
I-140A Alien with Extraordinary Ability 98.28% 58
I-140C Multinational Manager or Executive 100% 31
I-140D Advanced Degree Professional 100% 3
I-140E Professional Worker 100% 11
I-140F Skilled Worker 100% 10
I-140G Other Worker 100% 5
I-140I National Interest Waiver 97.28% 368
I-212 Application to Reapply for Admission 84.44% 45
I-352 Bond Breach 100% 3
I-360C Special Immigrant Juvenile 92.16% 51
I-360D Petition for Religious Worker 100% 5
I-360 VAWA Violence Against Women Act Petition 98.33% 60
I-485 SEC 13 Sec. 13 of the Act of 1957 (Diplomats) 100% 4
I-485U Adjustment of Status of U Nonimmigrants 97.14% 35
I-526 Alien Entrepreneur 100% 1
I-600 Petition for Orphan 88.89% 9
I-601 Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility 96.15% 104
I-612 Application of 212(e) Waiver 75.00% 4
I-800 Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative 0.00% 1
I-821 Temporary Protected Status 100% 22
I-914 Application for T Nonimmigrant Status 60.00% 5
I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status 94.00% 50
I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant 100% 5
N-565 Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document 100% 5
N-600 Certificate of Citizenship 100% 28
N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 90.91% 11


Last Reviewed/Updated:


Immigration Law

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <p> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd><style> <drupal-entity data-*>
If you want to be notified of a response to your comment, please provide your email address.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.