Adjustment of Status (Green Card) Timeline

Adjustment of status time frames can vary greatly from person to person, depending upon his or her particular circumstances and visa classification. Prior to 2018, timelines for this process were usually between 5 to 6 months from start to finish. The new administration’s immigration focus have resulted in extended timelines of all immigration processes. This is primarily due to a higher workload and increased applicant scrutiny. As of 2020, if you do everything correctly, avoid getting a request for evidence, and aren’t from a high-fraud area, the process is taking on average from 10 to 12 months, from start to finish. Please keep in mind all our timelines are rearward looking, meaning we can only give an estimate of approvals we see currently. Immigration is sensitive to many factors like politics, that can change these timeline estimates on a moment’s notice. We cannot guarantee your timeline, and only provide this as a general estimate based on averages.

1. NOA1: 1 to 5 weeks

After you file the I-485, you will receive notification that the USCIS has received it.

2. NOA2 (Biometrics Appointment Letter): 2-8 weeks

Applicant receives notice of action requiring them to attend a biometrics appointment and have their fingerprints taken.

3. NOA3 (Biometrics Appointment): 4-10 weeks

If an interview is required with the USCIS, the applicant will be informed of this with another Notice of Action.

4. Approval Notice 5-10 months

If approved, the applicant can visit the local USCIS office to have their passport stamped with a temporary green card stamp.

5. Receipt of Green Card 1-4 weeks

Applicant receives I-551 green card from the USCIS 1 to 4 weeks after approval of the adjustment of status.

Please note that the above timelines are averages based on our experience with over 60,000 customers. Timelines are not guaranteed.