Adjustment of Status Timeline

Adjustments of status time frames can vary greatly from person to person, depending upon his or her particular circumstances and visa classification. As of 2017, if you submit the forms and documents without errors, avoid receiving requests for evidence (RFE) and are not from a high-fraud area, the processing time will typically be 5 to 6 months from start to finish.

1. NOA1: 1 to 3 weeks

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

2. NOA2 (Biometrics Appointment Letter): 2-3 weeks

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

3. NOA3 (Biometrics Appointment): 4-5 weeks

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

4. Approval Notice 4-5 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 1-2 weeks

Applicant receives I-551 green card from the USCIS 1 to 2 weeks after approval of the adjustment of status.