Form I-129

Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

Processing Statistics

Non-Immigrant Petition

Basic Visa Info
Visa Official Name: Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
Visa Filing Types:
  • Non-Immigrant Petition (Premium filed)
  • Non-Immigrant Petition (non Premium filed)
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Service Request Date and Estimated Time
Service Center
Form Type
Estimated Processing Time
Service Request Date
Type Info
California Service Center [CSC]
137-BL
5 Weeks - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
Blanket L
California Service Center [CSC]
137-E
4.5 Months - 6.5 Months
July 17, 2021
E - Treaty traders and investors
California Service Center [CSC]
137-H1B1
5.5 Months - 7.5 Months
June 15, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad
California Service Center [CSC]
137-H1B2
5.5 Months - 7.5 Months
June 15, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S.
California Service Center [CSC]
137-H1B3
5.5 Months - 7.5 Months
June 15, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.
California Service Center [CSC]
137-H2A
2 Weeks - 2.5 Months
January 09, 2022
H-2A - Temporary workers
If you are a petitioner for an H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker and your Form I-129 has been pending longer than 15 days and you have not received a decision or a Request for Evidence, you may contact USCIS at (1-800) 375-5283 to inquire about your petition.
California Service Center [CSC]
137-H2B
5 Weeks - 3 Months
October 26, 2021
H-2B - Other temporary workers
California Service Center [CSC]
137-H3
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-3 - Temporary trainees
California Service Center [CSC]
137-L
5 Weeks - 3 Months
October 26, 2021
L - Intracompany transfers
California Service Center [CSC]
137-O
2 Months - 4 Months
October 07, 2021
O - Extraordinary ability
California Service Center [CSC]
137-P
3.5 Months - 5.5 Months
August 11, 2021
P - Athletes, artists, and entertainers
California Service Center [CSC]
137-Q
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
Q - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process
California Service Center [CSC]
137-R
8.5 Months - 10.5 Months
March 13, 2021
R - Religious occupation
Nebraska Service Center [NSC]
137-H1B3
2.5 Months - 4 Months
September 25, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.
Texas Service Center [SSC]
137-H1B1
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad
Texas Service Center [SSC]
137-H1B2
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S.
Texas Service Center [SSC]
137-H1B3
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.
Texas Service Center [SSC]
137-L
7 Months - 9.5 Months
April 24, 2021
L - Intracompany transfers
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-BL
5 Weeks - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
Blanket L
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-E3
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
E3 - Certain specialty occupation professionals from Australia
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-H1B1
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Visa to be issued abroad
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-H1B2
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Change of status in the U.S.
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-H1B3
4.5 Months - 6.5 Months
July 12, 2021
H-1B - Specialty occupation - Extension of stay in the U.S.
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-H2B
5 Weeks - 3 Months
October 26, 2021
H-2B - Other temporary workers
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-H3
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
H-3 - Temporary trainees
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-L
5 Weeks - 3 Months
October 26, 2021
L - Intracompany transfers
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-O
4 Weeks - 3 Months
November 01, 2021
O - Extraordinary ability
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-P
4 Weeks - 3 Months
November 01, 2021
P - Athletes, artists, and entertainers
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-Q
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
Q - Cultural exchange visitors and exchange visitors participating in the Irish Peace process
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-R
2 Months - 7 Months
June 28, 2021
R - Religious occupation
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
137-TN
2 Months - 4 Months
September 26, 2021
TN - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional

Determine your service center using the first 3 characters of your receipt number. If your receipt date is before the "Service Request Date" listed for your service center and form type, you can submit a service request due to “outside normal processing time” here.
Last Update: January 13, 2022

Historical Average Processing Times
Subtype201320142015201620172018201920202021
Non-Immigrant Petition (Premium filed)- days- days18 days18 days18 days18 days18 days33 days- days
Non-Immigrant Petition (non Premium filed)- days- days18 days5.5 mo4 mo3.5 mo3.7 mo3.3 mo- days
Form I-129 USCIS Approval Rate and Backlog
Historic Approval Rate
Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions [Accepted / Denied]
Historic approval and denial rate for Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions (Form I-129)
Submission Rate and Backlog
Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions [Pending Backlog / New Submission]
Historic backlog of yet to be processed cases and new submissions for Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions (Form I-129)

Fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30 of the reporting period. Data sources include USCIS, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Performance Reporting Tool (PRT), USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) and C3 Consolidated


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