Form I-918

Petition for U Non-immigrant Status

Processing Statistics

Provide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of qualifying criminal activity, and their qualifying family

Basic Visa Info
Visa Official Name: Petition for U Non-immigrant Status
Visa Filing Types:
  • Provide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of qualifying criminal activity, and their qualifying family
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Service Request Date and Estimated Time
Service Center
Form Type
Estimated Processing Time
Service Request Date
Type Info
Nebraska Service Center [NSC]
918U
-
Provide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of qualifying criminal activity, and their qualifying family (Time from Initial Filing to Waiting List Determination)
~ ~ ~ USCIS IS TEMPORARILY REMOVING THE PROCESSING TIMES FOR FORM I-918. ~ ~ ~ Historically, USCIS has reported the processing time from filing to waiting list determination.  On June 14, 2021, USCIS updated the USCIS Policy Manual to implement a new process, referred to as the Bona Fide Determination (BFD).  The new policy enables USCIS to review petitions more efficiently, and provide the benefits of employment authorization and deferred action to more petitioners in a shorter time period than the waiting list process.  As with the waiting list, petitions will generally be adjudicated under the BFD process in the order they were received.   While USCIS implements the BFD process and gathers initial data on the BFD adjudications, including the possible impacts of the new process on overall U adjudications, USCIS is not reporting processing times for the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918).  This page will be updated on January 1, 2022 or once USCIS has collected sufficient data to report accurate BFD processing times, whichever occurs earlier. For reference, the final processing time range calculated under the pre-BFD process, marking the time from initial filing to waiting list determination, was 60.5-61 months.
Vermont Service Center [ESC]
918U
-
Provide temporary immigration benefits to an alien who is a victim of qualifying criminal activity, and their qualifying family (Time from Initial Filing to Waiting List Determination)
~ ~ ~ USCIS IS TEMPORARILY REMOVING THE PROCESSING TIMES FOR FORM I-918. ~ ~ ~ Historically, USCIS has reported the processing time from filing to waiting list determination.  On June 14, 2021, USCIS updated the USCIS Policy Manual to implement a new process, referred to as the Bona Fide Determination (BFD).  The new policy enables USCIS to review petitions more efficiently, and provide the benefits of employment authorization and deferred action to more petitioners in a shorter time period than the waiting list process.  As with the waiting list, petitions will generally be adjudicated under the BFD process in the order they were received.   While USCIS implements the BFD process and gathers initial data on the BFD adjudications, including the possible impacts of the new process on overall U adjudications, USCIS is not reporting processing times for the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918).  This page will be updated on January 1, 2022 or once USCIS has collected sufficient data to report accurate BFD processing times, whichever occurs earlier. For reference, the final processing time range calculated under the pre-BFD process, marking the time from initial filing to waiting list determination, was 60.5-61 months.

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Last Update: October 07, 2021

Historical Average Processing Times
201320142015201620172018201920202021
- days5 mo11.4 mo22.1 mo32.1 mo40.6 mo44.5 mo48.8 mo57.6 mo
Form I-918 USCIS Approval Rate and Backlog
Historic Approval Rate
Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status [Accepted / Denied]
Historic approval and denial rate for Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918)
Submission Rate and Backlog
Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status [Pending Backlog / New Submission]
Historic backlog of yet to be processed cases and new submissions for Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918)

Includes I-918A, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient

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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