USCIS Clarifies Green Card Application Processing for Concurrent Filers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a clarification for individuals who filed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, concurrently with other forms.

Concurrent filing refers to submitting multiple forms related to obtaining a green card simultaneously. These forms can include:

  • Form I-130: Petition for Alien Relative (filed by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident on behalf of an eligible relative)
  • Form I-140: Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (filed by a U.S. employer on behalf of a foreign worker or individuals and third parties, including the beneficiary themselves)
  • Form I-360: Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (filed by individuals seeking special immigrant classification)

The USCIS statement emphasizes that when these forms are filed concurrently, the processing timeline for Form I-485 should be the primary reference for individuals seeking updates on their application. This is because the approval of the concurrently filed forms is often linked and dependent on the processing of Form I-485.


Individuals can find the latest processing times for Form I-485 on the USCIS website. 

Processing times for Form I-485 (Green Card Application) can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • The USCIS service center handling your application: Different service centers have different processing times.
  • The category under which you are applying: Employment-based applications (filed with Form I-140) generally take longer than family-based applications (filed with Form I-130).

Here are some examples of current processing times:

  • California Service Center: 19.5 months (employment based I-485 )
  • Nebraska Service Center: 38.5 months (employment based I-485 )
  • Texas Service Center: 49 months (employment based I-485 )
  • Queens, New York: 20 months (family-based I-485)
  • Los Angeles County, California: 13 months (family-based I-485)

It is recommended that applicants consult with an immigration attorney for personalized guidance regarding their specific case and filing procedures.