i130 Processing Time for Spouse, Parents, Brother 2022

Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team    Updated 20 Jan, 22


I130 application for US citizen’s spouse green card is taking 3 to 10 months at Texas service center.

USCIS California is slowest in processing I-130 approvals and takes a minimum of 1 year.


Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
Permanent resident filing for a spouse or child under 21Receipt: 22 Jan, 21
Approved in 12 month 3 days
07 Oct, 18
Slowest case approval in 3 year 3 month
U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sisterReceipt: 30 Mar, 20
Approved in 1 year 9 month
23 Nov, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 1 month
U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21Receipt: 30 Mar, 20
Approved in 1 year 9 month
23 Nov, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 1 month
Permanent resident filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 22 Jan, 21
Approved in 12 month 3 days
05 Oct, 18
Slowest case approval in 3 year 3 month
U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 23 Mar, 20
Approved in 1 year 10 month
17 Nov, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 2 month
U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21Receipt: 18 Mar, 20
Approved in 1 year 10 month
27 Aug, 18
Slowest case approval in 3 year 4 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
Permanent resident filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 22 Feb, 21
Approved in 11 month 2 days
26 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
Permanent resident filing for a spouse or child under 21Receipt: 22 Feb, 21
Approved in 11 month 2 days
26 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21Receipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
12 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sisterReceipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
12 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21Receipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
12 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month
U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 20 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
12 Apr, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 9 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sisterReceipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
13 Jan, 08
Slowest case approval in 14 year
U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21Receipt: 24 Aug, 20
Approved in 1 year 4 month
17 Apr, 10
Slowest case approval in 11 year 9 month
Permanent resident filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 22 Jul, 20
Approved in 1 year 6 month
04 Nov, 15
Slowest case approval in 6 year 2 month
U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 29 Sep, 20
Approved in 1 year 3 month
20 Jul, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 6 month
Permanent resident filing for a spouse or child under 21Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 12 month
25 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month
U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21Receipt: 25 Jan, 21
Approved in 12 month
25 Aug, 20
Slowest case approval in 1 year 4 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 22 Aug, 17
Approved in 4 year 5 month
09 Jun, 16
Slowest case approval in 5 year 7 month
Permanent resident filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 23 Oct, 17
Approved in 4 year 3 month
22 Sep, 16
Slowest case approval in 5 year 4 month
U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21Receipt: 26 Nov, 18
Approved in 3 year 1 month
26 Mar, 18
Slowest case approval in 3 year 10 month
U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21Receipt: 28 Jan, 16
Approved in 5 year 11 month
01 Aug, 14
Slowest case approval in 7 year 5 month
U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sisterReceipt: 22 Nov, 13
Approved in 8 year 2 month
18 Aug, 11
Slowest case approval in 10 year 5 month
Permanent resident filing for a spouse or child under 21Receipt: 22 Jan, 20
Approved in 1 year 12 month
01 Sep, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 4 month

Type Fastest Case Slowest/Call USCIS Date
U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21Receipt: 22 Oct, 12
Approved in 9 year 3 month
25 Mar, 10
Slowest case approval in 11 year 10 month
U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sisterReceipt: 22 Sep, 11
Approved in 10 year 4 month
19 Feb, 07
Slowest case approval in 14 year 11 month
U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 22 Mar, 17
Approved in 4 year 10 month
24 Sep, 15
Slowest case approval in 6 year 4 month
U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21Receipt: 22 Oct, 19
Approved in 2 year 3 month
22 Feb, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 11 month
Permanent resident filing for a spouse or child under 21Receipt: 29 Jul, 19
Approved in 2 year 5 month
27 Feb, 19
Slowest case approval in 2 year 10 month
Permanent resident filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21Receipt: 23 Oct, 17
Approved in 4 year 3 month
18 Nov, 15
Slowest case approval in 6 year 2 month

Green Card Processing Times

I-130 Approval (NOA2)4-14 months (Depends on Service Center and Visa Category)
USCIS to NVC transfer (Case Creation)4 – 8 Weeks (Depends on Service Center)
NVC to Accept Fees for AOS and IV application3 – 5 Business Days
NVC to review Documents to be documentary qualified (DQ)7 – 9 Weeks
NVC to review resubmitted documents7 – 9 Weeks
Interview Letter (IL)3 – 3.5 months AFTER DQ
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Interview Letters are expected to pour in between the 8-26th of every month 
— Interview2 – 5 Weeks AFTER you receive the IL
Passport in hand (options selected during biometrics scheduling) 
— Passport Delivery3 to 5 Days
— Passport Pickup1 – 5 Business Days (depends on holidays and consulate operations)
Social Security Number (SSN) in Hand after Port of Entry1-3 Weeks
Green Card (GC)4 months from Port of Entry

I-130 Sponsor Family for a Green Card

U.S. citizens can sponsor following family members using Form I-130:

  • Natural parents, step-parents and adoptive parents
  • Unmarried Sons and daughters under the age of 21
  • Husbands and wives
  • Brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, step-siblings, and half-siblings
  • Married children or children over the age of 21
What is next step after I-130 has been filed?

A Green card priority date (receipt date) is assigned by the National Visa Center (NVC) on USCIS-approved i-130.

#1 Family Member is Inside the U.S.
A waitlist is created with priority date cut-off and USCIS announces current cut-off dates in monthly Visa Bulletin. If you are in the US at the time of your date getting current, you will file an i485 application and then track the i485 Green Card Adjustment of Status Processing Time.

#2 Family Member is Outside the U.S.
If your family member is outside of the U.S. at the time of priority date getting current, the NVC will send your petition and their visa number to the family members’ local U.S. consulate or embassy, which will contact the family member to come in and complete visa processing.

Can I file Diversity Green Card while I130 is pending?

You can file for US diversity Green card lottery visa while your I130- is pending. If you get selected and USCIS approved your DV green card, you can withdraw your pending I-130 application.

In many cases, you will get US permanent residency faster with DV lottery than the family sponsorship.

What is USCIS Outside Normal Processing Time?

If your ‘case received date’ is before the date (worst case) mentioned above, you should raise a service request with USCIS to check why your case has been delayed.

This could mean your case is taking longer than other similar cases and may be stuck in administrative processing.





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  1. hnjoshi
    hnjoshi

    @Anil.Gupta As per you how long it takes for spouse of USC to get visa interview date after documents have been qualified?

    The website shows the table format for this but it does not clarify on spouse of USC or brother or sister.


  2. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Hi @hnjoshi

    The time is same for all cases handled by NVC.


  3. hnjoshi
    hnjoshi

    @Anil.Gupta My PD is May 10, 2019 for I-130 at Nebraska Service Center. My case was then transferred to Texas Service Center on Feb 28, 2020. Current date on this website shows is of Aug 2020. As per you when can I expect to receive approval?
    My application was submitted via mail. I saw that USCIS is still processing the applications during covid-19. Does application submission via mail vs online affect the processing during covid-19?


  4. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Application submitted via online cuts down the data entry and mailing time. That’s it. After that, both mail and online application would take same amount of time.


  5. hnjoshi
    hnjoshi

    Just wanted to share my case timeline:
    Spouse of a USC filing I-130:

    Case Priority Date May 10, 2019

    • Got notified via mail in about 7 days
    • Updated on egov.uscis.gov/casestatus on May 15, 2019
    • Case went to Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

    Case Transferred to Another Office on Feb 28, 2010 - 294 days

    • Got notified via text at 9:00AM
    • Got notified via email at 9:01AM
    • Didn’t get notice of transfer due to COVID-19
    • Send an e-request for transfer notice, still didn’t arrive
    • Called USCIS 800-375-5283 (press: 1122), transferred to Texas Service Center (TSC)

    Case approved on May 1, 2020 - 63 days

    • Got response of SR on May 4, 2020 at 10:36AM that it was approved on May 1, 2020
    • Got TEXT notification on May 4, 2020 at 1:00PM afternoon
    • Got EMAIL notification on May 4, 2020 at 1:02PM afternoon


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