I-130 Visa Processing Time

By Tiara

An alien living in Canada can apply to become a permanent resident of Canada if they have lived in Canada as an immigrant for at least one year, are proficient in English or French, and you have a good reason to believe that he/she will contribute to our society and be a productive member of Canadian life.

If this is your family member, it’s important to start the process soon because it takes several months to complete!

The more time you have before the visa interview, the better prepared you will be. This way, you will be able to tell his/her story clearly, respond to any questions intelligently, and show how much you trust them enough to allow them to live under your roof permanently.

Why does it take so long?

i-130 visa processing time

The process of filing I–130 petitions can seem like an endless loop, with new documents coming in and having to be filed and approved before you move onto the next one. This is especially true if you are doing this as part of a team or organization that has members who work across departments and countries, which require careful coordination.

When your team member files their portion of the petition, they may have to wait for someone else’s signature or confirmation, adding more time to the process.

The length of processing times also varies from country to country. In some places, there may even be two separate lines at different locations, making it feel more like a delay than actual progress!

While these delays can sometimes seem frustrating, they actually play an important role in protecting immigrants and refugees in America. It takes time to make sure all of our immigration laws are being followed and to get everyone’s signatures – attorneys must go through due diligence checks too!

It is very important to remember that although each individual step seems quick, when taken together it can add up to many days, even weeks.

The applicant must submit certain documents

After submitting your application, you will be asked to schedule an appointment with USCIS at which time they will review and process your files. This can take anywhere from one week to several months depending on many different factors!

One of the most important things that can affect visa processing is how well prepared you are for your interview. You should do your best to come prepared but also understand that there are no guarantees as to what questions may arise.

Be sure to research everything about your candidate and job position so that you are fully prepared for your meeting. Also, bring lots of copies of documents; some people do not realize that they are allowed to have two sets of each document. Many employers require this policy.

And once again, don’t worry if you make a mistake or say something wrong during the interview. We all make mistakes sometimes, even top officials in our government.

The consular officer reviews the documents

i-130 visa processing time

After reviewing your documents, they may ask you to come back in for an interview or they may send you a letter asking you to appear at a later time. This is because they need to speak with you as part of their process.

During this interview/meeting, the officers will determine whether you have enough money to live on while you are waiting for your visa to be approved. They also look into whether you have any assets that can be liquidated to help you survive until you get settled in America.

It’s very important to be prepared for this meeting, so make sure you don’t forget anything! Even if you think there is nothing significant about what you brought along, something small could tip them off, like a box of clothes.

The applicant may need to appear in person

i-130 visa processing time

After submitting your application, you must wait for it to be processed by USCIS. This can take anywhere from one week to several months depending on how many members of the family are applying for visas and whether there is any suspicion that anyone in the family might not be who they say they are.

Many people assume that once an immigrant visa has been approved, then the process comes to a close. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case!

Applicants will often have to go back into the immigration system when it comes time to reenter America as a visitor or employee. For example, if someone wishes to visit the United States for more than 30 days, he/she will first come here on a nonimmigrant (visitor) visa.

This individual would then apply for what is called a “employment authorization document” or EAD. An employment letter along with the EAD allows the bearer to work while visiting our country.

If the individual receives the documents before leaving for their trip, the process usually takes less than two weeks, but sometimes it can drag out for months.

The application can take months to process

i-130 visa processing time

Even though it seems like there is not much you can do while your I-130 visa processing takes place, there are some things you can do to help you feel more relaxed. You can speak with family members in the country you will be moving to about how their home life could change depending on whether or not they receive word of your approval within the next few weeks, and what that would mean for them.

They may also need permission to live and work in America after this so making sure everything is legal is important.

Some other tips include staying in good touch with friends back at home, trying new activities here in the US, and exploring the area where you will live. All of these make for great distractions and keep your spirits up!

It is very normal to feel nervous, stressed out, and/or concerned during the I-130 visa processing time, but knowing how to manage yourself can reduce stress and aid in finalization of the process.

The applicant must pay a processing fee

i-130 visa processing time

After submitting all required documents, next comes the I-130 visa process. This includes having your application be reviewed by USCIS and paying an administrative fees for your file to be processed.

The I-130 form is filed with the US Department of State’s Consular Affairs Office in the country where the beneficiary lives. It is then forwarded to Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), who reviews it before issuing or denying the request.

There are several reasons that can prevent an immigrant visa from being approved such as criminal records or health conditions. If this happens, the individual will have to start the process over again!

It is very important to know what time frame you should expect to receive word about whether your petition has been accepted or denied. Many people begin thinking about other options while they are waiting for their reply, but at the same time there is no way to know when someone will get around to reviewing yours.

We asked some professionals to give us their best estimates, so that you do not have to! Here are their answers along with our comments worthy of a reward 🙂

Dr. Sanjay Puri – Doctor specializing in internal medicine and medical director at Medical Associates Health Clinic

What is the estimated average I-130 visa processing time?

Most cases take 30–60 days depending upon how many applicants there are in a given month, the agency workload at any one time period, and whether there are special circumstances requiring additional review.

What if I need to renew my I-130 visa?

i-130 visa processing time

If you have received your I–130 approval, then you are officially authorized to work in the United States! You can now begin processing your employment authorization document (EAD), which is typically referred to as a “green card” or “work permit.”

After receiving word that you will receive an I–130, you must wait for USCIS to process your new green card before you may start looking for employment opportunities here in America. This could take anywhere from several days to weeks, even months, depending on how many employees there are at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office where you apply for your green card.

Renewing your I–130 does not extend your employment authorization. To remain employed, you will need to reapply for your EAD every 90 days.

The applicant must submit a new I-130

i-130 visa processing time

As mentioned before, there are several things that can slow down visa processing time including potential security checks, fraudulent documents or misrepresentation of information.

Security screenings typically include questions about your health, employment history, family members in the US, and more. These interviews happen at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world.

After being interviewed, officers will gather additional evidence to verify important facts such as whether you overstated income or understated debt, if you have defrauded insurance companies, and more. This process takes anywhere from one week to months depending on the complexity of the case.

I-130 petitions take weeks to complete because they require significant documentation and verification.