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How long does it take for the USCIS to make a decision on a I485?

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My husband and I had our interview in Jan of 2013 for the I485. The interview went good and the officer told us that we needed to resend in my husband's medical record because the copy she had was not signed by the doctor. We sent it out the next day the uscis got it within two days. As of right now we still have not received an answer yet. We have a lawyer but the only thing he keeps saying is, "You need to wait for their decision." I believe that almost 6 months we should have had our decision by now. We have not received anything in the mail saying something was wrong. Any advice on what we should do?
Thank you

We called our lawyer and he said that the officer that took our interview was moved to a different department. So he put in an inquiry in two months ago. They still said that we need to wait.

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Stop distrusting the lawyer ... You are wrong, he/she is correct.

They can take over a year if they sent it to a 'remote' adjudication center.

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Alexander Joseph Segal

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I do not know about that specific geographic area, but in my opinion it is way too long.

Ji Min Kim

Ji Min Kim


At least from the "west-coast" experience, I agree with MR. Capriotti. Sometime, it just gets sent to a remote place. Usually info-pass cures things.


Your wait is outside of normal situation. You should consult with a different lawyer. I would also schedule an infopass and taked to USCIS. These officers who do interviews also do rounds of duties as infopass informaiton officers and this is quite a good way to find out what is going on.

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I agree with Mr. F. Capriotti.
You may try to do info-pass on this if you want. I am pretty sure your attorney already did.


USCIS has up to 90 days after an interview to render a decision on a case. In this situation, however, it is quite possible that the interviewing officer who since got transferred moved or misplaced your file. That's why so much delay I think. There is nothing else your lawyer or any other lawyer can do at this point, short of filing a Mandamus petition in federal court, to compel USCIS to render a decision on the case now.

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Sometimes things can end up this long but it certainly looks abnormal. Best Wishes!
Lalita Haran
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13295 Illinois St Ste 128
Carmel IN 46032
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