My attorney filed an I-130 on my behalf, and it's being processed at MSC NBC. I'm not even an attorney, yet even I know that there is NO estimated processing time on USCIS website for I-130 at MSC NBC. No thanks, to you attorneys who merely referred this question to USCIS website. You do yourself a disservice with this response. Many thanks to the attorney who responded to say, based on her working experience: "To work through the backlog the I-130's are being routed all over the country and the processing times are varying widely. We got our last few I-130's by U.S. citizens in about 3 months." This is a helpful response - thank you for actually answering the question with knowledge.
Processing times published by USCIS are only estimations. I routinely add 1 or even 2 months to most of those estimates. One just needs to be patient and wait while his/her case is being processed. It will take what it will take. Analyzing it to death will not make it any faster, but simply waste time and effort for anyone playing that game..
The average waiting times are posted on line and do not necessarily mean yours will take that long. USCIS has been processing certain types of applications at different service centers. For example, many I-130 petitions for spouses of US citizens are being processed at the Vermont Service Center and as of today are taking an average of 9 months to process. If an adjudicator determines that a petition will require an interview then it is sent to a local office for scheduling the interview. There can be delays because of background checks or incomplete petition packets, or pending requests for additional evidence. All of these an cause a petition to be delayed past the normal processing times. To give you a precise period of time for the processing of your petition is not at all possible. Yes I too have had some I-130s approved in 3 months but most are taking between 6 and 10 months. While USCIS does not schedule an interview in every case you can expect that you will have an interview. USCIS will eventually send an interview notice to you after the biometrics have been completed.
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