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Back ground check for F1 visa? What is the average processing time and will this effect the decision of USCIS?

Danville, CA |

Hi All,

I came to USA on Aug 2011 with L2 visa, due to personal reasons I have moved to B2 visa from Oct 2012 to Mar 2013. I have filed for a F1 visa in Jan 2013 and am waiting for result. I was informed on Apr 25 2013 that USCIS needs to have back ground check and it might take 120 days , but my college starts by May 20 2013.

Will I be able to attend this summer classes? What will be average time for the background check and the case processing time for California Service Center.

Note: I have filed B2 visa with a reason that, I was having an on going family court case at USA , Did this effect my current change of visa status ?

Thanks in advance

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Attorney answers 1


There is no defined processing time for background checks. They take however long it takes the government to complete the check and resolve the issues that triggered it.

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