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How long does I-485 application approval take?

How long does it take for the I-485 application to get approved? And how long after filling the I-485 do I receive my travel documents and work authorization?

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    Rachel Lew

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Depending on the case load of the local immigration office where the applicant resides and the criminal background check, the process can take between 6-8 months. Absent any emergency in need for traveling abroad, it takes 3-4 months from submission of the adjustment of status package to receive the travel documents and work authorization.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The USCIS will adjudicate the I-485 application and this may take several months. After the filing of the I-485 application, within 90 days, you should receive your employment authorization card and permission to travel and re-enter the United States.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS processing times change from time to time, but the average right now is about four to six months. You should receive work and travel authorization in about 90 days after filing the I-485 package (which should include I-765 for work and I-131 for travel).

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Employment and travel documents must be issued within 90 days of filing of the I-485. They generally arrive within 60-90 days for most cases. Processing times are published at the USCIS official website.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The application could take from 6 to 9 months. Then it depends on what country you are applying from to determine when the Department of State will issue your visa.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Work and travel usually come within 60-90 days. I-485s are posting a processing time of seven months currently.

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    Melanie Yang

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If there is an EB-5 quota, it only takes 4-5 months to be approved. If after you submitted I-485, the backlog occurs and your priority date is not current, then your I-485 will be approved 1-2 months after your priority date becomes current in the future. It usually takes 2-3 months to get travel documents and work authorization after you submit the I-485.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    The travel and work authorization card must be issued within 90 days of submitting the I-485 AOS application along with the I-765 (work authorization) and I-131 (travel permit), but normally, USCIS approves and issues the card in about two months. As to the actual I-485 adjudication, the current processing times are 4-6 months.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Currently, USCIS estimated I-485 processing at 4-8 months. If you apply for employment authorization and advance parole (travel), those should receive a decision in 90 days, allowing you to travel and work in the United States while the I-485 is pending.

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