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What is the normal processing time for I-485?

An attorney submitted my I-485 application in June of last year, but I still haven''t received my interview notice yet. What is the normal processing time for this? What are some reasons why I have not even received my interview notice?

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    Lei Jiang

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends on which service center you use. You should contact the service center for the status.

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    Philip H Teplen

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is taking too long. You should have your file reviewed by another immigration attorney.

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    Robert Abedi

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends on the country. Remember, we are dealing with the government, and the first step is the National Visa Center that sends the package to the consulate for the interview. Also, there could be other problems in this case, such as a lost communication. Our practice is that the attorney of record should email the consulate.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    This sounds like a long time, since it now takes about 4-8 months to process Form I-485. However, you need to ponder on a couple of questions: 1) Have you reviewed what transpired between the USCIS and your attorney''s office (including yourself) in terms of the nature of correspondence?, 2) Could there have been a couple of Requests for Evidence (RFEs), regardless of whether they have been answered or not, that would have invariably caused delays in processing your application? This can be a source of why your interview is being delayed. Also, either you or your attorney needs to make inquiries about the status of your application through any of the following: 1) Call the customer service; or 2) Write the USCIS office listed on your I-797 Notice of Action in writing. Make sure you include a copy of your Notice of Action in the correspondence. This typically affords the USCIS staffer easy tracing of your application file; or perhaps 3) finally, if you can, schedule a brief meeting (that usually lasts about 15 minutes) through the USCIS''s Infopass online system with a local USCIS office, if you have one that is close to you. Take your Notice of Action to such a meeting to allow the USCIS staff to be able to assist you. Advisably, any of these steps may help allay your fears.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    These are very slow, but usually don''t require an interview. Check the processing time for the service center where your case is pending.

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    Michael Okechuku

    Immigration Attorney
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    Please direct your question to your attorney.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    That does seem like a long time. If you missed or rescheduled your biometrics appointment, you could face delays in the I-485 processing. A call to the Customer Service Center may be in order.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Some I-485 are taking about 6-8 months these days, so it is about time for you to hear from USCIS. Have your attorney make an inquiry. Many EB-5 investors are getting their green cards without any interview.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    Processing times vary, and there is a significant backlog with USCIS; however, without additional information, it is difficult to ascertain the reason.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    You might not be interviewed at all. Most employment-based I-485 applications, including EB-5, are processed by mail, and the applicants are not interviewed. As for the processing time, each service center posts processing times for all petitions and applications. If your case has gone beyond the normal processing time for I-485 applications at the USCIS office where it was filed, then your attorney should be following up and making the appropriate inquiries.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    In general, the filing of an I-485 application, based upon an approved I-526 petition, would not lead to and require a personal interview so that you can adjust to conditional permanent residency.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends on the basis for eligibility.

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