In almost every initial meeting with a potential immigration client I get asked three questions, how long will the process take, how much will the process cost and what are my chances. These are great basic questions that everyone should know the answer to before they start their immigration process. After our in depth meeting I can accurately answer these questions. What never gets asked is how long it takes to complete the forms.
The Office of Management & Budget, as part of the Paperwork Reduction Act, computes how long it takes to complete each USCIS form. These time estimates can be found on the instructions under the heading Paperwork Reduction Act. The estimated amount of time to complete an adjustment of status application, based on marriage to a U.S. citizen is 23 hours and 49 minutes. Here is the breakdown:
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative – 2 hours
I-485 Application to Adjust Status – 6 hours 15 minutes
I-864 Affidavit of Support – 6 hours
I-765 Application for Employment Authorization – 3 hours 25 minutes
I-131 Application for Travel Document – 3 hours 39 minutes
I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record – 2 hours 30 minutes
One full day or three work days to complete a common immigration request for a benefit. If you are considering filing for your benefit, make sure you are legally eligible for the benefit. Also make sure you have enough time available to complete all of the forms required. If you are not sure, meet with an immigration attorney and go over your case, so you can be sure.
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