My green card is not arriving! Learn about USCIS timelines and what to do if you experience an unreasonable delay.

As all of us who have been through the immigration process are well aware immigration processimmigration do not come without complications. Among them, the most common is that applications are delayed and get stuck in backlogs in endless waiting times. Usually, blame what is called an unreasonable delay, very difficult to accelerate.

What is unreasonable delay and why is it affecting my case?

An unreasonable delay in immigration means that the application sent to the immigration offices, specifically USCIS, has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo, has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo and cannot move forward. and cannot move forward.

In other words, unreasonable delays occur when the problem has to do with immigration agencies.and not with problems in individual applications. Probably the cases most affected by these delays are green cards, or permanent or permanent residency.

The time is getting longer, the applicants are getting impatient, and the problems of not having an immigration status keep surfacing. So, if you find yourself wondering, “Why isn’t my green card arriving?”, first it is important to be informed about the estimated times for each procedure and if there are possibilities to speed it up.

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What is the USCIS waiting time?

First of all, before initiating any drastic measure, it is necessary to know the approximate time it may take the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process the applications.

The agency’s official website has all the information in this regard, specifying according to application forms, category, and office where they were sent. Log in regularly, before and after making the application, could be significant in calming impatience and knowing what to expect from the process..

For example:

  • If you have entered the United States on an immigrant visa and paid the visa fee before entering the country, the waiting time for permanent residency is approximately 90 days from the day of arrival.
  • If the fee was paid after entry, the waiting time announced by USCIS is 90 days after payment is made.
  • If you have not yet paid the immigration fee, you must pay it online in order to begin processing for permanent residency.

How long does it take to receive a green card?

The total green card processing time will depend on several factors. will depend on several factorssuch as the time and place where the procedure was initiated, or the eligibility category. Anyway, USCIS provides an estimated number of based on historical data. From the beginning of the process until the green card is granted, he says that it can take from 11 months for applications based on family ties and job offers..

On the other hand, asylum seeker and/or refugee cases are more rapid, with an estimatedwith an estimated 6.9 to 8.9 months respectively.

How do I track my green card?

To calm nerves, there are several tools and ways to track a green card once application processing has begun. You can log on to the USCIS websitecreate a user ID within the Online Case Status page, and access all of your case updates access all updates on your case automatically. automatically.

Another option is to register on the USPS Informed Delivery site.. There you will receive the locations and all the necessary information about incoming mail. From there it is possible to make changes to orders and avoid misunderstandings so that the package with the green card arrives just in time and in perfect condition.

How long does it take for the 2023 residency renewal to arrive?

However, since residence cards have an expiration date every 10 or 2 years, they must be renewed before they expire. every 10 or 2 years, they must be renewed before their validity expires.. This process can lead to take 10 to 12 months. However, this number is subject to the number of renewal applications the agency must process at that time. It may be less time as well as, most likely, more.

Please note that this application must be filled out and submitted correctly, as any errors or omissions may lead to a delay in the processing of your application. any errors or omissions may lead to a delay in the.

What to do if I suffer an unreasonable delay and my green card does not arrive?

When the wait becomes interminable, the delay is unreasonable and beyond the applicant’s control, there is the possibility of filing an injunction o Writ of mandamus. It is a document filed with a District Court seeking an order compelling government agency officials to do their duty, obligates the USCIS to make a decision, either favorable or unfavorable to the applicant.either favorable or unfavorable to the applicant.

The writ of mandamus should be considered a last resortand should not be taken as an additional tool in the event of a delay in the case. It is a complex judicial process, and it has to be carried out in the company of a specialized lawyer.

In summary...

How much time have you spent thinking “my green card is not coming”? The USCIS waiting time can vary, but beyond a certain amount, it qualifies as an unreasonable delay. Therefore, make sure you have all the tools to know how long your application will take within the normal time frame, how to track your green card, and what to do in case it is unreasonably delayed.

At Urbina Law we can help you go through this complex process and obtain your green card without any problems that may affect your stay in the United States.