The EB-1 green card, also known as the “Einstein Visa,” is a coveted path to permanent residency in the United States for individuals with extraordinary abilities in their field. But how long does the EB-1 green card process take? 

Stages OF EB-1 Green Card Processing

There are two main stages to consider when calculating your EB-1 green card processing timeline:

  1. I-140 Petition Approval: This initial petition establishes your eligibility in one of the five EB-1 categories (outstanding professors/researchers, multinational managers/executives, individuals with extraordinary ability, alien of exceptional ability, or certain national interest waivers).
  2. Adjustment of Status (I-485) Approval: Once your I-140 petition is approved, and your priority date becomes current (meaning there are visa numbers available for your category), you can apply for permanent residency through Form I-485.

Factors that Affect EB-1 Green Card Processing Times

Here’s the not-so-simple answer; processing times for EB-1 applications can fluctuate depending on several factors which include:

  • Current workload at USCIS: A surge in applications can lead to longer processing times.
  • Your specific EB-1 category: Some categories might experience higher processing volumes than others.
  • Service center handling your case: Different USCIS service centers may have varying processing times.
  • Completeness and accuracy of your application: A well-prepared application with all necessary documentation can expedite the process.

EB-1 Green Card Processing Times (as of April 2024)

  • I-140 Approval: The average processing time for an I-140 petition is currently around 4 months. The good news is that premium processing can significantly reduce this timeframe to 15 days.
  • I-485 Approval: Here’s where things get a bit more complex. Currently, processing times for I-485 applications under EB-1 can range anywhere from 16 to 50 months! However, it’s important to note that these are just estimates and can vary based on the factors mentioned above.

For the most current processing times, it’s always best to consult the USCIS website. Additionally, your immigration attorney can provide personalized insights based on your specific circumstances.

Contact CFUIS

While processing times can feel like a moving target, thorough preparation and professional guidance can help you navigate the EB-1 green card process as efficiently as possible. Remember, this prestigious visa offers a fast track to permanent residency for those with exceptional talent, so don’t let the wait discourage you. Start planning your future today!

We know the stress and confusion that the process can cause. With our professional US immigration services, we can answer your questions and help make the process easier. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorneys, email usfill out our Contact Us form, or call us at 813-298-7222.