ALERT: Plan Now for Processing Delays! (09/22/15)
In recent weeks and months, petitioners have been reporting processing delays and some unusual Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for O and P artist visas. The Vermont Service Center is particularly backed up, with regularly-filed petitions reportedly taking up to 6-8 weeks or even longer to process. Plan to file your petitions as early as possible in order to absorb any unexpected delays in processing or to respond to a USCIS request for additional evidence, and remember that the processing times listed on the USCIS website are an estimate and do not always reflect just how lengthy the delays are. Be sure to give your petition a close look for errors or omissions before filing, and for petitioners whose artists need to arrive in the U.S. sooner, consider converting your petition to Premium Processing Service.