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Applying for temporary protected status (TPS) can be a life-changing decision for many individuals fleeing from countries with ongoing armed conflicts, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary conditions. The form that needs to be filled out for TPS is called the I-821, and it’s crucial to understand the processing time of this form to plan your next steps accordingly. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the I-821 processing time and provide essential tips on how you can potentially speed up the process.

Understanding Form I-821 Processing Time

The first thing you need to know is that there isn’t a fixed processing time for Form I-821. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) typically provides an estimated timeframe which can range anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
Honduras InitialVermont Service Center17 Months
Honduras Re-registrationVermont Service Center3.5 Months
Haiti InitialCalifornia Service Center9 Months
Burma InitialCalifornia Service Center5 Months
Nicaragua InitialTexas Service Center4 Months
Nicaragua Re-registrationTexas Service Center3 Months
Nepal InitialNebraska Service Center29 Months
Nepal Re-registrationNebraska Service Center3.5 Months
Sudan InitialVermont Service Center9.5 Months
Sudan Re-registrationVermont Service Center4.5 Months
Somalia InitialVermont Service Center9 Months
Somalia Re-registrationVermont Service Center43.5 Months
South Sudan InitialVermont Service Center10.5 Months
South Sudan Re-registrationVermont Service Center2.5 Months
El Salvador InitialTexas Service Center20.5 Months
El Salvador InitialVermont Service Center13 Months
El Salvador Re-registrationNebraska Service Center5.5 Months
El Salvador Re-registrationTexas Service Center6 Months
El Salvador Re-registrationVermont Service Center4 Months
Syria InitialVermont Service Center14 Months
Syria Re-registrationVermont Service Center13.5 Months
Venezuela InitialPotomac Service Center14 Months
Yemen InitialVermont Service Center11.5 Months
Yemen Re-registrationVermont Service Center36.5 Months

This wide range is due to various factors that may affect processing times, such as:

Increased Application Volume

When USCIS receives a high number of applications within a short period, the processing times will naturally increase. Situations like natural disasters or political unrest in certain countries can result in more people applying for TPS at once.

Staffing Levels at USCIS Offices

The staffing levels at your local USCIS office also play a significant role in determining how quickly your application can be processed. If there’s a shortage of staff members, this could lead to longer waiting times.

Security Checks and Background Investigations

USCIS conducts thorough security checks and background investigations as part of their application review process. Thus, if an applicant has a complicated history or if additional information is required during these checks, it might take longer than usual for the application process.

Tips on Speeding up Your I-821 Application Process

While you cannot control all aspects of your application’s processing time, here are some tips on how you can improve your chances of a faster processing time:

Complete Your Application Accurately and Thoroughly

A common reason for delays in the I-821 application process is due to errors or incomplete sections in the form. Spend some time reviewing your application to make sure you have provided accurate information and that all required sections are filled out.

Submit All Required Supporting Documents

Along with your I-821 form, you need to submit several supporting documents such as proof of identity, nationality, and residence. Make sure you provide all necessary documentation to avoid having your application delayed or even denied due to insufficient evidence.

Apply for TPS Early

When USCIS announces a new TPS designation or extension for a country, there’s usually a limited registration period during which eligible individuals must apply. Submitting your application early in this window ensures that it gets processed before the deadline, reducing the chances of being caught in a backlog.

Check for Updates on USCIS Processing Times

Stay informed by regularly checking the USCIS website for updates on processing times. This will give you an idea of what to expect and help you plan accordingly.


The processing time for Form I-821 can vary greatly depending on applicant volume, staffing levels at USCIS offices, and security checks. However, by following our tips on completing your application accurately and thoroughly, submitting all required supporting documents, applying early within the designated timeframe, and staying informed about USCIS processing times; you can increase your chances of a smoother and faster TPS approval process. Remember that patience is essential during this process but taking proactive steps will help ensure a more favorable outcome.

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