Current USCIS processing times of F1 Visa Applications for [2020]

Processing times last updated on : December 05, 2020 (GMT)
Latest processing times for F1, M1 Visa are daily pulled from USCIS website.
Below are the Processing times for F1, M1 Visa by USCIS Service Center. Also, read common FAQs onthe processing times at the end.

California Service Center (CSC, WAC)

F1, M1 Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
F1 or M1 Change of Status9 Months - 12 MonthsDecember 20, 2019
F1 or M1 Extensions9 Months - 12 MonthsDecember 20, 2019

If your F1, M1 Visa application was filed at California Service Center (CSC, WAC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Nebraska Service Center (NSC, LIN)

F1, M1 Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
F1 or M1 Extensions4.5 Months - 6.5 MonthsMay 23, 2020
F1 or M1 Change of Status4.5 Months - 6.5 MonthsMay 23, 2020

If your F1, M1 Visa application was filed at Nebraska Service Center (NSC, LIN) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Potomac Service Center (YSC)

F1, M1 Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
F1 or M1 Change of Status2.5 Months - 4.5 MonthsJuly 23, 2020
F1 or M1 Extensions2.5 Months - 4.5 MonthsJuly 23, 2020

If your F1, M1 Visa application was filed at Potomac Service Center (YSC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Texas Service Center (TSC, SSC, SRC)

F1, M1 Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
F1 or M1 Change of Status7.5 Months - 9.5 MonthsMarch 02, 2020
F1 or M1 Extensions7.5 Months - 9.5 MonthsMarch 02, 2020

If your F1, M1 Visa application was filed at Texas Service Center (TSC, SSC, SRC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


Vermont Service Center (VSC, ESC, EAC)

F1, M1 Visa Case TypeProcessing TimeService Request Date
F1 or M1 Change of Status6.5 Months - 8.5 MonthsMarch 24, 2020
F1 or M1 Extensions6.5 Months - 8.5 MonthsMarch 24, 2020

If your F1, M1 Visa application was filed at Vermont Service Center (VSC, ESC, EAC) on or before Service Request Date in above processing times table, you can raise a Service Request with USCIS as a follow up. Click on the below button to raise the same.


What are these processing times for F1 or M1 Visa applicaitons ?

These are the processing times for F1 or M1 visa applications who filed I-539 form with USCIS for either Extension or Change of Status to F1 or M1. These are pulled from USCIS processingt times website

What are the average processing times for F1 COS or Extensions with USCIS ?

The average processing time can be anywhere from 2 to 8 months, depending on the service center. Check above processing times tables for current infomrmation

Can I apply for Preimum processing for I-539 form to do Change of Status(COS) to F1 ?

No, premium processing is not available for I-539 form to change status to F1 visa.

Can I expedite the F1 COS form filed with USCIS ?

You may file an exepedite request with USCIS, if you qualify for the requirements of Expedite request.

What are my options, if the processing time for F1 COS or Extension is taking long?

You can raise a Service request with USCIS, if the Processing time exceeds the average processing time for that form in a service center.

Do I get I-94 also with I-539 approval for COS to F1 ?

Yes, if your COS to F1 or M1 is approved, USCIS would issue an updated I-94 for the same.

Can I verify I-94 that I get with I-539 approval for F1 COS ?

No, you cannot verify the status of it online on DHS I-94 website