The various cases of lawful immigration to the U.S. are processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The federal agency comes under the department of homeland security and services immigrants through its website, phone service, and physical offices.
The services that the USCIS provides at a field office include applicant interviews, naturalization events, and some information and other services. The network of field offices present inside the U.S. is arranged according to regions and districts. There are 4 regions and 26 districts spread across the country. A single district can have multiple field offices.
The San Francisco Field Office
San Francisco is one of the four districts in the state of California. The San Francisco Field Office is situated at:
630 Sansome Street San Francisco, CA 94111
The counties served by this USCIS office include:
Case Processing Times
The USCIS gives case processing times according to the application type and location of the office processing the application. Here are the processing times at the San Francisco field office for three common applications:
- Naturalization (N-400): 15.5 months to 20 months
- Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): 7.5 months to 16 months
- Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): 8 months to 23.5 months
It’s clear from these processing times that there can be a big difference between the processing times of different applications. Another notable thing about processing times is that they are given in the form of a range (x months to y months) instead of one figure. This is because USCISS testing times in the form of a range for many of its application types. In each of the ranges, the second figure indicates the time it takes to complete 93% of the cases.
Field Office Appointments
If you are planning to visit a USCIS field office, you must make an appointment first. Previously, the InfoPass system was used for making appointments, but this system is no longer available for people inside the U.S. To make an appointment, you can phone the Contact Center at 800-375-5283.
The USCIS website offers comprehensive online services and information. A person interested in immigration can get detailed information about citizenship, green card, laws, and practical information like form filing fees and application procedures.
There are many services and tools for those who are filing and/or following their case. Two of these services are:
An online account enables you to submit your application form online, upload documents supporting your case, set up case alerts, update your address, etc. You can begin the signup process for a USCIS account with your email.
Many of the popular forms are available for online filing, including the I-130, N-400, and I-90. You can check the list of available forms here. An important thing to remember about online filing is that the filing fee may be different for filing online vs. filing by mail.