USCIS announced it will be simplifying and improving how it communicates case processing time data to the public. The change will promote transparency, efficiency, and customer service and will make it easier for individuals to get immediate answers on when they can make an inquiry into their case. Users now can find the processing time information regarding how long it may take USCIS to process a particular form. Processing time is defined as the number of months between the date USCIS receives the application, petition, or request and the date a decision will be issued. Processing times are a reference point, not an absolute measure of how long it will take to process a specific case.