The simplest and fastest way to check the status of your I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence is online at the website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Tracking your application is quick and requires only the submission of your case receipt number. The processing for every case varies, as each case is unique in type and individual circumstances. If your case does not appear to update after a period of two to three months, contact the USCIS service center or schedule an appointment with a representative.
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Navigate to the website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services at uscis.gov. Locate the box titled "Case Status" in the left-hand column and type in your case receipt number and click "Check Status." Your case receipt number is a combination of thirteen letters and numbers and should appear in the form AAA-XX-YYY-Z-MMMM. It is sent to you via mail after the USCIS receives your I-485 application. There is no guaranteed timeline for when you will receive your receipt upon filing; during periods of heavy application, a backlog builds and it may take months to receive the receipt.
Review the current status of your case. If you have a receipt number, the current status of your case will appear on the screen. The status levels are listed through a series of nine steps beginning with "Acceptance" and ending with "Card/Document Production." The box underneath your case status represents the national average processing time for I-485 forms which was, as of January 2011, about four months.
Contact the USCIS for help. If you have not yet received your case receipt number or your information does not register in the online case status application, seek direct advice from the USCIS. Scheduling an appointment is the surest way to get live help with an USCIS representative. To do so, access the website of the USCIS and locate "Infopass, Schedule a Free Appointment" on the left-hand column of the homepage. Click the link and schedule a day and time to speak in person with a representative. You can also call the national customer service center at any time at 800-375-5283.Tags: your case, receipt number, case receipt, case receipt number