When immigration applications are filed with United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), it can take weeks, months or even years to get an approval. During that time, pending applicants can check the status of their applications through the USCIS website. The case status website provides applicants with one of seven statuses, as well as additional information regarding processing times for specific forms and locations.
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Visit the USCIS homepage. You will notice a number of updates pertaining changes in immigration rules and regulations. You will also notice links where USCIS provides assistance guides to help answer common questions.
Search along the left side of the homepage for a subhead titled "Customer Tools." There, you will see three categories. Look under "After I File" until you see the link labeled "Check My Case Status."
Select "Check My Case Status" and a new window will appear. This new page includes a diagram of seven steps in the immigration application process. Below the diagram is a drop-down menu which includes processing times for specific forms. Identical forms may have different processing times at different service centers.
Enter your receipt number into the blank field to the left of the diagram. Select "Check Status" and wait for the page to reload. Once the page loads, the circle indicating your current status will fill in blue. Underneath the blue circle is a lengthy description of what that status means in the immigration process.
Tips & Warnings
1) If you would prefer not to log into the USCIS status checker multiple times, you can register for an account. Once you obtain an account, you can have status changes emailed to you or text messages sent to your phone.
2) In addition to checking your status, you also have the ability to change your address online. This is particularly useful if you moved between the time an application was filed and when it is adjudicated. If the decision is sent to the incorrect mailing address, you may have to pay money for a new form to be prepared.Tags: processing times, Case Status, Case Status, Check Case