USCIS Issues Service Center and Lockbox Receipting Update
Download: USCIS Press Release
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of applications filed, which has resulted in a “front log” of cases awaiting data entry. USCIS will prioritize data entry for specific form types. Delays in data entry and fee receipting will not affect change of status or extension of stay eligibility, assuming all other eligibility requirements are satisfied, USCIS said. The agency also noted that requests for Premium Processing Service will continue to be processed within 15 days.
The actual received date will be honored and recorded on the receipt notice. This date will appear in the “Received Date” box on Form I-797, Notice of Action. The received date on the I-797 is different from the “Notice Date,” which also appears on the Notice and identifies the date the receipt notice was generated.
USCIS will provide weekly updates on its Web site. USCIS released information on completed data entry and receipt notices for applications and petitions received on or before the dates listed in this PDF. Please note that the receipt dates do not indicate the date the applicant or petitioner will receive the receipt, only the date it is issued. ABIL members have experienced a lag time of 10 or more days until the actual receipt reaches the applicant or counsel.