Owing to the pandemic, federal immigration agencies are facing significant delays in processing various immigration applications. On January 8, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acknowledged delays in processing as the result of COVID-19 restrictions, increases in filings, and current postal service volume and other factors. USCIS announced that it was experiencing increased wait times in scheduling or rescheduling immigration appointments at the local Application Support Centers (ASC).
USCIS issues a receipt notice for every immigration application or petition filed in its office. The receipt notice acts as a confirmation that the petition has been filed with USCIS and is undergoing processing. These receipt notices enable applicants to track their case status and act as proof to many agencies that the immigrant has a pending application.
Receipt notices are typically mailed within 30 days, but currently, there is a delay of four to six weeks in receiving a receipt notice after the applicant has filed the application or petition at a USCIS lockbox.
USCIS has many online resources that immigrants can use to significantly decrease waiting times for receipt notices. Some are as follows:
The USCIS Public Engagement Division announced a few tips that applicants can use, to avoid incomplete submissions and improper filing. USCIS can reject any application or petition that is improperly filed. The Agency suggests the following:
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