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How can I check my USCIS case status?

Posted by Christopher Keen | Dec 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Once your forms are submitted to USCIS, then comes the waiting game.  Clients get anxious and very excited to know that their case has been received and to know that it is processing.  They also want to know how long before it will be decided and approved.

There are a number of ways to find out.  Note that technology and webpages change quickly, so this information is only current as of 12-2017.  

First, after you submit your case, you will receive a receipt notice from USCIS.  On that receipt notice it will contain a case number.  The first three letters of that case number determine where the case will be processed.   

1.)  Case Status Online

The Case Status Online function of the USCIS official website allows you to type in that receipt number and find otu the current case status.  It is sometimes pretty vague information, but it is better to have something than nothing.  It is the easiest and best place to start.

Case Status Page
Click Image Above To Access Case Status Page

2.) Case Processing Times

If you have a particular form filed such as an N-400 or an I-130 or an I-485, you may want to know when to expect an interview, or when the case will be decided.  You can access the USCIS case processing times page here.

Then you need to look at your receipt notice, locate the receipt number, and look at the first three letters. 

I-130 receipt notice showing receipt number
Sample I-130

That will tell you where the case should be processed.  Note that sometimes the case is transferred to another processing center, but you should be notified if that happens. 

Webpage to locate USCIS processing times
Click Image Above to Access Processing Times
lower portion of processing times page
processing times 2

Then click on the selection to see the processing times. 

options to select service center
selecting correct service center

You will see a table like this:

case processing table
sample case processing

Note that in this example, there is no processing time listed for the form I-130.  This sometimes happens, and you cannot find the processing times.  You can look at other processing centers and that might give you an idea.  Most of the time you will find your form and processing time listed.  

These are two ways to find the status of your case.   Of course, one can always call the USCIS number at (800) 375-5283.  Hold times may vary and first level operators can often do nothing more than check what you can check online yourself.  Sometimes a higher level supervisor can be reached (or will call you back) and then you can actually find out more detail on your case.

Additionally you can schedule an infopass appointment and go to your local USCIS office.  

About the Author

Christopher Keen

As the founding attorney for Keen Law Offices, LLC, J. Christopher Keen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Since that time, he has been admitted to practice before all of the state courts in Utah.

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