Anxious About Not Having Received a Receipt Notice? Ask Emma

As USCIS continues to grapple with backlogs and extended processing delays, the issuance of receipt notices has also be impacted with some taking 3 weeks or longer to arrive by mail. Coupled with mail delivery issues at USPS, it has now become a challenge just to get the receipt notice in hand. It is no longer easy or expected to receive the receipt notice within a few short days. Receipt...

My I-751 Was Denied; I Was Then Put in Proceedings; My Petitioner Spouse Also Passed Away; Now What?

We helped a client whose I-751 journey began in August 2015 finally obtain her permanent green card in August 2021. Her case involved multiple setbacks due to circumstances beyond her control. We are sharing some of the issues here so others in similar situations may find them helpful. I-751 Denial A client filed I-751 jointly with her US citizen spouse in August 2015. They correctly informed...

USCIS Extends Status of Conditional Permanent Residents to 24 Months with Pending I-751 or I-829

Update Post 09/22/2021 If you have the 18-month receipt notice that has expired but have yet to receive the new 24-month receipt notice, you may continue to work in light of the 09/03/2021 announcement extending the time that I-751 or I-829 receipt notices can be used to show evidence of lawful permanent resident status. The expired 18-month receipt notice can be used as list B identity document...

How to Reschedule Biometrics Services Appointment as of July 28, 2021

USCIS no longer accepts written requests. Reschedule requests must now be made via the USCIS Contact Center by calling 1-800-375-5283. Your request to reschedule must: 1) be made before and time of the original appointment and 2) establish good cause for rescheduling. Please also see a sample recent biometrics appt notice without the option to mail in rescheduling requests.

I-751 Processing updates

Update Post 09/17/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 09/04/2021. Interview was waived. Filed on 12/06/2019 Approved on 09/04/2021 Update Post 08/20/2021 We received an I-751 approval on 08/17/2021. The interview also took place on 08/17/2021. Filed on 05/31/2019 Approved on 08/17/2021 Original Post 06/29/2021 Regarding ACS biometrics notices, we recently received one for a I-751 that was...

Policy updates: Expedited processing clarifications; No denial without RFE; Some EADs will be issued for two years

On June 9, 2021, USCIS issued policy updates to improve the immigration system. Improvements are expected to continue under the Biden administration. USCIS is committed to modernizing the immigration system and operating it in a fair, efficient, and humane manner. Expedited Processing USCIS provided further guidance on when expedited processing may be warranted. Please see our post regarding...

USCIS Wrongly Issues 10 YR Green Card Instead of 2 YR Conditional Green Card

Update August 25, 2021 USCIS continues to issue incorrect green cards to marriage-based applicants. A client just received a wrong card showing 10 years validity after completing the interview at the Baltimore Field Office. Not sure why the problem is not addressed by now at various field offices. Maybe officers are too used to approving employment-based green cards as they are dealing with a...

Biometric Appt may now be Rescheduled by Phone

On May 11, 2021, USCIS announced that Biometric Services Appointment may now be re-scheduled by calling the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283). Applicants must establish good cause for rescheduling and must call before the date and time of their original appointment to reschedule. It seems applicants may still reschedule by mailing back the biometrics notice with the box checked for...