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How to Check USCIS Case Status Online

If you already have a USCIS receipt number, you can check your case status on the website. Your receipt number is a 13-character case number assigned to you by USCIS when your application was accepted. You can find the receipt number - starting with three letters such as SRC, LIN, etc. - usually on your Form I-797 Receipt Notice. Occasionally you may also see the number on other USCIS notices. If you have more than one case pending at USCIS, You can also check the status of multiple applications by registering an account on the official USCIS.GOV website.

Keep in mind that other U.S. government agencies, such as the Department of State (DOS), also handle immigration cases. These cases will not be found in the USCIS My Case Status system.

How do I check my USCIS case status online?

How do I check my USCIS case status by phone or in person?

If the online status information is insufficient or unavailable, you may try other methods:

How do I submit a case inquiry?

USCIS now accepts online inquiries if you fall into one of the following situations:

  • Your case is outside USCIS normal processing time and you haven't heard from them.
  • You did not receive notice by mail that you were expecting.
  • You did not receive the card that you had been waiting for.
  • You did not receive a document that USCIS sent you.

In addition, you can also submit a Service Request to ask for accommodations for an interview appointment, or to correct typographic errors on a document or card which you received from USCIS.

What is a USCIS receipt number?

USCIS assigns a 13-character case number (receipt number) to each application. Here is an example: SRC-06-012-54321. Omit any dashes or spaces in the number when checking case status. For example, enter SRC0601254321 in the text box above. However, enter all other characters, including asterisks (*), if they are part of the receipt number.

What does a case number mean?

A case number is structured like this: AAA-XX-YYY-Z-MMMM:

AAA: The service center or office that received your case.
  SRC - Texas Service Center (TSC, formerly Southern Regional Center)
LIN - Nebraska Service Center (NSC, Lincoln, NE)
WAC - California Service Center (CSC, formerly Western Adjudication Center)
EAC - Vermont Service Center (VSC, formerly Eastern Adjudication Center)
MSC - Missouri Service Center (MSC, transitioned to NBC)
NBC - National Benefits Center (NBC, for N-400 Naturalization and other cases)
XX: The fiscal year of USCIS, from October 1 to September 30. Cases filed from 10/01/2006 to 09/30/2007 will have xx = 07
YYY: The working day of the fiscal year when your case is received. 10/01 = 001
Z: This digit is part of a serial number but may have certain meanings for USCIS internal use.
MMMM: A serial number assigned to your case based on the number of cases received, starting from 0001

Where can I find my USCIS case number?

Your case number is printed on the I-797 receipt notice from USCIS. If you agreed to receive electronic notifications, the email to acknowledge the acceptance of your application/petition may also contain your receipt number.

What does a processing step mean?

The redesigned website launched on September 21, 2009 now shows seven adjudication stages. See this page for case status examples and processing steps.

Is the USCIS case status up to date?

Typically yes. The USCIS database is updated frequently and if there is a major status change in your case, you can expect to see it within a day or less.

Is the case status information complete?

Although major status changes, such as "approval notice sent," are provided by the system, certain information may not always be updated in the database. For example, USCIS may or may not change the case status if they have received your response to RFE (Request for Evidence). This is particularly frustrating for immigrants because responding to RFE is a time sensitive issue.

Does USCIS keep track of my case status?

They may do so internally, but they don't display a log of status changes for your case. What you see in the status checking system is the last action taken by the USCIS. Sometimes you might see that the last updated date (LUD) changed, but the message (case status) remained the same.

If a case next to mine has been approved, does it mean my case will be approved soon?

Not really. Case numbers are not sorted by application type. If your I-485 case number ends with 54321, the next case 54322 may be an advanced parole which has a shorter processing window.

My case at USCIS has been pending for too long, what can I do?

If your case has been pending and is now outside USCIS processing window, you can contact USCIS to inquire about the delay. The online checking system is very convenient, but does not tell you why it hasn't been approved.

What is USCIS anyway?

USCIS stands for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS is the official government agency that handles applications and petitions for immigration benefit. Under the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS inherited a large portion of the functions from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), which ceased to exist on March 1, 2003. Keep in mind that most search engines will direct you to the official website if you use keywords such as USCIS or INS. They can also handle certain misspelled words such as UCIS, USICS, USCIC, UCSIS, etc. However, if you typed something else make sure you are at the website before you submit sensitive information or make a payment.

What information is provided by USCIS case status check system?

Here is an example of a typical status update:

Receipt Number: EAC09xxxxxxxx


Current Status: Approval notice sent.

On May 15, 2009, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service.

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