After an applicant submits Form I-698, they enter the post-submission phase, which includes a series of steps involving communication from USCIS, potential requests for additional information, and the ultimate decision on the application.
Notice of Action
Once Form I-698 is received, USCIS issues a Notice of Action, also known as Form I-797, to acknowledge receipt. The applicant should carefully review this document as it contains important information such as their receipt number, which is necessary for tracking the application’s progress.
Requests for Further Evidence
If USCIS requires more information or documentation, they will send a Request for Further Evidence (RFE). Applicants must respond to an RFE within the timeframe specified in the notice, usually 60-90 days, by submitting all requested documents to ensure the continuation of their application processing.
Decision and Appeals
The final decision will be communicated through another Notice of Action. If the application is approved, the applicant will be granted permanent resident status. In case of denial, USCIS will provide the reasons for the refusal, and the applicant may file an appeal or a motion to reopen or reconsider the decision within 30 days of the denial.