Once a form is submitted to USCIS by mail, an applicant should be prepared to monitor the processing and respond appropriately to any USCIS correspondence.
After USCIS receives the mailed form, they issue a Receipt Notice. This notice confirms that the application or petition has been received and provides a tracking number, known as a Receipt Number. Applicants should keep this notice, as it will be necessary for future reference and when making inquiries about their case status.
An applicant can track the status of their submission using the Receipt Number on the USCIS online case status tool. This tool updates an applicant on the current processing stage and any actions that may be required. Regularly checking one’s case status helps an applicant stay informed about their application process.
Responding to Requests for Evidence
If USCIS requires more information to make a decision, they will send a Request for Evidence (RFE). Respondents must read the RFE carefully, provide all requested information, and adhere to the deadline specified in the notice. Mailing the response to the correct address as provided in the RFE is crucial for timely processing. Failure to respond, or responding inadequately, may result in a delay or denial of the application.