What is USCIS Case Tracker?

If you are one of a number of immigration applicants, you can't skip this process: checking your case status on the USCIS website. The process may take months or even years depending on the type of visas you applied for. In this article, we will explain what USCIS provides you online in terms of your case status.


I. What is USCIS Case Tracker?

It is exactly as it sounds. You can track your case online with USCIS case tracker. Once you have completed your immigration application, petition, or request, the receipt number will be assigned to you. You can enter the number on the tracker in order to check, for example, whether your application has been received, your application is being actively reviewed, or it has been approved. Recognizing that a large number of applicants get lost during the entire process, USCIS case tracker gives you a clue of how far your application has gone. The online system will show the last action taken on your case and will let you know the next steps, if applicable. USCIS also provides reminders to keep your address current and how to submit inquiries.

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II. How to Check Your Case Status Online

Go to http://egov.uscis.gov or google "USCIS case tracker", then you will connect to the USCIS website where you can enter the receipt number. The receipt number, a unique 13-character identifier, consists of three letters followed by 10 numbers. For example, the letters can be EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC, NBC, MSC or IOE. You can find it on Notices of Action USCIS has sent you. When entering your receipt number, you should omit dashes (”-“), but you can include all other characters, including asterisks (“*”) if they are listed on your notice as part of the receipt number. You are not required to create an online account to access the information about your case status, but having an online account allows you to receive your most recent case updates including up to the last five actions on your case and access to your electronically filed applications.

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III. Is There Any Other Way to Check Your Case?

Call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 if you need further assistance. The Service Center used to provide email addresses for case-specific questions, but now that those e-mail boxes have been discontinued, their main resources are available online. We also encourage you to create an online account and utilize online tools. It is time-saving and paper-less!


IV. What does USCIS Case Tracker Show You

Let's say you married a U.S citizen, and you applied for a marriage-based Green Card. Filling in form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative is the first step to do with your spouse. After your submission, you will be notified that your I-130 has been received by USCIS. With a receipt number, you can see those messages as below:

  • Your I-130 has been received: It means you are safe waiting. There is nothing you can do to expedite your case, unless there are some extraordinary circumstances present.
  • USCIS has transferred your case to another office: this is generally a good sign. It means that your I-130 petition has met basic requirements and is being routed to a local official to perform an interview if needed and to make a final decision on your case.
  • Your case has been scheduled for an interview: you’ll need to look out for your appointment notice to find out where and when the I-130 interview will take place. It is very important to be prepared for it, especially when your I-130 is based on marriage.
  • If USCIS has sent you a letter asking for more information, you need to check your mail frequently to make sure you get it. When USCIS asks for more information, generally you may have 90 days to respond.
  • Your I-130 has been denied: There are many reasons why USCIS might refuse to approve an I-130 petition. The reason could be that you didn't provide enough information such as a relationship with your spouse. Note that normally you will be notified of the problem first, before receiving a denial notice, so you will have a chance to supply follow-up documentation.
  • Your I-130 has been approved: congratulations! But this is only the first step in the process of getting a Green Card. You still need to prepare form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, if you stay in the U.S.

Lawfully's Case Analysis Pro can straighten out your long and complicated journey to obtain your visa. Regardless of the type of your case, Case Analysis Pro will help you follow your case processing until the end of your application. We ensure that you will keep posted on your case status and any progress and predictions regarding your timeline. Download Lawfully App now!