USCIS Issues Lockbox Updates re Recent Delays

January 11, 2021

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that its lockbox facilities “have received a significant increase in filings in recent weeks.” The increase, along with COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, is causing “significant delays for processing receipt notices,” the agency said.

The notice states that USCIS will send a receipt notice to the mailing address provided on a properly filed form “normally within 30 days.” The agency provided several tips for decreasing the time it takes USCIS to process and send a receipt notice, including filing online, creating a USCIS online account and using the case status online tool to check status, and completing a Form G-1145, Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clipping it to the front of the form to request a text message and/or email when USCIS accepts the form. The notice also includes additional tips for submitting evidence with application packages.