USCIS Receipt Notice Delays

08. Jan. 2021

USCIS is significantly delayed in issuing receipt notices for some applications filed at USCIS lockbox facilities, and in particular, employment-based I-485 and I-765 applications. We are informing our clients of this delay so that clients can rest assured that the process of issuing receipt notices, while severely delayed, is ongoing.  If you are awaiting a receipt notice for a pending application, ILG appreciates your patience and will update your INSZoom account immediately upon receiving receipts from USCIS.  Please refrain from following up with our office unless it has been at least 90-days since filing.

USCIS’s Jan. 8th statement regarding the current situation:

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume and other external factors, you may experience a delay of four to six weeks in receiving your receipt notice after properly filing an application or petition with a USCIS lockbox. These delays will not affect the receipt date which is determined pursuant to 8 C.F.R. 103.2(a)(7). Delays may vary among form types and lockbox locations. In some cases, you may experience significant delays if you filed a non-family based Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, or Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, based on eligibility categories described in 8 C.F.R. 274a.12(c)(3), relating to F-1 students.

The health and safety of our workforce remains a top priority. Across all USCIS offices, including lockbox facilities, the agency has taken necessary measures such as increased social distancing and frequent cleaning in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Some lockbox operations in locations that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 must adhere to stricter local guidelines.