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Greetings everyone. Every week I receive news and updates from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Every week I read through all this information and decide whether or not to present this information to you, my readers.  My decision making process is simple: If I think that the information or update that I receive from USCIS is important to the column and my readers, or the community in general, then I will discuss it. If not, then I don't. It's that simple.

On that note, this week I have an update from USCIS regarding their new automated program for calculating processing times of cases that are pending adjudication. This is important information that I think all applicants and petitioners, should know, hence, my reason for discussing this update here and now. Just in case you did not know (which would mean that you haven't been reading my past articles!), you can check on, not only the status of your pending case, but also on the approximate processing time for your general type of case.

How to Check the Status of a Case Pending with USCIS

The first thing that you'll want to do is check the status of your pending immigration case for any updates. There are different ways to do this.  Let's say you (or your attorney) submitted a green card application, and you want to know what stage your case is currently at. One way to find out is to call the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) directly at 1-800-375-5283. If you go this route, just listen for the prompts and select accordingly. Be prepared with some basic information such as your full name, case number and any other identifying information that you may be asked. (Note: This number can also be used if you have not received your receipt notice for an extended period of time). For the hearing impaired, NCSC's TDD number is 1-800-767-1833

Another way to check the status of your case (which I actually think is a quicker way), is to visit USCIS' online case status checker at:    Once you are on the “Case Status Online” page, look under "Enter a Receipt Number". In that box, enter the receipt number you received on your I-797C, Notice of Action form. (This is the first notice you should have received after you submitted your application/petition. It is basically the confirmation notice that USCIS has accepted your case for filing). You can generally find your "receipt number" near the top left portion of this document. It will be 13 characters long with the first 3 characters being letters, and the rest in numbers. (Example: MSC1234567890, or WSC0987654321, etc).  Once you enter the receipt number, click "Check Status" and voila! Your case status should be there for you to see.

How to Check the Processing Time of a Case Pending with USCIS

After you've checked the status of your pending immigration case, you'll probably want to know how much longer it will take before it is decided. You might have some questions: Is it taking too long? How do you know if your case is proceeding within the normal time frame?  Well...then you can check the "processing" time for your type of case. Of course, this is an estimate of your type of case and not specifically your case. In other words, there is no way to know exactly when your case will be decided, but by checking the USCIS processing time information, it will give you an estimate of how long it should take. As I mentioned in the introduction to this article, there is some good news here. USCIS has updated their webpage for checking the processing times of cases. This new webpage can be found at 

Note: There is also a direct link to this on my website at: WWW.JC4LAW.COM.

From what I understand, USCIS will be pilot testing 4 types of cases with their new automated program. This program uses a new methodology for collecting data and calculating processing times, which is supposed to result in more accurate responses. The 4 types of cases being tested are:

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization;

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;

Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; and

Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

Note: Although these are the 4 types of cases being tested, you can always check the processing times of other cases.

My Review of Immigration's Updated Webpage

In my test of the new updated page, it does seem to post quicker results. Under the old method, USCIS would take approximately 6 weeks or more to post data on processing times, whereas this new update results in posts of data within approximately 2 weeks. The difference of 4 weeks in posting period is great news for frustrated applicants, petitioners, and other pending immigration-benefit seekers. I know your pain, people...I hear your concerns everyday. Hopefully, not only will we see the posting of processing times be quicker, but also the adjudication of these cases!

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Disclaimer: The information contained herein have been prepared for informational purposes only and are not to be considered legal advice unless otherwise specified. All opinions expressed are those of the author and in no way shall be associated with Sereechai Newspaper. If you have a specific question regarding your personal case, please contact the Law Offices of Joseph Chitmongran for a full consultation.