Attention: COVID-19 Hinders USCIS Operations
The historic year of 2020 finally passed as we welcome 2021 with hope for a more typical year. However, the pandemic, which started back in 2019, still looms over us.
Since winter arrived, the pandemic worsened drastically. The number of daily cases skyrocketed, forcing small businesses to close again shortly after opening.
Although USCIS is a government agency, it cannot avoid being impacted by the pandemic. USCIS announced on January 8th, due to factors such as the COVID-19, an increase in filings, and current postal service volume, the time of receiving a receipt notice for a petition will be delayed by 4-6 weeks.
Lengths of the delays vary with the locations of lockboxes and the categories of petitions. Petitions including Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) or Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) will be delayed the most. The receipt date will not be affected.
If you have submitted a petition already, all there is to do is to be patient. If you have not yet submitted the petition, and want to avoid this delay, consider taking the following steps:
Filing Online: You receive instant confirmation after filing your case electronically through the USCIS website.
Create a free USCIS online account: You can check your case’s status from your mobile device.
Complete G-1145: This will allow you to receive updates on your case through texts and emails. Make sure to clip the completed form to the front of your petition packet!