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What You Really Want to Know | Episode #9 | Why is my Immigration Application Taking So Long?


Transcript: Hi, I am Attorney Shaffer, today on “What You Really Want to Know,” we answer the question, “Why is my immigration application taking so long?”

This is a question that we get asked every single day! The answer is, USCIS has a lot of applications to process! That being said, this is not what clients want to hear.

So what can we do?

Well, if you go to and on the home screen click on “check your case status.” Then, you should have received in the mail a receipt notice that looks something like this:

Form I-797C, I-130 Receipt Notice

This is called the Form I-797C and on the receipt notice, somewhere in this upper portion should be a receipt # and it is going to start with 3 different letters followed by a bunch of numbers, so in this case it is MSC- and then a bunch of #s.

You are going to take that number and you are going to type it into the screen and click enter, when you click enter what you should get is the most recent update regarding the processing status of your application. The information presented on the screen should represent where in the process your application is. If there is anything surprising on the return screen, like it says something was denied or they sent a notice out that you never got, then I highly recommend that you immediately call an experienced immigration attorney.

As long as everything looks good, you just have to wait and be patient. If your application has been pending for longer than the normal processing time, which varies by application, then either yourself or your attorney can submit an inquiry to USCIS to check on the status.

When it has been a REALLY long time, like double the time of the normal processing time, we will often schedule clients for an Infopass appointment so that they can meet face-to-face with an immigration officer to find out what is going on with their application and what, if anything, we can do to speed up the process.

If you feel that your application has been taking too long or you find a surprise on your case status return screen, give us a call today and we will get to the bottom of it today!

That is all for this episode of, “What You Really Want to Know,” thanks for watching!

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