14 Jan 2021

I filed my I-485 application at the end of October, but I still have not received a receipt notice and my filing fee checks have not been cashed. Is there any way I can follow up on my application?

Answer The USCIS is experiencing significant delays in issuing receipt notices for the I-485s filed at lockboxes in October. You can try sending an eMail to the USCIS lockbox support at lockboxsupport@uscis.dhs.gov. However, it appears that many of these inquiries are going unanswered.  (14.Jan.2021)Sheela Murthy and...

14 Jan 2021

Given the processing delays for I-485 filings, is it possible the Biden Administration will eliminate the interview requirement for employment-based cases?

Answer The interview requirement for all employment-based I-485 applications was implemented by the Trump Administration in 2017. Undoubtedly, that is one of the factors that has led to USCIS processing delays. It is possible the Biden Administration could reverse this requirement. However, as of yet, there...

31 Dec 2020

Update on COVID-Related Delays at USCIS

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated delays and backlogs at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These delays have been especially pronounced with regard to the scheduling of biometrics appointments at application support centers (ASCs) and in the issuance of receipt notices. Update on Biometrics...