How to Check the Status of an Immigration Visa

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Checking the status of your immigration visa is easy, but waiting for the day it is actually approved is not. There are many backlogs in the USCIS system and visas take a long time to be approved. However, you can stay up to date on your visa processing times by checking the status frequently.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Computer

How to Check the Status of an Immigration Visa

Check processing times and case status on USCIS website. You can register for an account on the USCIS website. Doing this will allow you to check the status of your immigration visa. You can see when the case was last touched and if it has been transferred to another office. Just being able to see what is going on with your visa application, even if the touches are few and far between, is helpful to applicants.

Sign up for case updates via email. If you don't want to check your case status on your own just hoping for a touch or change in status, then you can sign up for case updates by email. Any time there is something new to be reported regarding the status of your case you will receive an email.

Call USCIS customer service with your receipt number. You can always call customer service at the USCIS support centers, but don't expect them to be overly helpful. Most of the time they will provide you with the same information your last letter informed you of. They can't tell you when your case will be transferred or when it will be processed. You can call them, but they really are not helpful and are not the people who process the immigration visas.

Wait for the mail. You can always just wait for the mail to come from USCIS. Any major change in your case status will warrant a letter. You will receive it and it will explain to you what is happening with your case in very vague terms. You will never be able to get any details out of USCIS other than your case was moved to another office, you need to provide more information, or your case has been denied. That's just the way the USCIS works.

Contact your representative or senator. If your case is taking an extremely long time, and some of them do, then contact your representative or senator to have them look into the case. They have every right to do so and should be able to help you out especially in cases where the case has been pending for years.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful of scam artists who offer to speed up the visa process for a fee. Nobody but USCIS can speed up your case.

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