USCIS cites surge in filings, COVID-19 protocols for receipt delays

16 Dec 20

UNITED STATES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday acknowledged “significant delays” in the processing of receipt notices for recently filed applications and petitions.

Key Points:

  • The agency said the delays are the result of a “significant increase in filings in recent weeks” and changes in staffing protocols at USCIS lockbox facilities because of COVID-19.
  • Normally, receipts are sent within 30 days, but this time frame has been significantly delayed. USCIS said it “continue(s) to work to minimize” delays. The agency’s full statement is available here.

BAL Analysis: The delays that USCIS reported are consistent with what BAL has experienced in recent months, especially since October, when the State Department dramatically advanced priority-date cutoffs for adjustment-of-status applications. Indeed, some adjustment-of-status applicants from October and November are still waiting on a receipt notice. USCIS’ statement indicates that applicants should not be overly concerned if they have yet to receive a receipt notice. BAL continues to follow the matter and will provide updates to clients as needed.  

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@balglobal.com.

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