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USCIS Changes Procedure Regarding Mailing of Original Approval Notices

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has changed its procedure for issuing approval notices. Effective September 12, 2011, the USCIS is mailing original I-797 approval notices directly to the Petitioner or Applicant with courtesy copies to the Attorney. This change has the potential to create major problems and will likely lead to lost or misplaced notices.

As such, in order to minimize problems, we recommend the following:

  1. Contact your attorney as soon as you receive any correspondence from the USCIS.
  2. As soon as you receive the original Form I-797 approval notice, make at least two copies of the notice.
  3. Place a copy of the Form I-797 directly in the beneficiary’s file.
  4. Send a copy of the Form I-797 to your attorney, via fax or e-mail, for their file.
  5. Forward the original Form I-797 directly to the beneficiary along with any necessary instructions.
  6. If necessary, ask the beneficiary to provide documentation to re-verify his or her Form I-9.

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