Online Tools to Decrease Wait Times in Immigration During COVID

Online Tools to Decrease Wait Times in Immigration During COVID

Owing to the pandemic, federal immigration agencies are facing significant delays in processing various immigration applications. On January 8, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acknowledged delays in processing as the result of COVID-19 restrictions, increases in filings, and current postal service volume and other factors. USCIS announced that it was experiencing increased wait times in scheduling or rescheduling immigration appointments at the local Application Support Centers (ASC).

Significance of USCIS Receipt Notices

USCIS issues a receipt notice for every immigration application or petition filed in its office. The receipt notice acts as a confirmation that the petition has been filed with USCIS and is undergoing processing. These receipt notices enable applicants to track their case status and act as proof to many agencies that the immigrant has a pending application.

Receipt notices are