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Check USCIS case status online
If you have a receipt number for an application filed with USCIS, you can check your USCIS case status online. First you need to locate your receipt number.
USCIS receipt numbers start with three letters. Those first three letters indicate which USCIS service center is processing your application. We will decipher those first three letters from USCIS receipt numbers immediately below.
USCIS receipt numbers starting with:
EAC – Eastern Adjudication Center, now Vermont Service Center;
VSC – Vermont Service Center;
WAC – Western Adjudication Center, now California Service Center;
CSC – California Service Center;
LIN – Nebraska Service Center;
NSC – Nebraska Service Center;
SRC – Southern Regional Center, now Texas Service Center;
TSC – Texas Service Center;
MSC – Missouri Service Center or National Benefits Center;
NBC – National Benefits Center
YSC – Potomac Service Center
IOE – ELIS (e-filing)
Asylum office receipt numbers
You will not be able to check USCIS case status of an asylum case online. Receipt numbers in asylum cases also start with three letters. However, those receipt numbers will not be recognized by the USCIS case status check tool on the USCIS website.
The first three letters in receipts for asylum cases are deciphered as follows:
ZAR – Arlington Asylum Office;
ZCH – Chicago Asylum Office;
ZHN – Houston Asylum Office;
ZLA – Los Angeles Asylum Office;
ZMI – Miami Asylum Office;
ZNK – Newark Asylum Office;
ZNY – New York Asylum Office;
ZSF – San Francisco Asylum Office;
To check the status of your asylum application, you should go to the asylum office that has jurisdiction over your case and make an inquiry in person.
Please see the page of your asylum office on the www.uscis.gov website to find out when they accept walk-ins.
Sample USCIS receipt
An applicant gets a USCIS receipt for every application filed. Those USCIS receipts are printed on form I-797C and approval notices come on form I-797.
Below is an image of the top part of the form I-797, Notice of Action, with USCIS receipt number highlighted by the red box.
USCIS case status check online
Now that we know the USCIS receipt number for your case, we can use the tool provided by USCIS to check the USCIS case status online.
Click here and enter your receipt number without dashes into the field below the words “Enter a receipt number?” Then click the button “check status.” The screen will refresh and you will see the most recent action taken by USCIS on your case.
Finally, this tool does not give you a prediction of how long it will take USCIS to make a decision on your case.
USCIS processing times
You can use the tool below to get an idea of how long USCIS will be processing your application. First of all select the Service Center processing your application. Then click the button next to it to get the processing times for this Service Center.
We have described above how to learn which USCIS Service Center is processing your application by the first three letters in your receipt number.
When the page refreshes, you will see a yellow and green table with all types of applications processed by the selected Service Center and the corresponding processing times.
The tool below will not help you get an idea of when you will have your asylum interview scheduled. If you would like to know when you will be called in for an asylum interview, please look at the Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin.
Place Service Request if outside of normal processing time
In conclusion, if you checked your USCIS case status and the normal processing times for the type of application you filed, and realized that your application falls outside of the normal processing times, you can file a service request online.
E-request or Electronic Service Request can be completed and submitted to USCIS on the page below.
If you need attorney’s help with filing the e-request or any other services on your case, please do not hesitate to contact our law office.