How Can I Check My Case Status With the USCIS, DOL or DOS?

Visas, Green Cards, Backlogged ETA's, J-Waivers, Immigration Hearings

In many instances, you can check your case status online, by mail, over the phone or in person:


For Applications Filed in the U.S.

1. Have a receipt? Check your case status online:
If you have already gotten a receipt for your application, you can check your case status by going to the USCIS case status search page, and simply entering that receipt number.

  • If you do not have a receipt number, and you have been waiting 60 days or more, your American sponsor should contact the representative of Congress with jurisdiction over:

    - The home zip code of your family sponsor,
    or
    - The office zip code of your employer sponsor.

    The representative will usually submit a case status inquiry to USCIS on your behalf.

    2. Regular Case Status Updates:
    You can also sign up for regular updates on your case status via e-mail.

    3. Check case status by phone:
    Call the National Customer Service Center at 1-500-375-5773. Follow the automated instructions and have your receipt number ready.

    4. Inquire about your case status by postal mail:
    For applications filed with a local USCIS office, you can write to that office. You will find local USCIS addresses on the USCIS Field Offices page. In your letter, be sure to include the following:

  • Your current name and address, and, if different, your name as it appears on your application;

  • Any A-number (Alien number), which is an 8 or 9 digit number following the letter "A," previously assigned to you (check any correspondence from the USCIS, former INS or BCIS). If you have no number, leave this blank;

  • Your date of birth;

  • The date and place where your application was filed;

  • Any receipt number issued by the USCIS (former INS, BCIS) for your application;

  • A copy of the most recent notice sent to you by the USCIS (formerly INS, BCIS) about your application, if you have received one; and,

  • The date and office where you were fingerprinted, as well as the location of your interview, if it has taken place or been assigned yet. If not, leave blank.

  • Note: Make sure to sign your request. Mark your envelope: ATTN: Case Status Inquiry.


    5. Just walk-in:
    Because of long lines and--sometimes--a lack of cooperation, we don't recommend this. But if you choose to go to the local USCIS office processing your application, take the following:

  • Any A-number (Alien number), which is an 8 or 9 digit number following the letter "A," previously assigned to you (check any correspondence from the USCIS, former INS or BCIS). If you have no number, leave this blank;

  • The date and place where your application was filed;

  • Any receipt number issued to you by the USCIS (former INS, BCIS) for your application;

  • A copy of the most recent notice sent to you by USCIS (or former INS or BCIS) on your application, if you have received one; and,

  • The date and office where you were fingerprinted, as well as your interview location, if this has been done.

    ~Exception to the above if your application is being handled locally:
    If, although you applied through a Service Center, your most recent contact with the USCIS was from one of its local offices, contact the local office directly, not your Service Center.


    Backlogged Green Card Case Status:
    If you are waiting for a priority date to come current, you can check the status of your case online, with the Department of Labor's Backlog Public Disclosure System.