How Do I Know If USCIS Received My Application?

Posted by in Immigrants | Updated on November 15, 2022
At a Glance: Checking your USCIS case status lets you find out what part of the process is going on at the moment, and how much time is left until the case is finalized.

When you send an application to USCIS, they will send you a receipt number when the application has been received.

Basically, as soon as the USCIS Lockbox facility or USCIS Service Center has received your application, a receipt notice will be mailed to you.

This guide goes over how USCIS receipt numbers work, how to know if your case status was approved, and everything else you need to know.

USCIS Receipt Notices Explained

In the receipt notice, you can find all the relevant information regarding your case, and you will get a receipt number as well. This is important in case you want to track your case as it’s pending and need to know what part of the process is currently ongoing. The case status can be checked on Registering on the website will also give you access to automatic updates.

How Long Does It Take for USCIS to Send Receipt Notices in 2022?

USCIS applications are processed in the order they are received. On average, USCIS takes approximately 8 to 9 weeks to issue receipt notices for some applications and petitions. Depending on the type of petition, it may take longer to receive your receipt notice.

USCIS Confirmation of Receipt

After your application is received, USCIS is going to notify you up to five times:

  1. Acknowledgment of Receipt
  2. Notice of Results
  3. Referral Notification
  4. Selection Notification
  5. Vacancy Announcement Close-Out Notice

Here are some of the written notifications you can get during the application process.

1. Acknowledgment of Receipt

This notice means that the receipt of your occupational questionnaire has been confirmed. This is not a confirmation that your whole application package has been received — it is your responsibility to ensure that you provide proper answers to all the online assessment questions. You should also make sure that you submit all the necessary documents for the application to be complete.

2. Notice of Results

The notice of results will tell you about your rating depending on how you answered the online occupational questionnaire’s questions. This notice will tell you the rating for different grade levels in the event that you applied for more than one grade level on the vacancy announcement.

3. Referral Notification

Are you a qualified applicant? Even better, are you one of the best-rated applicants? Then you’re lucky. Your application will be sent to the selecting official so they can consider it properly, and you will receive a Referral Notification when this happens.

4. Selection Notification

You will be contacted by the HR Operations Center if you are being selected for a position. They will try to make a tentative job offer to you. At the same time, you may not be one of the people who were lucky enough to be selected for the position. In this case, you will be contacted by email even though your application got to a selecting official. The email will tell you that the position has already been occupied by a different applicant, or that the management didn’t decide on filling the position right now.

Conversely, if you were interviewed already but still not selected, then you will also be contacted by the selecting official or a designee of his/her.

5. Vacancy Announcement Close-Out Notice

If no other selections are going to be made from the vacancy announcement, then you are going to receive one last notice. If you go to, you will be able to confirm the status of the application as well. You only need to log into your account.

How to Check If USCIS Has Received My Application

Checking your case status lets you find out what part of the process is going on at the moment, and how much time is left until the case is finalized. Here is how you can check your case status:

  • On the USCIS Website – USCIS allows users to check case status online. All you will need to look up your case status is your 13-digit receipt number.
  • Over the Phone – To check your USCIS case status by phone, call 1-800-375-5283. You may inquire about your case status without a receipt number.
  • By Mail – You may also inquire about your USCIS case status via direct mail. To get a case status update, you will mail an inquiry letter to your local USCIS field office. 
  • Asking in Person – you can inquire in person about the status of your USCIS case. This will require you to make an appointment with your local processing center. 
  • Email/Phone App/Text – Another option for checking your USCIS case status is by inquiring via email. USCIS processing centers have unique email addresses. 

Check out this guide for full explanations about how to check your USCIS case status.

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