When you are looking for information from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is very important to access the correct website since there are numerous pages which claim to be affiliated with USCIS, which can be false and even be associated with scams. Make sure your information is from www.uscis.gov or affiliated with that site. The USCIS website offers a lot of useful tools. One of these tools is checking the status of you case, which we explain below:

Checking your Case Status Online

To check the status of your case online, you should go to https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/ To start, you will need your receipt number. USCIS provides said number for each application or petition it receives and it is used to identify and track the case. The receipt number consists of three letters followed by 10 numbers. For example, the letters can be EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC, NBC, MSC or IOE. You can find the receipt number on correspondence USCIS has sent you. For example:

When entering your receipt number, you must omit hyphens (“-“), but you can include all other characters, including asterisks (“*”) if they appear in your notification as part of the receipt number as shown in the following image:

The online system will show you the last action taken in your case and will inform you of the following steps, if necessary. For example:

Other examples of case status updates include:

  • When USCIS requires more information for your case
  • When your case has been transferred to another USCIS office
  • When your interview is scheduled (if required)

Note you will not be able to check the status of some confidential application online, one of which are U Visa petitions. Upon entering your receipt number, you will see an “Error,” as shown in the image below:

This does not mean your application was not received by USCIS. The USCIS site simply does not recognize the number due to confidentiality.

Other useful tools the USCIS site offers include:

  • Check Case Processing Times
  • Change your Address
  • Find a Local USCIS Office
  • Find a Civil Surgeon
  • Take a Practice Naturalization Test

We will soon publish more information about these tools.

Please note: This is general information and is not meant to be legal advice. For information on your specific situation, we recommend you use our contact form to schedule an appointment with our office. We would be glad to help you determine the best option for you.