In a sense, the hard part is over once you’ve submitted your immigration visa application, forwarded essential documentation and attended any interviews requested by officials. However, the period afterwards is just as difficult as you wait to receive word on whether your application has been accepted. You’re likely quite anxious to know the status on the process and get some idea of what to expect going forward. Fortunately, there are several ways you can keep tabs on your application, which makes the waiting a little easier to endure.
You can check your immigration visa status online. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) maintains a website that you can log into to view your application status. You’ll need your 13-digit receipt number, which is given to you when your initial paperwork is submitted. The site is easy to navigate and is constantly updated with the latest information. If you are consular processing, you can still obtain some information about the first step of the process from this website. The second half of your application will be processing at an embassy.
Details of your visa application are also available by email. You can create an account through the USCIS website in order to obtain updates on your application status by email. These messages will automatically be sent to your email address when any activity takes place, so they’re a convenient way to receive notifications if you forget to access your status online.
If you have a properly enabled Smartphone, you can get status updates by text message. The USCIS also offers a service wherein you can get updates on your immigration visa status by text message. The process works much the same as the email service, except that you provide your cell phone number instead of an email address.
You can always call to find out your immigration visa status. The USCIS maintains a toll-free number for customer service, so you can access your status by phone. Keep in mind that you’ll be listening to automated prompts and not speaking with a person. Make sure to have your receipt number handy so you can input it when asked.
Making an appointment means you can find out status in-person. You can set up a time and date to go into a local office to meet with a USCIS official and request your status. You'll need to bring your Alien Registration Number, application filing date, your receipt number and copies of all documents forwarded by USCIS. This is typically referred to as an “INFOPASS” and you will need to schedule this at the office where you application is processing.
Hiring an attorney can greatly help if you’re still unsure how to check the status of your immigration visa or experience problems during the process. Qualified lawyers have the knowledge of relevant laws and experience in working with immigration officials, so they can assist you if you run into trouble. Please contact the offices of Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas, to speak with an attorney about your application or with any questions.