How can I verify my immigration status?

For all immigrants it is of valuable importance to be aware of their immigration status to avoid being exported, so in the following article we will explain how can I verify my immigration status in USCIS?​

Check USCIS immigration status

Currently, there are two main ways for you to effectively check your immigration status, and these are as follows

Check my immigration status online

The main advantage of verifying your status through the web is that it can be done from anywhere with internet access and it is quite easy. The first thing to do is to enter the USCIS system through the following link
There you will see the home page of Case Status, where you will find other tools to make queries, some of these are:

  • Check the processing times of the institution
  • Change the address electronically
  • Steps to follow to send an inquiry about your immigration case (e-Request)
  • Find a local office of the institution

Therefore, the case receipt number is required for the case review. The receipt number is a unique 13-character identifier that USCIS provides for each petition or application received in the system.
It is used to track each case. It also has 3 capital letters and then 10 numbers. To access the receipt number you would only have to go to your USCIS case notifications.
On the other hand, it is advised that before consulting the immigration status, you should review and read the institution’s privacy policies, which are under the “Check Status” button.
The hyphens should be ignored when entering the receipt number, although the other characters must be included for it to be considered correct.
Consequently, the system will display the last decision and action on the case to expose the next steps to be executed, if these are necessary, however, if you want to consult another case, you must enter the receipt number of that case in the box below called “Provide Another Receipt Number”.
Having such an account will allow you to access the latest updates on your case, it also simplifies the process and you can follow the applications from anywhere, and it is free and easy to use.

Verify my immigration status by telephone

The USCIS does not have a mobile application, however, to access your immigration status information through a mobile device, you would only need to access the website mentioned in the previous case and follow the same steps.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the USCIS at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) and ask your questions in English or Spanish.

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Processing number

This number is the same as the receipt number mentioned above, which is a unique number for each immigration case and is used to track the case.

What documents do I need to verify my immigration status?

It is essential to know the documents or requirements that you must have on hand when verifying your immigration status, being these:

First and last name

It is evident that, it is an indispensable element to carry out the verification correctly, the name to enter must be the same name placed in the immigration document.

Alien Number

Also called alien registration number or USCIS number, which is found on the immigration document. It should be noted that the number starts with an “A” followed by 8 or 9 digits.
If you have a card, it is recommended that you enter both if possible because entering the card number will make verification of your status faster.

How can I verify my immigration status without a receipt?

It is quite common to lose your immigration receipt, however, the receipt number is indispensable for subsequent verifications and for the follow-up of your case.

Therefore, it is important to know that the receipt is a single piece of paper and is sent by the USCIS only once, that is, there is only one copy of the document. For this reason, it is advisable that at the moment of receiving it, you should make several copies, either digitally or physically.
At the same time, you can call the USCIS for more information, however, not having the receipt number already makes the whole process difficult.

So, be sure to take a picture or scan it so you can save it either in your email or in a folder on your computer because you will have a backup in case you lose the physical one.
This type of document is very complex to acquire later, therefore, all documents related to the USCIS must have a backup to avoid future complications.

In conclusion, the verification of your immigration status cannot be done without the receipt of your case, hence the importance of having several copies of your legal documents.

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How can I verify my immigration status in court?

Not all immigration cases require a court hearing, only those cases where the person is in deportation status and states that he/she does not agree with the decision made.
To be successful in Immigration Court you need to convince the Judge of the following:

  • The decision by the immigration authorities is wrong and you should not be deported, or
  • You meet the requirements to be eligible to stay in the United States.

Otherwise, you can call the immigration case information line directly to verify your hearing date at 1-800-898-7180 and enter your receipt number.

There are currently two types of documents that are sent to inform you that you have a hearing and these are:

  • Notice to Appear: This document begins the judicial process the instant it is delivered to the Immigration Court and you can receive a copy in person or by email. It contains important information such as the government’s reason for deporting you and information about the date of your hearing.
  • Notice of Hearing in Deportation Proceedings: The date, time and place of the hearing, as well as what type of hearing it is, are stated in the document.

There is no doubt that the immigration process is quite exhaustive and complex and it is vital to know how to check your USCIS immigration status to stay on top of your case.

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