How to check the status of a visa application

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How to check the status of a visa application
Immigrants can check visa status online ("we are all immigrants" sign image by Christopher Martin from Fotolia.com)

When applying for a United States immigrant or non-immigrant visa, checking its status on a regular basis online is the best way to keep abreast of the latest visa changes and notifications.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate your USCIS (United States Immigration and Citizenship Services) receipt number. This number is usually found in the upper left-hand corner box entitled "receipt number".

  2. 2

    Go to the USCIS website at uscis.gov and locate the "After I File" section on the left hand section of the website. Click on the "Check my Case Status" link.

  3. 3

    Input your receipt number into the "Enter your receipt number" field and click the green "Check Status" button. The website will provide your visa application status.

  4. 4

    Check by phone by calling the USCIS customer service line at 1-800-375-5283. You will need your visa application receipt number.

  5. 5

    Sign up for the USCIS application status e-mail system that will send automatic case updates to your e-mail or cell phone.

  6. 6

    Schedule an in-person appointment with a USCIS clerk through the use of the Infopass system; it schedules appointments and issues a printable confirmation number with receipt.

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