How to Track My Visa Application Process

Updated July 20, 2017

Getting up to date information on your U.S visa application is a simple process.

Go to the website for The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Type your receipt number into the box midway down the page. This is the 13 character number you were assigned when you applied for your visa. To find it, check the correspondence you have received from the USCIS. Follow all the instructions detailed on the website--omitting any characters or including dashes will result in an error message. After you have typed in your receipt number, hit the enter key. This will give you the approximate processing times for your application.

Create a user account at the USCIS website for more specific information about your visa application. Creating a user account will allow you to receive e-mails and/or text messages giving up-to-date developments about your application.

Follow the steps detailed on the website to input your information and track your visa application.


Any information you submit to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is not confidential, and may be disclosed, distributed, modified, reproduced and used in any manner DHS deems fit. Be aware that text messages are subject to standard messaging rates.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Receipt number of visa application
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Emily Rose is a full-time freelance writer who began writing professionally in 2010. Rose's interests include psychology-driven topics such as mental health, human relationships, addiction and stigma and discrimination. She has a bachelor's degree in arts from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently obtaining a degree in creative writing (nonfiction narrative) at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.