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I-797 Mailing: USCIS to restore prior procedures
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In a letter addressed to stakeholders dated October 20, 2011, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Director, USCIS, has informed that USCIS has decided to return to the previous practice of sending the original I-797 notices to the attorney or accredited representative’s address listed on the Form G-28. A copy of the notice will be sent to the address provided by the applicant or the petitioner in the form. USCIS has also informed that this change will take effect in approximately six weeks.

It may be noted that in September 2001, USCIS begun sending original I-797 receipt and approval notices directly to applicants and petitioners, and copies of the notices to attorneys or accredited representatives. It was informed then that this change in procedure was aimed to make sure that original receipts, decisions, and documents produced as a result of approved applications or petitions are sent to the address specified by the party making the request.


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