|Changes in immigration that impact your life.
|A customerís guide to InfoPass
|February 05, 2005
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently published a customer's
guide containing answers to frequently asked questions about InfoPass. InfoPass
is a free, easy and convenient Internet-based system that allows the public to
make an appointment to speak with an Immigration Information Officer. If you or
someone you know has a complex immigration issue that is best handled in person
by a trained immigration officer, InfoPass is for you! Instead of waiting in line-go
How do I access InfoPass to make an appointment?
To use InfoPass you will need:
How does InfoPass work?
- A computer with an Internet connection;
- Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher, Netscape 4.0 or higher or any other similar
browser. That's it!
To make an InfoPass appointment, go to USCIS website and select InfoPass Appointment
Scheduler. You can find it quickly under "Hot Topics" on the right side
of the home page. Then follow these seven easy steps:
Step 1: Select the language you want to use (there are 12 language options).
Step 2: Select "Make an Appointment."
Step 3: Type in the zip code where you live (so InfoPass can find the closest
office for your appointment).
Step 4: Select the type of appointment that matches best with the kind
of inquiry or problem you have. This step is important.
Step 5: Type in your name, date of birth, zip code and telephone number.
An e-mail address is optional. This information will help in identifying you when
you arrive for your appointment.
Step 6: Choose a date and time for your appointment. If you do not find
an available appointment at a time that is convenient for you, feel free to check
the InfoPass appointment schedule periodically. New appointments are added to
the schedule each business day.
Step 7: An appointment notice, showing the time, date and location of your
appointment, will appear on your computer screen. Print a copy of this notice
immediately. Bring this notice with you when you come for your appointment.
What documents should I bring to my appointment?
To resolve your problem or inquiry, you will need to bring documents that clearly
document the problem. Some of the documents you will need include:
What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
- A printout of the appointment notice confirmation.
- Government-issued identification, such as a government-issued ID card, passport,
valid driver's License, I-94, Work Authorization Card or green card (Form
I-551, Alien Registration Card).
- Any forms, receipt notices, approval or denial letters, translations and
original documents that relate to your inquiry.
InfoPass allows you to cancel or reschedule appointments using the identification
numbers at the bottom of your appointment confirmation notice. There is no penalty
for rescheduling or canceling an appointment. If you lose your appointment notice,
you can print a replacement by accessing InfoPass and entering the information
What if I just have a routine inquiry?
For routine matters, you do not need visit in person. Routine inquiries can be
handled easily and quickly by telephone or over the Internet:
Forms - All immigration forms are free. To download free, fillable forms
here. You may also call USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283
and request a form be mailed to you.
Case Status - For the status of a case filed with a USCIS Service Center,
go to USCIS website and select "Case Status & Processing Dates"
under "Hot Topics" on the right side of the home page. To check your
case status at VisaPro click
here. Using your Service Center receipt number, enter three letters followed
by 10 numbers (no spaces or dashes).
Renew or Replace a Green Card - The form you need is Form
I-90, Application for Replacement of Green Card.
Employment Authorization - To apply or renew employment authorization,
you need Form
I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. This form can be filed online.
Go to USCIS website and select "E-filing" under "Hot Topics"
on the right side of the home page.
General Information - For general information, save yourself a trip! Before
getting in your car and driving to a USCIS office, call the NCSC at 1-800-375-5283
to see if they can answer your questions over the phone!
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