The USCIS is retracting its recent “USCIS Update” regarding the discontinuance
of “prepaid mailers” for issuing notices and documents, dated July 23, 2007.
Prior to the July 23rd announcement, USCIS allowed the public to enclose “prepaid
mailers” in connection with applications or petitions filed with USCIS. A prepaid
mailer is essentially a self-addressed envelope, where postage is paid by the
addressee, that USCIS may use for mailing a document to the petitioner/applicant
or their authorized representative.
The USCIS has taken this decision in the wake of the July 23rd announcement
which has caused anxiety for several of its customers. It also said that it
was committed to finding an alternative that will allow the public the continued
convenience of using “prepaid mailers” while not unduly impacting its operations.
Thus, USCIS is reinstating the practice of utilizing prepaid mailers as an
alternate method of delivering notices and documents to the public.