AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) is reporting widespread delays for certain receipt notices from USCIS. Notices related to Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker that were filed with a USCIS Lockbox are taking longer than usual to arrive, likely due to COVID-19 closures and USPS slowdowns.
Receipt notices for submitted case generally arrive within two to four weeks of filing a petition with USCIS, but recently these receipt notices are taking six weeks or longer to be issued. Forms I-485 and I-140 filed in late September through October 2020 are expected to be impacted by these late notices. Biometrics appointment notices associated with these applications will likely be delayed as well.
If your case is affected by these delays, we recommend double-checking the USCIS website to ensure that your petition was mailed to the correct filing location and checking your USPS tracking number to ensure your package has been delivered and received by USCIS.