USCIS Lockbox Centers Experiencing Significant Delays for Processing Receipt Notices

USCIS recently acknowledged that its lockbox facilities are experiencing significant delays for processing receipt notices. This is a result of increased filings in recent weeks coupled with facility capacity restrictions necessary to protect the health and safety of the lockbox workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The uptick in filings is likely due to several factors, including: (1) the influx of cases that were filed before the USCIS fee rule was anticipated to go into effect on October 2, 2020 (currently enjoined); (2) the influx in Form I-485 adjustment of status applications being filed on or before the October 13, 2020, deadline relating to Form I-944; and (3) the high volume of Form I-485 adjustment of status and downgrade I-140 petitions being filed because of the October Visa Bulletin priority dates. This explains why foreign nationals are waiting 30-45 days to receive their receipt notices. If, after six weeks a receipt notice has not been issued, USCIS advises to email the Lockbox Support Team at


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