- 1 What is the USCIS Account Number? Where can you find it on an online application?
- 1.1 Step-by-step process to create a USCIS account:
- 1.2 What is the USCIS account and what are the various benefits or features attached to having a USCIS account if you are an applicant or petitioner
- 1.3 Contact information of the call center if you face technical problems with your USCIS account:
- 1.4 What are the different forms that you as a representative are eligible to file?
- 2 Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs):
What is the USCIS Account Number? Where can you find it on an online application?
The USCIS account number is the set of digits provided by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the individual who has filed an USCIS application form either through their website or through the dropbox facility provided by them.
Now, looking for your USCIS account number can be a bit tricky as many people find it difficult to get it online.
DO you know where to find your account number once you have made an account on the USCIS website? well not to fret, you will find it on the profile page of your account. Just pay a visit to the “Notice of Action” Part of your website and it will be hard for you to miss the number given out by the USCIS and updates on your application itself. This particular number is called a receipt number, because this is partly an acknowledgement to you after the USCIS has received your application.
Where can you find it if an applicant has paper-filed an application using the USCIS Lockbox option?
If you have paper-filed an application using the lockbox facility, A “Notice of Action” will be sent to you by the USCIS or as it is officially designated I-797C form or the ‘Notice of Action’ within a couple of weeks once they receive your application. This ‘notice of action’ form will have the USCIS receipt number.
The receipt number or the account number is an exclusive set of 13 alphanumeric numbers. The first 3 letter represent the service center that has received your case, followed by 10 digits. This number is an important addition to your migrant or immigrant file and must always be kept near you when you are showing or receiving updates.
Step-by-step process to create a USCIS account:
It is easy to create an account on the USCIS website. You need to follow the simple steps as mentioned below:
Step 1: Go to the ‘how to create an account page’ by clicking here.
Step 2: You will be directed to the ‘sign up’ page where you need to enter your email address and confirm email address in the respective input boxes. Make sure to enter your exclusive email ID and not an ID that you share with someone(if any).
Step 3: Once you have done that click on the ‘sign up’ button.
Step 4: Once the page validates, you will be directed to the ‘account confirmation’ page.
- You will receive an email with a link asking you to confirm your email address.
- Click on the link to confirm the email address and continue to create your account by entering the details as prompted. Make sure that all the information that you provide is accurate.
Step 5: Creating a password for your account. Your password should be at least 8 characters and have a combination of uppercase lowercase and special characters. Once you have confirmed the password click on ‘submit’.
Step 6: You need to choose a mode of receiving the verification code and then click on the ‘Submit’ tab. Every time you log in to the USCIS account, you will receive a verification code as an additional security measure. Based on what mode you choose you will be asked to enter the details.
USCIS recommends the users to include both the email ID and the mobile number to receive the verification code.
Step 7: Now, once your account is created, you will receive a 2-step verification backup code which you need to print and/or save the copy for future use. After you have completed this, click on ‘Proceed’.
Step 8: Select the password reset questions and answers and submit them.
- You will need this step to recover or reset your password when need be. You need to choose 5 password reset questions and answer them.
- It is best advised to choose the questions that you can remember and answer easily.
With this you are done with the process of creating your account successfully. You can now log in with your email id and password. This is the final step in this process, after which the services you require from the USCIS website including tracking your application status. The next section of this article will provide you information on what kind of benefits you can reap if you have registered yourself on the website.
What is the USCIS account and what are the various benefits or features attached to having a USCIS account if you are an applicant or petitioner
The USCIS account is the online account that you create to receive notification on various updates and information related to your case etc. There are several pros to having a USCIS account if you are an applicant or a petitioner:
- You can file an application form online, review and make amends to the forms if you have misinterpreted any information, sign them.
- Pay the application fees online.
- You can save a copy of your unfinished form and complete it later.
- Once you complete your application form and submit, you will get an immediate receipt notification. You do not have to wait for USCIS to mail you the confirmation notice.
- Manage your case by tracking your case status online and get updates on the various status changes, check appointment notices, get updates on ‘requests for evidence (RFEs).
- You will get notifications through text messages and email if you choose to avail that option.
- You have the provision of linking the applications that you have filed through paper or cases to your online account to get updates online.
- Get information about various jobs available in the US and whether you are eligible for it.
- You can request for your immigration files or A-files under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
- Ask queries and concerns related to your case and get answers from the USCIS officials.
- You can have access to all the forms online and detailed instructions on how to fill them.
What can an applicant do to send a paper-filled form instead of an online one?
Well, most of the forms issued by the USCIS are online application forms that are filled and need to be submitted online. However, if you are mailing your forms and other documents to USCIS, you will find the address where you need to send them on that particular form’s webpage. You can mail your forms through US postal services (USPS) or through DHL, FedEx or UPS.
Contact information of the call center if you face technical problems with your USCIS account:
If you face any problem opening or accessing your USCIS account; or if you have the problem of uploading your application form, please contact the technical support team on +1 800-375-5283. You can also send them a message through their website. The USCIS Customer Service is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday. They do not work on Federal Holidays.
If you are an attorney or a representative individual who is filing cases on behalf of a client, what benefit do you get if you have an USCIS account:
If you are a legal representative and filing cases on your client’s behalf, you will first need to create an account online. Once you have registered yourself:
- You can file applications on your client’s behalf.
- Keep a track of all the cases you are dealing with.
- You can manage your client’s information in a centralized and organized manner. You can update your representative profile by adding the client profiles and their cases.
- Upload evidence, get updates on various notices from the USCIS.
- Ask a question to the USCIS representative online and get secured responses.
- You can also respond to the ‘request for evidence’ when USCIS notifies about it.
- You also have the provision to file a G-28 online for a case which has already been filed by a client and he or she has now requested for you to take over.
What are the different forms that you as a representative are eligible to file?
The various form that you can file on your client’s behalf as a legal representative are:
- the I-90 application which is a form that is used in case you need to fix up or regain permanent resident card.
- N-400 which is a form you seek when you are looking to Naturalize.
- I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives.
- N-600 and N-600K: Application for “Certificate of Citizenship” and the latter being the form for “Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322”.
- N-336: Application to request for a hearing on the decision to Naturalize if your Form N-400 is denied. This is the form you need when you are asking for a hearing on the courts decision to naturalize on the very common occurrence of your N-400 application is not accepted.
- N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization.
- H1-B registration.
What are the steps to maintain or represent multiple different types of petitioners or applicants ?
USCIS online account helps you maintain and keep a track of all your cases under a single platform. If you have multiple different categories of petitioners or applicants as clients, you will find all the cases that you are handling for each client under the client’s name, arranged in alphabetical order for easy access.
If a case needs an immediate action from you, it will prompt you with a red alert saying “action required”.
In case you are filing a form for a client, here’s what you need to do:
- Add a client to your account:
- Go to your homepage and select “Add a client to my account”, then select a ‘client type’.
- Once you have selected that, enter your client’s name and the click on the ‘add client’ option. After being redirected to the details page enter all the information asked for and complete the form.
- After you are done with Step 1, you need to file an application on behalf of your client.
- You will have to upload all the evidence and make sure that they are clear and legible. You will have to translate the documents in English if they are in a different language.
- USCIS will then review the application and related documents to check for the validity and precision of it before it is finally submitted. You will also have to upload a signature page with your sign on it.
- You have to submit a completed G-28 form for each client’s case.
- Provide the one-time passcode to your client. Your client will need this to add you as their legal representative in the online account. Your client needs to review and sign the G-28 as well as the application form for you to make the fee payment and complete the submission process.
- Once the client has signed the documents digitally, you can pay the application fee and submit the application online.
- You can view the receipt notice on your client’s page. The receipt notice will have the receipt number mentioned on it which will help you to track your application status. You can also download the receipt to keep a hardcopy in your records.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs):
The USCIS account number is the receipt number which is issued by the USCIS when it receives your application package.
You need to keep the USCIS account number safe as it plays a vital role in tracking your application status online. It is also used to track your immigration documents when placing a request for files and records from your A-files under Freedom of Information Act.
Many people have this query as to whether the Alien Registration Number and the USCIS Account Number are the same. The confusion may arise as in most immigration documents the A-number is mentioned under the label ‘USCIS #’. The answer to this is ‘No’, both are different sets of numbers and serve completely different purposes.
USCIS accounts can be created by the applicants, petitioners, beneficiaries and the legal representative or the attorney. Although it is not mandatory to create an USCIS account unless necessary, there are several benefits attached to having an account. You can go through the details on the benefits section of this article.
Yes, there is a USCIS technical support team who can assist you if you face any issues in your account. Please call on +1 800-375-5283. You have to be very patient when you are calling them as the wait can be a bit long. You may need to be in the queue depending on how many more people are there before you.