Beginning April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue Form I-797C, Notice of Action, with a new look and feel. Form I-797C will be printed on plain bond paper. This change is expected to save the agency around $1.1 million per year. This change is aimed at reducing public belief that Form I-797C is evidence of an immigration benefit or status. The new form will clearly display: “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT.”
This Notice of Action is used only for some types of communication between individuals and the USCIS including notifications of:
- Receipt notice – this informs the applicant that their payment and application/petition has been received by USCIS.
- Rejection notice – this informs the applicant that their application/petition has been rejected because of incorrect information or incorrect payment.
- Transfer notice – this informs the customer that their case was transferred to another USCIS office for processing.
- Re-Open – this lets the applicant know that USCIS has approved a motion to re-open his/her completed case and that it is being processed.
- Appointment notice – this will inform the applicant that he/she has an appointment with USCIS to get fingerprinted, to attend an interview, or that their appointment has been rescheduled.
Also note that Form I-797C appointment notices will also have disability accommodation information on the backside of the form. Earlier, this information used to come as a separate flyer and was sent along with the notice. It was decided to have this information on the backside of the form to save additional resources by having the notice and disability information in a single form.
However, note that Form I-797C Notice of Actions issued prior to April 2, 2012, will still be valid. This new change is part of USCIS efforts to improve customer service while enhancing agency operations.