USCIS to return to existing process of sending I-797 Originals to G-28 Attorneys on Record

USCIS Director, Alejandro N. Mayorkas has announced that the USCIS will resume the existing process of sending all I-797 original notices to the G-28 Attorney on Record and not the Employer. The Employer will receive only courtesy copies. Director Mayorkas made this decision after receiving valuable feedback from USCIS Stakeholders. Unfortunately, this change will not go into effect for another six weeks due to programming issues.

A year ago, USCIS initiated an internal system change that altered where we send receipt notices (I-797). Last month, when the change went into effect, we heard from stakeholders that this change had an unintended negative external impact. We scheduled a stakeholder meeting, gained an understanding of the impact, and have decided to return to our previous practice of sending the original notice to the attorney or accredited representative’s address listed on the Form G-28. A copy will be sent to the address provided by the applicant or petitioner in the applicable form. This change will take effect in approximately six weeks due to the need to re-program our system. We appreciate the feedback you provided.

I look forward to continued collaboration with you on matters of importance to our nation’s economic prosperity and those whom we serve.

Alejandro N. Mayorkas Director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security