USCIS Changes Look and Feel of Form I-797C

As of April 2, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began to issue Form I-797C, Notice of Action, with a new look and feel. The new Form I-797C is now printed on plain white paper. The USCIS believes that this change is estimated to save the agency about $1.1 million per year.

The USCIS believes that the NEW change to existing Form I-797C will help reduce public perception that the Form I-797C demonstrates evidence of an immigration benefit or status. The top of the new Form I-797C clearly displays the following language: “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT.”

Please visit the USCIS website to view a sample of the NEW Form I-797C.

NOTE: Form I-797C, Notice of Action is used ONLY for certain types of communication between individuals and the agency including notifications of:

Receipt (notifies the customer that their payment and application/petition has been received by USCIS)
Rejection (notifies the customer that their application/petition has been rejected due to incorrect information or payment)
Transfer (notifies the customer that their case was relocated to another USCIS office for processing)
Re-Open (notifies the customer that USCIS has approved a motion to re-open their completed case and it is being processed)
Appointment (notifies the customer that they have an appointment with USCIS to obtain fingerprint or biometric capture, to attend an interview, or that their appointment has been rescheduled)

Form I-797C Notice of Actions issued before April 2, 2012, will remain valid.

*Approval notices are issued on Form I-797A. Form I-797A has NOT been changed.

The NEW change to Form I-797C is part of the USCIS’ ongoing efforts to improve customer service while enhancing agency operations.