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Questions Received from CIS Ombudsman's Teleconference: "USCIS Receipting Delay II- How Does This Affect You?" on November 2, 2007

The following are questions discussed during this teleconference. We will post answers received from USCIS as soon as we have them.

1. Priority of Applications:  The caller asked why I-485 applications are given priority over N-400s, which is the path to U.S. citizenship.

2. Fees: The participant asked if it is better to combine the fees into one check or to make separate payments for each application.   

3. Returned July 2 August 17 Applications Due to Applicant Error:  One caller noted that he applied on July 2, but his application had an error.  Due to the USCIS receipting delay and lack of a timely receipt, he was unable to correct the error in time to qualify for the lower fee and/or the August 17 deadline to file employment based I-485s.  How does USCIS plan to help applicants who applied during the frontlog period but whose applications are rejected due to applicant error, for example, the applicant forgot to sign the form or check? 

4. Lawyers Not Receiving Receipt Notice: One participant stated that she filed numerous cases at the Texas Service Center which were transferred to the Vermont Service Center and then back to Texas Service Center. Only her clients received the receipt notice but the attorney of record did not.  Can you please explain why this may be happening and how an applicant or attorney of record can fix this problem?