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USCIS Revises Filing Instructions for Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced an addition to the recently posted filing instructions for the Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, Form I-824. The revised instructions include a note in the “Where to File” section, to clarify that applicants who are filing Form I-824 concurrently with another form, should mail their applications according to the filing instructions on the other form.

As a result, USCIS Service Centers have extended the period of time during which they will forward all Form I-824 applications to the Lockbox facility, until March 31, 2010. After March 31, 2010, the Service Centers will return any incorrectly filed Form I-824 applications with instructions to send the application to the correct location.

When filing Form I-824 at a USCIS Lockbox facility, applicants may elect to receive an email and/or text message notifying them that USCIS has accepted their application. To receive notification, applicants must complete an E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (Form G-1145), and attach it to the first page of their application.

For more information on USCIS programs, visit or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

Last updated:03/02/2010