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How Do I Get a Duplicate Approval Notice for my Application or Petition?

Why Would You Need a Duplicate Approval Notice?
Where is the Law?
How Do I Request a Duplicate Notice of Approval?
How Can I Find Out the Status of My Application?
How Can I Appeal?
Can Anyone Help Me?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Why Would You Need a Duplicate Approval Notice?
You may wish to ask for a duplicate notice of approval if you have found out that your application or petition has been approved and:

  • You need a new copy to replace a lost copy, or
  • You never received the original notice of approval.
For example, if your petition to bring a relative to live in the United States was approved (Form I-130), but you lost the original notice, you may ask for a duplicate notice of approval. You should plan to make a copy of the approval notice for your own records, especially if the visa may not be issued for a long time. (Please see How Do I Get an Immigrant Visa Number? for more information on waiting times for immigrant visas.)

If USCIS records show that a notice of approval was sent to your address, you must file a Form I-824 (Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition) with the appropriate fee to get a duplicate approval notice.

You must file Form I-824 while the original application or petition is still in effect in order to receive a duplicate approval notice.


Where is the Law?
There is no law that covers this action. However, rules governing Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, are published in Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations under 8 CFR § 103.5b.


How Do I Request a Duplicate Notice of Approval?
You must file Form I-824 (Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition) at the USCIS office that approved your original application or petition. Detailed information is provided in the instructions for Form I-824.

Forms are available by calling 1-800-870-3676, or by submitting a request through our forms by mail system. For further information on filing fees, please see USCIS filing fees, fee waiver request procedures, and the USCIS fee waiver policy memo. Please see our USCIS field offices home page for more information on USCIS office locations.


How Can I Find Out the Status of My Application?
To check the status of your application, please contact the USCIS office with which you filed your application. You should be prepared to provide the USCIS staff with specific information about your application. Please click here for complete instructions on checking the status of your application. Please click here for information on USCIS offices.


How Can I Appeal?
If your application is denied, you will receive a letter that will tell you why the application was denied. You may submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider to the same office that made the unfavorable decision. By filing a motion, you are asking the office to reexamine or reconsider its decision. A motion to reopen must state any new facts that would support your motion. You may be required to submit affidavits or other documentary evidence in support of these new facts. A motion to reconsider must establish that the decision was based on an incorrect application of law or Immigration policy, and further establish that the decision was incorrect based on the evidence in the file at the time the decision was made. For more information, please see How Do I Appeal the Denial of Petition or Application?.


Can Anyone Help Me?
If advice is needed, you may contact our office for a consultation.


Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]
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