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USCIS to Resume Mailing of Original I-797 To Attorney of Record - October 20, 2011

On October 20, the USCIS announced that due to complaints from stakeholders, it will resume the mailing of original I-797 approval and receipt notices to the attorney or accredited representative of record. As you may recall, in September without notice, the USCIS changed its longstanding process of sending original notices to attorneys, and instead started sending them directly to the Petitioner or Beneficiary. This resulted in many unanticipated problems, including the inability of attorneys being able to correct errors on notices (since the courtesy copy does not include the I-94 card), delays with approval notices due to mail room issues at large companies, beneficiaries not receiving approval notices due to a change of address, and attorneys not receiving proper notification. In approximately six weeks, the USCIS will resume sending the original notices to the attorney or accredited representative on record. In addition, applicants or petitioners will receive a courtesy copy of the approval.