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.