Temporary Delay in Receipt Notice Delivery for Form I-751 Petitions filed at California Service Center

Alexander J. Segal's picture

On June 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that its “California Service Center is experiencing a delay in initial data entry for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence” [PDF version].

As a result of the delay, Form I-751 petitioners who filed their petitions with the California Service Center “may experience a delay in receiving a receipt notice for a Form I-751…”

The USCIS instructed petitioners who filed a Form I-751 with the California Service Center in May 2018 and who have not yet received receipt notices to not file a duplicate Form I-751 unless they “have received a rejection notice or have been instructed to do so by the [California Service Center].”

The USCIS explained that the California Service Center is working to resolve the issue and is targeting completing data entry of the Form I-751 petitions in questions “by the end of June 2018…” The USCIS will publish a web alert once the initial data entry for Form I-751 petitions returns to normal.

Petitioners will receive receipt notices once their Form I-751 data is entered into USCIS. The USCIS expects that petitioners will receive these receipt notices by early July.

Petitioners whose two-year Permanent Resident Cards have expired “may schedule an INFOPASS appointment for [them] and any eligible dependents at [their] local field office.” If possible, the USCIS asks a petitioner to “bring evidence that [he or she] sent [his or her] Form I-751 via USPS or courier service, such as FedEx.”

The Form I-751 is the form used by conditional permanent residents who obtained status as the beneficiary of a marriage-based immigrant visa petition to remove conditions on their permanent resident status. Please see our recent article on the USCIS's announcement about new receipt notices for Form I-751 petitioners to reflect changes in the length of time that status is continued beyond the expiration of the petitioner's Permanent Resident Card upon the filing of the petition [see article]. Please see our growing selection of articles on the Removal of Conditions [see category] and Family Immigration [see category] to learn more about issues related to the Form I-751.

Temporary Delay in Receipt Notice Delivery for Form I-751 Petitions filed at California Service Center