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How can I ensure that my prepaid shipping label for the I-526 Approval Notice will remain valid throughout the 2-year processing period?

There is a 2-year processing time for the I-526 petition. Will USCIS hold onto the shipping label for that long? What happens if the Approval Notice is lost in the mail? Is it hard to obtain another copy of the Approval Notice?

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    To the best of my experience, USCIS only mails by regular or priority mail USPS but does not use prepaid shipping labels provided with the Petition. If the Notice is lost in the mail (or you never receive it), you can request another copy.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    We never ask our investor clients to prepay for any shipping label to send them their I-526 approval notice. Most lawyers will seek reimbursement for the actual delivery fees after they sent their clients' documents.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you have an attorney, they will issue a duplicate approval. You should register for electronic notifications also. As for the shipping label: presumably, if your account is current, that should still work.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    USCIS will mail the approval notice to the address on record (to the petitioner and to the attorney, if a proper G-28 was included). You can email the USCIS-IPO if the approval notice is lost in the mail. They usually will mail another one if you ask nicely.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    They often ignore these anyway even when the approval comes quickly. Getting the approvals is usually not a problem though. If you move, be sure to file an AR-11 with USCIS.

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    Belma Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is not hard to obtain another copy of the I-526 approval notice. If all attempts to obtain a duplicate fail (which would be highly unusual), you can file I-824 for another original copy to be issued. Your attorney will (should) take care of all of this for you. It is not customary to send pre-paid shipping labels to USCIS; the agency has its own way of processing notices and I doubt they would use your label.

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