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What does “case currently not assigned to process" mean?

I have been waiting for my I-485 application to be processed for over 24 months. I have not heard anything from USCIS yet. I sent them an inquiry request recently and the response said my case is “currently not assigned to process”. What does it mean? Are they still going to process it or have they already denied it?

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It means your case is still pending and an immigration officer has not been assigned to process you case, although it would eventually be assigned and processed. But in the meanwhile, the only thing you can do is to wait and keep checking at regular intervals. Lastly, at some point your case will be assigned and processed. The decision whether an approval or denial will be made and sent to you.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    "Case currently not assigned to process" means just that; for whatever reason they have not yet reached your case and they have not transferred it to the district or field office for you to be scheduled for your final interview. There could be a number of reasons why this could happen, including some issue in obtaining the necessary security clearance.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is not a denial. It means that the case has not been assigned to an adjudicating officer to process yet. Seems strange if your I-485 has been pending for over 24 months. You should definitely do an Infopass apptment or have your attorney do so to inquire regarding this case.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It means that it has not been sent to an officer for adjudication. Adjustment is not faster than immigrant visa processing. Make an Infopass appointment, go down and ask them to please schedule the interview, but first make sure your priority date is current. That is, you have reached the final action date on the Visa Bulletin.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Assuming your priority date is current and your I-485 has been pending for longer than the USCIS processing times, you should have your immigration attorney make an inquiry regarding the status of your case. If USCIS customer service is not helpful, you may need to seek congressional help.

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    Barbara Suri

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your case has not yet been assigned to an adjudicator for processing.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Your immigration attorney can make an inquiry to the national customer service center to check on that (heck, you can too as the applicant!). I cannot say I have seen that case status before.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It is not clear how recently you sent in the inquiry, but "case is currently not assigned to process" means that no one has been assigned to review. This could just mean your inquiry has not been assigned to anyone for a response. However, since two years pending for I-485 is a long time, I would have your lawyer call to inquire or seek congressional help.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If your priority date is current and your I-485 has been pending longer than the posted processing time for that service center, then we always call the customer service number or send an e-inquiry.

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    Kyle Barella

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    This does not indicate a denial. Adjudication of I-485 are often backlogged. Your case is still in the queue to be adjudicated. Given the length of time it has been since you submitted, I would advise you speak with an immigration attorney to make an inquiry with USCIS.

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