Check USCIS Case Status Online through USCIS Case Status for Your K-1 Fiance(e) or CR-1/IR-1 Spousal Visa Petition
Check USCIS Case Status On-line
Check USCIS case status of your K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 Visa Petition with USCIS after you have submitted it to USCIS through the lock box. Also, See our K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 USCIS Stage web pages for information on preparing and sending your USCIS petition package.
Specifically, access USCIS’ Case Status On-line directly through uscis.gov to check USCIS case status.
To check USCIS case status on-line, you have your case receipt number ready. A few days after you send your petition to the USCIS lock box, call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 to get your case receipt number. You need to know the Petitioner’s and Beneficiary’s names and dates of birth to get the case receipt number.
The receipt number contains 13 characters. The first three characters are letters representing which USCIS service center that your case was assigned. The following 10 characters are numbers. See our K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 USCIS Stage web pages for more detail on the case number assignment.
When entering your receipt number, omit any dashes (“-“), but include all other characters like asterisks (“*”).
Also, check USCIS case status on an additional case like a K-2 or IR-2/CR-2 for unmarried children of the beneficiary, enter the additional receipt number in the “Enter Another Receipt Number” box.
In addition, update your address, check USCIS processing times, submit a case inquiry through the on-line system. You shouldn’t send a case inquiry until 5 months at-least has passed.
The on-line system will show you the last status taken in your case and will let you know the next steps, if applicable.
Below are the typical case status statements when you check USCIS case status and what they mean:
User Defined Error
This either means that you either entered the wrong receipt number or that USCIS has not entered your case into the on-line system yet. Check to make sure that you have the right number. If your case is not in the system yet, then wait a couple of days and try again.
Case was Received
This means that USCIS has received your case and it has been put in queue for review.
We don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but your case status will remain in “Case was Received” for quite a long time. Typically, you will wait 3 – 6 months before your case is reviewed (“touched”) and your status changes. This time frame depends on the country of your fiance(e) or spouse, the USCIS service center that it was sent to and the service center’s current workload or number of cases ahead of you. Most centers average 5 months.
Check the current processing times for your particular service center by clicking here.
Remember what we said in our K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 USCIS Stage web pages. Do not just wait for the USCIS approval before doing anything else on your case. The USCIS is the longest phase and you could get depressed during it, but you still have a lot of work to do. After the USCIS phase, the next phases (NVC and Embassy) go really quick, if you are ready. If you are not ready, then you could be the one dragging out your timeline.
During the USCIS waiting period, start gathering all of your financial and supporting documents for the NVC and embassy stages. See our web pages for the following stages to get ahead.
Request for Additional Evidence was Mailed
This means that USCIS has reviewed your case, but has not approved it yet. They need additional information (evidence) to complete their review. You may have forgotten to include something needed or they are just requesting something else that they want.
They will list the item(s) that they need and how you need to send it to them.
Be very quick and accurate in responding to an RFE.
An RFE can slow down your USCIS approval by several weeks or months.
To help reduce getting an RFE, check and double check to make sure that you have included all the required documents. You could also use a visa consultant that specializes in knowing what USCIS wants and will double check your petition. We recommend using Rapid Visa if you are going to use a Visa Consultant.
Response to USCIS’s Request for Additional Evidence was Received
This means that USCIS has received the additional evidence that you sent to them, if you received an RFE. USCIS takes a few weeks to a few months to review the additional information.
Case was Approved
If you receive this status update, Congratulations!!!! USCIS has just approved your petition and will send it to the Department of State, National Visa Center (NVC) for the processing of the visa. It takes a few day to a couple of weeks for USCIS to send your package to NVC.
Case was Sent to the Department of State
This means that USCIS has mailed your approved petition to NVC for processing of the visa. It takes a few days to a week before NVC receives your case.
Case was Rejected
If you receive this status, sorry but USCIS has rejected your case. I have seen rejections for as little as forgetting to sign a particular form. There could be other reasons why.
You may have to start all over again, if you case was rejected for a minor reason. This starts the clock from zero again. Make sure that you triple check you petition to make sure you submitted and signed everything that you need.
To help reduce getting an Rejection, check and double check to make sure that you have included and signed all the required documents. You could also use a visa consultant that specializes in knowing what USCIS wants and will double check your petition. We recommend using Rapid Visa if you are going to use a Visa Consultant.
If your case was rejected for a reason that does not prohibit you from applying again, you can always get married and go through the IR-1/CR-1 Visa route next time.
You also have the option of appealing USCIS’s decision. At that point, you really should consult an attorney.