How to Track a Green Card Process

By Tiffany Raiford
Green card applicants can check the status of their application online.

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Immigrants with a desire to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis must obtain a permanent residence card, also known as a green card, from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To obtain a green card you may be sponsored by a job or family member, or you may apply for one on your own. The process of obtaining a green card is the same no matter who initiates the process. Once your application is submitted to the USCIS, you can track the status of it online.

Locate your green card receipt number. This is the number you received when you submitted your application. It is also printed on any documentation or correspondence you have with the USCIS. You must have your receipt number to check the status of your green card application.

Go to the USCIS website and locate a section on the homepage titled "Customer Tools." Under customer tools there is a subsection titled, "After I File." Click on the, "Check My Case Status" link.

Enter your receipt number in the box provided and click on the "Check Status" button, which directs you to the results of your application status inquiry. View your results to see if it is still processing, in need of further documentation, denied or approved.

About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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