Notice of USCIS Action
When USCIS issues an I-797, it is typically in response to a petition it received. For example, an immigrant or foreign national may be issued an I-797 because an employer submitted a green card petition or request for a work-related visa on his behalf, or because the petitioner's request for a change in immigrant status from student to permanent resident has been approved. The I-797 notice contains a unique number starting with three letters followed by 10 digits. It identifies the person or organization that submitted the original request and includes a description of the action taken by the agency. If the recipient was approved for a visa, for example, the I-797 will include a description of the type of visa and the validity dates. An I-94 card, a record of the recipient's arrival and departure to and from the U.S., may also be included at the bottom of the I-797 notice.
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