Immigration Section
April 2014 Issue
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USCIS Reports Delay In Immigration Document Receipt Notices

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an alert notifying the public of a potential delay in the issuance of I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant receipt notices. Given the high volume of petitions and resulting paperwork backlogs, Notaries in the immigration sector can best assist signers by helping ensure proper documentation and by knowing what services they can — and can not— provide to immigration clients.

The 1-129 form is generally used for employment-related, nonimmigrant petitions, such as the H1B petitions, which have seen an application spike in recent months. While notarization is not required on all immigration paperwork, several support documents, such as employment affidavits, must be notarized. Errors in the notarization can cause additional delays in paperwork filing; therefore, Notaries can help expedite the process by following state laws and by adhering to the NNA’s Recommended Notary Practices.

Prior to the increased petition volume, the standard wait time for I-129 receipt notices was 30-days. The USCIS states that the delay is temporary and advises individuals to contact the USCIS service center if they have not been notified after 60 days.

Key Points:

  • USCIS is reporting delay in I-129 receipt notifications.
  • Notaries can help prevent delays by ensuring proper notarizations.
  • Customers should contact USCIS after 60 days if they’ve not received their notice.

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