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USCIS Reverts Back to Prior Mailing Procedures of Receipt and Approval Notices

USCIS announced on 10/20/11 that it will be resuming its previous practice of sending original Form I-797 receipt and approval notices to the attorney or accredited representative of record. USCIS had previously made effective on 9/12/2011 a new procedure of mailing original notices directly to the applicant and petitioner and sending the copies to the attorney or accredited representative. However, after receiving feedback from the public regarding its negative impact, USCIS has decided to restore their old system of mailing the original notice to the attorney or accredited representative of record and sending a copy to the applicant or petitioner. Due to the time needed to reprogram its system, USCIS anticipates being able to resume its previous mailing practices in approximately six weeks.