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Approval Notice - Frequently Asked Questions


Why would I need a duplicate Approval Notice?

You may wish to ask for a duplicate notice of approval if you have found out that your application or petition has been approved and:

  • You need a new copy to replace a lost copy, or
  • You never received the original notice of approval

Note: For example, if your petition to bring a relative to live in the U.S. was approved, (Form I-130), but you lost the original notice, you may ask for a duplicate notice of approval. You should plan to make a copy of the approval notice for your own records, especially if the visa may not be issued for a long time.

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How do I request a duplicate Approval Notice?

You must file Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, at the USCIS office that approved your original application or petition. Detailed information is provided in the instructions for the form.

Note: You must file Form I-824 while the original application or petition is still in effect in order to receive a duplicate approval notice.


How can I find out the status of my application?

You may check status by using VisaPro’s free visa status service.

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