How do you check the status of your pending immigration case? Do you have to pay a lawyer to do so? No, you can do it yourself either online or by telephone.
If your case is pending in a USCIS Service Center, you have been selected as a winner in the DV Lottery, you have applied for a U.S. Passport, you have a J waiver request pending before the State Department or you have applied for a copy of your file under the Freedom of Information Act, you can check your immigration case status online. You can also check the visa waiting times at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate anywhere in the world.
You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by subscribing to our Free E-Mail Newsletter.
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If you have a deportation or removal case before an Immigration Judge or an appeal or a motion to reopen or reconsider pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals, you can check the status of your case by calling (800) 898-7180. For more detailed information about checking the status of your case by telephone, see our article Immigration Courts (800) Phone Number .
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening an 8 attorney firm specializing in immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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