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USCIS Says Applicants Can Receive Certain Docs by Delivery Service of Their Choice

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that applicants can prepay to use the overnight delivery or courier service of their choice to receive certain documents, such as approval and denial notices, requests for evidence, and most travel documents.

To ensure that overnight delivery requests are not delayed, USCIS advised:

  • Including a prepaid air bill when submitting an application, petition, or response to a request for evidence.  "The best way to avoid delivery errors is to provide a prepaid shipping label obtained directly from the delivery service.  This will avoid the need to write in an account number," USCIS said.  The sender's name should be entered in both the "to" and "from" fields on the air bill.
  • Never listing USCIS as the sender and not marking "bill to sender."
  • Paying all delivery costs in advance and including the prepaid air bill with the submission.

If the delivery costs are not paid in full, USCIS will send the documents by regular U.S. mail.


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