Immigration Form I-797 Serves Many Purposes

People who are seeking to become naturalized citizens of the United States often keep a watchful eye on the mailbox to see if their application has been approved or denied. For those individuals, understanding some of the forms that might be mailed out might help them to better understand what they are reading. Our readers in Texas might find the purpose of these forms interesting.

Form I-797 is one of the main forms mailed out to applicants. This form has many purposes. Each purpose is notated by the letter (or lack of a letter) following the "I-797" on the paper.

Applicants might get a form I-797C, Notice of Action in the mail. This is a notice of action form that lets the applicant know about upcoming appointments, receipt of payment, transfer of files, re-opened cases or fingerprint biometrics. It is also used to notify an applicant of a rejected application. Along that same line is Form I-797E, Notice of Action, which is a request to provide evidence. Reading over these letters thoroughly is vital since they might contain instructions.

The form I-797, Notice of Action is used to let the applicant know the application was approved. Form I-797B , Notice of Action shows that an alien worker petition was granted. Form I-797F gives applicants overseas permission to travel. Form I-797D is sent along with benefit cards. Form I-797A is sent out as a replacement to Form I-94.

When going through the naturalization process, or any immigration process, complying with instructions is vital. The only way to do this is to ensure you understand the correspondence sent out. Working with someone familiar with the process and forms can help you ensure you are doing what needs to be done in regards to your application.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, "Form I-797: Types and Functions" Dec. 16, 2014