i797c receipt notice? i797c status? can i travel with form i 797c?

What Is I797c Receipt Notice?

You are going to receive i797c receipt notice from USCIS for any communication. USCIS will use it as an acknowledgment. They will send this notice in order to convey information. Like receipt notice, rejection notice, transfer notice, re open notice and appointment.

Appointment can be of any type like fingerprint, bio-metric capture, interview or rescheduled.

When you receive a Form I797C in the mail. You should pay immediate attention to it. It may contain some important information that require immediate action.

FORM I-797C on paper.

i797c receipt notice? i797c status? can i travel with form i 797c?
i-797 form notice of action.

I797 notice of action will be printed on plain bond paper. And it also includes a header stating “THIS NOTICE DOES NOT GRANT ANY IMMIGRATION STATUS OR BENEFIT”.

To save paper I797C notice of action will contain the disability accommodation information on the reverse side to reduce paper use.

Can I Travel With Form I 797c Receipt Notice?

Simple answer is no, you can not Travel With Form I797c Receipt Notice. But maybe your case is different. please explain your case in comment and i will try my best to clear your doubt.

There was a situation with my friend. He had his valid visa stamping. As he changed his employer, he was on receipt notice.

He had to go India for some urgent issue. Now he had valid visa stamping with previous employer and receipt notice with current employer.

In this case, you can travel with some risk with it. Let’s discuss in detail.

Case 1.

If you just show the visa to the immigration officer and the officer does not ask anything, then you can enter in the US easily. This is kind of best case scenario.

Case 2.

If you show visa to the officer and officer asks your i797 original copy. In this case if you show your previous i797. Then you can still enter as long as your previous visa was not revoked by your previous employer.

Also if the officer asks anything like your pay stubs. Then you will be in big trouble. So i will not suggest to use previous employer’s i797. It is risky.

Case 3.

If you show the visa to immigration officer and convince him that you have your i797C receipt notice. Then you are good. Please make sure you have your original i 797C receipt with you.

You should also carry last six months pay stubs and bank statement as a proof that you are working in the US. It is also advised to carry your office badge with you. Also carry your previous i797A approval notice. It should be in original form. And do your best to convince the CBP officer.

I would still suggest not to go outside USA if you do not have i797A or I797B approval. Do not travel with i797C notice until it is really needed. Now days anyway it is difficult to travel if you have any loophole. It is better to avoid these kind of situations.

At the end, it depends upon the mood of the CBP officer. If you are lucky, you may fall under case 1. And you can enter USA with i797 notice of action without any problem.

i797c Status?

Please click here to check your i797c status here. Make sure you have your i797c receipt number.

Does i797c receipt notice provide any immigration status?

Definitely not. I had a situation like this but my lawyer asked me not to use it for any immigration benefit. This is just a notice like receipt notice, nothing else. It does not prove any approval. You should ask your lawyer, if you want to use it for any immigration purpose.

For more info on h1b. Please visit this link. Theustravelguide h1b visa topics.

External source. uscis.gov forms form i 797c notice action.

2 thoughts on “i797c receipt notice? i797c status? can i travel with form i 797c?

  1. Hey good article. I have a situation where i had to leave the country because my H1B extension was denied. On re-submission, my VISA extension was approved. I did my VISA interview in my home country and they approved my visa, i.e, i have a valid visa stamped on my passport. I was waiting for my original i797 but somehow i think USPS lost it. Now my lawyers are trying to get a new copy but its going to take some time. I have a copy of the i797c(not the original) which says my petition was approved with me. Also, i am with the same employer that i was before leaving the country. Do you think i can travel back with just the visa and the i797c copy? Do i need to take any additional documents to gain entry to the US?

    1. First thing I’m not able to understand, how did you attend visa interview without original i797 approval.
      Anyway, Most of the time officer will not ask for i797A but it looks risky to me. You should at least get something in written from USPS.

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