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What is the Process For Checking the Status of a Green Card Application?2023-01-12T10:58:50-05:00
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What is the Process For Checking the Status of a Green Card Application?

Once you’ve completed your green card application and submitted all the forms, it’s time to wait for your application to be processed and your results decided. This can be a nerve-wracking thing, especially if you aren’t too sure how long it will take to process your application.

Fortunately, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides a way for you to check the status of your green card application and make inquiries about your case in certain circumstances. Our article gives you more information on this process.

In this guide we will cover these questions:

Average Green Card Application Processing Times

Green card applications can have very long processing times, as there are many different forms and fees associated with this process, not to mention an annual limit on how many of a certain type of green card is awarded. Between the two main green card application types – adjustment of status and consular processing – wait times can vary.

Average processing times for adjustment of status green card applications range between 19 and 35 months, while consular processing green card applications vary between 5 and 13 months. Keep in mind this doesn’t take into account any special circumstances or individual situations; this is simply the average time that approximately 80 percent of cases are processed in.

How Can I Check the Status of My Green Card Application?

The USCIS makes it possible to check the average processing time of the forms required as part of green card applications and your overall application status. We give you more details on processing time and the process of checking the status of your green card application below.

What Is Processing Time and How Is It Calculated?

The processing time of your application is how long it takes the USCIS to complete the application (either by approving it or denying it) from the time that the form was submitted. The USCIS uses a system to calculate the processing time in which they take a certain period of time and look at 80 percent of the applications completed during that time. The average processing time of those applications will then be used to give a general quote of processing time to individuals submitting forms to the USCIS.

Processing times do vary based on the service center completing the form, the type of form submitted, if revisions or further information requests are received, or other special circumstances, such as caps on the number of green card applications that can be received and processed throughout the year.

You can review these frequently asked questions about USCIS processing times to understand more about how the USCIS processes documents and the time it might take to process your green card application.

Additionally, you can check the average form processing times on the USCIS website.

Checking Your Case Status

The USCIS makes it possible to check your green card case status via its website. To see the status of your case, simply head to the ‘check case status‘ tool and input the receipt number of your immigration application, petition, or request. This receipt number is a unique 13-character identifying number received upon the submission of your green card application; the USCIS uses it to track your application as it is processed.

Once you input the receipt number, you can select the option to ‘check status.’ You will then be able to see an overview of your green card application and its general processing status. The USCIS also offers other information to review while your green card application is pending.

Can You Make Inquiries About Your Case Status?

If your green card application is taking much longer than the average anticipated processing time, you may be able to make an inquiry about your case status. Typically, when you check your case’s status online with the USCIS, you will be able to see a date that lists the first available date you are eligible to file an inquiry. This inquiry date is based on the average processing times for your application and the date that you officially submitted your application.

To submit an inquiry about your case status, select the ‘submit an inquiry’ option from the ‘check case status‘ page of the USCIS. You can then select the reason for your inquiry. You will be directed to a form where you fill out your receipt number, your A-number, the date your application was submitted, and other important personal information as part of the inquiry request.

Where Can You Get a Certified Translation of Green Card Documents?

As you work to submit your green card application, you will need to make sure that all of your important documents are translated into English so that the processing of your application isn’t impeded.

You can visit our online store for a certified translation of important documents such as:

You can order a certified translation of these documents from our online store:

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It is always important to do your own research. Check the USCIS website and the National Visa Center website to see if you are eligible to file a green card application. U.S. Language Services LLC is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. As a result, it is not a substitute for legal counsel. If you need assistance submitting your paperwork, please seek out the advice of a lawyer.

U.S. Language Services LLC is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or any other agency of the United States government.

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Can you expedite my translation?2020-10-13T08:31:38-04:00

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What is a certified translation?2020-04-10T10:52:38-04:00

A certified translation is a word-for-word translation required for official use by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), universities, colleges, state or federal institutions and courts.

All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and a U.S. Language Services representative in PDF format.

How much does it cost?2021-04-13T11:31:37-04:00

The price for a certified translation is $29.00 per page. No hidden fees.
Each page may contain up to 250 words or fewer including numbers. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

How are the pages counted?2022-06-28T09:54:53-04:00

When you order a certified translation, the most significant variable is how the pages of the document are calculated. We take into consideration both the number of physical pages in your original document and the total word count.

Each page may contain up to 250 words. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.

For example: A project with 2 physical pages that each contain 500 words (1,000 words total), is calculated as 4 pages (1,000 words ÷ 250 = 4 pages).

What happens if I don’t count the number of pages correctly?2020-04-10T10:48:37-04:00

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How long will it take to translate my document?2021-06-07T18:46:33-04:00

For most common languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese, you can expect to receive a 1-3 page translation in 1 business day. Larger projects (4 – 10 pages) can take up to 3 business days.

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays. 

Do you offer notarized translations?2021-11-10T14:29:32-05:00

No, we do not offer notarized translation services.

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How much does it cost?2020-11-12T06:22:39-05:00

The price for a standard translation is $0.12 per word. No hidden fees.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

Is there a minimun?2020-11-11T11:10:45-05:00

Yes. The minimum per project is $24 or 200 words.

What is a standard translation?2020-11-11T11:14:07-05:00

A standard translation is a high-quality, professional translation of documents or text-based files delivered in an editable Word file. If you require a different format (pages, rtf, txt) just let us know when placing your order using the comments field. This service is perfect for:

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How do you ensure quality?2020-04-10T11:12:59-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as marketing, law and engineering. We’re very selective and accept less than 10% of the translators that apply.

A typical translator working for U.S. Language Services has over 5 years of experience and is fluent or bilingual in English and the source or target language.

What languages do you translate?2022-03-21T11:43:14-04:00

U.S. Language Services provides translation services in 35 languages. We translate both from English and into English:

  • Arabic
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  • Italian
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  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
  • Swedish
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How long will it take?2021-06-07T18:46:35-04:00

For most common languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish you can expect to receive:

  • A 500 word translation in 1 business day
  • A 1,000 word translation in 2 business days
  • A 2,000 word translation in 3 business days
  • A 5,000 word translation in 5 business days

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays.

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