What does the USCIS mean by 'additional research'?

Asked over 1 year ago - Nashville, TN

The i140 was already approved 3 years ago and I'm waiting in my country for consular processing. This is what the NVC sent me;

'USCIS has informed the NVC that additional research is being performed on this case, and it will likely experience additional delays before being sent to NVC for processing. Unfortunately, no timeframe is available as to when this case will be sent to the NVC. As soon as this case is received at the NVC, notification and further instructions will be sent.'

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Carl Michael Shusterman


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Best Answer
    chosen by asker

    Answered . It could be a background check, or the government may be investigating some aspect of your case.

    (213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration... more
  2. Andrew Marino Bramante

    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Did it say "additional research" or additional processing. The latter means that you are still being reviewed for security. This can sometimes take several years, and it is most common when someone's name is the same as a person on a terrorist watch list.

    Andrew M. Bramante, Rosner Partners, 216-771-5588. Free telephone consultation. You should always consult with... more
  3. Alan James Brinkmeier

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . government may be investigating some aspect

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

29,707 answers this week

3,173 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

29,707 answers this week

3,173 attorneys answering