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What does Form (Form I-797) for a refugee travel document application mean?

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I applied for a refugee travel document and yesterday I received this letter in the email from USCIS:

Your case has been accepted and routed to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center for processing. Within 7-10 days by standard mail you will receive your official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) with your Receipt Number xxxxxxxxxxxxx. With the official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) you may visit where you can check the status of your case using My Case Status. We suggest you wait until you have received your Form I-797 before checking My Case Status.

What does that mean? don't I have to do biometrics and fingerprinting ? is the form I797C going to arrive later for the appointment or what?

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It means exactly what it says, that the filing has been accepted and sent to the Nebraska Service Center for processing.

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thank you but this was not my main question. What I wanted to know is will they send me Form I797C (for the biometrics appointment) later or is that it?

J Charles Ferrari

J Charles Ferrari


That is up to USCIS to determine.


It means your case has been accepted for processing and that you can check its status online as its being processed. You will receive your actual refugee travel document approximately 4 - 6 months later. Please make certain that your mailing address remains current with USCIS.

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I agree with my colleagues.

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