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Definition of Key Terms
These key terms are highlighted in blue on this page to help clarify the application process.
Form I-797 Approval Notice
A Form I-797 Approval Notice is issued when an Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Petition or Application is approved. The Approval Notice is an important document that should be maintained with a foreign national's immigration-related paperwork. It is often used as proof of status.
The form on which an employer or family member sponsors a foreign national for Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card) status.
Nonimmigrant Petition or Application
Any form that is filed with USCIS (formerly the INS) to request authorization to remain in the U.S. for a temporary period.
Form I-824 Application for Duplicate Approval Notice
Form I-824 application is appropriate for individuals who have lost their Form I-797 Approval Notice or who never received the Approval Notice from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you have lost the Form I-797 Approval Notice issued in connection with an Immigrant Petition or Nonimmigrant Petition or Application, you may file form I-824 Application for a Duplicate Approval Notice. This duplicate approval notice application does not cover requests to replace an Employment Authorization Card, Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), or Form I-94. The Form I-824 application only replaces the I-797 Approval Notice.
Eligibility Requirements for Form I-824 Duplicate Approval Notice
In order to apply for a Duplicate Approval Notice, you must be the Applicant or Petitioner of the original Application or Petition.
The Process for Form I-824
All Applications for a Duplicate Approval Notice are made on Form I-824. Processing times generally range from three to nine months.
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