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So was it a stupid move to mail in my application package during the holidays? I sent mine on Dec. 27th. No email notification yet. Does this increase the chances my application will get missed or ignored? Maybe I am just being too anxious.

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So was it a stupid move to mail in my application package during the holidays? I sent mine on Dec. 27th. No email notification yet. Does this increase the chances my application will get missed or ignored? Maybe I am just being too anxious.

Thanks.

Maybe you just need to have a Happy New Year and relax. You have 5 or so months of waiting. Chill and congrats on the mailing.


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USCIS needs a few days to inspect your package and see if everything is in there. When they've determined that the package is completed, then they will inform you by e-mail and/or SMS (if you included a US mobile number in your G-1145) that it is accepted for initial review.

So was it a stupid move to mail in my application package during the holidays? I sent mine on Dec. 27th. No email notification yet. Does this increase the chances my application will get missed or ignored? Maybe I am just being too anxious.

Thanks.


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You sent a package on December 27th during a week where there is a weekend federal holiday on either side where people end up taking alternate days off during the week in exchange, and many employees take additional personal holidays to spend with their families. The post offices are still swamped with Christmas mail and fewer delivery days and offices are closed not only on weekends but now on an day during the week. Even without those factors it is not unusual to take up to two weeks (or more) to receive your notice of 'receipt'.

Your package will go to the mail room where it will join the thousands and thousands of other recently received petitions and applications and will wait its turn in line to be opened. It probably arrived in the mail room just before the offices closed for the holidays so there is also a backlog of received mail awaiting processing. When it reaches the head of the line, It will be quickly checked over to make sure it is complete enough to be accepted - the check is right, the forms are signed, the application is the correct version, etc. The information is then entered into a computer and a number generated for the file. The check is separated from the package for deposit. Then and only then is it considered 'received' and a notice generated to let you know.

The time of year doesn't add any additional risk that your package will be missed or ignored - it is just being processed at a time when there is a lot of work and not a lot of people to do the work. You should receive your receipt soon enough. You did use some sort of 'tracking' with it, I hope. You can check that tracking number and find out when it was physically delivered at the USCIS address.

You should hear something very soon. Good luck.


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