Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, is an optional form that is used to request an electronic notification (text and/or email) when USCIS accepts your immigration application.
How to Use Form G-1145 to Get a Text/Email
Prepare a Form G-1145 on CitizenPath or on USCIS.gov. You may provide your mobile phone number for a text or provide your email address for an email. Or you may provide both. It’s a free form. Paperclip it to the first page of your application package. USCIS will send a text and/or email within 24 hours of accepting the application. Note that accepting the application may come a few days of actually receiving your application. Before USCIS can accept your application for processing, they generally review the completeness of the application and process your payment.
You can’t use Form G-1145 with all applications and petitions. Form G-1145 can only be used with applications filed at one of the USCIS lockbox facilities (Lewisville, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Phoenix, Arizona). A lockbox is a service that is set up to receive and process payments. The USCIS Lockbox facilities are simply locations that receive your application and process your payments. Some of the more popular forms which you can receive e-notification include:
- Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
- Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status (most application types)
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (most application types)
- Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
E-Notification is Different Than Form I-797C
Obtaining an e-notification with the G-1145 form is for informational purposes only. It gives you the extra confidence that the application has been received and accepted. The e-notification that you receive does not grant any type of status or benefit. Within 10 days of accepting your application, USCIS will also mail you a receipt notice, known formally as Form I-797C, Notice of Action. The receipt letter may be used as evidence that USCIS is processing an application.