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    Hi,

    We recently submitted I-485 petition to USCIS, and just got I-797C notices regarding these petitions.

    We noticed something odd, though. The "USCIS Alien Number" on the I-485's I-797C notice is a totally different from the "USCIS#" on an old EAD card (several years ago, from the time we were on J-status; we're now on H-status).

    "USCIS Alien Number" starts with A and followed by a 9-digit number (the first digit is 2). "USCIS#" is a 9 digit number, starting with the digit 1.

    Is this normal? Has anyone experienced this?

  • #2
    My new A number also doesn't match the number on my old EADs. All my old EADs had the same number. I had F1 and J2 EADs. I think that's because the intent is now immigrational.
    3/3/19 - filed
    3/6/19 - received by USCIS
    3/12/19 - texts received, checks cashed
    3/16/19 - receipt notices received
    3/23/19 - bio. notices for 4/4
    3/29/19 - biom. walk-in
    6/17/19 - EAD expedite request
    7/16/19 - card is being produced
    7/18/19 - EAD mailed
    7/19/19 - approval notices for EAD
    7/20/19 - combo cards received
    8/6/19 - ready to be sch. for an interview
    12/10/19 - interviews scheduled
    12/16/19 - interview notices for 1/14/20
    1/14/20 - interview & approval
    1/18/20 - card delivered

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    • #3
      Originally posted by buffalo434 View Post
      Hi,

      We recently submitted I-485 petition to USCIS, and just got I-797C notices regarding these petitions.

      We noticed something odd, though. The "USCIS Alien Number" on the I-485's I-797C notice is a totally different from the "USCIS#" on an old EAD card (several years ago, from the time we were on J-status; we're now on H-status).

      "USCIS Alien Number" starts with A and followed by a 9-digit number (the first digit is 2). "USCIS#" is a 9 digit number, starting with the digit 1.

      Is this normal? Has anyone experienced this?
      P.S. the number on your EAD is an A number. Old version of an EAD says A# ......
      3/3/19 - filed
      3/6/19 - received by USCIS
      3/12/19 - texts received, checks cashed
      3/16/19 - receipt notices received
      3/23/19 - bio. notices for 4/4
      3/29/19 - biom. walk-in
      6/17/19 - EAD expedite request
      7/16/19 - card is being produced
      7/18/19 - EAD mailed
      7/19/19 - approval notices for EAD
      7/20/19 - combo cards received
      8/6/19 - ready to be sch. for an interview
      12/10/19 - interviews scheduled
      12/16/19 - interview notices for 1/14/20
      1/14/20 - interview & approval
      1/18/20 - card delivered

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      • #4
        Thanks a lot for sharing your experience, it's a relief!

        I also found this thread elsewhere on the internet with someone else who had a similar experience to us.
        Last edited by ceci1073; 05-26-2020, 09:57 AM.

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        • #5
          Foreign nationals applying for status in the United States with USCIS have likely seen the term, “A-Number.” Many people wonder what this term refers to as it appears on virtually every USCIS form.

          The “A-Number” stands for Alien Registration Number. It may also be referred to as an “Alien Number” or “USCIS Number.” This number is issued by USCIS to non-citizens of the United States. Most foreign nationals are assigned an A-Number when applying for a green card, a waiver, employment authorization and certain visas. However, not all foreign nationals receive an A-Number.

          There are four different varieties of A-Numbers:
          • Eight-digit A-Numbers are digitally assigned at a local USCIS office. If you are assigned one of these numbers, treat the number as if an additional zero was placed after the A.
          • Nine-digit A-Numbers that start with the number one are used for employment authorization cards.
          • Nine-digit A-Numbers that begin with the digit three are used for fingerprint tracking of V visa applicants. (The V visa allows families to stay together while waiting for the processing of immigrant visas.)
          • All other nine-digit A-Numbers are permanent and will remain with the foreign national for the rest of their life.

          If you are assigned an A-Number, it can be found in the upper right hand corner of your Form I-797 Approval Notice or on the front of your Green Card or Employment Authorization Document.
          Marriage based AOS, NBC
          07/16/19: Concurrent filing - Chicago, IL
          07/19/19: Package delivered
          07/28/19: Rcvd 4 Text Messages
          08/09/19: Biometrics Notification & Biometrics done (walk-in)
          11/15/19: Ready to Be Scheduled for Interview
          ​​​​​​11/18/19: Got the courtesy letter for I-693
          12/09/19: USCIS Interview Notice
          12/18/19: EAD/AP approved
          12/23/19: Comb Card Received
          ​​​​​​1/9/20: Interview, "New Card Is Being Produced."
          1/10/20: I-130 & I-485 "Case Was Approved"
          1/17/20: Green Card in hand.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MarcWindsor View Post
            Foreign nationals applying for status in the United States with USCIS have likely seen the term, “A-Number.” Many people wonder what this term refers to as it appears on virtually every USCIS form.

            The “A-Number” stands for Alien Registration Number. It may also be referred to as an “Alien Number” or “USCIS Number.” This number is issued by USCIS to non-citizens of the United States. Most foreign nationals are assigned an A-Number when applying for a green card, a waiver, employment authorization and certain visas. However, not all foreign nationals receive an A-Number.

            There are four different varieties of A-Numbers:
            • Eight-digit A-Numbers are digitally assigned at a local USCIS office. If you are assigned one of these numbers, treat the number as if an additional zero was placed after the A.
            • Nine-digit A-Numbers that start with the number one are used for employment authorization cards.
            • Nine-digit A-Numbers that begin with the digit three are used for fingerprint tracking of V visa applicants. (The V visa allows families to stay together while waiting for the processing of immigrant visas.)
            • All other nine-digit A-Numbers are permanent and will remain with the foreign national for the rest of their life.

            If you are assigned an A-Number, it can be found in the upper right hand corner of your Form I-797 Approval Notice or on the front of your Green Card or Employment Authorization Document.
            Hey, where did you find this information? I have been on F1 OPT and my EAD has a 9-digit "USCIS #" that starts with a 2 (2xx-xxx-xxx). I recently got a 797C, and I there is another 9-digit "USCIS Alien Number" that starts with an A and a 2 (A2xxxxxxxx). What is going on?

            Thank you
            F-1 OPT to AOS IR-1 (married to USC)
            Forms I-485, I-130, I-765, I-131
            National Benefits Center
            Field Office: Minneapolis, MN
            10/17/2019 Sent through USPS
            10/21/2019 Official Received and Priority Date
            11/05/2019 Text NOA cases received, w/4 numbers
            11/06/2019 Checks cashed out
            11/09/2019 Received official I-797C NOAs through mail
            11/18/2019 Biometrics appointment letter received for 11/26
            11/27/2019 Status updated to fingerprints were taken
            12/31/2019 RFIE email notification

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            • #7
              Originally posted by denithedreamers View Post

              Hey, where did you find this information? I have been on F1 OPT and my EAD has a 9-digit "USCIS #" that starts with a 2 (2xx-xxx-xxx). I recently got a 797C, and I there is another 9-digit "USCIS Alien Number" that starts with an A and a 2 (A2xxxxxxxx). What is going on?

              Thank you
              https://berardiimmigrationlaw.com/what-is-an-a-number/

              It looks like that the first one you got is "USCIS #", and the second one is "USCIS Alien Number" or "USCIS Alien #"
              Last edited by MarcWindsor; 11-11-2019, 08:31 AM.
              Marriage based AOS, NBC
              07/16/19: Concurrent filing - Chicago, IL
              07/19/19: Package delivered
              07/28/19: Rcvd 4 Text Messages
              08/09/19: Biometrics Notification & Biometrics done (walk-in)
              11/15/19: Ready to Be Scheduled for Interview
              ​​​​​​11/18/19: Got the courtesy letter for I-693
              12/09/19: USCIS Interview Notice
              12/18/19: EAD/AP approved
              12/23/19: Comb Card Received
              ​​​​​​1/9/20: Interview, "New Card Is Being Produced."
              1/10/20: I-130 & I-485 "Case Was Approved"
              1/17/20: Green Card in hand.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MarcWindsor View Post

                https://berardiimmigrationlaw.com/what-is-an-a-number/

                It looks like that the first one you got is "USCIS #", and the second one is "USCIS Alien Number" or "USCIS Alien #"
                That is very confusing. From the link that you provided,

                The “A-Number” stands for Alien Registration Number. It may also be referred to as an “Alien Number” or “USCIS Number.”
                Sounds like they are the same thing?
                F-1 OPT to AOS IR-1 (married to USC)
                Forms I-485, I-130, I-765, I-131
                National Benefits Center
                Field Office: Minneapolis, MN
                10/17/2019 Sent through USPS
                10/21/2019 Official Received and Priority Date
                11/05/2019 Text NOA cases received, w/4 numbers
                11/06/2019 Checks cashed out
                11/09/2019 Received official I-797C NOAs through mail
                11/18/2019 Biometrics appointment letter received for 11/26
                11/27/2019 Status updated to fingerprints were taken
                12/31/2019 RFIE email notification

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                • #9
                  Hello,

                  I would like to have a question. When you filled your I-485 form, did you guys put your EAD A number or just leave it blank? Thank you.

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