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  • USCIS# and USCIS ALIEN NUMBER are different

    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.
    3/3/2019 - 485, 131, 765 filed (140 had been approved)
    3/6/2019 - packet received by USCIS
    3/12/2019 - texts received, checks cashed
    3/16/2019 - receipt notices received
    3/23/2019 - biometrics notices for 4/4/2019
    3/29/2019 - biometrics walk-in
    6/17/2019 - EAD expedite request initiated
    7/16/2019 - new card Is being produced
    7/18/2019 - EAD mailed
    7/19/2019 - approval notices for 131, 765 received
    7/20/2019 - EAD/AP cards received
    8/6/2019 - cases are ready to be scheduled for an interview

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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# ......
      3/3/2019 - 485, 131, 765 filed (140 had been approved)
      3/6/2019 - packet received by USCIS
      3/12/2019 - texts received, checks cashed
      3/16/2019 - receipt notices received
      3/23/2019 - biometrics notices for 4/4/2019
      3/29/2019 - biometrics walk-in
      6/17/2019 - EAD expedite request initiated
      7/16/2019 - new card Is being produced
      7/18/2019 - EAD mailed
      7/19/2019 - approval notices for 131, 765 received
      7/20/2019 - EAD/AP cards received
      8/6/2019 - cases are ready to be scheduled for an interview

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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.

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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.

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