Resources

USCIS – Citizenship and Immigration Services

Case Processing Times

Case Status Update

Change of Address

The USCIS requires all non-citizens to change their addresses within ten days of relocation. Petitioners should also change their addresses in order to ensure that all USCIS notices are received and processed in a timely manner. Failure to respond to USCIS requests will result in a denial. Exceptions may be made if the petitioner or beneficiary can prove that their address was changed. The USCIS allows address changes to by made online or by mail on form AR-11.

Translation of Foreign Documents

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) requires foreign government documents to comply with its regulations. The visa-reciprocity and civil documents link provides a list of available documents per country. Failure to submit conforming foreign documents may result in the denial of a petition or visa application. The USCIS and DOS require all foreign documents to be translated and sometimes require authentication in order to be considered. Translations must comply with 8 CFR 103.2(b)(3). Please note that the DOS visa-reciprocity and civil documents list applies to individual countries and a document that is valid for one country may not apply to a different country.


DOS – U.S. Department of State

Sign Form DS-260 And Submit It To The National Visa Center

Review and sign your immigrant visa application if it is correct. You will need your Immigrant Visa Case Number (e.g.) MTL 1999626025 and the Invoice Number is also required (e.g.) IVSCA00000123456. Call McAllister Law Firm, PLLC before signing and submitting form DS-260 if changes are required.

Immigrant Visa – Sign In

Check Your Immigrant Visa Application Status

The CEAC office allows users to check the status of their immigrant visa cases by entering their IV Case Number (e.g.) MTL 1999626025 into the field. The Invoice Number is also required (e.g.) IVSCA00000123456.

The National Visa Center reviews files after all fees have been paid and all forms have been submitted. If more documents are required, the National Visa Center will request them. Case review times vary based on their current workload. Remember, each time a document is submitted, new case review times will apply. A good average would be four to seven weeks. The State Department’s website updates case review times on a regular basis.

Pay Your Visa Application Fees

The CEAC office allows users to pay immigrant visa fees by entering their IV Case Number (e.g.) MTL 1999626025 into the field. The Invoice Number is also required (e.g.) IVSCA00000123456.

DS-261 Online Choice of Address and Agent

The CEAC office allows users to change their address and agents (including attorneys) associated with their immigrant visa cases by entering their IV Case Number (e.g.) MTL 1999626025 into the field. The Invoice Number is also required (e.g.) IVSCA00000123456.

DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa & Alien Registration

The CEAC office allows users to apply for immigrant visas and alien registration by entering their IV Case Number (e.g.) MTL 1999626025 into the field. The Invoice Number is also required (e.g.) IVSCA00000123456.

U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Civil Documents and How to Use Them
Immigrant visa applicants are required to submit certain civil documents as part of their visa application, such as birth certificates and police records. (Nonimmigrant visa applicants do not routinely need to submit civil documents as part of their visa application.) Each Reciprocity Page will provide detailed information about how to obtain these civil documents from the country* you have selected, as well as the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you can apply for your visa. For more information about civil document requirements for immigrant visa cases, See civil documents.
To view the Civil Documents for your country* of nationality, select your country*/area of authority from the drop-down menu below. On the Reciprocity Page, click on the tabs on the left to see the categories of Civil Documents and how to obtain them.

List of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, & Diplomatic Missions

Visa Categories

Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issues monthly visa bulletins to document the number of available visas for a particular preference category. In most cases, beneficiaries of approved immigrant petitions can only file for an application for permanent residence after the priority date is current. The DOS must assign an immigrant visa number to an application before an application can be granted. Please click on the following link for a list of family and employment-based preference categories can be found in the monthly visa bulletin.

January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019

View Online Visa Bulletins


EOIR – Immigration Court

EOIR Automated Case Information Hotline

phone Case Information: 1-800-898-7180 | 240-314-1500
phone TDD: 1-800-828-1120

Detroit Immigration Court

location_on Detroit Immigration Court
Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building
477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226


ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Field Offices

location_on Detroit Field Office
333 Mt. Elliott
Detroit, Michigan 48207

(313) 568-6049

location_on Grand Rapids Field Office
517 Ottawa Ave. NV
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

(616) 254-1200

Locate Your Family Member or Friend Who Is in ICE Custody

You can locate the person you care about online by using the ICE Detainee Locator Online. You can search for the detainee by alien number or biographic information.

Michigan Detention Centers

Immigration Detainees are often transferred to different detention centers without notice to the family members. It is therefore important to contact detention centers prior to visitation.

location_on Wayne County Jail – “Dickerson”
3501 Hamtramck, Dr.
Detroit, Michigan 48211

(313) 875-7000

location_on Monroe County Dormitory Facility
7000 East Dunbar Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161

(734) 240-1200

location_on Calhoun County Jail
185 E. Michigan Street
Battle Creek, Michigan 490144

(269) 969-6303

location_on Chippewa County Jail
325 Court Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783

(906) 635-7620


CBP – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP Detroit Field Office

location_on CBP Detroit Field Office
211 West Fort St., Suite 1200
Detroit, Michigan 48220

Ports of Entry and Border Crossings in Detroit

location_on Ambassador Bridge
3031 Porter St
Detroit, Michigan 48216

(313) 226-3141

location_on Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
100 East Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48226

(313) 393-3793

Ports of Entry and Border Crossings in Port Huron

location_on Water Street
526 Water Street – Room 301
Port Huron, MI 48060-5471

(810) 985-7125


*Please note that the contact information for these government offices is subject to change. You may refer to each agency’s websites for additional information.