Where Is My Alien Registration Number or A number?

Alien Registration Number or A number found on EAD (OPT, H4 L2 etc) card, Green Card, Immigrant Visa or i140 approval i797c form. USCIS number = A number.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  1 Oct, 20


What is A number?

Alien number or commonly known as ‘A number’ is assigned to each person who intends to immigrate to the USA.

This 7 to 9 digit number, prefixed with the letter ‘A’ can be found in various documents that have been issued to you by USCIS.

The 9-digit USCIS number printed on US permanent resident green cards is the same as the A-number.

Please note that PERM ETA number is not same as A (Alien) number.

i140 – A number on i797 form

The most common place is the i140 approval i797C form that carries ‘A number’ assigned to you:

Find A or Alien number-on i140 approval
Find A or Alien number-on i140 approval

Many times, the H1B visa employer does not share i140 approvals with the employee. In that case, you can use FOIA request and may need this A-number to improve your application.

EAD card – Alien Number

You can find your unique A number on your EAD card if any was ever issued to you. This includes OPT EAD, H4 EAD or L2 EAD, etc.

On EAD card, the USCIS# is the same as your A number and can be used whenever you need to enter Alien number.

Alien Registration number on EAD card
Alien Registration number on EAD card

Example:

A number will be required on the i-485 green card medical application form i-693.

Green Card Alien Registration Number

Green card also uses the term ‘USCIS#’ to mean Alien number.

Alien registration number on green card
Alien registration number on green card

Immigrant visa – Alien registration number

On your US immigrant visa, the same A number is referred to as ‘Registration number’.

Find Alien number on immigrant visa
Find Alien number on immigrant visa

A number is assigned only to people who file any visa application with the USA with the intent for permanent residence.

Hence, an H1B visa will not have the USCIS# or A number listed on the visa.

H1B Receipt Notice A Number

H1B applicants are assigned the A number once their employer files Green Card PERM application and then i140.

A number on H1B receipt notice
A number on H1B receipt notice

FAQ

Where is My A Number?

You can find your USCIS A-number on your EAD card, Green Card, Immigrant visa stamp, i140 approved i797 form, or work visa i797 C receipt notice.

Is A number and PERM case number same?

The PERM A number and USCIS A number are not same.

Does H4 visa holder have A number?

H4 visa holders do not get A number.

The A-number printed on H1B i140 approval is only for the primary H1B.

Should I mention A number on H4 EAD form?

You should mention the A number on the H4 EAD form if you were assigned an Alien number in the past.




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