USCIS Sample Application Withdrawal Letter

USCIS Sample Application withdrawal letter for H4-EAD, I-765 or any petition. Receipt notice, withdrawal reason required. Check receipt number to find USCIS office.

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  By Am22tech      Updated  23 Jan, 20


USCIS Sample Application withdrawal letter can be used to take off any pending application. USCIS withdrawal letter does not need notarization.

You should send withdraw letter by certified mail or registered mail preferably by USPS and use tracking. You should have a proof that you sent this letter. We recommend to keep a scanned copy of the letter as well.

You can also use Fedex or UPS mail with tracking.

USCIS Withdrawal Letter – Doc format

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Withdraw Visa Petition Before USCIS Approval

If the application has not yet been approved or denied by USCIS, it’s easy to cancel or withdraw it by sending the letter to USCIS.

There is no official withdrawal USCIS form.

You need to know the USCIS office that’s currently handling the petition/ Application.
Enclose a copy of the receipt notice, if you received one from USCIS. That will help it trace your file.

You should also write the reason of withdrawal. USCIS does not care about the reason as long as they do not sense any fraud.

Application Withdraw Processing Time

There is no defined processing time by USCIS for withdrawal request. The only proof you have is the ‘certified mail’ that you send and the scanned copy of the letter.

You can assume to have done the withdrawal that day it is received by USCIS.

If any issue is raised by USCIS later with respect to your withdrawal or current status, you can submit the certified mail receipt and copy of letter as a proof that you did request a withdrawal.

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   58 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. cvm
    cvm 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Anil

    We are trying to withdraw my h4 EAD application, as my H1 got approved. We received an RFE on H4 EAD as my H1 is approved. ( appled EAD before H1 got approved). I 765 was filed through an attorney. Now we want to send withdrawal form on our own, without involving attorney.

    In this case , we are trying to send this withdrawal form as response to RFE. Please confirm the following:

    (1) Is the petitioner mentioned above is me /my husband ( who is on H1 , as dependent on this H1 we have applied H4 EAD)
    (2) Should we mention beneficiary as me
    (3) In case he is the petitioner , would he be signing on this withdrawal request. ( Do I need to sign as well)

    Thanks in Advance

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

      For H4 EAD, both petitioner and beneficiary is you, the H4 person.

  2. SHIQ Funz
    SHIQ Funz 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

    Hi Anil
    I worked with my employer since 2018, on EAD permit, during Job my employer applied my PERM, i140 and then I485 on eb3. And finally got GC. Now, people suggest me that do not change your employer at least for 6 months it will effect your N 400 neutralization process?
    Q1: does it effect if I change my employer within 6 months?
    Q2: I already worked with employer since 2 years but does the cycle will start after getting GC?

  3. SHIQ Funz
    SHIQ Funz 23 Dec, 19 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I would like to ask about the letter of Withdrawal for I-589 form, now I received my GC through employment and I wanted to withdraw my pending asylum case, shall I write the reason, ” Adjusted Status through employment based and received GC, is enough or shall I mention other lines. please

  4. English Speaking
    English Speaking 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

    Could I ask a question?
    I have interviewed my N-400 in 09/2017. And then I sent to The Withdrawal Letter to USCIS (local office) in April, 2019. But I the officer did not approve my withdrawing, then USCIS sent to me the denial notice.
    Why did they not concern on the withdrawal letter?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Dec, 19 at 10:38 am

      I cannot say as to why USCIS did not consider your withdrawal request. Do you have the proof that it was delivered and you gave all the correct information?

  5. Kitcat
    Kitcat 21 Jul, 19 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Anil, I filed i539 to extend my B2 back on april, cause back then my visa would be expiring on 5/18 and I hope to stay another month to wait for my kids school year ended to leave. IN the meantime, my husband was waiting for his naturalization but according to online processing time, it wouldn’t be done till august and that’s th e reason I need to apply an extension at the first place. however, after I filed i539, my husband naturalization speeded up all of a sudden, and he became a citizen on 5/26 while my i529 already pending. So we decided to file i130 and i485 right afterwards and also received notice of receipt of my green card application three weeks ago. My question is , do I need withdraw my pending i539 case right now? They just sent me letter asking for more supporting evidence (regarding my i539 extension case), I am not very sure what to do, sending them the evidences or send them a withdrawal letter. Please advise. Thank you so much

    • Kitcat
      Kitcat 21 Jul, 19 at 9:59 pm

      Also, I would like to ask can I just put down ” I have filed i485″ as my reason to withdraw or need to write a long explanation? Thanks again

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 22 Jul, 19 at 8:22 am

        Your B2 extension will most probably be denied as your have filed i485 which is against the B2 visitor visa ‘intent’. It is your choice if you want to withdraw the B2 or not at this point.

        You can stay in US based on pending i485 application at this time.

        • Kitcat
          Kitcat 23 Jul, 19 at 5:33 pm

          Thanks for the reply, so do you have any idea how much details I need to put down for my reason to withdraw? Can I write it like “since my husband’s naturalization process speeded up all of a sudden and he became a US citizen at May, so we decided to file i-130 and i-485 right away, due to the conflict of intent of the two applications, we would like to withdraw the i539 application.” Thanks again for your time and help.

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 23 Jul, 19 at 7:56 pm

            That looks reasonable.

  6. ian
    ian 10 Jul, 19 at 10:12 am

    Hi, Anil. my application for I-130 and I-864 are already approved and she got all the paper works and passport/visa.Then things happened. We got separated because of third party and she basically did not come here anymore until her visa/passport expired. Now I applied for the withdrawal to USCIS in Louisiana and they email me that I should mail USCIS montreal to withdraw. I also did that and I just got a email from them that they dont have anymore jurisdiction since it already got approved/issued since 2017 and they want me to contact USCIS where I file the petition to advise them of the withdrawal. Now I dont know what to do. I dont want her on any support from me since I filed that I-864. I wonder why they cant withdraw it since I am the petitioner. Thank you

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jul, 19 at 7:19 pm

      Not sure why USCIS denied the withdrawal. This is new to me.

      Normally, the USCIS office in US that approved it should be able to withdraw it.

      • ian
        ian 11 Jul, 19 at 11:11 am

        Thank you for your respond Anil. Do I need to call them? I tried calling them yesterday but they dont give me an option for general question. Any number you know that I can call to followup? I also email them but no response yet. I filled in USCIS Louisiana.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Jul, 19 at 11:24 am

          There is no other number that I know of other than the official USCIS number given on their website.

  7. carlis Matamba
    carlis Matamba 8 Jul, 19 at 10:53 pm

    Hey if I withdraw my Application for I-129f form can i still reply again for the same person in the future?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 19 at 8:06 am

      Yes, you can apply again in future.

      • carlis Matamba
        carlis Matamba 12 Jul, 19 at 12:50 am

        Thank you

  8. Ola
    Ola 8 Jul, 19 at 11:03 pm

    Hi, thanks for your help si far but I need to ask if I’m withdrawing an application for myself and my children do I make it separate withdrawal letters or it can all be included in one withdrawal?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 19 at 8:06 am

      You can include all withdrawals in one application but it is recommended to create a separate application for each person.

  9. Joanna
    Joanna 8 Jul, 19 at 7:39 am

    Hello. I would like to know if I withdraw my application because I knew that I have made a mistake within my documents so they won’t approve anyway. Can I apply again after my application has been withdraw?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 19 at 7:46 am

      Yes, you can withdraw and apply again.

      • Joanna
        Joanna 8 Jul, 19 at 10:57 am

        Than what’s the difference between withdrawal and Request for the Return of Original Documents ?
        Since I already know I have made a mistake, can I ask a return and submitted again ?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 19 at 12:10 pm

          I am not aware of any ‘Return of original documents’ type of request.

  10. Grace
    Grace 5 Jul, 19 at 9:50 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have moved out of US and would like to revoke/cancel my H1b and spouse’s H4. Reason for revoking/cancelling H1 is that, I want to apply B1 Visa and don’t want to work in US. I would really appreciate if you can answer my questions.

    1) Can I contact USCIS or the employer can only initiate cancellation of H1b visa?

    2) Do I need to inform USCIS or can I directly apply for B1/B2 Visa and ask Consulate to cancel H1 at the time of interview?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Jul, 19 at 10:29 am

      Only your employer can file for H1B withdrawal.
      You can file for H4 withdrawal yourself.

      There is no need to talk about H1B cancellation in B1/B2 visa interview.

  11. Pika
    Pika 29 Jun, 19 at 12:42 pm

    Hi, how to find an address to send a withdrawal letter. I have only the case number I don’t have the paper notice from uscis?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 Jun, 19 at 1:46 pm

      Your receipt number tells you the USCIS service center name and then you can find the address of that center from USCIS website.

  12. Carolina
    Carolina 8 Jun, 19 at 11:29 pm

    Hi! I sent a letter to the USCIS 2 weeks ago asking to withdraw a visa o3 for mi ex husband. How do I know if is done? Do they notice me or him? thanks

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 19 at 12:22 am

      You will see the status update online on USCIS case status website as and when they process the withdrawal.

      • Carolina
        Carolina 9 Jun, 19 at 5:37 pm

        Anil, I dont have a receipt number. I sent a letter via USPS.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 19 at 5:37 pm

          I don’t understand as to how you sent the withdrawal letter without the receipt number. How will USCIS find your case then?

          • carolina
            carolina 9 Jun, 19 at 5:46 pm

            Which is the receipt number?

          • carolina
            carolina 9 Jun, 19 at 5:46 pm

            Sorry! i got it!! but it doesn’t show the new status in the website . Do you know how long does it takes?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 9 Jun, 19 at 8:24 pm

              There is no fixed timeframe. It can take months. Just register on USCIS website and you will get notification once they take any action.

  13. Dyezilven Hernandez
    Dyezilven Hernandez 2 Jun, 19 at 6:16 pm

    Hi anil!, I applied my Green card base marriage but it didn’t go well so we end up getting a divorse before my interview. I recieve my interview letter but I didn’t go in coz we already divorced.. I got married again to a citizen and now I’m aplying for green card. Do I need to withdraw my first aplication?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Jun, 19 at 6:44 pm

      Yes, you should withdraw your earlier application which was filed based on old marriage.

  14. Ale
    Ale 16 May, 19 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Anil, how can I know the correct USCIS office that’s currently handlinghandling the i130 peticion that I want to whitdraw ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 May, 19 at 3:40 pm

      Search for the address on USCIS website using the service center name.

  15. Ram
    Ram 10 May, 19 at 10:47 am

    Hi Anil, I have done h1b transfer from some company ,they Got RFE on APR 1st, they are giving reply , i needs to be done by may end , if they are not given reply by that time , what will happend , will it impact on my next h1b transfer ? should i ask them to revoke it??

    • Ram
      Ram 10 May, 19 at 10:47 am

      Sorry typo mistake they are not giving reply since project on hold

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 11:25 am

        The chances are high that the transfer application will be denied in the absence of RFE non submission.

        It should not affect your any new H1B transfer with a new employer.

        • Ram
          Ram 10 May, 19 at 11:36 am

          thanks ,,then no need to revoke or request for cancel for application right?

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 11:46 am

            Whatever is required, it has to be done by the employer. They will decide if they want to withdraw or just let it get denied.

  16. Madhu
    Madhu 9 May, 19 at 10:12 am

    Hi I want to withdraw B2 visitor stay extension application for my parents, but i do not have the receipt copy sent through mail. I have the case number which was sent via text to my phone. Is it ok if i mention the receipt number in withdrawal letter and not provide copy of the same.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 3:02 pm

      Have you not received the receipt copy sent by USCIS yet? It is recommended to send the receipt copy.

      • Madhu
        Madhu 9 May, 19 at 4:06 pm

        I got notification about mail arrival to my email from USPS but I don’t find it in my mails. Maybe it did not reach my mailbox at all(sometimes USPS drops at wrong mailbox, this happened few times as our community has same house number but different street names)

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 4:06 pm

          You can try sending withdrawal letter without the receipt copy then.

          • Madhu
            Madhu 10 May, 19 at 8:07 am

            Will do, Thank you!

  17. Marvin Doyley
    Marvin Doyley 21 Apr, 19 at 3:13 pm

    What are the disadvantages after withdrawal a i485 application form from uscis

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 3:21 pm

      It depends on why you filed i485 in first place.
      The most significant is that you won’t get US green card.

      • Marvin Doyley
        Marvin Doyley 21 Apr, 19 at 4:52 pm

        So will you end up in removal proceedings

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 5:38 pm

          Depends on what status you currently have and if you have any legal status to stay in US.

  18. Sarah
    Sarah 16 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

    Do they give back the forms we submitted, after the withdrawal?
    By mail? or do they handover?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Feb, 19 at 12:05 pm

      USCIS only sends the acknowledgement when they actually withdraw your application based on your request.

      • Ayo Ifan
        Ayo Ifan 25 Feb, 19 at 9:33 pm

        sir, can a beneficiary request for withdrawal of i130 form and i765 inclusive or how do i go about it?
        please furnish me with information on how to withdraw all my forms

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 10:19 pm

          I am not sure if beneficiary can withdraw the application. You should talk to an attorney.

      • Marvin Doyley
        Marvin Doyley 21 Apr, 19 at 5:00 pm

        The i485 was file for adjustment of status but marriage not going well I am contemplating on withdrawal the i485