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.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  22 Jul, 19


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

You can copy paste the contents of this Google document in your own copy and then use it. Do not ask for permission to edit this document.

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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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   50 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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!


  9. 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.


  10. 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


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