USCIS Status – Name was updated, Change of Address Updated

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  1 May, 19
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USCIS status - Name was Updated
USCIS status - Name was Updated

USCIS Status Update – Name was updated?

Even though you or your employer never sent any explicit request to update your name, USCIS case status update shows as ‘Name was updated‘.

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Don’t worry, this is just an internal USCIS system update. It is now showing on their USCIS case status website. It can happen with any visa application like i765 (EAD), i 129 (work permit like H1B), i130, i485, i526 etc.

Example:

When the USCIS officer detects any mis-match in your name or address in their system with respect to your actual application, they want to correct / fix the name in their system.

This mis-match could happen due to the typing mistake made by the data entry operator while feeding your application in USCIS systems.

Change of Address update

Change of address update also has the same explanation when you or your employer attorney have NOT requested any update but you still see it on USCIS case status.

A missing zip code or an apartment number or an address spelling update can be made by USCIS officer to fix errors internally.

Should I worry or inform Attorney or employer?

There is no need to worry about these USCIS updates and no need to inform attorney or employer either. Your application is safe and is being actively worked on.

Does Name Change status mean RFE is on the way?

No, absolutely not. Many people believe that ‘name was updated’ status means an RFE (request for evidence) is on its way.

This is NOT correct. Do not believe the rumors.








   18 Useful Questions & Answers from comments



  1. Raghu Gundu
    Raghu Gundu 19 Feb, 19 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Anil,
    On February 12, 2019, we updated your name for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WAC**********. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    I have Question here
    1. do i need to let Attorney know ?
    2. transfer case, when will PP starts ?

    Could you please help me with questionnaires.

    Thanks,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Feb, 19 at 8:47 pm

      No need to worry or inform Attorney about name change status.

      There is no information shared by USCIS at this time for opening H1B premium processing for applications filed after Dec 21, 2018.


  2. TalentHacker
    TalentHacker 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Case Was Received status to “Name Was Updated” status. What does this even mean? What could be the next step by USCIS?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      As explained in above article, ‘name was updated’ does not mean anything substantial. You can ignore it.


  3. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 20 Nov, 18 at 12:09 pm

    Sorry to hear that Sam.
    Do you have any back up plans now?


    • Sam
      Sam 27 Nov, 18 at 7:47 am

      Hi Anil,

      I have my OPT until May-2019. On the End Client letter, Client didn’t mentioned the project duration this was the reason for my denial which USCIS stated on their denial notice. We’ve submitted everything contractual agreements SOW, PO and Work Order. This is the only specific they pointed for the denying my petition. Have you seen any such cases? what are my chances if appeal on this?


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 27 Nov, 18 at 9:06 am

        If the new letter can be submitted after fixing the denial reason, you have good chances of approval.


        • Sam
          Sam 3 Dec, 18 at 10:54 am

          Hi Anil,

          Client provided me the letter with project duration and also I got the work order from vendor. So, my employer is getting ready to submit MTR+Appeal next week. How long does USCIS take to reopen my case with MTR and after reopening how long do they take for any action on my case? Is there any tracker or post I can follow for MTR and Appeal?


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 3 Dec, 18 at 11:12 am

            Currently, the MTR+Appeal processing time data is not publicly available (as far as I know) but it takes usually 6-8 months to reach a result.


            • sat
              sat 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

              Hi Anil – My USCIS case status is “Name was updated” since 5 jan 2018,almost a year for H1B application. Can you please put some light on this situtation?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

              This means that your case has. Not been worked on after Jan. Name was updated status does not really mean anything and there is no need to worry either.

              Did you check your receipt number here to compare with other cases around you:
              https://www.am22tech.com/uscis/current-h1b-processing-times/


            • Sam
              Sam 1 May, 19 at 8:47 am

              Hi Anil,

              I have applied for H1b this year and my petition was picked up in the lottery. As you know, My previous petition for FY-19 was denied and appeal is still pending. My new petition is with the same employer. Can I know if the new application would be solely judged or would it have any impact from my previous rejection? In addition, Can I know if USCIS would process the new application as it received or wait for the decision from AAO on the appeal from the previous application as both are filed by the same employer?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 1 May, 19 at 8:48 am

              If you have submitted the same documents and same job position as the earlier one with rejection, the chances of rejection again are very high.

              Also, the new cap subject H1B needs to be filed only when you have stayed outside USA for at-least 365 physically.

              As per my understanding, you will get an RFE. If you don’t, consider yourself extremely lucky.


            • Sam
              Sam 1 May, 19 at 2:58 pm

              It’s the same job position but, this year we got appropriate client letter from the Client stating all the job duties and project duration with Work orders and SOW’s – Since this was the main reason for denial last year. Mine is an EVC model. Not sure how the appeal is going to impact the new one petition.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 1 May, 19 at 3:21 pm

              H1B denial Appeals have very low chance of approval at 3%.


  4. Sam
    Sam 13 Nov, 18 at 11:09 am

    Hi Anil,

    My RFE Response has been received by California Service Center on Sept-14. On that day itself, my case status changed to name was updated(We haven’t requested any updates) and from then, I don’t see any updates on my case. Is it something I need to worry? It’s been 2 months since RFE response received, When can I expect a decision from USCIS? I see your article about rfe response times and the average response time is 92 at present scenario. But, I just want to get your advice on my situation.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Nov, 18 at 11:24 am

      Don’t worry about the ‘name updated’ status. It has nothing to do with your RFE or processing of case.
      Unfortunately, the RFE processing time is un-usually high at this time and the average is more than 90 days as you have seen on other article.


      • Sam
        Sam 14 Jan, 19 at 9:49 am

        Hi Anil,

        Just wanted to let you know. My case has been denied. Updated on my.uscis.dhs.gov

        Service Center:- WAC
        Case Received – 4/27
        RFE- 6/25 – SO, EER, Right to Control
        Responded – 9/14
        Decision – 11/19



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