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‘.
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.
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.