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Form I-797: Types and Functions

USCIS uses numerous types of Form I-797 to communicate with customers or convey an immigration benefit.  Form I-797 is NOT a form you can fill out. The chart below gives a brief description of each:

Form NumberDescription
I-797, Notice of ActionIssued when an application or petition is approved.
I-797A, Notice of ActionIssued to an applicant as a replacement Form I-94.
I-797B, Notice of ActionIssued for approval of an alien worker petition.
I-797C, Notice of ActionIssued to communicate receipt of payments, rejection of applications, transfer of files, fingerprint biometric, interview and re-scheduled appointments, and re-open cases.
I-797DAccompanies benefit cards.
I-797E, Notice of ActionIssued to request evidence.
I-797F, Transportation LetterIssued overseas to allow applicants to travel.


Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/15/2013