Today the USCIS is scheduled to release its latest weekly Update on Receipting for I-485 cases. Our office has had some (but not all) filing fee checks processed for cases filed on July 2, 2007. Most of our cases were filed in Nebraska but we believe were subsequently transferred to Texas.  I  therefore expect modest progress on the upcoming Update from the Texas Service Center.  From what other lawyers are saying, Employment Authorization Documents are being issued very soon after Receipt Notices, good news if true. I will post the USCIS Receipting Update when it becomes available.

On another note, the GAO issued a “Report Card” on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under which the USCIS and ICE agencies fall. The report noted “Moderate Progress” in immigration enforcement and “Modest Progress” in border security and immigration services.

Still awaiting instructions on the DV Visa Lottery and the October 2007 Visa Bulletin. These will be posted as they become available.

Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!


  1. when do you think EAD for applicants who sent their forms to Nebresca? Texas has sent EAD’s to July 2nd filers. How long do we wait for obtaining interim/temp EAD? Can people with EAD do private practice? Thanks

  2. For cases that were filed in Nebraska and are being adjudicated there, as of the last Update, the USCIS was receipting cases filed on 7/26/07. Texas was receipting I-765s received on 6/30/07. I believe some cases filed in Nebraska were transferred to Texas (if this was the new Direct Filing location). After fingerprints are taken, the EAD card should arrive in a matter of weeks. An EAD allows the holder to work in the US. You should contact your lawyer to discuss your particular situation relating to entering into private practice.

  3. Thanks Bradley.
    Texas center has sent EAD cards to individuals who have not received their receipts or given their finger prints yet. My finger prints are done few weeks ago, USCIS web site shows its still pending.I feel it is very strange that there is no uniformity among the centers!!

  4. I heard reports that some applicants were getting EADs before their fingerprints were taken, I wasn’t sure if that was true or not. It would be nice if there was uniformity between the centers. Even for PERM cases, there is a huge difference in the speed that cases are processed between the two centers. If your I-765 was filed more than a couple of months ago, talk to your lawyer about making an Info Pass appointment at your USCIS District Office. You can also make this appointment yourself at

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