Anecdotal evidence suggests that the USCIS is often taking more than thirty days to issue receipt notices or deposit checks for I-485 Applications. It is unclear what is happening or not happening in the mail rooms but needless to say, many “customers” are less than happy with the “service” they are receiving after coughing up some hefty filing fees.
For those who have filed a case and have not yet received a receipt notice from the USCIS, if the filing fee check has been processed, the receipt number should appear on the back of the check. This allows a filer to check the case status online or call the agency to follow up if necessary. However, when the USCIS is not even processing the checks but rather just holding the cases, one is left wondering why the agency is adding yet another level of frustration and delay to a process that is already stressful for applicants.