The USCIS is now sending original I-797 Approval Notices directly to petitioners or applicants rather than to the attorneys of record as has been the agency’s practice in the past. Attorneys are now getting courtesy notifications of approvals.
This can be problematic as some employers or foreign nationals may not understand the importance of I-94 Arrival/Departure Records or I-797 notices. It is also important for lawyers to keep copies of I-94 records in order to keep accurate track of their clients’ periods of authorized stay in the US. So far, the USCIS has indicated that it has no intention of reverting back to its previous practice.