G-28 Non-Acceptance Notice

By Samantha Marie Gallardo[1]

On March 7, 2017, USCIS announced it will begin notifying petitioners when their Form G-28 is not accepted.[2] A Form G-28 is a Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative and must be on record to enable a legal representative to receive information about a petition or application filed with USCIS.[3] USCIS will not accept a Form G-28 without the proper signatures of both the petitioner and the legal representative.[4]

USCIS has begun including language on the receipt notice if a G-28 was not accepted for an application filed with a lockbox facility.[5] However, USCIS will not notify non-acceptance of Form G-28s filed with local offices on the receipt notice.[6]

Please be sure to review your receipt notices for any language indicating that “[a] valid G-28 was NOT received with your case…” to ensure USCIS communication is properly received.[7] If you receive a non-acceptance notice, please immediately notify our office for assistance in resubmitting the G-28.[8]

 

[1] Ms. Gallardo is a Law Clerk working in the Non-Immigrant Visa Department at Ramineni Law Associates, LLC. Ms. Gallardo is pursuing a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Suffolk University law School and expects to graduate in May 2018.  Please note that Ms. Gallardo is not a licensed attorney.

[2] See AILA Doc. No. 17041136 (April 11, 2017).

[3] See AILA Doc. No. 17030860 (March 7, 2017)

[4] See AILA Doc. No. 17030860 (March 7, 2017).

[5] See AILA Doc. No. 17041136 (April 11, 2017) (“A valid G-28 was NOT received with your case. If you wish to be represented, please contact your attorney or accredited representative to submit follow-up G-28 to the USCIS location where your case is pending. For more information on filing G-28, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-your-form-g-28.”)

[6] See AILA Doc. No. 17041136 (April 11, 2017)

[7] See AILA Doc. No. 17041136 (April 11, 2017).

[8] See AILA Doc. No. 17041136 (April 11, 2017); AILA Doc. No. 08090469 (June 3, 2015) (practice pointers for having USCIS recognize From G-28).