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  • Do I have 2 Alien numbers?

    The first time I filed, I received an employment authorization with my alien number. However, my adjustment of status never really made it all the way through the process because I got divorced. In my 2nd marriage, I tried to file again and I got a letter from INS, an toward the top, there was something called a "File Number" The number began with an "A" followed by an eight digit number. Is this another alien number? Or is it just like a case number?

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    The first time I filed, I received an employment authorization with my alien number. However, my adjustment of status never really made it all the way through the process because I got divorced. In my 2nd marriage, I tried to file again and I got a letter from INS, an toward the top, there was something called a "File Number" The number began with an "A" followed by an eight digit number. Is this another alien number? Or is it just like a case number?

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    • #3
      Married,

      That seems to be a new Alien #. You can Call BCIS @ 1-800-375-5283 for more information.

      Copper

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      • #4
        Yes, the file number is your A number and should consist of 8 numbers or if it is 7 numbers you add a 0 at the beginning. For example A55-555-555 would convert to 055-555-555, both are acceptable.

        It is normal that a new A# would be issued. Often for F-1 students they are given an A# when they apply for an EAD card for optional practical training. However, later when they file for adjustment of status they will receive a new A#.

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        • #5
          So if I am filing new applications or petitions which ask for my Alien number, which number should I write? The first one I have, the second one, or should I use the new one if they give me a third one when I file this time?

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          • #6
            your real A number is the one on the letter that you received from the INS. They use some codings on those EADs or something.

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