Final Rule: Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, Effective Jan. 27, 2015



The final rule, Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, published on Oct. 29, 2014, is effective today, Jan. 27, 2015. This rule amends regulations governing when USCIS will:

  • correspond with,
  • issue a notice of decision to, or
  • provide documents to


an applicant, petitioner, or requester, and/or an attorney of record or accredited representative.

The rule also explains how a person can consent to have such notices and secure identification documents sent directly to a designated representative.

USCIS has updated Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, to reflect the changes in this rule. Form G-28 is currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). USCIS will publish the updated Form G-28 after OMB completes its review and approves the form. Until then, please continue to use the current Form G-28, edition date 02/28/2013.