Receipt Number

The receipt number is the unique case number the USCIS assigns to each applicant after receiving their petition. It is a very important number as it will be used to track the progress of your petition during the USCIS phase.

How to read the receipt number?

The receipt number is normally 13 digits start with 3 letters and followed by 10 numbers contains 4 part. For example: NSC 17 023 40299 means

USCIS Service Center

The first three letters indicate which service center receives and processes your application or petition. They are:

AbbreviationService CenterJurisdiction
VSC/EACVermont Service Center/Eastern Adjudication CenterCT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT, VA, VI, WV, DC
NSC/LINNebraska Service Center/Lincoln Service CenterAK, CO, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY
TSC/SRCTexas Service Center/Southern Regional CenterAL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NM, NC, SC, OK, TN, TX
CSC/WACCalifornia Service Center/Western Adjudication CenterCA, NV, AZ, HI, GU
YSCPotomac Service Center
IOEELIS/e file
NBC/MSCNational Benefits Center


Fiscal Year

The next two digits indicate the fiscal year that your petition was received by USCIS. The government’s fiscal year starts on October 1 and ends on September 30.

Computer Workday

The next three digits represent the computer workday that they start working on your case. It’s the day they cash your check or money order. For example, 023 means they opened your case on the 23rd computer workday of the current fiscal year.

Case number

The last five digits is the number identifying the case receipt order. Normally, applications with few different petitions will have the case numbers in sequence.