Rejected USCIS Filing: Reprint Everything or Reuse Forms and Documents?


When a filing is mailed/submitted to USCIS, the filing pages are barcoded at the bottom of every page. However, when a filing is rejected, the barcoded pages are mailed back to the sender with a rejection notice. Questions start to arise, such as:

  1. Can I resend the same documents with the barcode?
  2. If I change a page in the form and now a part does not have the barcode, should I reprint everything?
  3. My I-693 Medical is no longer sealed, do I need a “sealed medical” when I resubmit?
  4. I received a rejection packet, but some things are missing in the packet, does USCIS still have them?

In short, Yes, barcoded pages can be reused. Although it is cleaner to reprint the entire form or supporting documents, some people may use it as an excuse to delay the resubmission. If you are eligible, and you are using the correct forms, the filing should be returned to the government as soon as possible to avoid form expiration.

If the I-693 medical is not returned in a USCIS Sealed Envelope (different from the doctor sealed envelope), a “sealed envelope” is the requirement and many doctors are willing to reseal the results if the medical was produced less than 2 months prior. Asking the doctor is best.

If USCIS does not return everything in a rejection packet, then it is important to reprint the documents and add them to a refiling. Never assume USCIS is holding anything. Without a filing, there may be no place for the officer to leave the documents.

If you have any concerns about immigration issues, you should speak with a local Immigration Attorney, or you may call Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. at (910) 526-0066. If you want to learn more about our Immigration Team, please visit the following link: Meet Our Immigration Team


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