USCIS has issued a retraction of its recent update which placed a embargo on prepaid mailers. The Update dated July 23rd had discontinuance the use of “prepaid mailers” for issuing notices and documents. As the notice caused anxiety for several USCIS customers, the Agency relented to allow the public the continued use of using “prepaid mailers” but would like to remind the public that the mailers are not essentially required. Also, all prepaid mailers sent in future should meet the following criteria: Express and Priority mail (including Fed Ex, DHL, or UPS) with appropriate postage with prepaid shipping label on the package, already paid by person who sends it, e.g., Fed Ex “Expanded Billable Stamp”, or DHL “Easy Return Label”, among others.
“Prepaid mailers” are simply self-addressed envelopes from customers with postage paid, which are enclosed with petitions and applications and are used by USCIS to mail back receipts, approval notices etc.