On September 12, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began sending original Form I-797 receipt and approval notices directly to employers and applicants. Prior to this change, original receipt and approval notices were sent to the attorney of record or authorized representative (if applicable). The USCIS made this change without first consulting or announcing the change to the public. The USCIS recently stated that and realizes that this change does effect its stakeholders and did consider suspending the change. However, upon further review, the USCIS decided not change the policy and to continue implementing it. The USCIS also stated that as part of its transformation efforts, it will be issuing a final rule which will contain this policy change. Additional information about Part One of the Transformation process which will be rolled out later this year, will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.