The phrase Notice of Action is a phrase which is used to state when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services sends you a receipt to notify you that your application has been received. The Notice of Action is an acknowledgement of receipt.
Notice of Action
The Notice of Action which is also called the NOA. This is a letter or an email sent by the USCIS to applicants or petitioners only to notify them of the status of their case and that their documents have been received. The Notice of Action typically will have the information on the current stage of the application process. This will normally state if they have accepted, rejected, approved, or is pending further review.
Most times there is an error and they will require further information. If it has been accepted then the initial documents are correct. The Notice of Action also depends on the type of visa you had applied for. Note that the receipt of a Notice of Action does not guarantee the approval of your visa or benefit. Its is only an acknowledgement of receipt at the initial stages. See also the CR1 visa process on here.
Notice of Action 1
This is what is explained above and it is commonly called the NOA1 which is the Notice of Action 1. You have to keep all of these documents as they become important later on. Don’t ever discard any of the documents from the USCIS. This notice of receipt usually includes the date the application was received. Also the name of the applicant or petitioner, the type of visa or immigration benefit being sought. This as well as the receipt number assigned to the case. This does not mean that you have been approved but that the documents have passed the first test. This will now be further reviewed. This is where the NOA2 or Notice of Action 2 comes into play.
Notice of Action 2
This is commonly known as the NOA2 and it is the second in a series of Notices of Action sent by the USCIS to applicants or petitioners. The second notice means that they have now taken a further look at the documents that you had provided. You will now have to wait as this is a good indication that all documents so far have been correct. Again you need to keep all these documents until the end. If there are any problems then this is where they will tell you. Most common issues comes with translations where the person certifying the documents did not provide their qualifications and contact details. also where documents are incorrect or the instructions have not been followed.
If you have used a lawyer for this then the lawyer will also be notified of the process as they would have filed a Form G-28 which allows them to be notified of the application for the visa and that it has been received.
The notice is when the USCIS acknowledges receipt of the application and the next notice is when they have approved it and set it on to the National Visa Center for further processing.