United States Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a policy memo March 8 that revised Chapter 30.13 of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual relating to employment authorization eligibility for the abused spouses of certain nonimmigrants.
A lot of practitioners have difficulty counseling their clients about how turning 21 may affect family-based immigrant visa processing. A lot can happen after filing the I-130 petition. Some actions could result in the client’s converting to a new category.
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On March 7, 2016, CLINIC submitted comments in response to proposed changes to USCIS Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The proposals were published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2016. CLINIC’s substantive comments focused on the proposed changes to the form instructions. CLINIC also requested that USCIS review its policies and procedures for DACA applicants seeking Advance Parole.
On March 10, 2016, CLINIC submitted comments on the policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual addressing the general policies and procedures of adjustment of status as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. USCIS announced the new guidance on February 25, 2016.