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The impact of USCIS recent policies

- Sep/2018

On Sep 11, the USCIS issued a policy memorandum which placed in effect a new law, which makes easier for the agency to deny visa applications without first providing an opportunity to submit a missing piece of evidence, or provide an explanation that would substantiate eligibility for the immigration benefit. The new policy also gives the adjudicator discretion to deny a request for an immigration benefit without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).

This is a critical change in the USCIS policy which may impose harsh consequences on individuals that do not meet the requirements of the law. The new policy may affect all types of immigration benefits applicants, including high-skilled workers, families, students, and survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.

The new law will operate together with another new policy also released this year, in which the USCIS Updated the Notice to Appear Policy Guidance to Support DHS Enforcement Priorities. With this other policy, announced on June 28, 2018, the agency would start initiating removal proceedings, which can lead to deportation against visa applicants who lack immigration status when their visa applications are denied. This is very important for those seeking adjustment of status in the United States. Also please note that parole does not confer an immigration status on any alien.

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