USCIS updates family-based immigrant visa petitions

Thursday, 23 May, 2024
The updates include handling the correction of approval notice errors and requests for adjustment of status or consular processing. (Photo courtesy: US Visa Service website)

Washington: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made updates to the manual for family-based immigrant visa petitions.

Effective from May 22, the updates include handling the correction of approval notice errors and requests for adjustment of status or consular processing, according to the US immigration agency. 

Other updates for routing guidelines for approved petitions were also made. 

“Affected petitions include those submitted through Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and in some situations, family-based Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant,” according to the USCIS update.

Petitioners submitting Form I-130 must include the beneficiary’s current address and if requesting consular processing with the Department of State National Visa Center (NVC). 

If inaccurate information is shown on the submitted Form I-130, a delay in processing will likely result. 

“Further, the petitioner will subsequently need to file an additional form, Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, and the related fee, to transfer the petition to the NVC,” according to the update.

Prior to this, USCIS generally kept an approved Form I-130 if the beneficiary didn’t clearly state their preference for processing location, according to reports.

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