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August 2018
Immigration News Briefs

Removal proceedings will increase after case denials
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued updated guidance on July 5, 2018, that aligns its policy for issuing Form I-862, Notice to Appear, with the immigration enforcement priorities of the Department of Homeland Security.

A Notice to Appear (NTA) instructs an alien to appear before an immigration judge. The issuance of this document is the beginning of removal proceedings. Under the new guidance, USCIS officers will now issue an NTA for a wider range of cases:
• Cases where fraud or misrepresentation is substantiated, and/or where an applicant abused any program related to the receipt of public benefits. USCIS will issue an NTA even if the case is denied for reasons other than fraud.
• Criminal cases where an applicant is convicted of or charged with a criminal offense, or has committed acts that are chargeable as a criminal offense, even if the criminal conduct was not the basis for the denial or the ground of removability. USCIS may refer cases involving serious criminal activity to ICE before adjudication of an immigration benefit request pending before USCIS without issuing an NTA.
• Cases in which USCIS denies a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on good moral character grounds because of a criminal offense.
• Cases in which, upon the denial of an application or petition, an applicant is unlawfully present in the United States.

Exemptions: The revised policy does not change the USCIS policy for issuing an NTA in the following categories:
• Cases involving national security concerns;
• Cases where issuing an NTA is required by statute or regulation;
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) cases, except where, after applying TPS regulatory provisions, a TPS denial or withdrawal results in an individual having no other lawful immigration status;
DACA recipients and requestors when: (1) processing an initial or renewal DACA request or DACA-related benefit request; or (2) processing a DACA recipient for possible termination of DACA.

Visa processing change in India
Effective April 1, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will no longer process IR5, IR1, IR2, CR1, or CR2 visas. The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai will be your interview location if you are in process for an IR5 (Parent of a U.S. citizen), IR1/CR1 visa (spouse of a U.S. citizen) or IR2/CR2 visa (unmarried minor child of a U.S. citizen).

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR August  2018

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

08May11

08May11

2A

22Jul16

22Jul16

2B

22Oct11

22Oct11

3rd

15Jun06

15Jun06

4th

22Mar04

22Dec04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan12

01May16

2nd

15Mar09

Current

3rd

01Jan09

Current

Other

01Jan09

Current

4th

08Feb16

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - August 2018

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

08Mar12

08Mar12

2A

01Dec17

01Dec17

2B

08Jan12

08Jan12

3rd

22Sep06

22Sep06

4th

01Jan05

01May05

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

22May09

Current

3rd

01May09

Current

Other

01May09

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-for-august-2018.html

08May11

08May11


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