USCIS Updated Policy Alert Concerning Direct Consular Filing at U.S. Embassies and Consulates


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released an updated policy memorandum advising the Department of States (“DOS”) on adjudicating Form I-130 Petitions for Alien Relatives at U.S. Embassies and Consulates through Direct Consular Filing (“DCF.”)

The policy memorandum clarifies that USCIS will no longer accept and adjudicate routine I-130 Petitions at its remaining overseas field offices. The memorandum also removes the requirement for DOS to seek USCIS permission in advance of accepting an I-130 through DCF and instead, allows DOS at U.S. Embassies and Consulates to exercise independent discretion in determining whether to accept an I-130 Petition.

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