Sunday, July 22, 2018

USCIS Issues Guidance Allowing Adjudicators to Deny Incomplete Visa Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to USCIS adjudicators in a policy memorandum last week, instructing them to use their discretion to deny applications, petitions, and/or requests that are submitted without initial evidence or insufficient evidence of eligibility. The memorandum permits adjudicators to deny applicants who lack evidence of eligibility, without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).
"For too long, our immigration system has been bogged down with frivolous or meritless claims that slow down processing for everyone, including legitimate petitioners. Through this long overdue policy change, USCIS is restoring full discretion to our immigration officers to deny incomplete and ineligible applications and petitions submitted for immigration benefits," USCIS Director Francis Cissna said. "Doing so will discourage frivolous filings and skeletal applications used to game the system, ensure our resources are not wasted, and ultimately improve our agency's ability to efficiently and fairly adjudicate requests for immigration benefits in full accordance with our laws."
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