The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently held a liaison meeting with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). JCS Immigration and Visa, a Los Angeles immigration lawyers office, has obtained these questions and answers and provided them below.
Q: Please confirm that all USCIS local field offices are adjudicating same-sex marriage cases and not holding them in abeyance pending further guidance.
USCIS Response: USCIS is not holding same-sex cases pending further review.
Q: Have field office adjudicators received sensitivity training or other specialized training on the adjudication of applications for immigration benefits based on same-sex marriages? If so, please describe the training process.
USCIS Response: USCIS routinely decides immigration cases that involve a variety of unique situations and backgrounds. As a result, our officers are trained to be sensitive to everyone’s individual situation. USCIS is currently developing materials to specifically train our officers about recent changes that affect the processing of marriage-based petitions.