Update for Processing of Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

Our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles continually receive updates from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the latest immigration news and changes in practices of USCIS.

Beginning today, in a phased approach to enhance customer service, USCIS is improving the way it processes Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions. USCIS will begin transferring the responsibility for approving these types of petitions from USCIS Service Centers to international USCIS field offices. This improvement will not change the requirements for Form I-730 petitions.

The first phase begins today, April 1, 2014, and will only involve cases with beneficiaries residing in China. With these cases, the USCIS office in China will conduct the interview and complete the final case adjudication in the following circumstances:

  • Form I-730 has not been adjudicated at a USCIS Service Center on or before March 31, 2014, and
  • the USCIS Service Center has not identified any initial issues requiring denial of the Form I-730 petition before the petition is transferred to China for the beneficiary’s interview.

When the case is transferred abroad, USCIS will send a transfer notice to the petition and any representative of record, like a U.S. immigration lawyer. The USCIS international field office will then notify the petitioner and beneficiary when the petition is received and provide the parties with further processing instructions.

For additional information on Form I-730 cases, please contact our experienced immigration attorney now for a FREE consultation!

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