The July Visa Bulletin has been posted. Please note however, that as of June 17, 2021, USCIS has not advised whether in July 2021, it will accept adjustment of status applications for family– or employment-based petitions based on filing dates or final action dates. USCIS anticipates that this information will be released within one week of the […]
On June 16, 2021, DOJ vacated Matter of A-B- and Matter of A-B-II and stated that immigration judges (IJs) and the BIA should no longer follow these decisions when adjudicating pending or future cases. The decision notes that pending future rulemaking, IJs and the BIA should follow pre-A-B precedent, including Matter of A-R-C-G. Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 307 (A.G. 2021)
On June 17, President Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, marking the end of slavery in the U.S., making June 19 a federal holiday. As June 19, 2021, falls on a Saturday, federal offices, including immigration-related agencies, will observe the holiday June 18, 2021. AILA DOC 21061738
USCIS announced filing flexibilities to provide relief to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delays at a USCIS lockbox. These flexibilities are effective from June 10, 2021, until August 9, 2021, and only apply to benefit requests submitted to a USCIS lockbox and not to USCIS service centers or field offices.