USCIS National Stakeholder August Meeting
Q: Is there anything that can be done for I-730s and I-485s that are placed on hold for material support issues—i.e., should we send in a declaration stating that the client did not participate in any violence, does not believe the organization was violent, and did not provide material support to support violent activity? Or should we just wait for further guidance?
Q: Please provide an update on the status of any holds on I-485s due to the issue of material support, particularly among Burmese I-485 applicants.
Q: Two clients of CLINIC were initially denied TPS by USCIS. Pursuant to Matter of Barrientos, their TPS applications were brought before the Immigration Court when the individuals were in proceedings. The cases were granted and the clients both received employment authorization under TPS in 2008. During the last TPS registration period, their representative filed to renew their applications with USCIS In both instances, the Vermont Service Center denied the applications and work authorization. How do we contact the VSC regarding this matter? What is the policy for ensuring that TPS granted by the judge will be honored by USCIS during re-registration?
Q: In the March 20, 2009 semiannual regulatory agenda published by the Department of Homeland Security [DHS Docket No. OGC-RP-04-001], a rule (RIN: 1615-AB82) is proposed with a title of "Preference Alien Registration of intention to apply for adjustment of status; Pre-filing of certain applications" to streamline adjustment of status application processing. This proposed rule will remove an alien's reliance on the Department of State's (DOS) Visa Bulletin to determine visa availability and therefore eligibility to file for adjustment of status. Instead, the rule proposes that USCIS utilize a registration process for adjustment of status applicants by requiring an applicant to file a registration packet after the granting of an immigrant petition and prior to visa availability, based on the use of "qualifying dates" established by DOS. What is the progress of this proposed rulemaking and when the proposed rule will be disclosed to the public?
Q: On April 24, 2009, Mr. Mike Aytes, the Acting Deputy Director of the USCIS, in a post addressing employment-based visa wait times in the Department of Homeland Security Leadership Journal, promised that the USCIS will work to make available on its website the information regarding how many people are waiting in line with pending adjustment of status applications or how long it may be before USCIS can process and approve an employment-based immigrant visa applicant's adjustment of status application. How much progress has been made on disclosing such information on the USCIS website and will information on pending adjustment of status cases by country, category, and calendar year in which priority date falls be made available?
Q: We recently contacted the NCSC regarding a case outside of processing times. The call center created an SMRT request which went to the California Service Center. The response received via the SMRT was generic and only indicated that the case is still pending. According to the new guidelines provided for the Service Center email boxes, we should be able to send an email directly to the CSC. However, since it was the CSC who provided the generic response via the SMRT request, will this only generate the exact same response?
Q: Does the CSC or TSC offer regular calls with stakeholders, as Nebraska does? These are very helpful calls. If they are offered, how do we find out about upcoming calls? Is there an email list?
Q: On AILA Infonet there is a fax cover sheet that one can use to request the CSC upgrade an I-130 when an LPR petitioner has naturalized. Do you know if the CSC is still honoring this form and process? May those of us who are not AILA members use this form? The form link is below: http://www.aila.org/content/fileviewer.aspx?docid=10990&linkid=41078
Q: We contacted the Vermont Service Center regarding a case that we believe was improperly denied. The VSC responded very quickly stating that we had to contact the National Benefits Center since the application had been adjudicated there. Unfortunately, there is no email contact for the National Benefits Center. How are we to contact the NBC?