Notice of Settlement Agreement in Vangala v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, No. 4:20-cv-08143 (N.D. Cal.)

Settlement Agreement (PDF, 499.84 KB)

On July 20, 2021, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Oakland Division, granted final approval of the settlement agreement in the case of Vangala et al. v. USCIS et al., No. 4:20-cv-08143 (N.D. Cal.). The agreement affects certain individuals who had their Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, or Form I-918 Supplement A, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient (PDF, 628.59 KB), rejected due to the “No Blank Space” rejection policy.

Affected individuals who had filings rejected under the former policy may resubmit their immigration benefit request on or before July 20, 2022, to obtain an updated receipt reflecting the original filing date. Applicants and petitioners who have a resubmitted and accepted filing completed before the effective date of this settlement agreement (July 20, 2021), also may request an updated receipt date on or before July 20, 2022.

USCIS encourages affected individuals to review the settlement agreement for specifics on resubmitting their application or petition or submitting a request for an updated receipt. The required documentation and filing addresses for each form are explained in the settlement agreement and at the following pages:

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