K1 Visas Update

Effective August 28, as it becomes safe to resume more consular operations at each U.S. mission, posts are authorized to give K visa cases high priority. Applicants should check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updates on what services that post is currently able to offer. The I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) is typically valid for four months; however, consular officers may revalidate the I-129F petition in four month increments. For most cases impacted by the suspension of routine visa services or COVID-19 travel restrictions it will not be necessary to file a new I-129F petition.

NVC Correspondence

If you have questions about a pending case with the National Visa Center, please refer to the following tips for contact:

  1. Visit https://nvc.state.gov for detailed instructions on processing your case and a variety of FAQs
  2. Use the Public Inquiry Form at https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry if you cannot find the answer to your question at: https://nvc.state.gov or https://ceac.state.gov.
  3. Do not submit repeat inquiries. Multiple inquires on a single topic will delay our ability to respond.

U Visa Updates

Starting June 29, 2020, petitioners residing in certain states must file Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, at the Nebraska Service Center, instead of the Vermont Service Center

USCIS Fee Increase

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published a Final Rule that alters the USCIS fee schedule by adjusting fees by a weighted average increase of 20 percent. The rule also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies certain intercountry adoption processing. Read more here: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-fees-to-help-meet-operational-needs

RFE Flexibility

USCIS has issued the following guidance for Requests for Evidence issued post-pandemic:

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind and Notices of Intent to Terminate regional investment centers;
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant;
  • Filing date requirements for Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA); or
  • Filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion.

This flexibility applies to the above documents if the issuance date listed on the request, notice, or decision is between March 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021, inclusive.

During Your Pending Case

While your adjustment of status case is pending, here is some useful information to know.

If you move, you must update your address with USCIS within 10 days of moving to the new address. Go to our Change of Address Information page to learn how to update your address.

You can check the average time it takes for a particular USCIS office to process a Form I-485. Go to USCIS Processing Time Information page for more information.

If you want a case status update about your application, you can:

USCIS Policy Fee Rule

USCIS has updated its Policy Manual with guidance on the final fee rule, which adjusts the fees we charge for certain immigration benefit applications and petitions. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 3, 2020. The new policy guidance describes the final rule’s adjustment in fees for specific forms. It also provides guidance on fee exemption and waiver policies, new premium processing time limits, modifications to intercountry adoption processing, and other changes made by the fee rule.

USCIS Averts Furlough

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that the agency will avert an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a steady increase in daily incoming revenue and receipts.

USCIS expects to be able to maintain operations through the end of fiscal year 2020. Aggressive spending reduction measures will impact all agency operations, including naturalizations, and will drastically impact agency contracts.