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USCIS Announces Change to Overseas Services

On January 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective February 1, 2020, the majority of its international field offices will no longer accept I-130 immigrant petition filings by locally resident U.S. citizens on behalf of their immediate relatives, absent exceptional circumstances meeting a limited definition. Of note, the field offices in Accra, Ghana, and London will continue to accept such filings until April 1, 2020. The announcement is not entirely unexpected as USCIS has given notice previously of its intention to adjust its international footprint. However, the issuance of the news on a Friday before cessation of service the next day was sudden.

Following the end dates described above, unless they meet the limited definition of exceptional circumstances, all I-130 immediate relative petitions will need to be filed online or with the relevant USCIS lockbox in the United States.

Further information about this change can be found here.

© 2022 Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 37
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Claire Nilson Faegre Drinker BIddle Immigration Attorney
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Claire Nilson helps businesses strategically to move their employees across borders. A U.S. immigration attorney, she has experience in both immigrant and non-immigrant visas. She is also qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales, as well as an attorney at law of Trinidad and Tobago, and has lived and practiced immigration law in all three of the countries where she is qualified. 

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