The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has revised its policy for family-based immigrant visa petitions, affecting Forms I-130 and, in some cases, I-360. Petitioners now must indicate whether beneficiaries will pursue consular processing or adjustment of status. Incorrect information may lead to delays and necessitate filing Form I-824 to amend errors.

If you are a petitioner submitting Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, you must inform USCIS of the beneficiary’s current address and whether the beneficiary wants consular processing with the Department of State National Visa Center (NVC) or adjustment of status in the United States, if eligible. Providing this information causes the government to keep the approved petition for adjustment of status processing or send it to the NVC for consular processing, as appropriate. If you do not provide accurate information on the petition, it can delay the immigrant visa or adjustment of status process. For example, if USCIS keeps a petition because you provided inaccurate information, you must generally file Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, with the appropriate fee, to transfer the petition to the NVC.

This update aims to improve processing efficiency and provide clear instructions for addressing approval notice errors and routing petitions.

For detailed guidance, visit the USCIS website.

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