Monday, February 6th, 2017

CISOMB Recommendation: Improving the Adjudication of Applications and Petitions Under INA Section 204(l)

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"This review by the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman(the Ombudsman’s Office) considers implementation of section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, legislation passed by Congress in 2009 to make it easier for certain beneficiaries (or “survivors”) of approved or pending visa petitions to secure immigration benefits.  It initially discusses the fact that current guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not align with the purpose and plain language of INA section 204(l) by deeming previously approved petitions, filed on behalf of covered beneficiaries, automatically revoked and subject to discretionary reinstatement.  The Ombudsman’s Office further finds that no clear