In recent times the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that adjudicates visa, "green card," and citizenship applications within the US, has been frequently updating its application forms. Over the past six months, USCIS has created new form editions for the I-864 Affidavit of Support, I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, and I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to name a few.
Why is this important to know?
1. New form editions means USCIS may reject your application due to submission of an expired form.
2. Many changes are being made to make the visa, green card, and citizenship application processes more difficult.
It is now more important than ever to hire an immigration lawyer to represent you throughout your application process. Forms are just one part of an application, and navigating the complex immigration system is daunting. A lawyer's expertise significantly improves your chances of approval, reduces your stress, and provides peace of mind.
Below is information regarding many of the recently updated forms. For a complete list of recent updates, visit https://www.uscis.gov/forms-updates. To discuss your specific immigration needs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 415-496-9040.
April 23, 2018: Update to Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status; New Edition Dated 04/11/18
Starting 06/25/2018, we will only accept the 04/11/18 edition. Until then, the 10/19/17 edition can be used.
April 20, 2018: Update to Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant; New Edition Dated 04/12/18
Starting 06/19/2018, we will only accept the 04/12/18 and 12/23/16 editions.
April 12, 2018: Update to Form G-325A, Biographic Information (for Deferred Action); dated 03/29/18
Starting 06/11/2018, USCIS will only accept the 03/29/18 edition. Until then, the 06/01/15 edition can be used.
March 22, 2018: Update to Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
Edition Date 03/13/18. Prior versions accepted.
March 16, 2018: Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA
Edition Date: 03/06/18. Starting 05/16/2018, we will only accept the 03/06/18 edition. Until then, you can use previous editions. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.Updated similarly are Forms I-864A, I-864EZ and I-864W.
Dec. 21, 2017: Update to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
New edition dated 12/05/17. Starting 02/19/2018, we will only accept the 12/05/17 edition. Until then, you can use the 12/23/16 edition.
Nov. 3, 2017: Update to Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
New edition dated 10/19/2017. Starting Jan. 2, 2018, civil surgeons must use the 10/19/17 edition of Form I-693. USCIS will not accept the 02/07/17 version (or any previous editions) that a civil surgeon signed and dated on or after Jan. 2, 2018.