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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

USCIS ONCE AGAIN CHANGES RULES ON WHICH VERSION OF FORMS MUST BE USED

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I've been reporting over the last few days on the confusion USCIS has created with the announcement of new versions of a number of forms. While many forms have been changed at the USCIS site, all but three have stated on their description pages that previous versions of the form would continue to be accepted. However, for the new I-765 employment authorization application, the I-129F K-1/K-3 application and the I-290B appeal form, USCIS specifically stated that only the new version of the form would be accepted. For the I-765 in particular this was a problem since thousands of people have been preparing to file that form as part of their July Visa Bulletin adjustment of status cases. Many had already sent in the supposedly incorrect version and the mistake could mean extra months without the ability to work.  Yesterday, USCIS announced that they erred on the I-765 form and that previous versions would now be accepted. But no change was announced regarding the other two forms.



Today, USCIS has reversed course on the I-129F and the I-290B announcing that in the case of the I-129F, the 11/24/2006 version can still be used and that in the case of the I-290B, the 2/26/2006 version may still be used.

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  1. Mike's Avatar
    Hi Greg,

    I appreciate your service to the immigrant community.

    USCIS website still displays I-140 form with an expiration date of 07/31/2007. What forms should August I-140 filers use given that the I-140 form on USCIS website is already expired?

    -Mike
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    You're always fine using the latest form on the USCIS web site.
  3. FEDEX screwed up's Avatar
    Greg,

    Is there a way I can have telephone consultation with you on a strange thing thats happening with my case today because of messup by FEDEX. I dont have access to the email that I have listed here but I can post other email if you are available for consutlation.
  4. MM's Avatar
    Greg:

    As this July-August 485 dust settles down, I am wondering as to how USCIS will process the several hundered thousand 485 applications they will recieve. Since there is only a finite number of immigrant visas, will they process:
    a) accoring to recipt dates?
    b) according to priority dates?
    c) process all recieved cases within the processing time-frame with congress passing a legistlation to use unused visas?

    It would be great if you can share your thoughts on the "What Next" issue!

    Thanks
  5. William Regn's Avatar
    I used a Thai agent who promised to help with proccesses.
    I sent all papers to them;
    they assembled a package and mailed it to me with a check (for USCIS) written on their account;
    I signed the indicated forms and sent the package to USCIS Texas and it arrived July 26, 2007;
    I have recieved no communication from USCIS(as of Jan 01, 2008);
    I cannot persuade the Thai agent to look for a reciept number on the back of their check (banks copy both sides but only send out copies of the fronts);
    So, how can I find out my reciept number?
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