United States – USCIS Toughens Scrutiny of Nonimmigrant Extension Filings – December 2017
United States – USCIS rescinded a longstanding policy that required adjudicators to give deference to the agency’s previous determinations of eligibility when reviewing an application for a nonimmigrant extension of status. Officers are now given broader authority to readjudicate a foreign beneficiary’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant classification each time an extension request is filed, even in cases where there has been no change in facts since the initial petition was approved.
Employers should be prepared for more requests for evidence, longer processing times, work authorization disruptions, and increased extension denials.
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