USCIS Reverses Trump-Era Policy Denying Certain Immigrant Visa Applications

This week, the Biden administration made a key step in trying to correct immigration system limitations set in place by the Trump administration.  This change comes to impact certain foreign applicants looking to apply for asylum in the United States due to serious violent threats, including domestic abuse. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Wednesday it would first request more evidence (RFE) from immigrant visa applicants before denying their application, which was the standard operational procedure previously. 

“We are taking action to eliminate policies that fail to promote access to the legal immigration system, and will continue to make improvements that help individuals navigate the path to citizenship, and that modernize our immigration system,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas in a statement.

The agency said in a statement that it was updating its policies around expedited processing of applications, changing the guidance around RFEs and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), while also increasing the validity period for some Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).

This move is a step in the right direction for the Biden administration, as they continue to recognize and fight for the immense contribution that immigrants make to the United States. Some of the areas we have covered in the past in regards to immigrant contributions include:

  • Economic investment
  • Creation of jobs
  • Cultural diversification 
  • Innovation and intellectual progress
  • Population growth and infrastructure
  • …and much more!

At Loigica, we know the areas above only break the surface of the immigration impact on this country. We are proud to help families, professionals, and investors come to the United States with a dream of making it stronger and better. If you are a foriegn national looking to come to the United States, or a US citizen looking to petition for a family visa, contact our experienced immigration attorneys today for a free consultation.