Great news for those navigating family-based immigration in the US! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its guidelines, making the process smoother for both you and your beneficiary (the family member you’re petitioning for).

What’s Changed?

Previously, if your Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, didn’t clearly state whether your beneficiary preferred consular processing (going through the National Visa Center, NVC) or adjustment of status (applying for a green card within the US), USCIS would often hold onto the petition. This could lead to delays.

Clear Communication, Faster Processing

The new guidance clarifies procedures for these situations. Now, USCIS will use their discretion to decide where to send the approved petition based on the beneficiary’s most recent address provided on the petition. This ensures smoother processing based on the beneficiary’s likely location.

Taking Control: Updating Your Petition

The update also empowers you to be proactive! Here’s how:

  • Error Correction: Did you notice a mistake on the beneficiary’s address or their processing preference (consular vs. adjustment)? USCIS now provides clear instructions on how to contact them and update your pending or approved Form I-130.
  • Change of Plans: Did your beneficiary’s situation change? No problem! You can now inform USCIS of their updated preference for consular processing or adjustment of status.

We’re Here to Help!

At, we understand family-based immigration can be complex. This update simplifies the process, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions. We’re happy to guide you through the journey of reuniting with your loved ones!

Please note: This update doesn’t cover the general criteria for USCIS approval or denial of family-based petitions. For that information, USCIS still recommends reviewing their relevant resources.

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