New Processing Procedure for Form I-140 and I-485 at the Texas Service Center (TSC) and Nebraska Service Center (NSC)

New processing procures at the NSC and TSC regarding concurrently filed Form I-140 and Form I-485 are creating difficulties for borderline cases.  Previous USCIS Memoranda required USCIS adjudicating officers who denied an Petitioner’s Form I-140 to hold the Form I-485 for up to 30 days after the Form I-140 denial in case the Petitioner chose to appeal.  Then if the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) sustained the appeal, the USCIS adjudicating officer would approve the Form I-485.  Now, the USCIS will immediately deny Form I-485 when Form I-140 is denied.  This means that every Petitioner should make sure that their Form I-140 petition is presented in the best possible light, especially in cases of concurrent filings.  Beneficiary’s are also advised to maintain nonimmigrant status, where possible, prior to Form I-140 approval and in some cases, before Form I-485 approval.

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