USCIS Restores Deference

The USCIS has restored the deference policy for petition extensions. The deference policy provides that USCIS examiners should defer to prior approvals when adjudicating extensions of visas unless there has been a change in circumstances that warrant a de novo review. The deference policy was first officially enacted in 2004 although had been in practice for decades previously but, was rescinded as part of the Trump regime’s attack on legal immigration.

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