Certain US immigration visa types that are related to specific eventualities and resultant status have had updates regarding the application for such visas.
The U nonimmigrant status (also called ‘U Visa’) applies to the victims of certain crimes whereby they have suffered physical and mental abuse. These victims are considered helpful to law enforcement in investigating criminal activity and prosecuting criminals.
To apply for U Visa, which is when a victim of certain qualifying criminal activity requests for temporary immigration benefits, a Form I-918 has to be filed. Along with this, the concerned person could also submit Form I-485. This is to register for permanent residence in the US or adjust existing US immigration status to permanent residence.
Now, from June 29, 2020, certain updates have been pronounced for this class of people. As per the updates, petitioners living in certain US states must file their Form 1-918 forms in its variant forms at the Nebraska Service Center instead of doing it in the Vermont Service Center. These forms include:
- Supplement A, Petition for a Qualifying Family Member of a U Nonimmigrant
- Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification
- Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
Petitioners must find out which service center should they send these and related forms (like Form I-765 and Form I-192). This will be decided on the basis of the state where they reside.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is also updating the direct filling addresses to submit Form I-485.
USCIS had allowed a grace period of 30 days for petitioners to file Form I-918, Form I-485, Form I-918A, Form I-918B, and all forms related to them at the incorrect service center. But, after June 30, 2020, USCIS could reject any of these forms sent to the incorrect service center.
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