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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new updates to the USCIS Policy Manual Wednesday, including changes to how the agency considers requests for expedited processing, the issuance of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) and the validity period of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).
Background: The changes to the USCIS policy manual are consistent with the goals of President Joe Biden’s Feb. 2 Executive Order on legal immigration. The agency has made a number of policy adjustments pursuant to the Executive Order, including its April 27 guidance on deference to prior approvals and its temporary policy to suspend certain biometrics requirements. The New York Times recently reported that the Biden administration continues to take steps to “rebuild and expand” legal immigration, citing a 46-page internal May 3 document titled “D.H.S. Plan to Restore Trust in Our Legal Immigration System.”
BAL Analysis: USCIS has taken a number of positive steps in recent months to improve immigration policies and processes, and BAL has recommended additional actions to reduce barriers to employment-based immigration. BAL will continue to track USCIS’s policies on immigration and will provide updates on important developments as they occur.
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