WASHINGTON, July 13, 2018.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a NEW policy guidance, which supersedes the 2013 Policy Manual. Any application that does not contain the required evidence that should be submitted with applications in accordance with the instructions will be DENIED AT DISCRETION OF THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER WITHOUT FIRST ISSUING A REQUEST FOR MORE EVIDENCE OR A NOTICE OF INTENT TO DENY Doing so, it will “discourage frivolous filings and skeletal applications used to game the system”.

This updated guidance is effective September 11, 2018 and applies to all applications, petitions, and requests, except for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) adjudications, received after that date. USCIS is restoring full discretion to our immigration officers to deny incomplete and ineligible applications and petitions submitted for immigration benefits,”

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office at (772) 261-8858