New USCIS Guidance Makes Immigration Denials Easier

Law360 (July 13, 2018, 11:04 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicators looking over applications for immigration benefits will soon have broader discretion to deny them outright, according to a memo issued Friday describing a policy shift that immigration attorneys called "extremely punitive" and "devastating to employers."

The agency said that any USCIS employees looking over applications, petitions or requests may issue statutory denials of filings where the petitioner has no legal basis for the benefit sought, or submits a request under a program that was terminated, and that the adjudicators no longer have to send a Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny...

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