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USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Certain Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny

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USCIS has just issued a new policy memo to its adjudicating officers in which it restores the adjudicators’ full discretionary authority to deny applications, petitions, and requests without the need to first issue a Request for Further Evidence, or a Notice of Intent to Deny. USCIS explains that this revised policy is aimed at discouraging the filing of frivolous, or substantially incomplete filings that would be used as ‘placeholder’ filings. Instead, USCIS says that this new policy aims to make sure that applicants and petitioners are careful in making sure that they submit complete evidence upfront as best as possible. This guidance memo will become effective on September 11, 2018.

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