IMPORTANT: Rules change that may affect you and your non-American family member’s ability to return to the USA
We wanted to let you know about a Rules change that may affect you and your non-American family member’s ability to return to the United States.
Effective August 15, 2011, most Americans will no longer be able to use the US Consular Sections in your country of residence for immigration matters. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will require that you petition directly with the USCIS in the United States to bring your foreign family with you when choose to move back to the US. (Click here for form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative).
This USCIS regulatory change is billed as a cost-cutting measure. We are delving into this issue to find more concrete information to provide our members with regard to this critical rule before it goes into effect.
Approximately 10,000 Americans living abroad would be immediately impacted by this ruling. According to Immigration lawyers this process will go from weeks to quite possibly years for those Americans who reside in the 172 countries that do not have USCIS offices. Until Aug. 15th, we will be able to submit petitions through local Consular officials but after that date, all petitions would have to be sent to the USCIS Chicago address.
If you intend to return to the US with your non-American spouse and children in the next year you should consult with a qualified US Immigration attorney before August 15th for information on how this Rules change impacts you.
The official USCIS comment period for this change, announced in the Federal Register, ended July 18 (click here to read the notice). However, if you wish to contact your US Representative
or US Senator in this regard please do so. Despite the end of the formal comment period, the main office of the USCIS can also be contacted. .
Feel free to share this information with other Americans.
Samuel W. Warde
Editor in Chief, Good Morning Buenos Aires
Chairman, Democrats Abroad Argentina
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