USCIS Message: Updates to Processing of Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

E-Mail to Stakeholders:

"Dear Stakeholder,

To enhance customer service and bolster program integrity, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is improving the way it processes Form I-730<http://www.uscis.gov/i-730>, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition.

In a phased approach, USCIS will begin transferring responsibility for approving Form I-730 petitions from USCIS Service Centers to USCIS international field offices. This improvement will not change the requirements for the Form I-730 petition. Likewise, it will not alter processing times and will not place additional requirements on petitioners, beneficiaries and representatives.

Phase one begins on April 1, 2014 and only involves cases with beneficiaries residing in China. With these cases, a USCIS international field office in China will conduct the interview and complete the final case adjudication in the following instances:

 *   The Form I-730 has not been adjudicated at a USCIS Service Center on or before March 31, 2014, and

 *   The USCIS Service Center has not identified any initial issues requiring denial of the Form I-730 petition before the petition is transferred to China for the beneficiary’s interview.

When a case is transferred overseas, USCIS will send a transfer notice to the petitioner and any representative of record. The notice will identify the USCIS international field office that will adjudicate the Form I-730 petition. The USCIS international field office will notify the petitioner, beneficiary, and any representative of record when the petition is received and provide further processing instructions.

If you receive a notification of transfer, please remember that the documentation on your case may take up to two months to reach a USCIS international field office in China.

For additional information about these improvements as well as contact information for USCIS offices in China please visit our Form I-730 Web page<http://www.uscis.gov/i-730>.

Kind Regards,

USCIS Public Engagement Division" - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:21 AM [no link provided]