Update On Family Visa Processing Under New Name Check Policy

The immigration service has provided AILA with the following explanation about processing family-based green card applications in light of the new policy regarding name checks that have been pending for more than 180 days:

“Assuming that an application is otherwise ready to be placed into the interview queue, and the only item remaining is the name check, then the application will be placed in the queue in time for the application to be ready to be scheduled for interview as of the 180th day.

If the application is not ready to be placed into the interview queue (for example, if the biometrics have not been taken), then the application will not be placed into the queue, even if the name check has been completed.

NBC reminds AILA members that the Field Offices schedule cases when they have available interview slots. The automated system by which Field Offices schedule interviews automatically schedules applications on a first-in, first-out basis (based on the date the filing was received at USCIS, which usually would be when received at the Lockbox), once the NBC identifies a case as interview ready.”

For more information, see our other articles: Updated Q and A Re USCIS New Name check Policy AvailableHow You Can Use the New CIS Name Check Policy to Jump Start Your Stalled Case and CIS Policy Change: Green Cards May Be Approved Despite Pending FBI Name Checks. 

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