Green Card News: USCIS Updates Family Visa Process

Written on 05/28/2024
Asia91 Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 22, 2024, USCIS announced updates to the guidance for family-based immigrant visa petitions to improve the process and clarify procedures for petitioners and beneficiaries.


USCIS has updated its Policy Manual regarding family-based immigrant visa petitions, including Forms I-130 and I-360.



The updates explain how to handle approval notice errors, requests for consular processing, and routing procedures for approved petitions. To avoid delays, petitioners must inform USCIS of the beneficiary's current address and preferred processing method.



Key Change:


Petitioners must now provide USCIS with the beneficiary's current address and whether they prefer consular processing or adjustment of status.


For example, when a U.S. citizen files for a Green Card for their parents, they must provide the parents' current address and choose the preferred processing method: consular processing or adjustment of status.


Adjustment of Status: This is the process immigrants use to get a Green Card while already in the United States.


Consular Processing: This is the method used to get a Green Card when the immigrant is outside the United States or ineligible to adjust status within the United States.


This helps USCIS determine the correct processing route and avoid delays. If this information is not provided, complications can result, requiring additional forms and fees to correct.


  • Update Date: Effective May 22, 2024.


  • Forms Affected: I-130 and I-360.


  • Beneficiary Information: Petitioners must provide their current address and processing preference.


  • Correction Procedures: Guidance on correcting errors and updating petitions.


  • Decision Discretion: USCIS will decide the processing method based on the beneficiary's location if unclear.


These updates aim to streamline the family-based immigrant visa process, ensuring more efficient and accurate handling of petitions. By providing clear and updated information, petitioners can help avoid delays and ensure their petitions are processed smoothly.