In 2018, the U.S. Department of State amended the “Public Charge” sections of its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), making it more difficult for foreigners, including Vietnamese citizens, to overcome the public charge ground of inadmissibility and obtain U.S. Visas. Because the public charge ground of inadmissibility applies to almost all visa types, this new change could result in many more visa denials. If you are applying for a U.S. visa or have been denied for a U.S. visa under the public charge ground of inadmissibility (INA 221(g) or INA 212(a)(4)), please continue reading. Read more “New “Public Charge” Guidance Will Lead to More Visa Denials”
U.S. Consultancy Group, LLC, was recently added onto the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City’s “List of Attorneys” as a company which handles various U.S. immigration cases. To view our company on the U.S. Consulate’s List of Attorneys, click on the following link and scroll down to page 9: https://vn.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/List-of-Lawyers.pdf. Read more “View Our Company on the U.S. Consulate in HCMC’s List of Attorneys”
On July 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) released a very noteworthy internal Policy Memorandum entitled, “Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs.” This Policy Memorandum rescinds a 2013 Policy Memorandum and now allows USCIS adjudicators to deny applications, petitions, and requests if a filing lacks sufficient initial evidence without first giving the filer a chance to supplement or correct the record. The prior 2013 Policy Memorandum required USCIS adjudicators to issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) to allow the filer to supplement or correct the record. Under the new Policy Memorandum, USCIS adjudicators can summarily deny without ever issuing RFEs or NOIDs.