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INS Clarifies Reports of Adjustment of Status Processing Moratorium

  • November 25, 2002

Fujie Ohata of the INS Immigration Services division has confirmed that while some naturalization and adjustment of status cases will encounter delays due to implementation of security enhancements, initial reports of a halt to adjudications are inaccurate.

An INS memorandum to the field has instituted additional security check procedures requiring definitive confirmation from FBI about potential name matches prior to approval of an adjustment of status or naturalization application by INS. Over the next one to two weeks, the INS is installing computer system enhancements designed to facilitate these required FBI confirmations to INS. Final determinations on pending cases will not be issued until the upgrade is completed.

While some people will experience additional delays, INS is still issuing temporary Employment Authorization and Advance Parole documents, so affected employees can maintain their employment status and ability to travel internationally. Due to systematic delays, it is strongly suggested that Employment Authorization and Advance Parole document extension applications be filed well in advance of the current document expiration dates.

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