Effective 1 October 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing its 28 June 2018 policy memorandum, prioritising the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.
The new policy expands the issuance of Notice to Appear (NTA) documents, the beginning of formal deportation proceedings, to foreign nationals who are denied a visa extension or change of status or whose visa expires during an application.
However, USCIS has confirmed that the new policy will not be implemented with respect to employment-based or humanitarian petitions at this time. However, USCIS may issue further guidance extending the new policy to employment-based applications in the future.
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