Joint Council has been in communication again today with both U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) regarding the effective date of the new I-600 filing procedures. We have strongly advocated for a common sense approach to implementation. As part of our advocacy, Joint Council has delivered a letter to Lori Scialabba, Associate Director of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate at USCIS, outlining our concerns and requesting due consideration.
It is our understanding that USCIS is now considering and developing an extension of the effective date and a process which will allow families in-country or with imminent travel plans to be processed under current procedures.
Joint Council continues our recommendation to reassess the travel plans for all clients and refrain from issuing new travel dates until this issue has been fully resolved. We will continue to advocate until a positive resolution is achieved.