USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

[I]n light of the mail service delays identified by USPS, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.

Source: USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions | USCIS

WASHINGTON — Under updated policy guidance (PDF, 97 KB), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

Source: USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions | USCIS

 

The USCIS used to give deference to the initial decision. Makes sense because the officer making the initial decision is certainly as qualified as the officer reviewing a renewal or extension petition and it conserved limited resources. Efficient use of resources and respect for prior decisions is not what the Trump admin is about though.