On August 24, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new update to its policy manual clarifying a previous policy change aimed at expanding green card eligibility under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) for children who lost eligibility, or “aged out,” due to the years-long visa backlogs.  

Before getting into the new update, it’s important to understand the role of the CSPA and a new interpretation announced earlier this year by USCIS. The 2002 law protects noncitizens who were previously considered children (meaning they were unmarried and under 21 years old) when their parent’s family- or employment-based preference category visa petitions were filed, but, due to the time it took the government to adjudicate the petition, had turned 21 years old and became ineligible to receive an immigrant visa.  

Learn more here: https://immigrationimpact.com/2023/09/05/uscis-updates-key-cspa-interpretation-to-protect-some-immigrant-youth-but-visa-backlogs-continue-to-cause-hardships/

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