I-485 approved for clients’ whose case had been pending since 2006 because of the petitioner’s criminal record. In 2013, the case was erroneously denied by USCIS for failure to respond to a request for evidence and reopened by our office in 2014. USCIS then attempted to revoke the petitioner’s I-130 as a result of his convictions, first through a Notice Intent to Revoke and then through an Amended Notice of Intent to Revoke. Each time our office responded, arguing that the petitioner was eligible to petition his wife and if necessary, eligible for a waiver under the Walsh Act. 10 years later, the case was finally approved.
DOS posted the January 2021 Visa Bulletin and USCIS posted the related Adjustment of Status charts. For the first time this fiscal year, USCIS has stated that all employment-based adjustment of status applications must be filed based on the Final Action Dates chart. The Dates for Filing chart may be used for all family-sponsored applications, except that F2A applicants may file adjustment of status applications using the Final Action Dates chart. The Visa Bulletin also contains notes on the diversity visa (DV) category for the month of January, DV category rank cut-offs that will apply in February, and the scheduled expiration of the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and the Employment Fifth Preference (I5 and R5) categories.