USCIS Issues Religious Worker Notice
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that individuals with a pending Form I-360 religious worker petition may be eligible for benefits under Ruiz-Diaz v. United States, No. C07-1881RSL (W.D. Wash. June 11, 2009).
Persons with pending Form I-360 religious worker petitions are immediately eligible to file a Form I-485 and/or Form I-765. Individuals whose applications are properly filed with appropriate filing fees and supporting documentation with USCIS by September 9, 2009 will have any period of unlawful presence or unauthorized employment tolled until USCIS issues a final administrative decision. Failure to file prior to September 9, 2009, will result in the accrual of unlawful presence or unauthorized employment time.
Persons who want to file an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485) and/or an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765)1 must mail the applications, with the required fees, to:
P.O. Box 10485
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-1048
Any person who has a Form I-360 religious worker petition pending with USCIS as of June 11, 2009, will have any period of unlawful presence that began accruing as of the date of filing of the I-360 tolled until September 9, 2009. In addition, any period of unauthorized employment that occurred after filing of the I-360 will be tolled until September 9, 2009.
Persons who properly file the Form I-485 and Form I-765 applications on or after June 11, 2009 and have their applications received by USCIS prior to September 9, 2009 also will have the accrual of unlawful presence and unlawful employment tolled until USCIS issues a final administrative decision.
Spouses and children who are the beneficiaries of properly filed Forms I-360 by religious workers may be accorded the same status and order of consideration as the principal, unless the spouse and child are already entitled to another immigrant status and immediate issuance of a visa under section 203(a), (b), or (c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1153(a), (b), or (c).
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