USCIS Announces a New Regulation to Speed Up the I-730 Application Process.

USCIS has announced a new regulation regarding I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) applications for family members of persons with refugee/asylee status.

As of May 6, 2024, I-730 applications filed by refugees will no longer be processed by the AsylumVetting Center, but by the InternationalOperations Division of USCIS.

USCIS, with this application;

  • To reduce the backlog of I-730 applications,
  • and accelerate the process of family members coming together


Pending I-730 FTJ-R applications (applications for family members of refugees) will also be automatically transferred to the USCIS International Operations Unit. USCIS will notify individuals whose applications have been transferred to the Operations Unit.

The implementation will not affect the filing location for Form I-730. All applicants will continue to file their I-730 applications at the USCIS Service Center in Texas.

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