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[Q] How is the phrase "sought to acquire" in context of CSPA interpreted by USCIS or DOS?


See below from a recent BIA decision regarding aged-out children under CSPA.

In summary, we conclude that an alien may satisfy the “sought to acquire”
provision of section 203(h)(1)(A) of the Act by properly filing the application
for adjustment of status with the DHS. Additionally, the alien may meet the
requirement by establishing, through persuasive evidence, that an application
he or she submitted to the appropriate agency was rejected for a procedural
or technical reason or that there were other extraordinary circumstances,
particularly those where the failure to timely file was due to circumstances
beyond the alien’s control.

DOS interprets it as a payment of IV Fee bill within one year. See:

http://www.abilblog.com/1/post/2012/01/state-departments-visa-office-tak...

Note this is a separate requirement from the termination of registration requirement for immigrant visa under 9 FAM 42.83 PN1 NO RESPONSE TO THE IMMIGRANT VISA APPOINTMENT PACKAGE OR FOLLOW-UP INSTRUCTION PACKAGE FOR IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS OR REFUSAL UNDER INA 221(G)

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/87927.pdf