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[Q] Any potential problem or issue with using I-824 follow-to-join processing?


Be very careful doing I-824 for follow to join processing for dependents who follow to join the PA. See below Q & A from October 28, 2010 AILA-VO LIAISON QUESTIONS & ANSWERS. It appears that there are serious issues with I-824 processing.

Q: Members report problems with the I-824 processing between the USCIS and NVC, which are resulting in significant delays in reuniting families. In our fall 2009 meeting, VO advised there would be a new process for FTJs for adjustment cases and the process would begin at NVC and then transfer to posts but in March 2010, we were advised that the new procedures were still in the development stage. Please advise when the new (and very welcome!) procedures will be implemented.

Answer: We are in the process of finalizing an information collection that will allow VO to collect the information necessary to process FTJs for adjustment cases and reviewing the costs associated with this function. Once that form is finalized and we have a cost determination, we will decide whether to begin the process of obtaining OMB approval for the collection and establishing the appropriate procedures for process. At this juncture there is not a firm timeline as to when these new procedures will be implemented.