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DHS Removes I-485 Receipt Notice from H/L Travel Requirements

Murali Bashyam

On October 31, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that removed the requirement that a person who has an I-485 adjustment of status application pending and travels using H or L status have an I-797 receipt notice for the I-485 adjustment application before leaving the United States.  Under the old rule, the person must have an I-797 receipt notice for the adjustment application before travel to avoid having such application deemed abandoned.  This new rule is a result of excessive delays by the Immigration Service in issuing I-485 receipt notices.  The final rule is effective November 1, 2007.  For more information on this final rule, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

On October 31, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that removed the requirement that a person who has an I-485 adjustment of status application pending and travels using H or L status have an I-797 receipt notice for the I-485 adjustment application before leaving the United States.  Under the old rule, the person must have an I-797 receipt notice for the adjustment application before travel to avoid having such application deemed abandoned.  This new rule is a result of excessive delays by the Immigration Service in issuing I-485 receipt notices.  The final rule is effective November 1, 2007.  For more information on this final rule, please do not hesitate to contact our office.