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This internal USCIS memo leaked a few days ago and got everyone talking. The memo clearly shows USCIS taking dramatic measures to ease immigration waiting lines and policies WITHOUT CIR – or legislative change. They are trying to do things that they can, internally, that are within their power, to effect positive change. This is commendable!! Something USCIS should have done years ago. Whoever’s behind this is SO doing the right thing.

Check out the very positive items it has for H4 visa holders. The memo points to the possibility of them getting work permits. It also talks about re-using prior visa numbers and several other reforms, including better use of the EB-5 category for investment based green cards.

According to the National Review Online, USCIS responded promptly to the leak by issuing a statement:

Internal draft memos do not and should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department. We will not comment on notional, pre-decisional memos. As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system. We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.

Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our mission. The choices we have made so far have strengthened both the enforcement and services sides of USCIS — nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions. To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.

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