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USCIS changes intake process for Form I-914, rejects incomplete forms

  1. Date Announced

    March 24, 2020

    The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman publishes an alert regarding Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-914, Supplement A, Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient, stating that USCIS' intake process will include review of the entire Form I-914, beyond the proper signature, fee, and supporting documents. Forms submitted without every field completed, as stated above, will be rejected. Incomplete forms will be rejected, unless an incomplete field is optional according to the form text or form instructions.

    [ID #1005]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 16, 2020
  3. Biden Administration Action

    April 1, 2021

    This Biden administration policy rescinds the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On April 1, 2021, USCIS confirmed that for all forms it has reverted to the form rejection criteria it applied before October 2019 regarding blank responses.

    2021.04.01 USCIS Confirms Elimination of “Blank Space” Criteria
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: U/T/VAWA
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • Under existing regulations, an application for a T-visa must be properly filed and "complete" - 8 C.F.R. 214.11(e)(1)(i).

    USCIS' initial intake process at the Service Centers previously focused on reviewing whether there was a proper signature, fee, and supporting documents for these applications. USCIS would not necessarily count certain blank fields as “incomplete” and would understand blank fields to mean that the item does not apply. If subsequent review by the immigration officers found relevant fields incomplete, the agency would often first issue a request for evidence (RFE) or notice of intent to deny (NOID) before rejecting the application.

    8 CFR 214.11

Biden Administration Action

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