New USCIS Policy Update for Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Age Calculation

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its policy manual on the calculation of noncitizen’s age under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) for immigration purposes. Children under the age of 21 are eligible for lawful permanent residency based on their parent’s approved visa petition. The CSPA helps protect children from losing their eligibility if they turn 21 during the immigration process. Previously, USCIS only considered a visa available for CSPA purposes based on the Final Action Date chart, but now the Dates for Filing chart will also be used in the calculation of the noncitizen’s age. This change will provide more certainty to noncitizens about their eligibility to adjust status and apply for employment and travel authorization. Noncitizens can file a motion to reopen their previously denied adjustment of status application within 30 days of the decision, or in some cases beyond 30 days if they can demonstrate reasonable delay. However, this policy change will not prevent all children from aging out before a visa becomes available or from losing nonimmigrant status at the age of 21.

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