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

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.