The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently updated its Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) age calculation for certain adjustment of status cases. This new policy aims to prevent children who have turned 21 years old from aging out of their immigration benefits, including eligibility for adjustment of status.
The CSPA provides immigration benefits to children who are seeking to immigrate to the United States with their parents. Under the previous policy, children who turned 21 years old during the lengthy immigration process would age out of their benefits and lose their eligibility for adjustment of status. This often resulted in long family separations and undue hardships for families.
The updated policy will now allow certain children to retain their child status for a longer period. USCIS will now calculate the age of the child on the date that the agency receives the adjustment of status application, rather than the date that the application is approved. This means that children who turned 21 years old during the processing of their application will be able to retain their eligibility for adjustment of status.
This updated policy will provide relief to many families who have been struggling with the uncertainty of the immigration process. It will also ensure that more families can stay together and avoid unnecessary family separations due to outdated policies.
The USCIS is committed to promoting fair and efficient immigration policies that benefit families and individuals seeking to make a life in the United States. This update to the CSPA age calculation is a significant step towards ensuring that families can stay together and build a future in the United States.
If you are currently navigating the immigration process, we encourage you to reach out to a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with the guidance and support you need to successfully navigate this complex system.