Visa Waiver overstay and Marriage Based Adjustment of Status – The Denials are coming from San Diego!!!

On August 18, 2010 we were the first to report the new trend coming from some local Immigration offices, mainly San Diego, regarding Visa Waiver overstay Issues. To recap a recent internal Memo from San Diego stated the following:
” To all Adjudicators effective immediately, any immigrants that have entered to the US under the Visa Waiver program and failed to file for adjustment of Status before the expiration of the 90 days authorized stay, MUST BE denied at the time of the interview.” The email was not very long but that was the general idea.

I could never imagine that they will follow through with denials of Visa Waiver overstay cases, but our first denial came in on Friday. See below the complete decision. The decision is written poorly, stating a partially true legal fact. The fact that when one overstays the Visa Waivers they can not adjust or seek hearing before a judge, UNLESS they are a beneficiary of an immediate relative petition. The USCIS failed to mention this exception in the denial as you can see below. So what will be the future of Visa Waiver adjustments, that still remains to be seen. We are in the process of filing a motion to re open and will keep our readers posted.

Tell us what you think about all this?