USCIS has released a couple of new forms that are commonly used in the filing of immigration cases. Specifically, a new Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, and Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. The new G-28, containing an edition date of 3/5/2015, must be used in attorney-represented cases for filings received by USCIS on May 18, 2015 (just extended from April 13, as we go to press) and thereafter; the new I-129, containing an edition date of 10/23/14, is required for all filings received by USCIS on May 1, 2015, and thereafter.

USCIS also recently updated Form I-600 and Form I-600A, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, respectively. Petitioners must use the new versions of the forms after March 23, 2015; however, consular posts may continue to process previous version of the forms that were filed on or prior to March 23, 2015.

Another new edition of a form of interest, Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, went into effect on March 26, 2015. Often filed abroad at U.S. consular posts, the State Department advised that posts will not accept prior versions of the form.