Proper use of Form I-566 is crucial for nonimmigrants under A, G, or NATO visas to maintain lawful status in the United States. It involves compliance with reporting requirements and accurate processing of status adjustments.
Individuals holding A, G, or NATO visas and their eligible dependents are required to report certain changes to the U.S. government. Such changes may include but are not limited to:
- Employment changes: Start or end of employment, including part-time or full-time status.
- Address changes: Moving to a new residence within the United States.
- Changes in dependents: The addition or removal of dependents under the visa holder’s status.
Reporting these changes is typically done through the submission of Form I-566, ensuring that records with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State remain up-to-date and accurate.
When A, G, or NATO visa holders seek to adjust their status, whether for employment authorization or a change to another nonimmigrant status, Form I-566 comes into play. It is vital to:
- Submit accurate information: All details provided on Form I-566 must reflect current and precise information regarding the nonimmigrant’s status and their dependents.
- Fulfill separate filing requirements: Each person requiring employment authorization or an adjustment of status must file a separate Form I-566.
Status adjustments are closely scrutinized, and adherence to these procedures helps to maintain lawful status within the United States.
Extending or Changing Status
Form I-566 is instrumental for A, G, or NATO nonimmigrants and eligible dependents who seek to extend their stay or shift to another nonimmigrant status. This form serves as the Interagency Record of Request, central to the adjudication process by various governmental entities.
Criteria for Extension
For an extension of status, the individual must be a nonimmigrant in A, G, or NATO classification. Eligible dependents of these nonimmigrants can use Form I-566 to extend their authorized stay. The primary criteria include ensuring their nonimmigrant status is still valid and that the extension application is filed before its expiration.
Change of Status Procedure
The procedure for changing nonimmigrant status involves the submission of Form I-566 to streamline the communication between agencies. The individual must:
- Complete the form accurately,
- Submit it to the appropriate U.S. Department of State office or other designated authority, and
- Await confirmation of the request before any status change takes effect to remain in compliance.