News Release: USCIS released new editions of most immigration forms on 12/23/2016 - OLD EDITIONS NOT ACCEPTED - Check that you have the correct form before filing!
In addition to the filing fee increases on December 23, 2016, USCIS also released new editions of almost every immigration form on the website without prior warning and further stated that previous form editions will NOT be accepted.
This is a major change that will effect almost every USCIS form type filed after December 23, 2016. If you have submitted an application or petition after this date and did not use the 12/23/2016 edition (form edition date can be found on the bottom of each form), then you must fill out a new form and re-submit it to USCIS. Failure to do sure will result in a rejection of your application and a significant delay in processing.
The release of the new form editions along with the refusal to continue to accept previous form editions for a specified grace-period without proper notice to the public is an unprecedented move by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A move that will create a lot of delay and frustration for applicants and lawyers alike. In addition, there is no mention of the mass form changes anywhere on the USCIS website. One must click on each individual form and then click on the 'edition date' to see the disclaimer.
To ensure that your application is processed as expediently as possible, always double-check that you have included the proper filing fee with your application (if any), that the edition date for the form is still accepted and that the address where you are mailing the forms to is current on the USCIS website.