USCIS Announces Settlement Agreement in “No Blank Space Rejection Policy” Case

August 27, 2021 Ian Love

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached a settlement agreement in Vangala et al. v. USCIS et al., No. 4:20-cv-08143(N.D. Cal.). 


The agreement allows individuals to receive updated receipt dates for immigration benefit applications that were resubmitted, or for petitions that were initially rejected under the agency’s previous “No Blank Space” rejection policy. Under the previous policy, USCIS rejected certain types of application forms with any blank spaces or blank fields.  

Based on final approval of the settlement agreement, which was granted on July 20, 2021 by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, individuals whose forms were rejected under the initial policy may resubmit their request on or before July 20, 2022 to request an updated receipt that shows the date that their rejected request was initially filed. The agreement applies to Form I-589, Form I-918, Petition of U Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-918, Supplement A, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient. Individuals who resubmitted their forms before the effective date of the settlement agreement can submit documentation on or before July 20, 2022 to receive an updated receipt date.  

Looking Ahead  

USCIS will notify affected individuals who may benefit from the settlement agreement.  


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, one of the two U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Envoy is not a law firm, and does not provide legal advice. If you would like guidance on how this information may impact your particular situation and you are a client of one of the U.S. Law Firms, consult your attorney. If you are not a client of a U.S. Law Firm working with Envoy, consult another qualified professional. This website does not create an attorney-client relationship with either U.S. Law Firm. 

About the Author

Ian is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates. His practice focuses on immigrant and nonimmigrant matters for companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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