A couple of weeks ago we informed you that the AAO decided a case in which they changed the standard for adjudicating NIW cases (See this blog post). USCIS has confirmed today that ALL pending NIW cases are on hold pending training for officers on the new standard. USCIS did indicate, however, that processing of these cases should resume by the end of February of this year.
What does this mean for your case? The chances are that USCIS has not adjudicated any cases since the decision was handed down, more than 1.5 months ago. The backlog created by this stoppage will take some time to clear out, and will probably delay adjudications by up to 2 months. We will update you if additional information is made available.
Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.