In any case in which a post has already accepted an I-130 from a petitioner but has not yet issued a visa, post must forward the petition to the appropriate USCIS overseas office as "not clearly approvable." We are working with USCIS and will provide subsequent guidance on processing I-600 petitions and previously approved I-130 petitions. CA recognizes that this change may cause difficulties and encourages posts to advise their resident American citizen communities that new procedures are in place so that they may plan ahead. End Summary.For novice immigration lawyers out there, this means that people so far along in the process they already had interviews scheduled (interview = ability to count the days to reunification on two hands max, in most cases), have had their interviews cancelled and their applications forwarded back to the US and to - say it isn't so - the Department of Homeland Security. I can only imagine the heartbreak.
Of course, there's no clear answer on how this new law, the Adam Walsh Protection Act, really translates for all cases in all countries. Maybe some consulates will still allow for direct filing. Maybe some won't. The one certainty: full-employment for immigration attorneys.