USCIS published a final rule on November 1, 2007 which removes the requirement that certain H and L nonimmigrants returning to the United States following a trip abroad must present a receipt notice for their adjustment of status (I-485) applications to avoid having such applications deemed abandoned. The purpose of this narrow change is to remove an unnecessary documentation requirement from the regulations that the Department of Homeland Security determined causes undue burden on H and L nonimmigrants. Previously, nonimmigrants in H and L status were required to present their original I-485 receipt notices upon return to the United States. This requirement was nearly impossible to comply with during the past few months, as an unprecedented number of green card applications were filed in July and August, causing a major delay in the issuance of receipt notices. Many H and L nonimmigrants were forced to either cancel or postpone travel, or to risk non-compliance with the regulation. The rule is a welcome change and greatly eases the burden for those affected nonimmigrants.