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USCIS Executive Summary from 11/2/11 Teleconference on J-1 Waivers (Updated 12/29/11)
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USCIS/DOS executive summary from the 11/2/11 teleconference regarding the adjudication of J-1 Exchange Visitor waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement. AILA Doc. No. 11101833.
USCIS H-2A Reminder for Sheepherding Industry
(488 KB - 12/28/2011)
USCIS reminder to the sheepherding industry of the upcoming expiration of the one-time accommodation due to the transition to the three-year limitation-of-stay requirement for the H-2A nonimmigrant visa classification. AILA Doc. No. 11122846.
USCIS Reminder of TPS Re-Registration Deadline for Honduras and Nicaragua
(489 KB - 12/28/2011)
USCIS reminder that the open re-registration period for TPS for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua ends on 1/5/12. AILA Doc. No. 11122848.
USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Engagements for 2012
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USCIS invitation to EB-5 stakeholder engagements for 2012. Engagements offer the opportunity for USCIS to address topics of stakeholder interest. Specific registration information will be provided closer to each engagement. AILA Doc. No. 11121962.
NSC Invitation to 1/12/12 Teleconference on Business Issues
USCIS invitation to stakeholders for a 1/12/12 teleconference with NSC on issues related to business. Invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 11121647.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Guatemalan Adoptions
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USCIS invitation to a 12/16/11 teleconference on Guatemalan adoptions including information on the process for pending intercountry adoption cases under the Guatemalan National Council on Adoptions processing authority. AILA Doc. No. 11121466.
USCIS Blogs on Self Check and Requests Feedback
USCIS blog, the Beacon, requests comments on Self Check, by emailing email@example.com with the subject line, “Why I Used Self Check,” or by posting feedback in the blog’s comment section. AILA Doc. No. 11121227.
USCIS Job Announcement for Entrepreneurs in Residence Tactical Team
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USCIS press release on the posting of a job announcement for business experts to serve on the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence tactical team. AILA Doc. No. 11120961.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Honduras and Nicaragua TPS Re-Registration
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USCIS invitation to a 12/16/11 teleconference on Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS re-registration under the extension of TPS for certain nationals of these countries. Invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 11120863.
USCIS Q&As on Form I-924A, Supplement to Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program
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USCIS Q&As on Form I-924A, which is a supplement to Form I-924, Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. Form I-924A is used to demonstrate a regional center’s continued eligibility for the EB-5 regional center designation. AILA Doc. No. 11120779.
USCIS Invitation to 12/7/11 E-Verification Stakeholder Engagement
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USCIS invitation to a 12/7/11 stakeholder engagement to discuss a potential administrative review process for E-Verify. USCIS posted invitation on 12/6/11, no call-in option provided. AILA Doc. No. 11120770.
USCIS Follow Up Teleconference Invitation on “Not Clearly Approvable” Ethiopian Adoption Cases (Updated 12/07/11)
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USCIS invitation to a 12/9/11 teleconference on USCIS’s November 2011 trip to U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa to review “not clearly approvable” adoption petitions. The executive summary, invitation, and more from the 10/28/11 teleconference on the same topic are attached. AILA Doc. No. 11102765.
VSC Stakeholder Newsletter, November 2011
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The VSC offers the November Stakeholder Newsletter, which includes a summary of the Fall Stakeholder's Conference; G-28 filing tips; consular tips for Form I-129s, I-129Fs, and I-130s; VAWA filing tips, expedites, and inquiries; contact information, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11120663.
USCIS Announces Delay in First Release of Transformation
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USCIS press release announcing that the first release of Transformation, which was scheduled for December 2011, will be delayed due to incomplete testing of the system. AILA Doc. No. 11120563.
USCIS Reminder Regarding Change in N Forms Filing Location
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USCIS press release reminding stakeholders that after 12/2/11, certain naturalization and citizenship forms that are received at local and district offices will no longer be forward to the appropriate USCIS lockbox facility. AILA Doc. No. 11120164.
FY2012 H-1B Cap Count (Updated 11/29/11)
USCIS announcement that as of 11/23/11, it has received a sufficient number of H-1B cap-subject petitions. November 22, 2011, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date of FY2012. AILA Doc. No. 11040864.
USCIS Invitation to 12/13/11 TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
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USCIS invitation to the 12/13/11 Terrorist-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting. Invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 11112964.
USCIS Online Case Status Report Will Be Unavailable 12/2/11 through 12/5/11
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USCIS alert that their online case status and other customer relationship information system sites will be unavailable from 12/2/11 at 7PM EST until 12/5/11 at 9AM EST. AILA Doc. No. 11112960.
USCIS Invitation to 11/30/11 Teleconference on Changes of Citizenship and Naturalization Filing Procedures
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USCIS invitation to an upcoming stakeholder engagement on 11/30/11 with USCIS Field Operations Directorate, Office of Intake and Document Production, and the Office of Public Engagement to discus changes to the process for filing citizenship and naturalization forms. AILA Doc. No. 11112864.
H-1B Cap Reached for FY2012
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USCIS announces that the annual limit for H-1B filings was reached as of 11/22/11. Any cap-subject applications received after that date will be rejected. AILA Doc. No. 11112369.
USCIS Reminder for Haitians to Follow Late Filing Instructions for TPS
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USCIS press release providing eligible nationals of Haiti who have not filed their TPS applications guidance on late filing. AILA Doc. No. 11112162.
USCIS Releases Demonstration Video on Transformation
USCIS released a video demonstrating how to set up an online account and submit a request to extend or change nonimmigrant status using the new system under Transformation. AILA Doc. No. 11181123.
USCIS Announces 12/2/11 Teleconference on UPL and Building Capacity of Immigrant Serving Organizations
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USCIS invitation to an upcoming stakeholder engagement on 12/2/11 on unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL). The BIA will also provide an overview of BIA accreditation process. Stakeholders can attend in person or via the phone. AILA Doc. No. 11181120.
USCIS Filing Tips for Forms I-765 and I-131
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USCIS’s Lockbox provides filing tips to assist stakeholders in ensuring that Forms I-765 and I-131 are accepted at the Lockbox and sent to the appropriate USCIS office for adjudication. Filing tips provided during USCIS teleconference on I-765/I-131 on 11/15/11. AILA Doc. No. 11111546.
USCIS Reminds Eligible Nationals of Haiti to File for TPS
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USCIS alert reminding eligible nationals of Haiti, both first time and late re-registration applicants, to file for TPS prior to 11/15/11. AILA Doc. No. 11110944.
USCIS to Hold EB-5 Engagement with Director Mayorkas
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USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas invites stakeholders to participate in a teleconference on 11/9/11 to discuss new policy guidance on the Immigrant Investor Program. The invitation provides the necessary information and instructions for joining the session. AILA Doc. No. 11110430.
USCIS Update on TPS Extension for Hondurans
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USCIS update providing information on the 18-month TPS extension for Honduras through 7/5/13, as well as on the automatic EAD extension for current TPS beneficiaries. The TPS re-registration period is in effect 11/4/11 through 1/5/12. AILA Doc. No. 11110463.
USCIS Update on TPS Extension for Nicaraguans
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USCIS update providing information on the 18-month TPS extension for Nicaragua through 7/5/13, as well as on the automatic EAD extension for current TPS beneficiaries. The TPS re-registration period is in effect 11/4/11 through 1/5/12. AILA Doc. No. 11110462.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Issue 5, November 2011
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E-Verify Connection for November 2011 covers the new EAD and Certificate of Citizenship, how to order a free copy of the latest Handbook for Employers, what’s new on I-9 Central, the expansion of Self Check, free webinars, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11110460.
USCIS Announces Extension of TPS Designations for Honduras and Nicaragua
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USCIS news release announcing the 18-month extension of the TPS designations for Honduras and Nicaragua, beginning on 1/6/12 and remaining in effect until 7/5/13. USCIS will publish a Federal Register notice for each country on 11/4/11. AILA Doc. No. 11110331.
USCIS Announces Ability to Bundle Filings of L-1 Petitions
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USCIS recognizes the need to temporarily move multiple employees to the U.S. for a particular project, thus employers maybe bundle multiple L-1B petitions related to the same project, where the location/specialized knowledge duties of the beneficiaries are the same. AILA Doc. No. 11110330.
USCIS EDIS October 2011 Bulletin
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USCIS External Data Interface Standards (EDIS) October 2011 Bulletin providing updates on the revised implementation of EDIS in Transformation, including the re-sequenced benefit types, system features, and functions that will be included in the new system in 2012, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11110268.
USCIS Announces Temporary Relief for Nationals from Central America Stranded Due to Flooding
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USCIS notice of temporary relief measures that are available to eligible nationals from Central American countries who are currently stranded in the U.S. due to extreme flooding in that region. AILA Doc. No. 11110161.
USCIS Introduces Revised I-693 on 11/1/11
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USCIS bulletin announcing the introduction of a revised Form I-693, Report of a Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, on 11/1/11, and providing information on the transition to the new form. Beginning 1/1/12, civil surgeons must use the new form dated 10/11/11. AILA Doc. No. 11110160.
USCIS Announces Fall 2011 SAVE Training Schedule
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USCIS flyer providing the dates and topics of free SAVE webinars that will be offered during the months of November and December, followed by a copy of the official SAVE webinar webpage. Additional information and instructions for participating in a webinar is provided. AILA Doc. No. 11103174.
USCIS Announces November 2011 E-Verify Webinar Schedule
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USCIS flyer providing the dates and topics of free E-Verify webinars that will be offered during the month of November, followed by a copy of the official E-Verify webinar webpage. Pre-registration is not required. Additional information for attending a webinar is provided. AILA Doc. No. 11103173.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, October 2011
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The VSC Stakeholders Newsletter for October 2011 includes helpful tips for filing TPS applications and a look inside of Division III, as well as information on Sudan’s TPS extension, Deferred Enforced Departure, upcoming events, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11103170.
USCIS Invitation to 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the USCIS Asylum Division
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USCIS invites stakeholders to the 20th anniversary celebration of the USCIS Asylum division on 11/16/11. Invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 11102866.
USCIS Announces Temporary Closure of Bangkok Embassy Due to Flooding
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USCIS alert announcing that the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok will be closed on October 27-28, due to flooding in Thailand. USCIS recommends checking the embassy website for updates or additional closures. AILA Doc. No. 11102770.
FY2011 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 10/27/11)
As of 9/30/11, USCIS receipted and approved 30,267 petitions toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the second half of the fiscal year. H-2B cap count information for the first half of FY2012 also is available. AILA Doc. No. 10080468.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Redesigned EAD and Citizenship Certificate Features
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USCIS fact sheet providing images and information about notable features on the enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and redesigned Form N-560, Certificate of Citizenship, which strive to enhance security and deter fraud. AILA Doc. No. 11102760.
USCIS Reminds Applicants of Filing Location Changes for Naturalization and Citizenship Forms Starting 10/30/11
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USCIS bulletin advising applicants to file Forms N-300, N-336, N-600, and N-600K at a designated Lockbox facility instead of a local field or district office, beginning 10/30/11. The bulletin links to the affected forms pages for additional information and filing addresses. AILA Doc. No. 11102530.
Director Mayorkas Announces New EADs and N-560s with Enhanced Security Features
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USCIS news release announcing the launch of an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) with new features intended to deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate fast and accurate authentication. AILA Doc. No. 11102561.
USCIS Update on Processing Changes for Naturalization and Citizenship Forms
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USCIS update on the centralization of receipting for various N-Forms at the Dallas and Phoenix Lockbox facilities beginning on 10/30/11. As of 12/5/11, local offices will no longer forward these forms and applicants will be instructed to re-submit to the appropriate Lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 11102064.
USCIS Announces Restoration of I-797 Mailing Procedures and Other Updates
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USCIS announcement on 10/20/11 that I-797 mailing procedures will be restored in approximately six weeks to have original notices going to G-28 attorneys, with copies going to applicant or petitioner. The announcement includes additional updates as well. AILA Doc. No. 11102062.
USCIS to Hold 10/28/11 Teleconference on Newly Implemented I-130 Processing Changes
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USCIS invitation to a teleconference on 10/28/11, to discuss recently implemented processing changes for the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, when filed by petitioners residing overseas. Additional information and instructions are listed on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11101834.
USCIS SCOPS Presentation and Filing Tips for 11/15/11 Engagement on I-765s/I-131s
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USCIS presentation and filing tips for 11/15/11 teleconference on Forms I-765 and I-131. The call will be hosted by TSC and NSC, and will focus on the combination advance parole/EAD, OPT, and other updates. Original invitation also attached. AILA Doc. No. 11101831.
USCIS to Offer Spanish-Language Event on E-Verify Employee Rights
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USCIS invitation for a free Spanish-language teleconference, which will be held on 11/9/11, to discuss E-Verify employee rights and responsibilities. Additional information about the event and how to participate, as well as contact information, is listed on the flyer. AILA Doc. No. 11101734.
USCIS Fact Sheet on the TPS Designation for South Sudan and Extension for Sudan
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USCIS fact sheet on the 18-month TPS designation for South Sudan and extension for Sudan, providing information about eligibility requirements, the application process, forms and cost, evidentiary requirements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11101433.
USCIS Announces the 18-Month TPS Designation for South Sudan and Extension for Sudan
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USCIS news release announcing the 18-month TPS designation for South Sudan and extension for Sudan, as well as the automatic EAD extension for current TPS beneficiaries. Both the designation and the extension are in effect from 11/3/11 through 5/2/13. AILA Doc. No. 11101432.
USCIS to Hold IGA Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on 10/26/11
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USCIS invitation to an intergovernmental affairs quarterly teleconference on 10/26/11, which will include updates on SAVE and DMV Resources, EADs, and other USCIS news. Refer to the invitation for instructions on submitting agenda items and participating in the session. AILA Doc. No. 11101168.
Director Mayorkas Introduces “Entrepreneurs in Residence” Initiative
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USCIS news release on the debut of “Entrepreneurs in Residence,” an initiative focused on realizing the full job-creating potential of the current law by strengthening the agency’s policies surrounding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs, and workers with specialized skills. AILA Doc. No. 11101163.
VSC Stakeholder Conference, Fall 2011 (Updated 11/01/11)
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Agenda for the VSC Fall Stakeholder Conference to be held in Burlington, VT on November 7, 2011. The conference sill consist of panel presentations with Q&As on Hs, Ls. Os & Ps, COS, 3rd party contracts, J waivers, TPS, VAWA, Us & Ts, I-130s, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11100768.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on Process for Disseminating I-797 Receipt and Approval Notices
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USCIS invitation for a teleconference on 10/12/11 to discuss the new process of disseminating original I-797 receipt and approval notices to applicants and petitioners, rather than to the AORs. Submit topics and questions by 10/10/11. RSVP instructions also listed. AILA Doc. No. 11100602.
USCIS Releases October 2011 E-Verify Webinar Schedule
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USCIS flyer and a copy of the official webinar webpage with the schedule of upcoming webinars about E-Verify that will be offered during the month of October. There is no need to pre-register for these webinars. Information on attending the individual sessions is included. AILA Doc. No. 11100561.
USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Minutes and Invitation (11/30/11)
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USCIS Asylum Division minutes from its 11/30/11 quarterly stakeholder meeting. Topics include asylum division updates, reasonable fear performance goals, statistics, the asylum clock, I-589 cover letters, asylee grant letters and I-485 mailing addresses, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11100560.
USCIS Postpones 10/4/11 Teleconference on Form I-601 Filing Location Changes (Updated 10/3/11)
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USCIS postpones 10/4/11 stakeholder teleconference on changes to the adjudication of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by applicants residing outside the U.S. Original invitation follows postponement message. AILA Doc. No. 11092160.
USCIS Update on the Issuance of I-797 Receipt and Approval Notices
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USCIS update on the new policy, effective 9/12/11, of sending I-797 notices directly to applicants and petitioners, stating that the agency will not suspend implementation of the policy, and providing guidance on the transition as well as with regard to premium processing. AILA Doc. No. 11093040.
CIS Ombudsman to Host Conversation with EOIR and USCIS on Unaccompanied Children
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EOIR invitation for a teleconference on 10/6/11, hosted by the CIS Ombudsman’s Office, to discuss policies and procedures related to unaccompanied children with officials from EOIR and USCIS. The announcement includes additional information and instructions. RSVP by 10/4/11. AILA Doc. No. 11092930.
USCIS Opens 60-Day Comment Period on Proposed Rule Affecting Certain Pending EB-5 Petitions
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USCIS update announcing a comment period on a proposed rule that would enable the agency to process certain EB-5 applications approved between 1995 and 1998. The public has 60 days, from 9/28/11 to 11/28/11, to submit comments. An advance copy of the proposal is provided. AILA Doc. No. 11092731.
CSC Invitation to 11/8/11 Stakeholder Engagement
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California Service Center (CSC) invitation and notice for an upcoming external stakeholder meeting scheduled for 11/8/11. Submit questions and topics by 10/12/11. Register to participate by 11/4/11. AILA Doc. No. 11092761.
USCIS Executive Summary and Background for the 9/8/11 TPS EAD Teleconference (Updated 9/26/11)
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USCIS background information regarding a proposed rule affecting the employment authorization of TPS beneficiaries and applicants, which was discussed during a teleconference on 9/8/11. The original teleconference invitation also is attached, following the notes. AILA Doc. No. 11082674.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, September 2011
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The VSC Stakeholders Newsletter for September 2011 includes timely filing hints and VAWA Team participation in upcoming outreach events, and addresses processing times for I-130 and I-129F petitions, filing instructions for I-130 petitioners abroad, and I-129 K petitions. AILA Doc. No. 11092330.
USCIS Invitation to AIR Teleconference on 10/26/11
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USCIS Office of Field Operations invitation to a 10/26/11 teleconference on American Institutions of Research (AIR). During the call, USCIS will be requesting feedback on proposed changes to the AIR process. Additional information and instructions are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11092368.
USCIS Director Mayorkas Reflects on the Importance of Citizenship in Beacon Blog Post
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas blogs on the importance of U.S. citizenship in light of annual Constitution and Citizenship Day celebrations, noting that citizenship unites Americans under shared civic principles based on rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. AILA Doc. No. 11092364.
USCIS Publishes Transformation Fact Sheet
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USCIS fact sheet, published September 2011, providing information about the agency-wide effort to move immigration services from a paper-based system to an electronic environment, including the benefits of Transformation as well as a timeline for the transition, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11092360.
USCIS Presentation from 9/15/11 EB-5 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (Updated 9/22/11)
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USCIS presentation from the 9/15/11 quarterly stakeholder meeting on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The presentation covers EB-5 updates, statistics, and visa usage, stakeholder suggested topics, and more. The original invitation is attached, following the presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11072539.
USCIS Offers Information Sessions on the CNMI Transitional Worker Classification
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USCIS calendar of upcoming information sessions for employers and the general public about the new CNMI Transitional Worker (CW) classification. The sessions will take place in Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, and will be offered through the end of September, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 11092269.
USCIS Fact Sheet on FY2011 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Awardees
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USCIS fact sheet on the award of $9 million in grants made through the agency’s Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, to support the expansion of citizenship preparation services. The award recipients include 42 organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia. AILA Doc. No. 11092265.
USCIS Announces Exhaustion of U Visas for FY2011
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USCIS press release announcing that the statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas was met for FY2011. USCIS will continue to accept and adjudicate new U visa petitions and will resume issuing U visas on October 1, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 11092062.
USCIS Announces FY2011 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Recipients
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USCIS press release announcing $9 million in grants awarded to 42 organizations in 27 states and Washington, D.C., to expand citizenship preparation programs for permanent residents. The funding was awarded through the agency’s Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. AILA Doc. No. 11092264.
USCIS Reminds Eligible I-360 Widow(er)s of the 10/28/11 Filing Deadline
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USCIS reminder for eligible widow(er)s of deceased U.S. citizens that 10/28/11 is the deadline for filing an I-360 petition. Additional information on the eligibility to file and the filing deadline are provided, along with further details on filing as an I-360 Widow(er). AILA Doc. No. 11092164.
USCIS Blog on Copycat Immigration-Help Sites
USCIS Beacon blog post providing information on the difference between official government websites and websites run by private businesses, which can charge to prepare immigration forms and mimic the look and feel of official government sites. AILA Doc. No. 11091970.
USCIS to Continue Accepting EB Adjustment Applications Based on September Visa Bulletin
USCIS alert announcing that employment-based applications will continue to be accepted based on the September visa bulletin through the entire month of September even though employment-based immigration visas have been exhausted. AILA Doc. No. 11091622.
USCIS Q&As on Direct Communication with EB-5 Regional Center Applicants
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USCIS Q&As providing information on the implementation of direct e-mail communication between Form I-924 applicants and USCIS adjudicators, which was announced and made effective on 9/13/11. AILA Doc. No. 11091367.
USCIS Announces Implementation of Direct E-Mail Communication with EB-5 Regional Center Applicants
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USCIS bulletin announcing that as of 9/13/11, Form I-924 applicants can communicate with adjudicators directly via e-mail. USCIS will continue monitor the implementation of this first phase of enhancements to the EB-5 program and make necessary changes on a real-time basis. AILA Doc. No. 11091366.
USCIS Warns the Public to Avoid Misleading Websites and Fees
(43 KB - 9/13/2011)
USCIS alert announcing that some online businesses are charging fees to prepare USCIS forms which are, in most cases, the same as USCIS filing fees, and as a result, applicants are only paying for the preparation of their applications and not the official filing fees. AILA Doc. No. 11091360.
USCIS Q&As Regarding the CNMI Transitional Worker Classification
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USCIS Q&As on the CNMI-only Transitional Worker visa classification, or CW classification. Topics include general information regarding the CW visa, requirements and questions for workers as well as for employers, and questions about travel. AILA Doc. No. 11090860.
USCIS Announces CNMI Transitional Worker Final Rule
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USCIS news release announcing a final rule published in the 9/7/11 Federal Register that establishes and implements a CNMI-only transitional worker classification, or CW classification, which allows employers in the CNMI to hire workers who are otherwise ineligible to work. AILA Doc. No. 11090775.
USCIS Blog on Preparing Individuals for the Citizenship Test
USCIS Beacon blog post providing information and an overview of the process for individuals who are preparing to take the naturalization test, including what to expect during the interview, how to prepare and self-test, retesting, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11090766.
USCIS Announces Weekly SAVE Webinar Schedule for September/October 2011
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USCIS flyer providing an overview of the dates and topics for upcoming SAVE webinars that will be offered on a weekly basis during the months of September and October. The attached “Request a SAVE Webinar” schedule includes instructions for attending the individual sessions. AILA Doc. No. 11090765.
USCIS Announces Comment Request on Proposed Changes to SIJ Regulations
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USCIS press release summarizing the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on 9/6/11, which makes changes to DHS regulations governing the SIJ classification, and announcing that the agency will accept public comments on the proposed changes until 11/7/11. AILA Doc. No. 11090665.
USCIS Releases September 2011 E-Verify Webinar Schedule
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USCIS flyer providing a schedule and overview of the free E-Verify webinars that will be held during the month of September. The flyer lists dates, times, and topics for each of the upcoming webinars, as well as additional information about how to participate. AILA Doc. No. 11090265.
USCIS Alert Regarding Access to the Baltimore District Office and ASC Beginning 8/31/11
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USCIS advisory announcing that access to the Baltimore District Office and Application Support Center (ASC) will be difficult due to street closures beginning 8/31/11, and that public transportation and parking will be limited through 9/4/11. Both offices will remain open. AILA Doc. No. 11083162.
USCIS Announces Publication of Business Transformation Regulation
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USCIS news release announcing the publication of a business transformation regulation in the Federal Register on 8/29/11, along with a 60-day request for comments. The rule makes changes to more than 50 parts of DHS regulations found in 8 CFR, and is effective 11/28/11. AILA Doc. No. 11082971.
USCIS Q&As Regarding the DED Extension for Liberians
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USCIS Q&As on the extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for qualified Liberians and those individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia. Topics include eligibility for coverage under the extension, I-765 filing requirements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11082967.
USCIS Notes from Inaugural Meeting of “Conversations with the Director” Series (Updated 11/18/11)
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USCIS update including overview, principal themes, and next steps from the 9/14/11 inaugural “Conversations with the Director” regarding economic development in the context of the EB-5 program. Original invitation also attached. AILA Doc. No. 11082624.
USCIS Announces Revised and Shortened NCSC 1-800 Menu Options
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USCIS announcement that on 8/29/11, the National Customer Service Center’s (NCSC) 1-800 phone number will implement shorter menus to provide streamlined access to live assistance, improved navigation, and the ability to reorganize menu options based on call volume. AILA Doc. No. 11082672.
USCIS Invitation to 9/13/11 TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
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USCIS invitation to a 9/13/11 quarterly stakeholder meeting on terrorist-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG), with updates and statistics regarding TRIG workload and the opportunity for individuals to raise TRIG-related questions and issues. AILA Doc. No. 11082522.
USCIS Invitation to 9/21/11 Open House at CSC
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USCIS invites stakeholders and the general public to a 9/21/11 open house at the California Service Center. Invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 11082521.
USCIS E-Verify Self Check Presentation from Bilingual Engagement on 9/7/11 (Updated 9/7/11)
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USCIS Powerpoint presentation from the 9/7/11 bilingual stakeholder engagement on E-Verify Self Check, providing background on Self Check and E-Verify, an overview of the Self Check process, and more. The original invitation is attached, following the presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11082433.
USCIS SCOPS Presentation for the I-140 Teleconference on 8/23/11
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USCIS SCOPS presentation for the 8/23/11 teleconference hosted by NSC and TSC on the Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. There will be an opportunity for live questions at the end of the session. The original invitation also is attached. AILA Doc. No. 11072632.
USCIS Presentation and Notes from 9/27/11 Teleconference on I-130s and Humanitarian Relief (Updated 9/27/11)
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USCIS SCOPS official presentation and notes from the 9/27/11 teleconference with CSC on Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, under humanitarian relief. Topics include I-360 Conversion for Surviving Spouse, Section 204(l) of the INA, humanitarian reinstatement, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11081831.
USCIS Announces August 2011 Webinars on the SAVE Program
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USCIS invitation to attend a webinar during the month of August and learn more about the SAVE Program as well and verification process. The August 2011 SAVE Program webinar schedule and information on how to participate in a webinar is provided on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11081861.
USCIS to Monitor the Implementation Domestic I-130 Filings for Overseas Petitioners
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USCIS message to stakeholders announcing that it will monitor and assess implementation of domestic filing of I-130s for certain overseas petitioners during the first 90 days to identify any areas where additional policy updates would be appropriate. AILA Doc. No. 11081860.
USCIS Invitation to Joint NGO Stakeholder Meeting at NSC on 9/21/11
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USCIS invitation to a joint stakeholder meeting at NSC for immigrant-serving non-governmental organizations (NGOS) on 9/21/11 in Lincoln, NE. NSC is partnering with TSC. RSVP by 9/15/11. Invitation includes additional details and information. AILA Doc. No. 11081721.
USCIS Extends Employment Authorization for Liberian Nationals Covered under DED
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USCIS news release announcing that it will automatically extend the validity of employment authorization documents for Liberians covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through 3/31/12. The announcement follows President Obama’s decision to extend DED until 3/31/13. AILA Doc. No. 11081760.
Director Mayorkas Blogs on Being a Nation of Laws and a Nation of Immigrants
USCIS Beacon Blog post by Director Alejandro Mayorkas on the agency’s efforts in response to recommendations contained in the 9/11 Commission Report, specifically on efforts to combat immigration fraud and to enhance information sharing with key partners. AILA Doc. No. 11081665.
USCIS Announces E-Verify Self Check in Spanish and the Addition of States
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USCIS press release announcing that E-Verify Self Check is now available in Spanish and that the online service also is available to 16 additional states. A fact sheet with more information on Self Check in Spanish and the addition of states is attached to the news release. AILA Doc. No. 11081660.
USCIS to Hold E-Verify Self Check Webinar on 8/18/11
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USCIS Verification Division invitation to an E-Verify Self Check webinar on 8/18/11. During the session, USCIS will describe the service, discuss the availability of the service, and provide a demonstration. Instructions for joining the session are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11081566.
USCIS to Hold E-Verify Self Check Webinar on 8/16/11
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USCIS Verification Division invitation to an E-Verify Self Check webinar on 8/16/11. During the session, USCIS will describe the service, discuss the availability of the service, and provide a demonstration. Instructions for joining the session are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11081565.
USCIS Announces Priority Naturalization Processing for Certain SSI Recipients
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USCIS announcement that it will prioritize the processing of N-400 applications for certain SSI recipients whose SSI benefits will be terminated within one year of the date listed on their SSI notice and whose N-400 has been pending for four months or more. AILA Doc. No. 11081561.
USCIS Update for Haitian Nationals on Filing for TPS
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USCIS update reminding eligible nationals of Haiti to file for TPS, and providing information for those individuals who are filing TPS applications for the first time, those with pending applications, and those who are re-registering for TPS benefits. AILA Doc. No. 11081560.
USCIS Transcript from Announcement of Entrepreneur Initiatives
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USCIS transcript of the 8/2/11 announcement by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas of initiatives to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation. Q&As are included after the introduction. AILA Doc. No. 11081021.
USCIS/EOIR Invitation to Rescheduled EAD Asylum Clock Meeting on 9/19/11 (Updated 9/6/11)
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USCIS and EOIR invitation to a stakeholder meeting on 9/19/11 regarding the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) asylum clock. RSVP by 9/18/11. Please note that this engagement was originally scheduled for 8/23/11, but was postponed due to an earthquake on the East Coast. AILA Doc. No. 11080931.
USCIS E-Verify Flyer for Federal Contractors
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USCIS flyer summarizes key information for federal contractors and subcontractors about the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause, including what contractors are affected by the FAR E-Verify clause, how to enroll in E-Verify, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11080863.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Issue 4, August 2011
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E-Verify Connection for August 2011 covers driver’s license verification, I-9 Central, the updated Handbook for Employers, information for federal contractors, webinars, outreach, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11080862.
USCIS Presentation on Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations
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USCIS PowerPoint presentation entitled, “Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations,” provides information on immigration protection and relief available for human trafficking, crime, domestic violence, and child abuse victims. Topics include T and U visas, VAWA, and SIJ. AILA Doc. No. 11080861.
USCIS Straight from the Source for August 2011
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USCIS August edition of Straight from the Source covers DHS efforts to stimulate the economy, protection against Green Card lottery fraud, production data available online, relief for vulnerable populations, fact sheets, policy memos, stakeholder engagements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11080860.
USCIS Presentation for the 8/19/11 Webinar on Bringing Internationally Adopted Children to the U.S. (Updated 8/19/11)
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USCIS PowerPoint presentation for the 8/19/11 NBC adoption outreach meeting. Callers inside the U.S. should call 1-800-593-0693, and callers outside the U.S. should call 1-415-228-4971. Please provide the operator with the passcode "Adoption." AILA Doc. No. 11080435.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Form I-130 Process Changes
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USCIS invitation for a 8/10/11 teleconference to discuss process changes for Forms I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed by petitioners residing overseas. The invitation includes additional information as well as instructions for joining the call. AILA Doc. No. 11080424.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Efforts to Fuel the Economy and Stimulate Investment
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USCIS fact sheet on initiatives aimed at promoting startup enterprises and spurring job creation, such as the availability of EB-2 National Interest Waivers and H-1B visas for entrepreneurs, new processing procedures for EB-5 petitions, premium processing, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11080420.
Director Mayorkas Blogs About Entrepreneurs and Skilled Workers Fueling the Economy
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas writes a Beacon blog post about encouraging innovative entrepreneurs and high skilled workers to bolster the economy and spur job growth, and points to specific efforts by the Administration to attract and retain such talented individuals. AILA Doc. No. 11080363.
USCIS Invitation and August 2011 E-Verify Webinar Schedule
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USCIS invitation to attend a free webinar about the E-Verify program. No pre-registration is required. The attached flyer lists the August 2011 webinar schedule. Topics address existing users, federal contractors, E-Verify Self Check, and the Form I-9 process. AILA Doc. No. 11080360.
USCIS Updated Q&As on the Employer-Employee Relationship in H-1B Petitions
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USCIS Q&As, updated by USCIS on 8/2/11, provide information in the context of H-1B petitions, regarding the establishment that an employer-employee relationship exists and will continue to exist with the beneficiary throughout the duration of the H-1B validity period. AILA Doc. No. 11080269.
USCIS Q&As on Entrepreneurs and the EB-2 Immigrant Visa Category
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USCIS Q&As provide information regarding entrepreneurs and the employment-based second preference (EB-2) immigrant visa category, including an explanation of the EB-2 visa category and definition of exceptional ability, as well as information about national interest waivers. AILA Doc. No. 11080267.
USCIS Invitation to President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Listening and Action Session
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USCIS invitation, posted on behalf of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, for a Jobs and Competitiveness Listening and Action Session on 8/2/11 at 1:00 PM Eastern. The invitation provides additional information and instructions for joining the engagement. AILA Doc. No. 11080263.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, July 2011
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The VSC Stakeholders Newsletter for July 2011 covers Form I-612 waivers, tips for resubmitting a rejected petition or application, a look inside VSC Division V, special relief measures for F-1 Libyan students, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11080130.
USCIS Reminds H-2A and H-2B Petitioners of Prohibited Fees
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USCIS alert reminds petitioners that certain fees may not be collected from H-2A and H-2B workers, including government-mandated fees that are prohibited under DOL rules, petition fees, attorney fees, recruitment costs, and any fees that are conditions of employment. AILA Doc. No. 11080166.
USCIS Executive Summary and Presentation from 7/27/11 Transformation Engagement (Updated 9/16/11)
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USCIS executive summary and presentation from the 7/27/11 engagement on the implementation and use of the agency’s new online system. The first release of the new system will be in December 2011. The original invitation follows the presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11071432.
USCIS Presentation to 7/26/11 USCIS SCOPS Stakeholder Teleconference on CSPA (Updated 7/26/11)
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USCIS presentation for the 7/26/11 SCOPS stakeholder teleconference addressing the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) and the Grandfather Clause as related to preserving priority dates. August and September teleconference dates also included. AILA Doc. No. 11062968
USCIS Filing Tips from the 6/10/11 Teleconference on H-2A Petitions (Updated 7/26/11)
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USCIS filing tips from its 6/10/11 teleconference on best filing practices for H-2A petitions, provided on templates of the ETA Form 9142 Section C and the revised I-129 Page 1. The original teleconference invitation is attached, following the teleconference notes. AILA Doc. No. 11060380.
USCIS Agenda and Presentation for I-9 Central Stakeholder Teleconference on 8/9/11 (Updated 8/9/11)
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USCIS Verification Division agenda and presentation for the 8/9/11 stakeholder teleconference on the usability and functionality of I-9 Central. The original invitation is attached, following the agenda and presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11072538.
USCIS EDIS July 2011 Bulletin
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USCIS E-Filing External Data Interface Standards (EDIS) July 2011 Bulletin, providing updates and Q&As on Transformation and EDIS, including information on the initial phase of Transformation rolling out December 2011. AILA Doc. No. 11072535.
USCIS Invitation to Religious Workers Stakeholder Engagement on 7/28/11
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USCIS invitation to a stakeholder teleconference on 7/28/11 to discuss the religious worker program. This engagement has been rescheduled due to technical difficulties experienced at the 7/14/11 engagement on this topic. RSVP by 7/27/11 in order to participate. AILA Doc. No. 11072030.
USCIS Blog Reminds the Public to Avoid Green Card Lottery E-mail Scams (Updated 7/20/11)
USCIS Beacon blog post on avoiding fraudulent Diversity Visa (DV) lottery e-mail scams, warning that individuals should not be fooled by an e-mail claiming they have won the DV lottery or have been selected for a Green Card and asking them to send or wire money. AILA Doc. No. 11030321.
SCOPS/CSC Notes from Religious Workers Engagement (7/14/11) (Updated 7/18/11)
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SCOPS/CSC notes from the 7/14/11 stakeholder meeting on religious workers, providing an outline of changes resulting from the Religious Worker Final Rule that was published on 11/26/08. The original invitation is attached, following the notes. AILA Doc. No. 11061530.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on Haiti TPS Updates
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USCIS invitation to a 7/29/11 teleconference to discuss updates on Haiti TPS. The agency will answer questions on the registration process for TPS under the re-designation as well as the re-registration process under the extension. Call-in information is provided. AILA Doc. No. 11071563.
USCIS Q&As on the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Adoptions Agreement
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USCIS fact sheet and Q&As on the agreement between the U.S. and Russia regarding cooperation in the adoption of children. Q&As address the significance of the agreement, adoption service providers, proceedings that start before the agreement becomes effective, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11071331.
USCIS Update and Q&As Regarding the End of Moscow Parole Program
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USCIS update announcing that the agency will no longer offer parole to Lautenberg category members who are denied refugee status in Moscow. Individuals who have been offered parole by USCIS in Moscow should arrive in the U.S. by 9/30/11. Q&As on this topic follow the update. AILA Doc. No. 11071361.
USCIS Invitation to a Spanish-Language Teleconference on Immigration Scams
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USCIS invitation to a free, Spanish-language “Enlace” public engagement on 7/28/11 during which the agency will share a presentation titled, “The Wrong Help Can Hurt: Beware of Immigration Scams.” Additional information and instructions are provided on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11071132.
DOS/USCIS Teleconference Invitation on the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Adoptions Agreement
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DOS/USCIS invitation for a 7/14/11 teleconference on the bilateral adoptions agreement between the U.S. and Russia. The agreement’s current status and significance will be discussed. RSVP by 7/12/11 in order to participate. Additional information and instructions are listed. AILA Doc. No. 11071173.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on O and P Consultation Requirements
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USCIS invitation for a teleconference on 8/2/11 to discuss O and P consultation requirements from labor and management organizations, and peer groups. Submit topics and questions by 7/15/11, and RSVP by 8/1/11. Additional information is listed on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11071172.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on the Sunset of the Lautenberg Amendment
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USCIS International Operations Division invitation to a 7/11/11 teleconference to discuss the sunset of the Lautenberg Amendment provision for the adjustment of status of parolees. Additional information and instructions for joining the call are provided. RSVP by 7/8/11. AILA Doc. No. 11070768.
USCIS Executive Summary from 7/13/11 AC21 Teleconference (Updated 12/06/11)
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USCIS executive summary from the 7/13/11 teleconference on the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) where stakeholders will be able to present ideas on how the AC21 regulations should be framed. Invitation and agenda also included. AILA Doc. No. 11070763.
USCIS Announces E-Filing Temporarily Unavailable
USCIS alert on the temporary unavailability of e-filing from 6 p.m. EDT on July 9, 2011, until 12a.m. EDT on July 10, 2011, due to scheduled maintenance on the Pay.gov website. AILA Doc. No. 11070632.
White House/USCIS Teleconference Invitation on the President’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community
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White House/USCIS invitation to participate in one of the conference calls that the White House will host over the summer to discuss President Obama’s agenda and the Hispanic Community. Additional information and RSVP instructions are included. AILA Doc. No. 11070662.
Iraqi Refugee Processing Fact Sheet
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USCIS fact sheet on Iraqi refugee processing including information on the resettlement process for Iraqi refugees, security checks, procedures for Iraqi citizens currently in the U.S., living outside Iraq, and living in Iraq, and Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqis. AILA Doc. No. 11070562.
USCIS EDIS May 2011 Bulletin
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USCIS E-Filing External Data Interface Standards (EDIS) May 2011 Bulletin, providing updates and Q&As on Transformation and EDIS, including an updated timeline and feedback from stakeholders on Transformation from twelve listening sessions across the country. AILA Doc. No. 11070170.
USCIS EDIS February 2011 Bulletin
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USCIS E-Filing External Data Interface Standards (EDIS) February 2011 Bulletin, providing updates and Q&As specific to Transformation and EDIS, including information on data storage and printing capabilities under Transformation. AILA Doc. No. 11070167.
CRCL June 2011 Newsletter
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DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) June 2011 newsletter includes a guest message by ICE Director John Morton, updates from Secure Committees, information on employment authorization for Libyan F-1 students, and much more. AILA Doc. No. 11070166.
USCIS Announces More Than 24,000 New Citizens At Fourth of July Celebrations
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USCIS press release announcing that more 24,000 new citizens will be naturalized during Fourth of July naturalization ceremonies, including eight ceremonies that will be held specifically for members of the U.S. armed forces. AILA Doc. No. 11070164.
USCIS Announces Rebecca S. Carson as New Chief of Staff
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USCIS press release announcing Rebecca S. Carson as the new Chief of Staff of USCIS, effective June 27, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 11063063.
USCIS Agenda and Presentation for EB-5 Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement (Updated 6/30/11)
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USCIS agenda, presentation, and written Q&As for the 6/30/11 stakeholder teleconference on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. The original invitation follows the additional documents. AILA Doc. No. 11050462.
USCIS UPIL Initiative Executive Summary
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USCIS executive summary on the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL) Initiative provides background, the scope of the UPIL problem, and information about common immigration services scams, as well as a breakdown of the initiative’s main components. AILA Doc. No. 11062932.
USCIS Requests Information Regarding Customer Service
USCIS alert announcing the publication of a request for information regarding customer service. The responses will help USCIS craft a new vision for how the public can engage the agency with questions, raise concerns, and how USCIS can best deliver substantive responses. AILA Doc. No. 11062930.
USCIS Agenda and Q&As to 6/29/11 Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (Updated 6/29/11)
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USCIS agenda and written Q&As to a quarterly national stakeholder meeting on 6/29/11 to discuss agency operations, policies, and procedures. Original invitation follows the agenda and Q&As. AILA Doc. No. 11042964.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, June 2011
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The VSC Stakeholders Newsletter for June 2011 covers USCIS' new Secure Mail initiative, the Spring 2011 stakeholder meeting on 5/6/11, VAWA/T&U Q&As, and a look inside of VSC Division 1, which is responsible for adjudicating family-based immigration forms, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11062967.
USCIS PowerPoint Presentation for 6/28/11 Teleconference on Employment-Based I-485s (Updated 6/28/11)
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USCIS Service Center Operations PowerPoint presentation from the 6/28/11 stakeholder teleconference on Employment-Based Forms I-485, hosted by TSC and NSC. Original invitation and updated TSC e-mail protocol follows presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11060134.
USCIS Straight from the Source for June 2011
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USCIS June edition of Straight from the Source covers the launch of a national campaign to combat immigration scams, proposed changes to the EB-5 Program, a revised publication of the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit, Haitian TPS, policy memos, national engagements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11062769.
USCIS Invitation to an Intergovernmental Affairs Stakeholder Teleconference on 6/28/11
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USCIS invitation and agenda for an upcoming Intergovernmental Affairs teleconference scheduled for 6/28/11 that will address several USCIS programs, including the unauthorized practice of immigration law initiative, E-Verify Self Check and RIDE, Haitian TPS, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11062330.
CSC Invitation to Rescheduled 8/10/11 Quarterly External Stakeholder Meeting
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California Service Center (CSC) invitation and notice for an upcoming External Stakeholder Meeting that is rescheduled for 8/10/11. The meeting was originally scheduled for 7/27/11. Submit questions and topics by 7/13/11. Register by 7/22/11 in order to participate. AILA Doc. No. 11062366.
USCIS Executive Summary on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Teleconference (Updated 6/16/11)
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USCIS executive summary of its 5/12/11 teleconference on the interpretation of the term “specialized knowledge” and the relevant factors that should be considered in determining L-1B eligibility. Agenda and original invitation follow the summary. AILA Doc. No. 11042965.
USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Minutes and Invitation (7/19/11)
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USCIS Asylum Division minutes from its 7/19/11 quarterly stakeholder meeting. Topics include a 6/9/11 memorandum, updated information guide, statistics, customer service policies, reschedule requests, nunc pro tunc procedures, the asylum clock, leading questions, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11061660.
USCIS Launches E-Verify Driver's Licenses Validation Feature in Mississippi
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USCIS announcement and fact sheet on the launch of Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE), a new feature which allows USCIS’s E-Verify program to validate the authenticity of Mississippi driver’s licenses used by employees as Form I-9 identity documents. AILA Doc. No. 11061431.
USCIS Fact Sheet on National Initiative to Combat Immigration Services Scams
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USCIS fact sheet on the national, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that was launched by DHS, DOJ, and the FTC on 6/9/11. AILA Doc. No. 11060973.
USCIS I-9 Questions and Answers
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USCIS Q&As provide information about who needs to complete the Form I-9, how to complete the Form I-9, acceptable documents for I-9 purposes, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11060831.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on VAWA and T and U Visas
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USCIS VSC invitation to an upcoming stakeholder teleconference and Q&A session on 6/30/11 to discuss I-360 VAWA cases and T and U visa cases. Additional information about the teleconference as well as call-in information is provided on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11060731.
USCIS Comment Request on Forms I-508 and I-508F Extension
USCIS notice of a 60-day comment period on the extension of the validity of Forms I-508 and I-508F, Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities. Comments are due 8/1/11. (76 FR 31972, 6/2/11) AILA Doc. No. 11060267.
USCIS Checklist for H-2A Petitioners
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USCIS optional checklist for petitioners requesting H-2A temporary agricultural workers includes information about general petition requirements, additional documentation to show the workers qualify for H-2A employment, H-2 Eligible Countries List requirements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11060262.
USCIS Q&As for H-2A Petitioners
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USCIS Q&As address who may file the Form I-129 as an H-2A petitioner, who may be an “agent-petitioner” for H-2A classification, who may assist petitioners in filling out the Form I-129, what agents and associations need to know about requesting H-2A workers, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11060261.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on Process Changes for I-130 and I-601 Petitioners Overseas
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USCIS invitation to a teleconference on 6/6/11 to discuss process changes for the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and the Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility, filed by petitioners residing overseas. RSVP and call-in instructions are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11060135.
USCIS Temporarily Suspends the Use of VIBE in the H-2A Program, Offers H-2A Checklist and Q&A (Updated 6/2/11)
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USCIS alert announcing the temporary suspension of VIBE in the H-2A program until 7/18/11, and providing an optional H-2A checklist and Q&As offered to H-2A petitioners. USCIS also is planning a stakeholder engagement to discuss best filing practices for H-2A employers. AILA Doc. No. 11060133.
USCIS Announces New Online Citizenship Resource Center
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USCIS bulletin announcing and inviting visitors to the new Citizenship and Resource Center, a Web portal that has information and resources on U.S. citizenship. A link to the Citizenship Resource Center is provided in the bulletin. AILA Doc. No. 11060131.
USCIS Presentation from 5/31/11 Teleconference on Customer Service (Updated 5/31/11)
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USCIS SCOPS PowerPoint presentation from the 5/31/11 monthly stakeholder engagement to discuss customer service at USCIS service centers. The teleconference was hosted by VSC and CSC. Original invitation follows the presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11042871.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on Haiti TPS Re-Designation and Re-Registration Updates
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USCIS invitation to a 6/3/11 teleconference on the process of registering for Haiti Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the re-designation as well as the process of re-registering under the extension. The invitation includes call-in instructions and additional details. AILA Doc. No. 11053165.
USCIS Executive Summary from 4/8/11 Transformation Meeting on Mandatory E-Filing (Updated 5/25/11)
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USCIS executive summary from a 4/8/11 meeting with the Office of Transformation Coordination discussing a proposed rule for mandatory electronic filing of applications and petitions for immigration benefits. Original invitation follows summary. AILA Doc. No. 11032841.
USCIS Executive Summary from March 2011 Transformation Webinars (Updated 5/25/11)
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USCIS executive summary from two webinars on USCIS Transformation, first on 3/1/11 for those that do not provide direct legal support and then on 3/4/11 for licensed attorneys. Original invitation follows summary. AILA Doc. No. 11021860.
USCIS Announces Launch of Federal Initiative to Raise Awareness Regarding Citizenship
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USCIS press release announcing the launch of a federal initiative to raise awareness about the rights, responsibilities, and importance of U.S. citizenship. USCIS Director Mayorkas will launch the initiative online on 5/25/11. AILA Doc. No. 11052568.
USCIS Addresses H-1B Cap Exemption for Nonprofit Entities Based on Relation or Affiliation (Updated 5/24/11)
Updates on USCIS policy and procedures for nonprofit entities seeking H-1B cap exemption based on a relationship or affiliation with an institution of higher education. This page includes USCIS guidance, AILA comments and updates on AILA’s administrative advocacy efforts. AILA Doc. No. 11031760.
USCIS Invitation to Launch Event for the Combating Immigration Services Scams Initiative
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USCIS invitation to an event hosted by USCIS, DOJ, and the Federal Trade Commission to launch a multi-agency effort to combat immigration services scams. The event will be held on 6/9/11, in Washington, DC. RSVP by 6/3/11 to the point of contact listed on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11052461.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Issue 3, May 2011
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E-Verify Connection for May 2011 covers E-Verify Self Check, the launch of I-9 Central, E-Verify web pages now available in Spanish, an updated list of federal contractors enrolled in the E-Verify program, the Form I-9 final rule, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11052330.
USCIS Invitation to Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative Pre-Screening Event
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USCIS invitation to a 5/24/11 pre-screening of materials for the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. Through the initiative, USCIS will use multilingual media to raise awareness among immigrants about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. AILA Doc. No. 11052366.
USCIS Announces Proposed Changes to EB-5 Processing
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USCIS press release announcing proposed changes to USCIS’s processing of EB-5 cases, including an accelerated adjudication process, the creation of specialized intake teams for I-924 applications, and an expert board to render decisions on EB-5 Regional Center applications. AILA Doc. No. 11051965.
Message from Director Mayorkas on Proposed Changes to EB-5 Processing
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Message from USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas regarding proposed changes to USCIS’s processing of EB-5 cases posted by USCIS on 5/19/11, including an accelerated adjudication process, the creation of specialized intake teams for I-924 applications, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11051964.
USCIS Update and Fact Sheet on the Extension and Re-Designation of Haiti for TPS
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USCIS update and fact sheet on the 18-month extension and re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) providing information about application procedures and filing instructions for Haiti TPS. The fact sheet is attached following the update. AILA Doc. No. 11051962.
USCIS Invitation and Agenda for 5/20/11 Haiti TPS Extension/Re-Designation Teleconference (Updated 5/20/11)
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USCIS invitation and agenda for the 5/20/11 teleconference on Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension and re-designation. Topics include applying for initial TPS, re-registering, pending applications, filing tips, and more. Call-in information is provided. AILA Doc. No. 11051866.
USCIS Alert on the Extension and Re-Designation of Haiti for TPS
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USCIS alert on the re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and 18-month extension of Haiti’s current TPS designation. The alert also indicates that USCIS is planning to post a Federal Register notice to provide additional guidance on this matter. AILA Doc. No. 11051863.
USCIS Announces Centralization of Form I-130 Filing
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USCIS press release announcing that effective 8/15/11, petitioners residing outside of the U.S. may file I-130s at the Chicago Lockbox facility. The announcement coincides with a DHS final rule on revised filing instructions published in the Federal Register on 5/17/11. AILA Doc. No. 11051763.
USCIS Invitation to 5/17/11 Teleconference for Policy Updates Regarding Haiti
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USCIS invitation to join USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas and other DHS officials for a stakeholder teleconference on 5/17/11 at 11:00 AM (EDT), for updates on immigration policies related to Haiti. Additional information and instructions for joining the call are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11051760.
USCIS Straight from the Source for May 2011
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USCIS May edition of Straight from the Source covers the new fact sheet on public charge, the launch of I-9 Central, E-Verify web content now available in Spanish, policy memos, public engagements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11051669.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on H-1B Cap Exemption for Related or Affiliated Nonprofit Entities
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USCIS invitation to a 5/26/11 teleconference on H-1B cap exemption issues for nonprofit entities claiming cap exemption based on relation to or affiliation with an institute of higher education. Information for joining the call is provided. RSVP by 5/25/11. AILA Doc. No. 11051668.
USCIS Announces Second Edition of
Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
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USCIS bulletin announcing that a revised and expanded edition of the
Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
is available as of 5/16/11. The announcement includes additional details about the second edition as well as information for requesting a free copy. AILA Doc. No. 11051661.
USCIS Announces New I-9 Central Web Resource
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USCIS press release announcing the launch of I-9 Central, an online resource that provides information and guidance to help employers and employees complete the Form I-9 and better understand the I-9 process. The announcement includes more details and a link to I-9 Central. AILA Doc. No. 11051362.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, May 2011
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The VSC Stakeholders Newsletter for May 2011 covers updated guidance for filing a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, the new location for filing a change of address form, VAWA filing hints, U visa issuance to individuals outside the U.S., and more. AILA Doc. No. 11051167.
USCIS Announces the Launch of E-Verify Spanish Website
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USCIS announcement about its new E-Verify Spanish website which provides the Spanish version of E-Verify web pages for employers and employees to view important information. The announcement includes a link to the new website. AILA Doc. No. 11050666.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Public Charge
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USCIS fact sheet provides information about public charge determinations, including the background and definition, as well as which benefits are subject to public charge consideration, to help noncitizens make decisions about whether to apply for certain public benefits. AILA Doc. No. 11050461.
USCIS Announces Implementation of Secure Mail Initiative
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USCIS press release announcing the full implementation of the Secure Mail Initiative, which is now being used for the delivery of permanent resident cards and documents pertaining to travel and employment authorization. AILA Doc. No. 11050231.
USCIS Presentation for NBC Overview Teleconference
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USCIS PowerPoint presentations for the 5/2/11 webinar and teleconference hosted by the National Benefits Center (NBC). Original invitation follows the PowerPoint. AILA Doc. No. 11040762.
USCIS RFR Tip Sheet on the Refugee Process
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USCIS tip sheet provides information for applicants about filing a Request for Review (RFR) after USCIS has denied their application for refugee status, including information about deadlines, format, content, what the applicants might expect to happen next, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11042930.
USCIS FAQs on Part 6 of the Revised Form I-129
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USCIS FAQs about the export control attestation requirement on the revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, updated on 4/28/11, addressing the purpose of Part 6, export control requirements, which petitions require the completion of Part 6, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11042890.
USCIS Verification Division Overview
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USCIS PowerPoint presentation, dated 3/4/11, providing an overview of USCIS Verification Division programs including E-Verify, E-Verify Self Check, and the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. AILA Doc. No. 11042630.
USCIS Presentation for 4/26/11 Teleconference on Appeals and Motions (Updated 4/26/11)
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SCOPS presentation for monthly Service Center stakeholder engagement on 4/26/11, hosted by NSC and TSC, covering appeals and motions, and includes a discussion of Form I-290B appeals and motions, as well as Form EOIR-29 appeals. Invitation follows presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11040470.
USCIS Straight from the Source for April 2011
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USCIS April edition of Straight from the Source includes information regarding immigration benefits for Japanese nationals impacted by natural disasters, the publication of the Form I-9 final rule, new Q&As, policy memos, upcoming engagements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11042232.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Evidentiary Standards of O Visas
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USCIS invitation to a 4/28/11 teleconference seeking stakeholder feedback on the evaluation of evidence submitted on behalf of O-1 nonimmigrants and the current adjudicatory standards for these petitions. Invitation includes registration and call-in information. AILA Doc. No. 11042135.
USCIS Announcement and Q&As on Final Rule on Employment Eligibility Verification Form (updated 4/18/11)
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USCIS press release and Q&As announcing a final rule that adopts without change a 2008 interim rule amending DHS regulations on the acceptable documents for the completion of Form I-9. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on 4/15/11 and effective 5/16/11. AILA Doc. No. 11041433.
USCIS Invitation to VSC Spring Stakeholder Conference
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USCIS invitation to the VSC Spring 2011 Semi-Annual Stakeholder Conference on 5/6/11 in New York City. The tentative agenda includes panels on I-129s, family-based petitions, TPS, and more. Submit agenda items by 4/15/11, and RSVP by 4/25/11. Contact information is included. AILA Doc. No. 11041430.
USCIS Alert for Foreign Nationals Impacted by Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters
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USCIS alert offering tips for foreign nationals that have been affected by civil unrest or severe environmental disasters, and information about temporary relief measures that may be available to eligible foreign nationals. AILA Doc. No. 11041460.
USCIS Executive Summary from O Visa Teleconference on 3/24/11 (Updated 4/13/11)
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USCIS executive summary from the 3/24/11 teleconference on O nonimmigrant visas, which includes an overview for agents filing as petitioners, as well as general contract and itinerary requirements, and more. Q&As and the original invitation for the engagement are attached. AILA Doc. No. 11030437.
USCIS Announces that it Continues to Accept FY2012 H-1B Petitions
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USCIS press release announcing that it continues to accept FY2012 H-1B cap-subject petitions, and that it will provide regular updates on the processing of such petitions on its website. As of 4/7/11, approximately 5,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. AILA Doc. No. 11040863.
USCIS Executive Summary from 3/2/11 RAIO Stakeholder Meeting (Updated 4/7/11)
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USCIS executive summary from the 3/2/11 Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) stakeholder meeting. The RAIO organizational chart and timeline for organizational changes, and the original engagement invitation are attached. AILA Doc. No. 11020731.
USCIS Q&As About Same or Similar Occupational Classifications under AC21
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USCIS Q&As about same or similar occupational classifications under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21) includes an explanation of occupational classification, what qualifies as a same or similar occupational classification, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11040761.
USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Minutes and Invitation (Updated 4/7/11)
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USCIS Asylum Division minutes from its 1/25/11 quarterly stakeholder meeting. Topics include contact with Asylum Offices, EAD eligibility, gender-based asylum cases, asylum officer notes, material support, travel documents, and more. Original invitation follows minutes. AILA Doc. No. 11010462.
USCIS Presentation for 4/6/11 Stakeholder Teleconference on Ethiopian Adoptions (pdated 4/6/11)
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USCIS presentation for the 4/6/11 stakeholder teleconference in which members of a USCIS/DOS team will provide a briefing on the findings of an interagency site visit to Addis Ababa to review Ethiopian adoptions. The original teleconference invitation also is attached. AILA Doc. No. 11032536.
USCIS Invitation to O & P Engagement with Director Mayorkas on 4/13/11
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USCIS invitation to a 4/13/11 meeting hosted by Director Alejandro Mayorkas on the broader issues of importance to the arts, entertainment, and modeling industries in the O and P nonimmigrant classifications. RSVP by 4/12/11 in order to participate in person or by phone. AILA Doc. No. 11040535.
USCIS Q&As on Extension of OPT and F-1 Status under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations
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USCIS Q&As addressing the automatic extension of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 student status in the U.S. for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions for an employment start date of 10/1/11, under the FY2012 H-1B cap. AILA Doc. No. 11040430.
USCIS and DOS Launch Pilot Program for Overseas I-730 Processing
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USCIS alert announcing the launch of a USCIS/DOS pilot program to test new processing procedures for Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, follow-to-join cases in five locations. All other posts will continue to follow existing procedures for these cases. AILA Doc. No. 11040130.
USCIS Announces the H-1B FY2012 Cap Season is Open as of 4/1/11
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USCIS announcement that as of April 1, 2011, the agency is accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY2012 cap. A copy of H-1B FY2012 Cap Season webpage on the USCIS website follows the announcement. AILA Doc. No. 11040170.
USCIS Reminds Citizenship and Integration Grant Applicants of April 1 Deadline
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USCIS reminder that the deadline to apply for funding under the FY2011 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is 4/1/11. The reminder includes filing instructions and contact information. An original news release, fact sheet, and stakeholder invitation are also attached. AILA Doc. No. 11012030.
USCIS Updates Website Instructions on TARP Questions
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The I-129 page of the USCIS website has been updated to state that there is no need to reply to TARP questions on the Form I-129. AILA Doc. No. 11033161.
DOS Invitation to a DOS/USCIS Teleconference on Guatemala Adoptions
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DOS invitation to a 3/31/11 teleconference with its Office of Children’s Issues and USCIS on the status of intercountry adoption processing in Guatemala, focusing on the remaining “grandfathered” adoption cases that involve U.S. citizens. Call-in information is included. AILA Doc. No. 11033032.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Expiration of SSI Benefits and Derivative Refugee and Asylee Issues (Updated 3/31/11)
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USCIS invitation to a 4/21/11 teleconference with USCIS, SSA, HHS, CBP, and DOS, discussing the expiration of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for certain noncitizens and the derivative refugee and asylee immigration process. AILA Doc. No. 11032832.
CSC Invitation to April 27, 2011, Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
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California Service Center (CSC) invitation to participate in person or by phone in its 04/27/11 quarterly external stakeholder meeting. Register by COB 04/15/11 and questions due by COB 04/08/11. AILA Doc. No. 11032469.
USCIS Straight from the Source for March 2011
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USCIS March edition of Straight from the Source covers E-Verify Self Check, protections for human trafficking victims, H-1B cap exemptions based on relation and affiliation, the proposed H-1B electronic registration system, policy memos, national engagements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11032234.
USCIS Blog Post Introducing E-Verify Self Check
USCIS Beacon blog post by Director Alejandro Mayorkas introducing E-Verify Self-Check, an online tool that allows workers to check their on employment eligibility status, which was launched 3/21/11, and is now available to users in AZ, ID, CO, MS, VA, and DC. AILA Doc. No. 11032131.
USCIS Announcement and Fact Sheet on the 3/21/11 Launch of E-Verify Self Check (Updated 3/21/11)
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USCIS press release and fact sheet on E-Verify Self Check, which was launched on 3/21/11 for users in AZ, ID, CO, MS, VA, and DC. The fact sheet, which addresses workers, employers, privacy, and more, follows the press release. Original alert and transcripts also provided. AILA Doc. No. 11032162.
USCIS Announces It Will Start Accepting FY 2012 H-1B Petitions on 4/1/11
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USCIS press release announcing that it will start accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY2012 on April 1, 2011, noting that cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition, not the date that the petition is postmarked. AILA Doc. No. 11032161.
USCIS Alert and Q&As for Japanese Nationals Impacted by Earthquake and Tsunami (Updated 4/1/11)
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USCIS alert, with Q&As attached, for individuals impacted by the 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami, addressing temporary relief measures and certain U.S. immigration benefits available upon request for nationals of Japan. AILA Doc. No. 11031865.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on UPIL and Immigrant Serving Organizations
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USCIS invitation to a teleconference regarding the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL), and building the capacity of immigration service providers, scheduled for 4/14/11. Instructions on registering and submitting agenda items by 3/31/11 are included. AILA Doc. No. 11031866.
USCIS Announces Comment Period on Prevailing Wage Rates for H-2B Construction Workers in Guam
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USCIS press release announcing a 30-day comment period on the proposed prevailing wage rates for H-2B construction workers in Guam, and the system that the Governor of Guam uses to determine such rates. The comment period will be published in the Federal Register on 3/17/11. AILA Doc. No. 11031632.
USCIS Invitation to E-Verify Self Check Webinars
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USCIS invitation to participate in an upcoming E-Verify Self Check webinar on 3/16/11 or 3/17/11. During each webinar, USCIS will describe the service, discuss the availability, and provide a demonstration. The invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 11031531.
USCIS Notice Regarding the
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USCIS notice that certain persons who applied for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification on or after 5/13/05, and whose petitions were denied or revoked, may be eligible to file a motion to reopen. The
settlement is accessible through the notice. AILA Doc. No. 11031561.
USCIS Instructions on Request for Review of Refugee Status Denial
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USCIS instructions on writing and filing a Request for Review (RFR) of a denial of an application for refugee status. Instructions include information on the filing deadline, signature requirement, G-28s, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11031467.
USCIS Announces Protection for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Violations
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USCIS press release announcing that A-3 and G-5 visa holders who are victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, or other violations, who have filed civil action against their employer, can remain and work in the U.S. while their civil cases are pending. AILA Doc. No. 11031460.
USCIS Announces Relief for Japanese and Other Nationals Stranded due to Earthquakes and Tsunami
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USCIS alert that Japanese and other foreign nationals stranded in the U.S. due to the 3/11/11 earthquakes and tsunami devastation in the Pacific who have exceeded or are about to exceed their authorized stay in the U.S. may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart. AILA Doc. No. 11031120.
USCIS Announces Interim EADs for Salvadoran TPS
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USCIS press release announcing that USCIS will mail approximately 4,500 interim EAD cards to Salvadorans who have not yet received a final action on their TPS re-registration applications. Announcement also available in Spanish on USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 11030925.
USCIS Announces it Will Close Office in Vietnam on 3/31/11
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USCIS press release announcing that it will close its office in Vietnam on 3/31/11, and stop accepting applications on 3/25/11. The DOS Consular Section will assume responsibility for processing certain cases where authorized. AILA Doc. No. 11030829.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on Form I-129
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SCOPS announcement regarding upcoming monthly Service Center stakeholder engagement on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, scheduled for 3/29/11. CSC and VSC will jointly host teleconference. AILA Doc. No. 11030720.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Issue 2, March 2011
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E-Verify Connection for March 2011 covers the new AP/EAD card, revised Handbook for Employers, a GAO report citing E-Verify improvements, higher worker authorization rates in FY2010, high scores in customer satisfaction, a study on non-users, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11030430.
USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Minutes (4/12/11) (Updated 8/2/11)
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USCIS Asylum Division minutes from its 4/12/11 quarterly stakeholder meeting. Topics include proposed customer inquiry response procedures, the asylum EAD Clock, and more. Original invitation follows minutes. AILA Doc. No. 11030234.
USCIS Announcement and Fact Sheet on Proposed H-1B Registration System
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USCIS press release and fact sheet on a proposed rule to establish an electronic registration system for employers seeking to petition for cap-subject H-1B workers. The proposed rule and 60-day comment period will be published in the Federal Register on 3/3/11. AILA Doc. No. 11030233.
USCIS 3/2/11 Teleconference with Director Mayorkas on Proposed H-1B Registration System
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USCIS announcement that Director Alejandro Mayorkas will participate in a 3/2/11 teleconference at 5pm EST, hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, on the proposed H-1B registration system rule. There is no need to RSVP. Details to participate are included. AILA Doc. No. 11030232.
CRCL March 2011 Newsletter
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DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) March 2011 newsletter. It includes information about the Somali Youth Summit, the February Fusion Center Program Stakeholder meeting, DHS’s veteran civilian employee hiring goal, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11030132.
USCIS Meeting Invitation and PowerPoint on E-Verify Self Check
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USCIS PowerPoint for E-Verify Self Check Teleconference on 3/10/11. During the session, USCIS will describe the E-Verify Self Check service, discuss the availability of the service, and provide a demonstration. The original invitation follows the PowerPoint. AILA Doc. No. 11030131.
USCIS Announces New Filing Location for Change of Address Form
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USCIS announcement that the filing location for all change of address forms (AR-11 and AR-11 SR) will be changing as of 3/15/11. USCIS reminds stakeholders that there is also an option to notify USCIS of a change of address online. AILA Doc. No. 11030164.
USCIS Executive Summary from 2/8/11 Teleconference on Asylum and Refugee Follow-to-Join Cases
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USCIS executive summary from the 2/8/11 International Operations Division teleconference addressing planned changes to the processing procedures for refugee and asylee follow-to-join cases. The original invitation follows the executive summary. AILA Doc. No. 11012530.
USCIS Invitation to Transformation Local Listening Sessions
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USCIS invitation to join local listening sessions on the USCIS Transformation program. Sessions will be held throughout the month of March, in Baltimore, Orlando, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. The invitation includes contact information and additional details. AILA Doc. No. 11022871.
USCIS Announces Meeting between Director Mayorkas and the CNMI Governor
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USCIS press release announcing that Director Alejandro Mayorkas held a meeting with Governor Benigno R. Fitial of the CNMI, during which implementation of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, which extended most provisions of the INA to the CNMI, was discussed. AILA Doc. No. 11022868.
USCIS Alerts the Public to Be Aware of Diversity Visa Scams
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USCIS alert about fraudulent e-mails that people have reported, stating they have been selected in the Diversity Visa program, where scammers pose as the U.S. government and try to get money from people hoping to get a visa. The alert includes resources to avoid these scams. AILA Doc. No. 11022865.
USCIS Announces Feedback Opportunity on Human Trafficking PSAs
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USCIS invitation to submit feedback on a video public service announcement (PSA) which it is developing to highlight the types of immigration relief and resources available for human trafficking victims. Feedback must be submitted by 3/14/11, and instructions are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11022431.
USCIS Q&A for 2/24/11 Quarterly National Stakeholder Meeting (Updated 2/24/11)
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USCIS Q&A for its 2/24/11 quarterly national stakeholder meeting with agency program officers and directorates. Topics include fee waivers, the visa bulletin, asylee derivatives, RFE templates, H-1B cap exemptions, and more. Original invitation and agenda follow Q&A. AILA Doc. No. 11010432.
USCIS Naturalizes 53 Soldiers in Iraq
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USCIS press release announcing that 53 U.S. soldiers in Iraq were naturalized during a special Presidents Day naturalization ceremony in Baghdad, on 2/21/11, led by the director of the USCIS Field Office in Rome, Robert Daum. AILA Doc. No. 11022469.
USCIS Update Regarding Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions (Updated 2/24/11)
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USCIS update regarding its plan to expedite adjudication of delayed Forms I-130 that were transferred from CSC to TSC in November 2010. The 2/9/11 alert advising that petitioners will see an action on their case from either CSC or TSC by the end of February is attached. AILA Doc. No. 11020965.
USCIS Presentation from 2/18/11 N-648 Webinar (Updated 2/22/11)
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USCIS Training for External Stakeholders presentation from the 2/18/11 webinar and teleconference on N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, covers the naturalization process, revised N-648 form, and more. Original invitation follows presentation. AILA Doc. No. 11020836.
USCIS Blog Post on 98 Naturalized Service Members in Kandahar
The Beacon, the official USCIS blog, features a post about three officers from the USCIS district office in Bangkok, Thailand, that traveled to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan to naturalize 98 soldiers, sailors, and Marines during a ceremony on 1/29/11. AILA Doc. No. 11022262.
USCIS Reminder to Petitioners to Complete Part 6 of Form I-129
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USCIS reminder to petitioners that Part 6 of Form I-129, "Certification Regarding the Release of Controlled Technology or Technical Data to Foreign Persons in the United States," must be completed on petitions postmarked on or after February 20, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 11022261.
USCIS Transcript of a Press Conference on 2011 Strategic Goals and Initiatives
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USCIS transcript of a 2/17/11 press conference on strategic goals and initiatives in 2011 that includes an opening statement by Director Alejandro Mayorkas, and a Q&A session covering agency operations, fraud, immigrant and citizenship integration, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11022260.
USCIS Statement of Intent Regarding the Form G-28
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USCIS announcement that, until further notice, DHS Disciplinary Counsel does not intend to initiate disciplinary action against practitioners based solely on failure to submit Form G-28 in relation to pro bono services provided at group assistance events. AILA Doc. No. 11021833.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation on I-360 VAWA and T & U Visas
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USCIS Vermont Service Center (VSC) invitation to a teleconference on 3/23/11, with Q & A on I-360 VAWA and T & U visa cases. VSC VAWA staff will provide overviews, an update on the process, and address questions and concerns. Dial-in numbers are provided. AILA Doc. No. 11021862.
USCIS Naturalization Ceremony Commemorates Black History Month
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USCIS press release announcing that 50 new citizens were naturalized during a special ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which commemorated Black History Month. AILA Doc. No. 11021631.
USCIS Presentation on AAO Precedent Decision Process
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USCIS presentation from the AAO on precedent decisions, including a history of these decisions, what a precedent decision is, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11021671.
USCIS Straight from the Source for February 2011
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USCIS February edition of Straight from the Source, a summary of USCIS news and highlights over the last month, covers the new Employment Authorization/Advance Parole cards, an overview of the National Benefits Center, policy memos, national engagements, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11021575.
VSC Stakeholder Newsletter, February 2011
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The VSC offers the first Stakeholder Newsletter, which includes guidance on expedite requests, quality review, fee reimbursement, U visas, TPS, helpful hints, contact information, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11021431.
USCIS Announces Single Card for Employment and Travel Authorization
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USCIS update announcing the agency will now issue employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. The update includes USCIS Q&A with more information. AILA Doc. No. 11021130.
USCIS Alert: Winter Storm Closes Several Offices
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NSC and TSC were closed due to severe winter weather during the week of 1/31/11. USCIS announced it will make adjustments to acknowledge timely filings for those who submitted immigration filings or responded to a request for additional information by a specific deadline. AILA Doc. No. 11020421.
USCIS Presentation on I-730s and Asylum Based I-485s from the 2/22/11 Teleconference (Updated 3/14/11)
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USCIS presentation slides on I-730s and asylum-based I-485s from the 2/22/11 stakeholder engagement hosted by TSC and NSC. Original SCOPS announcement on monthly Service Center stakeholder engagements is attached following presentation slides. AILA Doc. No. 11020364.
USCIS Detroit District Office and ASC Closed on 2/2/11
AILA has learned that the USCIS District Office and the Application Support Center in Detroit will be closed on 2/2/11 due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 11020120.
USCIS Announcement on Beta-Testing VIBE
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USCIS announcement that the agency is beta-testing the web-based Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE), and petitioners may begin seeing VIBE-related Requests for Evidence. AILA Doc. No. 11012830.
USCIS Announces FY2011 H1B Cap Reached
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USCIS press release announcing that the FY2011 cap-subject H-1B petition cap has been reached as of 01/26/2011. AILA Doc. No. 11012777.
Signature Requirements for USCIS Forms
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USCIS offers legal requirements for signatures on all petitions and applications, as well as signatures by attorneys and accredited representatives for Form G-28. USCIS notes that signatures must be original for each form submitted. AILA Doc. No. 11012564.
USCIS Teleconference Invitation to Discuss the Help Haiti Act of 2010
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USCIS invitation for a 2/9/11 teleconference on the Help Haiti Act of 2010, with the purpose of providing families of paroled Haitian orphans with information about filing for lawful permanent residence in order to get a green card. Instructions for the call are included. AILA Doc. No. 11012563.
USCIS Announces Special Naturalization Ceremony in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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USCIS press release announcing that the agency celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a special naturalization ceremony that was held on 1/21/11 at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. AILA Doc. No. 11012471.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization
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USCIS fact sheet on naturalization includes information about the naturalization process, such as eligibility requirements and provisions for the naturalization of children under the age of 18, and naturalization statistics. In FY2010, 675,967 individuals were naturalized. AILA Doc. No. 11012470.
USCIS Announces Results of a Customer Satisfaction Survey on E-Verify
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USCIS press release announcing some of the results of a customer satisfaction survey taken by employers that are currently enrolled in the E-Verify program. The press release also cites information included in a GAO report on the E-Verify program. AILA Doc. No. 11011968.
USCIS Announces New Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Programs
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USCIS press release announcing that DHS, in consultation with DOS, has identified 53 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year. The list of eligible countries also was published in the Federal Register on 1/18/11. AILA Doc. No. 11011863.
USCIS Fact Sheet on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
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USCIS fact sheet containing information on the legal rights available to immigrant victims of domestic violence in the U.S. and facts about immigrating on a marriage-based visa. The fact sheet also includes a link to a printable brochure containing the same information. AILA Doc. No. 11011272.
USCIS 12/16/10 Presentation on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
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USCIS presentation on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program from the 12/16/10 stakeholder engagement. Topics include EB-5 updates, visa usage, and inquiries, as well as Regional Center statistics, and questions submitted by stakeholders. AILA Doc. No. 11010732.
USCIS Updated Invitation and Date Change for National Stakeholder Meeting (Updated 1/20/11)
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USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas issued an updated invitation to the national stakeholder meeting on 2/2/11. Participants that have not yet responded must RSVP by 2/1/11 to participate in person or by telephone. The meeting was originally scheduled for 1/26/11. AILA Doc. No. 11010634.
USCIS Invitation and Presentation to Quarterly EB-5 Stakeholder Engagements in FY2011 (Updated 3/17/11)
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USCIS PowerPoint for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Teleconference on 3/17/11. The original invitation follows the PowerPoint. AILA Doc. No. 11010633.
USCIS Publishes Form M-767, Important Information for New Citizens
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USCIS Form M-767, Important Information for New Citizens, includes information and resources for new U.S. citizens, including citizenship rights and responsibilities, as well as how to update social security information, register to vote, apply for a U.S. passport, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11010632.
USCIS Executive Summary from Teleconference on the Fee Waiver Form and Final Fee Rule (Updated 1/5/11)
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USCIS executive summary on the 11/22/10 teleconference which was held to discuss the new Form I-912, Request for a Fee Waiver, and the final fee rule that took effect on 11/23/10. Original invitation follows summary. AILA Doc. No. 10111031.
Reminder: USCIS Requires Revised I-212 Form After 1/6/11
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USCIS requires 11/23/10 edition of Form I-212 after 1/6/11. AILA Doc. No. 11010565.
Reminder: USCIS Requires Revised I-129S Form After 1/6/11
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USCIS requires 11/23/10 edition of Form I-129S after 1/6/11. AILA Doc. No. 11010564.
FY2011 H-1B Cap Count (Updated 01/28/11)
USCIS updated its count of FY2011 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of 1/26/11, the FY2011 cap-subject H-1B petition cap has been reached. USCIS has receipted more than 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. AILA Doc. No. 10042368.
USCIS Announces the Implementation of the Help HAITI Act
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USCIS press release announcing the implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010, which authorizes USCIS to grant lawful permanent resident status to certain orphaned children from Haiti, and revisions to the USCIS Haitian Child Paroled Under Special Circumstances webpage. AILA Doc. no. 11010461.
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