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  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (12/9/09)(26 KB - 12/17/2009)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee Q&As from a call with SCOPS on 12/9/09 covering Transitional Worker Program for the CNMI, Public Law 110-293, and inadmissibility due to HIV infection.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121776.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (11/4/09)(44 KB - 11/6/2009)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee Q&As from a call with SCOPS on 11/04/09 covering: H-1B cap update, return of TARP funds, and concurrently filed I-360/I-485 packages following reauthorization of the religious worker program.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110671.
  • Meeting Notes and Supplement to 10/8/09 SCOPS Call (10/22/2009)
    The 10/8/09 notes from a teleconference between AILA Liaison and SCOPS includes topics such as successor-in-interest, pregnancy and tuberculosis, I-140 filing tips, unreadable fingerprints, NCSC referrals, and the new Form G-28.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102224.
  • Practice Alert: USCIS Case Status Online Notification Delay (10/22/2009)
    AILA has been informed that there is a several day delay in the USCIS Case Status Online system.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102221.
  • Practice Pointer: I-751 Issues for Separated Parties (9/28/2009)
    AILA Liaison practice pointer informing members on I-751 filing issues when the petitioner and beneficiary are separated but not yet divorced.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092883.
  • Practice Pointer: I-485s for Ordained Ministers (9/25/2009)
    AILA Liaison reminds practitioners that although non-ordained religious worker petitions sunset on 9/30/09, the classification for ordained ministers will be available again on 10/1/09 and offers tips on helping your case be receipted by the mail room.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092562.
  • Practice Pointer: “Prematurely” Approved I-485s (9/24/2009)
    Received an approval from USCIS on an I-485 for an applicant whose priority date is not yet current? TSC or NSC may have erroneously approved the I-485 prematurely, but not necessarily!
    AILA Doc. No. 09092467.
  • USCIS Online Case Status System Updated (9/21/2009)
    The USCIS online case status system has been updated on the USCIS website. A complete overhaul of the USCIS website will take place on September 22, 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092163.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (9/9/09)(42 KB - 9/21/2009)
    Q&As from a 9/9/09 call with USCIS SCOPS cover issues such as post-6th year H-1B extensions, interfiling I-824s, USCIS error in filing location information, and advance parole extension validity dates.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092162.
  • CSC Mailing Chart: Incorrect I-129 Filing Location (9/18/2009)
    Members are cautioned that the current CSC Mailing Address Chart on USCIS’s website appears to incorrectly direct the filing of I-129 petitions and related I-539 applications with the Vermont Service Center.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091861.
  • Practice Pointer: I-140/I-485 Concurrent Filing (9/4/2009)
    The AILA SCOPS Liaison Committee provides a filing tip on I-140/I-485 concurrent filing.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090463.
  • Medical Exam Form I-693 Acceptable Despite 8/31/09 Expiration (8/31/2009)
    AILA Liaison has learned that USCIS will continue to accept the I-693 Medical Exam form until a revised form is approved by OMB despite the 8/31/09 expiration date.
    AILA Doc. No. 09083160.
  • Practice Pointer: How to Inform USCIS When TPS Is Granted by an Immigration Judge (8/28/2009)
    AILA Liaison reminds practitioners to inform USCIS when late-registration Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted by an immigration judge in order to apply for a TPS renewal and work authorization document.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082865.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (8/12/09)(36 KB - 8/20/2009)
    Q&As from the AILA teleconference with SCOPS on 8/12/09 include religious worker immigrant petitioners, deferred action for surviving spouses, EADs, re-entry validity dates for I-751 applicants, consolidation of A and T files, and return of TARP money.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082077.
  • Premium Processing Mailing Addresses(23 KB - 8/17/2009)
    USCIS offers the standard U.S. mailing addresses and express mailing addresses when filing an I-129 or an I-140 via premium processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 09081762.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (7/15/09)(20 KB - 7/15/2009)
    Q&As from the AILA teleconference with SCOPS on 7/15/09, include H-2Bs, I-751s, motions to reopen, H-1Bs, TARP funds, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09071574.
  • Q&As From EB-5 Stakeholders Meeting With SCOPS (6/24/09)(106 KB - 7/13/2009)
    Questions and answers from the EB-5 stakeholders meeting hosted by AILA and Invest In the USA (IIUSA).
    AILA Doc. No. 09071362.
  • Practice Pointer: I-485 Denial Upon I-140 Denial (7/6/2009)
    The NSC and TSC Liaison Committees have been informed that all I-485 applications will be denied upon the denial of an underlying I-140 petition, and that the Service Center will not wait 30 days for an I-290B to be submitted.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070661.
  • ASC Biometrics Cancellations (6/30/2009)
    USCIS has reportedly cancelled some biometrics appointments for July 7-July 10. All appointments are to be rescheduled in 2-4 weeks.
    AILA Doc. No. 09063061.
  • Notes from AILA Liaison/USCIS SCOPS Call (6/10/09)(41 KB - 6/23/2009)
    USCIS answers AILA's questions regarding I-751 guidance, statistics on RFEs and denial rates, filing of motions to reopen without fee in occupational therapist cases, return of TARP funds, and the H-1B count.
    AILA Doc. No. 09062361.
  • Changes in USCIS Service Center Liaison Process (4/28/2009)
    AILA alerts members that important changes have been made to the criteria for submitting individual case liaison assistance inquiries with each USCIS Service Center.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042870.
  • Clarification on the New I-129 Regarding TARP Funding (4/10/2009)
    AILA SCOPS Liaison clarifies the use of the new I-129 form or data collection sheet regarding TARP funding.
    AILA Doc. No. 09041030.
  • Notes from AILA Liaison/USCIS SCOPS Call (4/8/09) (4/8/2009)
    USCIS answers AILA's questions regarding the H-1B cap, premium processing, and issuance of receipts.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040863.
  • More on H-1B Demand for FY2010 (4/8/2009)
    USCIS informed AILA that almost half of the petitions needed to meet the FY2010 cap have been received and almost all of the petitions to meet the master's cap have been received.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040862.
  • Small Number of H-1B Cap Cases Receipted in Error (4/6/2009)
    AILA Liaison has learned that a small number of H-1B cap petitions have been receipted in error. AILA offers contact information in order to identify affected petitions.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040662.
  • Q&As From AILA/SCOPS Call (3/4/09) (4/2/2009)
    AILA/SCOPS Q&As from a call with SCOPS on 3/4/09 include: H-1Bs and TARP, I-751 receipts, CRIS validation errors, I-824 processing, LCA and I-129 responses, and R-1 visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040241.
  • Practice Pointer: H-1B and EAWA Requirements for OPT (4/1/2009)
    AILA Liaison practice tip discussing the effect of the EAWA requirements on new OPT hires eligible for H-1B status in April 2010.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040164.
  • USCIS Clarifies I-129 TARP and Section 13 Funding Questions (3/30/2009)
    USCIS Service Center Operations clarified how to answer the TARP and Section 13 related questions on Form I-129.
    AILA Doc. No. 09033061.
  • AILA Clarifies H-1B Lottery System (3/25/2009)
    Members have questioned whether the regulation governing conduct of the H-1B random selection process published by USCIS on March 24, 2008 will apply to the H-1B lottery this year.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032560.
  • Effects of Stimulus Bill on H Filings (3/5/2009)
    AILA Liaison has submitted several questions to USCIS regarding Section 1611 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and how it may affect H filings. USCIS expects guidance to be forthcoming.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030562.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (2/5/09)(40 KB - 2/27/2009)
    Q&As from the 2/5/09 AILA teleconference with SCOPS include: priority dates for multiple I-140s, cross-chargeability, I-290Bs, R-1s, H-1B lottery, and foreign credential evaluations.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022766.
  • USCIS Clarifies I-140 Premium Processing Eligibility for H-1Bs (2/26/2009)
    USCIS provides clarifying guidance on the newly expanded eligibility of premium processing for I-140s for H-1B nonimmigrants.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022665.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (11/25/08) (2/17/2009)
    Q&As from the 11/25/08 AILA/SCOPS teleconference include transfer of I-130s, expedite procedures, biometrics scheduling, naturalization fingerprinting, I-551 via priority mail, L-1s with I-765s, and I-539 filing procedures.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021768.
  • USCIS Announces New EB-5 Filing Location (1/7/2009)
    The USCIS Immigrant Investor Program today provided the AILA EB-5 Committee with information regarding EB-5 filings.
    AILA Doc. No. 09010667.
 
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