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  • CIS Ombudsman Announces Teleconference on FOIA(241 KB - 12/1/2010)
    CIS Ombudsman Office announcement of an upcoming teleconference, “FOIA - How Is It Working for You?” that is scheduled for 12/06/10. Announcement includes registration information for participation. AILA Doc. No. 10120167.
    AILA Doc. No. 10120167.
  • CIS Ombudsman Announces New Leadership Additions(39 KB - 10/18/2010)
    CIS Ombudsman announcement of leadership additions and organizational changes including a Deputy Director, Senior Ombudsman position, three Senior Advisors, an Assistant Chief for Case Resolution, an Assistant Chief for Policy, and a group of Case Resolution Specialists. AILA Doc. No. 10101867.
    AILA Doc. No. 10101867.
  • CIS Ombudsman Issues Update on Unused Family-Based Visas(44 KB - 6/29/2010)
    The CIS Ombudsman reported that during FY 2009 and FY 2010, usage of family-based visas has been exceptionally low, especially among spouses and children of green card holders (F-2A preference category). A significant number of family-based visas may go unused in FY 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10062980.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062980.
  • CIS Ombudsman Issues Update on Getting the Most Out of Calls to USCIS NCSC(33 KB - 4/12/2010)
    The CIS Ombudsman issued an update that includes questions and answers on calling the USCIS National Service Center. Topics include how the NCSC operates, how to prepare for your call, what to do during your call, service requests, inquiries, and how the Ombudsman can help. AILA Doc. No. 10041263.
    AILA Doc. No. 10041263.
  • CIS Ombudsman Teleconference Q & A: Refugee Processing(57 KB - 2/4/2010)
    On 1/13/10, the CIS Ombudsman issued a list of questions and answers from a teleconference on refugee processing. Topics included Form I-730 evidentiary standards, processing times, medical exams and parole. AILA Doc. No. 10020460.
    AILA Doc. No. 10020460.
  • January Contreras Appointed as CIS Ombudsman(98 KB - 11/24/2009)
    On November 23, 2009, Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed January Contreras as CIS Ombudsman. Ms. Contreras previously served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Napolitano and has 10 years of experience in litigation and policy, including health and its interaction with immigration policy and legislation. AILA Doc. No. 09112420.
    AILA Doc. No. 09112420.
  • CIS Ombudsman Offers Pathway to Resolve Pending Derivative I-485s Due to File Separation (Updated 11/6/09)(30 KB - 11/6/2009)
    The CIS Ombudsman's Office offers an option for attempting to resolve the issue of a pending Adjustment of Status (I-485) Application for a derivative beneficiary where the file has apparently been separated from an approved principal beneficiary's casefile. AILA Doc. No. 09101462.
    AILA Doc. No. 09101462.
  • CIS Ombudsman Recommendation on Motions to Reopen or Reconsider(178 KB - 5/15/2009)
    On 5/15/09 the CIS Ombudsman released a recommendation on "Improving the Filing and Review Process for Motions to Reopen or Reconsider." AILA Doc. No. 09051567.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051567.
  • CIS Ombudsman Releases Comments and Q&As on Biological Relationship Testing(55 KB - 4/10/2009)
    USCIS provided the CIS Ombudsman's office with answers to questions posed at a 10/30/08 teleconference on biological relationship testing. AILA Doc. No. 09041067.
    AILA Doc. No. 09041067.
  • CIS Ombudsman Recommendation for Improving the Process for Payment of Filing Fees(176 KB - 4/1/2009)
    On 4/1/09 the CIS Ombudsman released a recommendation on "Improving the Process for Payment of USCIS Filing Fees and Other Costs." AILA Doc. No. 09040167.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040167.
  • CIS Ombudsman Recommendations for EB-5 Program(296 KB - 3/18/2009)
    On 3/18/09 the CIS Ombudsman's office released recommendations that USCIS should implement to stabilize and energize the EB-5 program, including the issuance of standard operating procedures for forms I-526 and I-589, and AAO designation of some EB-5 decisions as precedent decisions. AILA Doc. No. 09031868.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031868.
  • CIS Ombudsman Teleconference Questions on Motions to Reopen(48 KB - 3/3/2009)
    The CIS Ombudman's office posted questions and comments from the 1/28/09 teleconference on Motions to Reopen to its website. AILA Doc. No. 09030361.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030361.
  • CIS Ombudsman Recommendations on Improving the Process for T & U Visa Applicants(207 KB - 1/29/2009)
    On 1/29/09 the CIS Ombudsman's office released recommendations on improving the visa application process for victims of trafficking (T visa) and victims of certain criminal activity (U visa). AILA Doc. No. 09012973.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012973.
  • CIS Ombudsman Update on the Child Status Protection Act(216 KB - 1/8/2009)
    CIS Ombudsman's Office update highlights the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). Reference is made to USCIS revision CSPA guidance in May 2008 and a corresponding fact sheet. AILA Doc. No. 09010861.
    AILA Doc. No. 09010861.
 
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