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  • USCIS Service Center Operations Q&As (12/17/08) (12/17/2008)
    USCIS SCOPS responds to questions regarding N-400 processing, EAD and advance parole processing, R-1 visas, and special immigrant religious workers.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121763.
  • Was Your Employment-Based Adjustment Transferred to the NBC? (12/16/2008)
    Members report that an increasing number of employment-based adjustment of status applications are being transferred to the National Benefits Center.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121667.
  • USCIS EB-5 Call Liaison Minutes (12/4/08)(60 KB - 12/15/2008)
    Summary of the 12/4/08 stakeholders conference call on the EB-5 investor program. A list of regional centers follows.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121567.
  • Employer Attestations and Religious Worker Petitions (Updated 12/5/08) (12/2/2008)
    AILA Liaison advises members as to the appropriate forms for religious worker petition now that the revised religious worker regulations require employer attestations.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120263.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (9/17/08)(26 KB - 9/23/2008)
    Q&As from the 9/17/08 meeting with USCIS SCOPS cover biometrics for Form I-751, delays in EAD processing, NVC issues, cap-subject H-1Bs, EB-5s, PIMS, I-140 processing, and proper handling of petitions when an appeal is pending.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092369.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (8/20/08)(21 KB - 9/19/2008)
    Q&As from the 8/20/08 AILA/SCOPS teleconference include EB-5 sunset, religious worker sunset, EB-3 I-140 processing, two-year EAD card, TSC successor-in-interest denials, rejections based on no fee, receipt stamps on rejected petitions, and I-824 processing and PIMS.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091967.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (7/30/08)(19 KB - 8/21/2008)
    Q&As from the 7/30/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include H-1Bs, G-28s, e-filing, MTRs, I-9s, Wikipedia as a reliable source, denials without RFE or NOID, RFE extensions, and biometric fees.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082160.
  • Combined EAD and Advance Parole Cards Issued In Error (Updated 7/24/08) (7/24/2008)
    USCIS erroneously issued EAD documents with the notion “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” USCIS has identified approximately 30 EAD cards where this error occurred, and will contact those applicants/attorneys to provide instructions on how to obtain a corrected card.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071880.
  • I-140 Premium Processing for Sixth Year H-1Bs (6/12/2008)
    AILA Liaison provides an update from SCOPS regarding premium processing of I-140s for aliens whose 6 years in H-1B status is nearing its end.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061264.
  • EB-3 Will Become Unavailable: Adjustment Applications to be Accepted Through End of June (6/12/2008)
    Beginning July 1, 2008, the EB-3 category will become unavailable until October 1, 2008. USCIS SCOPS has confirmed that adjustment of status applications will continue to be accepted and receipted through the end of June.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061262.
  • FY2009 Cap-Subject H-1B Update (6/12/2008)
    An update from SCOPS regarding FY2009 H-1B filings as they relate to: duplicate filings, receipting issues, and the random selection process.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061261.
  • SCOPS Liaison Update on Premium Processing for I-140s (6/10/2008)
    AILA Service Center Operations Liaison update on premium processing for I-140s.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061032.
  • Q&As from the AILA Liaison/SCOPS Call (4/16/08)(22 KB - 4/23/2008)
    Q&As from the 4/16/08 call with USCIS Service Center Operations include biometrics and reentry permits, I-765 approval notices, I-140 filing locations, change of address, interfiling documents to pending cases, H-1Bs, I-751 receipts; and new I-765 form.
    AILA Doc. No. 08042367.
  • SCOPS Update on "Cap-Gap" Processing (4/22/2008)
    USCIS Service Center Operations provides information regarding H-1B "cap-gap" processing for cases already approved.
    AILA Doc. No. 08042264.
  • SCOPS Advises AILA Regarding I-693 Form Change (4/22/2008)
    SCOPS advises AILA Liaison regarding the implementation of the new I-693 medical exam form.
    AILA Doc. No. 08042262.
  • Cap-Gap Fix In The Works? (4/17/2008)
    AILA has received reports from members that the CSC and VSC premium processing units have provided e-mail addresses for requesting a change of action on H-1B petitions for aliens in F-1 OPT status to indicate "change of status."
    AILA Doc. No. 08041730.
  • USCIS SCOPS Update: I-751 Receipts (4/16/2008)
    SCOPS has informed AILA that a processing problem at TSC resulted in delays in issuing I-751 receipts and biometrics notices. USCIS is working on the problem and expects resolution in the very near future.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041668.
  • USCIS Handling of Cap-Subject H-1Bs Sent to the Wrong Service Center (4/4/2008)
    USCIS advised AILA that it will not reject a cap-subject H-1B petition that is sent to the wrong service center (VSC and CSC only).
    AILA Doc. No. 08040460.
  • Have an H-1B Package Sent FedEx that Isn't Tracking? Read This! (Updated 4/4/08) (4/4/2008)
    Reports indicate that FedEx forwarded a number of H-1B packages to the service centers without entering the individual package into the tracking system. Do not submit duplicate packages, as that could result in both petitions being denied as multiple filings under the new rules.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040333.
  • SCOPS Update on H-1B Processing(14 KB - 4/3/2008)
    USCIS responds to AILA questions regarding duplicate filings of H-1Bs and improper rejections of H-1Bs.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040365.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (3/19/08)(24 KB - 3/24/2008)
    Q&As from the 3/19/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference address H-1B cap filings, and biometrics for reentry permits and refugee travel documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032435.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (3/5/08)(10 KB - 3/18/2008)
    Q&As from the 3/5/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include the 2/4/08 security check memo, name changes during pendency of an I-485, delivery of H-1B petitions, filing timeline for I-131s in employment-based adjustment cases, and I-140 premium processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 08031835.
  • TSC Denies EB3 I-140 Based on Degree Equivalency (3/3/2008)
    Commentary by Ron Wada, author of “AILA's Focus on EB-2 and EB-3 Degree Equivalency,” on a TSC denial of an employment based third preference petition based on degree equivalency.
    AILA Doc. No. 08030368.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (2/20/08)(58 KB - 2/27/2008)
    Q&As from the 2/20/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include the 2/4/08 security check memo, COS from F-1 to H-1B, COS from H-1B to H-4, OPT issues, and SEVIS.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022770.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (2/06/08)(19 KB - 2/26/2008)
    Q&As from the 2/6/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include revision of Form I-129W, filing fee check formats, the “stale check” rule, SEVIS system updates upon H approvals, e-filed case distribution, and transmitting files to the AAO.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022670.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (1/23/08)(17 KB - 2/26/2008)
    Q&As from the 1/23/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include biometric scheduling, timing of green card issuance, processing times, I-140 rejections, I-765 and I-131 filings, advance parole, e-filing issues, and expedite requests.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022669.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (1/9/08)(18 KB - 2/26/2008)
    Q&As from the 1/9/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include I-130 processing, N-400 receipting, direct filing procedures, I-824s, pending H-1B cap-subject cases, security checks, and I-140s with expired labor certification.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022668.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (12/12/07)(17 KB - 2/26/2008)
    Q&As from the 12/12/07 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include “unknown” case types on I-140 receipts, security checks, “electronic funds transfer” processing of filing fee checks, receipting delays, service error correction, and NCSC issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022667.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (11/28/07)(19 KB - 2/26/2008)
    Q&As from the 11/28/07 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include PIMS, I-90s, expedite requests, naturalization delays, validity periods for I-765s and I-131s, processing time reports, and the proper “received” date on receipt notices.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022666.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (11/14/07)(17 KB - 2/26/2008)
    Q&As from the 11/14/07 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include employment-based adjustment/VB 107 issues, FY2008 H-1Bs, and K-3 filing location.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022664.
  • USCIS Courier Address for Stand-Alone I-130 Filings (2/20/2008)
    USCIS has informed AILA of the street address for direct-filing stand alone I-130 petitions, following the 2/19/08 USCIS update that revised the I-130 filing instructions.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022071.
  • Employment-Based Adjustments Affected by USCIS Background Check Memo (2/20/2008)
    USCIS Service Center Operations advises on when to check on employment-based adjustment applications under the February 4, 2008 background check processing memo.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022068.
  • More on Background Checks and Adjustment Applications (2/13/2008)
    SCOPS has confirmed that the service centers are conducting "sweeps" to find adjustment of status cases that can be reviewed for adjudication under the changes in background check procedures announced by USCIS on February 4, 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021366.
  • FY 2009 H-1B Cap Update (2/12/2008)
    The AILA SCOPS Liaison Committee provides a fiscal year 2009 H-1B cap update.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021230.
  • Timing for Filing for an EAD Extension (2/5/2008)
    USCIS advises customers that an I-765 to extend employment authorization may not be filed earlier than 120 days prior to the expiration of the original EAD.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020430.
  • E-Filing an I-140 with an Expiring Labor Certification (1/10/2008)
    AILA Liaison addresses e-filing an I-140 based on a labor certification that will expire on 1/12/08.
    AILA Doc. No. 08011030.
  • Filing Deadline for I-140s with Expiring Labor Certification (1/9/2008)
    AILA Liaison update on when to file an I-140 petition based on a labor certification which will expire on Saturday, January 12, 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 08010967.
 
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