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  • SCOPS Q&A (12/17/08) (12/17/2008)
    SCOPS responds to questions regarding N-400 processing, EAD and Advance Parole processing, R-1 Visas, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker Petitions. AILA Doc. No. 08121763.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121763.
  • Is Your Employment-Based Adjustment Being Transferred to the NBC? (12/16/2008)
    Members are reporting an increasing number of employment-based adjustments being transferred to the NBC. AILA Doc. No. 08121667.
    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.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121567.
  • Use of Current I-129 and I-360 for Religious Worker Petitions (Updated 12/5/08) (12/2/2008)
    The revised religious worker regulations require employer attestations. However, USCIS has not yet posted revised forms with the required attestations. Guidance is provided on which forms to use in this situation. AILA Doc. No. 08120263.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120263.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & A (09/17/2008)(26 KB - 9/23/2008)
    These SCOPS Q & As cover issues such as filing instructions and biometrics for Form I-751, delays in EAD processing, NVC issues, cap-subject H-1B petitions, EB-5s, PIMS, I-140 processing for H-out beneficiaries, and proper handling of petitions when an appeal is pending. AILA Doc. No. 08092369.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092369.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (8/20/08)(21 KB - 9/19/2008)
    These Q & As from the 8/20/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include discussions of 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 Doc. No. 08091967.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (7/30/08)(19 KB - 8/21/2008)
    These just released Q & As from the 7/30/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include H-1Bs, G-28s, e-filed applications, MTRs, I-9s, Wikipedia as a reliable source, Denials without RFEs or NOIDs, RFE extensions, Biometric fees, and more. AILA Doc. No. 08082160.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082160.
  • Combined EAD and Advance Parole Cards Issued In Error (Updated 7/24/08) (7/24/2008)
    On July 18, 2008, AILA liaison reported that USCIS had 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 be contacting those applicants/attorneys to explain the error and provide instructions on how to obtain a corrected card. AILA Doc. No. 08071880.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071880.
  • I-140 Premium Processing for Sixth Year H-1Bs : Update (6/12/2008)
    AILA Liaison provides an update from SCOPS regarding premium processing of I-140s for aliens whose 6 years in H-1B is nearing its end. AILA Doc. No. 08061264.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061264.
  • EB-3 Category Will Become Unavailable: Adjustment Applications to be Accepted Through End of June (6/12/2008)
    Effective with the July 2008 Visa Bulletin the EB-3 category will become unavailable until October 1, 2008. AILA has confirmed with USCIS SCOPS that adjustment of status applications will continue to be accepted and receipted through the end of June. AILA Doc. No. 08061262.
    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.
    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.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061032.
  • Questions and Answers from the AILA Liaison/SCOPS Call (4/16/08)(22 KB - 4/23/2008)
    SCOPS answers questions regarding biometrics and reentry permits; I-765 approval notices; I-140 filing location for aliens living abroad; Visa Screen for Medical Technologist specialist cases; AR-11 filing; interfiling documents to pending cases; H-1B issues; I-751 receipt issuance; new I-765 form, and more. AILA Doc. No. 08042367.
    AILA Doc. No. 08042367.
  • Service Center Operations Replies to Additional AILA Liaison Question on H-1B "Cap-Gap" Processing (4/22/2008)
    Service Center Operations provides information regarding H-1B " cap-gap" processing for already approved cases. AILA Doc. No. 08042264.
    AILA Doc. No. 08042264.
  • Service Center Operations Advises AILA Liaison Regarding I-693 Form Change (4/22/2008)
    SCOPS advises AILA liaison regarding implementation of new I-693 medical exam form. AILA Doc. No. 08042262.
    AILA Doc. No. 08042262.
  • Cap-Gap Fix In The Works? (4/17/2008)
    AILA has received reports from members that the premium processing units at the CSC and the VSC have provided e-mail addresses to which to send requests to change action on H-1B petitions for aliens in F-1 OPT status to indicate "change of status." AILA Doc. No. 08041730.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041730.
  • I-751 Receipting Update (4/16/2008)
    USCIS Service Center Operations has informed AILA liaison that a processing problem at TSC resulted in delays in issuing I-751 receipts, which included biometrics notices coming prior to the I-751 receipts themselves, as well as biometrics notices and receipts bearing different file numbers. USCIS is working on the problem and expects resolution in the very near future. AILA Doc. No. 08041668.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041668.
  • USCIS Handling of Cap-Subject H-1B Petition Sent to the Wrong Service Center (4/4/2008)
    USCIS will announce a policy on processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions sent to the wrong service center. AILA Doc. No. 08040460.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040460.
  • Have an H-1B Package Sent FedEx that Isn't Tracking? Read This! (Updated 4/4/08) (4/4/2008)
    Update regarding reports that Federal Express forwarded a number of H-1B packages to the service centers without entering the individual package into the tracking system. USCIS continues to urge filers NOT to submit duplicates of packages that are missing tracking numbers, as that could result in both applications being denied as multiple filings under the new rules. AILA Doc. No. 08040333.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040333.
  • USCIS Service Center Operations Replies to AILA Liaison Questions on H-1B Processing(14 KB - 4/3/2008)
    USCIS responses to AILA questions regarding duplicate filings of H-1Bs and improper rejections of H-1Bs. AILA Doc. No. 08040365.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040365.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (3/19/08)(24 KB - 3/24/2008)
    These Q & As from the 03/19/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference address H-1B cap filings, and biometrics for reentry permits and refugee travel documents. AILA Doc. No. 08032435.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032435.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (03/05/2008)(10 KB - 3/18/2008)
    These just released Q & As from the 03/05/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include discussions of the 2/4/08 security check memo, name changes during pendency of an I-485, delivery of H-1Bs to service centers, filing timeline for I-131s in employment-based adjustment cases, and I-140 premium processing. AILA Doc. No. 08031835.
    AILA Doc. No. 08031835.
  • TSC Denies EB3 I-140 Based on Degree Equivalency Issue (3/3/2008)
    Commentary by Ron Wada, author of “AILA's Focus on EB-2 and EB-3 Degree Equivalency,” on a denial of an employment based third preference petition by the Texas Service Center, based on degree equivalency issues. AILA Doc. No. 08030368.
    AILA Doc. No. 08030368.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (2/20/08)(58 KB - 2/27/2008)
    These just released Q & As from the 2/20/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include discussions of 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 Doc. No. 08022770.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (2/06/08)(19 KB - 2/26/2008)
    These recently released Q & As from the 2/06/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include discussions of revision of I-129W form, filing fee check formats, the “stale check” rule, SEVIS system updates upon H approvals, e-filed case distribution, processing time reporting procedures, and the process for transmittal of files to AAO. AILA Doc. No. 08022670.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022670.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (1/23/08)(17 KB - 2/26/2008)
    These recently released Q & As from the 1/23/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of biometric scheduling, timing of green card issuance, processing time report updates, I-140 rejections, I-765 and I-131 filings, advance parole document inconsistencies, e-filing issues, and expedite requests. AILA Doc. No. 08022669.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022669.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (1/09/08)(18 KB - 2/26/2008)
    These recently released Q & As from the 1/09/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of I-130 processing, N-400 receipting, VB107 adjustment receipts, direct filing procedures, I-824 filing, pending H-1B cap-subject cases, security checks, and I-140 filings in labor certification expiration cases. AILA Doc. No. 08022668.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022668.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (12/12/07)(17 KB - 2/26/2008)
    These recently released Q & As from the 12/12/07 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of “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 Doc. No. 08022667.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (11/28/07)(19 KB - 2/26/2008)
    These recently released Q & As from the 11/28/07 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of PIMS, I-90 filing, Service Center expedite requests, Naturalization delays, validity periods for I-765s and I-131s, Service Center processing time reports, and the proper “received” date on receipt notices. AILA Doc. No. 08022666.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022666.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (11/14/07)(17 KB - 2/26/2008)
    These recently released Q&As from a AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of Employment-based Adjustment/VB 107 Issues, FY2008 H-1B Issues, and K-3 filing location. AILA Doc. No. 08022664.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022664.
  • USCIS Advises on Courier Address for Stand-Alone I-130 Filings (2/20/2008)
    USCIS has informed AILA of the street address for direct-filing of stand alone I-130 petitions, following the 2/19/08 USCIS Update that revised I-130 filing instructions. AILA Doc. No. 08022071.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022071.
  • Checking on Employment-Based Adjustment Applications 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022068.
  • More on Processing of Adjustment Applications (2/13/2008)
    SCOPS liaison 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021366.
  • FY 2009 H-1B Cap Update From AILA's Service Center Operations Committee (2/12/2008)
    AILA's SCOPS Liaison Committee provides a fiscal year 2009 H-1B cap update. AILA Doc. No. 08021230.
    AILA Doc. No. 08021230.
  • USCIS Updates Website Information on Filing for an EAD Extension (Updated 2/5/08) (2/5/2008)
    USCIS updated information on its website regarding the window for filing renewal EAD applications prior to the expiration of the original EAD. AILA Doc. No. 08020430.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020430.
  • E-Filing an I-140 Based on 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 08011030.
  • I-140s for Expiring Labor Certs. Must be Received Friday, 1/11/08 (1/9/2008)
    AILA Liaison update on when to file I-140 Immigrant Petitions based on Labor Certifications which will expire on Saturday, January 12, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08010967.
    AILA Doc. No. 08010967.
 
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