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  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (12/09/09)(26 KB - 12/17/2009)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee call with SCOPS on 12/09/09 covered the following issues: Transitional Worker Program for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Cases Held in Abeyance Until the Effective Date of Public Law 110-293 (42 CFR 34.2(b) Inadmissibility Due to HIV Infection). AILA Doc. No. 09121776.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121776.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (11/04/09)(44 KB - 11/6/2009)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee call with SCOPS on 11/04/09 covered the following issues: update on H-1B Count, return of TARP funds, and acceptance of concurrently filed I-360/I-485 packages after the reauthorization of the Religious Worker Program. AILA Doc. No. 09110671.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110671.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Teleconference Meeting Notes and Committee Supplement (10/8/09) (10/22/2009)
    The 10/8/09 notes from a teleconference between AILA Liaison and SCOPS includes topics such as successor-in-interest memo, pregnancy and tuberculosis component of medical exam, I-140 filing tips, unreadable FPs, NCSC referrals, and the new Form G-28. AILA Doc. No. 09102224.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102224.
  • SCOPS 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102221.
  • AILA/SCOPS Practice Pointer: I-751 Filing and Adjudicating Procedures for Parties Separated but Not Yet Divorced (9/28/2009)
    AILA Liaison offers this Practice Pointer to inform members on what to do when a couple is separated but not yet divorced; however, the removal of conditions needs to be filed. AILA Doc. No. 09092883.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092883.
  • AILA/SCOPS Practice Pointer: I-485 Filings for Ordained Ministers (9/25/2009)
    AILA Liaison reminds practitioners that although non-ordained religious worker petitions sunset on September, 30, 2009, the classification for ordained ministers will be available again on October 1, 2009. AILA offers some tips on helping your ordained minister case to be receipted by the mail room. AILA Doc. No. 09092562,
    AILA Doc. No. 09092562.
  • TSC and NSC 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.
    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 Doc. No. 09092163.
  • AILA/SCOPS Call Q & As (9/09/09)(42 KB - 9/21/2009)
    These SCOPS Q & As from a September 9, 2009, call cover issues such as post-6th year H-1B extensions, interfiling I-824 applications, CIS error in filing location information, and advance parole extension validity dates. AILA Doc. No. 09092162.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092162.
  • CSC Mailing Chart: Incorrect I-129 Filing Location (Updated) (9/18/2009)
    Members are cautioned that the current CSC Mailing Address Chart on USCIS’ 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091861.
  • SCOPS I-140/I-485 Concurrent Filing Tip (9/4/2009)
    AILA’s SCOPS Liaison committee provides a Filing Tip on I-140/I-485 Concurrent filing. AILA Doc. No. 09090463.
    AILA Doc. No. 09090463.
  • Medical Exam Form I-693 Acceptable Despite 08/31/09 Expiration Date (8/31/2009)
    AILA Liaison has learned from USCIS that the I-693 Medical Exam form will be acceptable until a revised form is approved by OMB, despite the 08/31/09 expiration date. AILA Doc. No. 09083160
    AILA Doc. No. 09083160.
  • SCOPS Practice Pointer: How to Inform USCIS of a TPS Granted by an Immigration Judge (8/28/2009)
    AILA Liaison reminds practitioners how to inform USCIS of a late-registration Temporary Protected Status (TPS) grant by an Immigration Judge in order to apply for a TPS renewal and work authorization document. AILA Doc. No. 09082865.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082865.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (8/12/2009)(36 KB - 8/20/2009)
    These just released Q & As from the AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on August 12, 2009, include discussions of 4th preference employment-based I-485s for religious workers, deferred action for surviving spouses of U.S. Citizens, EADs, re-entry validity dates for I-751 applicants, consolidation of A and T files, return of TARP money, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09082077.
    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 Doc. No. 09081762.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (7/15/09)(20 KB - 7/15/2009)
    These just released Q & As from the AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on July 15, 2009, include discussions of the H-2B, I-751, Motion to Reopen, H-1B, TARP Funds, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09071574.
    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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09071362.
  • USCIS TSC and NSC 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 the Service Center will not wait 30 days for an I-290B to be submitted. AILA Doc. No. 09070661.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070661.
  • ASC Biometrics Cancellations (6/30/2009)
    USCIS has reportedly cancelled some biometrics appointments for July 7-July 10, and all appointments are to be rescheduled in 2-4 weeks. AILA Doc. No. 09063061.
    AILA Doc. No. 09063061.
  • Notes from AILA Liaison/USCIS Service Center Operations 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 denied prior to May 20, 2009 Velarde memo, return of TARP funds, and the H-1B count. AILA Doc. No. 09062361.
    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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042870.
  • Clarification on Use of the New I-129 Regarding TARP Funding (4/10/2009)
    AILA SCOPS Liaison clarification on the use of the new I-129 form or data collection sheet regarding TARP funding. AILA Doc. No. 09041030.
    AILA Doc. No. 09041030.
  • Notes from AILA Liaison/USCIS Service Center Operations Call April 8, 2009 (4/8/2009)
    USCIS answers AILA's questions regarding the H-1B cap, premium processing, and issuance of receipts. AILA Doc. No. 09040863.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040863.
  • More on H-1B Demand for FY2010 (4/8/2009)
    USCIS informs 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040862.
  • Small Number of H-1B Cap Subject Cases Receipted in Error (4/6/2009)
    AILA Liaison has learned that a small number of H-1B quota petitions have been receipted in error. AILA offers contact information in order to identify affected petitions. AILA Doc. No. 09040662.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040662.
  • Q&As From AILA/SCOPS Call (03/04/09) (4/2/2009)
    AILA/SCOPS Liaison provides questions and answers from a call with SCOPS on March 4, 2009. Topics include: H-1Bs and TARP, I-751 receipts, CRIS “validation errors,” I-824 processing, LCA and I-129 responses, R-1 Visas, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09040241.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040241.
  • Practice Tip on H-1B and EAWA Requirements for Those with OPT (4/1/2009)
    AILA Liaison offers a practice tip on the EAWA requirements and how it will affect new OPT hires eligible for H-1B status in April 2010. AILA Doc. No. 09040164.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040164.
  • SCOPS Clarification on Questions Related to TARP and Section 13 Funding on Form I-129 (3/30/2009)
    USCIS Service Center Operations provides clarification on answering TARP and Section 13 related questions on Form I-129. AILA Doc. No. 09033061.
    AILA Doc. No. 09033061.
  • AILA Liaison Provides Clarification of H-1B Lottery System (3/25/2009)
    Members have questioned whether the regulation governing conduct of the H-1B random selection (e.g., “lottery”) process published by USCIS on March 24, 2008 will apply to the H-1B lottery this year. AILA Doc. No. 09032560.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032560.
  • Effects of Stimulus Bill on H Filings (3/5/2009)
    AILA liaison has sent several questions regarding Section 1611 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus bill) and how it may affect H filings to USCIS headquarters for review and USCIS expects guidance to be forthcoming. AILA Doc. No. 09030562.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030562.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (02/05/09)(40 KB - 2/27/2009)
    These just released Q & As from the 02/05/09 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference include: priority dates for more than one approved I-140, country of cross-chargeability other than country of birth, clarification regarding I-290B, I-129 instructions for R-1s, H-1B lottery process for FY10, and foreign credential evaluations. AILA Doc. No. 09022766.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022766.
  • USCIS Clarifies I-140 Premium Processing Eligibility for H-1B Nonimmigrants (2/26/2009)
    USCIS provides clarifying guidance on the newly expanded eligibility for premium processing of I-140s for H-1B nonimmigrants. AILA Doc. No. 09022665.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022665.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (11/25/08) (2/17/2009)
    These just released Q & As from the 11/25/08 AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference including 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09021768.
  • Update on USCIS Service Center Processing Times Reports (1/23/2009)
    AILA liaison has been informed by USCIS that new processing time reports should be posted early next week. AILA Doc. No. 09012362.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012362.
  • USCIS Announces Filing Location for All EB-5 Related Filings (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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09010667.
 
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