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  • Erroneously Rejected Naturalization Applications (12/27/2010)
    AILA Liaison has been informed that due to the fee increase, some naturalization applications were rejected in error. Applications may now be re-submitted to be receipted by the lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 10122754.
    AILA Doc. No. 10122754.
  • USCIS SCOPS/AILA Q&As from 12/08/10 Teleconference(88 KB - 1/24/2011)
    USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Q&As from a 12/8/10 teleconference with the AILA/SCOPS Liaison Committee on the interaction between USCIS and the Kentucky Consular Center, H-1B applications, and motions to reopen. AILA Doc. No. 11012473.
    AILA Doc. No. 11012473.
  • AILA Liaison Practice Tip: Determining Applicability of P.L. 111-230 Fees (12/8/2010)
    The AILA USCIS and SCOPS Liaison Committees provide guidance on assessing whether a petitioning employer is subject to the additional border security fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions as mandated by P.L. 111-230. AILA Doc. No. 10120861.
    AILA Doc. No. 10120861.
  • AILA/USCIS Liaison Practice Pointer: Getting Your G-28 Through the Lockbox (Updated 11/24/10) (11/24/2010)
    Due to training issues, some G-28s were not accepted by the lockbox, and some e-mails from lockboxsupport@dhs.gov have provided incorrect information. As a result, AILA Liaison offers practice tips on how to complete and submit the Form G-28. AILA Doc. No. 10112373.
    AILA Doc. No. 10112373.
  • USCIS Guidance on "Postmark" for New Fee Schedule (11/19/2010)
    USCIS confirmed that a receipt notice from a courier service or overnight mailing service will be considered a "postmark" for fee determination purposes. USCIS will issue clarification on this issue on 11/19/10 and AILA will post on InfoNet as soon as it is received. AILA Doc. No. 10111962.
    AILA Doc. No. 10111962.
  • Intake Procedures at USCIS Lockbox Facilities (11/8/2010)
    The AILA/USCIS Liaison Committee informs members of the intake procedures at USCIS Lockboxes and how to resolve problems relating to the lockboxes. AILA Doc. No. 10110930.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110930.
  • Receipt Notices Received Without Applicant Name (10/14/2010)
    AILA Liaison spoke with USCIS regarding receipt notices issued by USCIS without an Applicant/Petitioner or Beneficiary listed on the notice. USCIS requests that attorneys contact lockbox support for resolution of the problem. AILA Doc. No. 10101468.
    AILA Doc. No. 10101468.
  • AILA/SCOPS Agenda Questions (9/29/10)(32 KB - 10/8/2010)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee issued these agenda questions for the 9/29/10 call with SCOPS, covering the following issues: advance parole adjudications, O visas, filings at the wrong service center, processing time questions, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10100868.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100868.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Practice Pointer: Understanding the Posted Processing Times (10/7/2010)
    The AILA/SCOPS liaison committee reminds members that the posted processing times on the USCIS website represent data that is approximately 45 days old at the time of posting. AILA Doc. No. 10100773.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100773.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (8/25/10)(217 KB - 9/2/2010)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee call with SCOPS on 8/25/10 covered the following issues: update on Kazarian v. USCIS, draft memo on Section 204(l), RFEs, H-1Bs, H-2Bs, e-filed I-765s and I-131s, lockbox issues, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10090230.
    AILA Doc. No. 10090230.
  • AILA Liaison FAQs on USCIS Lockbox Processing(45 KB - 9/17/2010)
    Frequently Asked Questions prepared by AILA Liaison and based on responses from USCIS at the Lockbox Stakeholder meeting on August 24, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10090263.
    AILA Doc. No. 10090263.
  • AILA/USCIS Liaison Practice Pointer: Understanding the New H & L Fee Imposed by Public Law 111-230 (8/26/2010)
    The AILA/USCIS Liaison Committee explains to practitioners the effect of the new H and L fee on employers with 50 or more employees in the U.S., for which more than 50% of their workforce is on H and L visas. AILA Doc. No. 10082633.
    AILA Doc. No. 10082633.
  • AILA Informs USCIS of Problems with USCIS Lockboxes (Updated 7/29/10) (7/29/2010)
    AILA has been informed that various issues persist with the USCIS lockboxes, and AILA has informed USCIS of these issues. AILA Doc. No. 10022568.
    AILA Doc. No. 10022568.
  • Proper Use of the G-1145 (4/21/2010)
    USCIS advises practitioners of the development of the Form G-1145 for the benefit of petitioners and applicants. USCIS also reminds members of other options available for case status updates. AILA Doc. No. 10042130.
    AILA Doc. No. 10042130.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (3/17/10)(39 KB - 3/23/2010)
    AILA’s Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee call with SCOPS covered the following issues: application of In Re: GST to L-1Bs, new period of stay for H1Bs after 1 year outside U.S., I-131 Biometrics, O-1 Advisory Opinions, and Credential Evaluations. AILA Doc. No. 10032360.
    AILA Doc. No. 10032360.
  • Temporary Acceptance of H-1Bs Absent Certified LCAs Expires March 9, 2010 (3/3/2010)
    AILA Liaison reminds practitioners of the temporary acceptance by USCIS of certain H-1B petitions absent certified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) until March 9, 2010, rather than March 4, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10030330.
    AILA Doc. No. 10030330.
  • Advance Parole Document Validity Date Error (1/15/2010)
    Since the beginning of 2010, USCIS service centers have been issuing Advance Parole documents with a validity date error. AILA Doc. No. 10011515
    AILA Doc. No. 10011515.
 
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