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USCIS Reports E-filing System Experiencing Difficulties
USCIS reports that the e-filing system may be unavailable at times due to heavy demand. AILA Doc. No. 08123063.
AILA Doc. No. 08123063.
USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program for N-400s
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A 12/23/08 USCIS update announces the revision of the Direct Mail Program for Form N-400. AILA Doc. No. 08122335.
AILA Doc. No. 08122335.
USCIS Update and Q&As on Amendments to H-2B Regulations
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On 12/18/08 USCIS announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register, which amends regulations regarding H-2B employees and their employers. The agency also released Q&As on the changes in H-2B requirements. AILA Doc. No. 08121969.
AILA Doc. No. 08121969.
Task Force to Release Report Calling for an "Americanization" Movement
(282 KB - 12/17/2008)
USCIS released a media advisory announcing that the Task Force on New Americans will release its final report, "Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century," on Thursday, December 18, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08121771.
AILA Doc. No. 08121771.
USCIS Announces Interim Final Rule Amending I-9 Regulations
(282 KB - 12/12/2008)
On 12/12/08 USCIS announced that it submitted an interim final rule to Federal Register for publication, which amends the I-9 process by eliminating certain items from List A and making other technical changes. AILA Doc. No. 08121234.
AILA Doc. No. 08121234.
USCIS Update and Q&As on Release of H-2A Final Rule (Updated 12/12/08)
(89 KB - 12/15/2008)
A 12/11/08 USCIS Update announced that the agency had finalized changes to H-2A regulations. Q&As follow. AILA Doc. No. 08121167.
AILA Doc. No. 08121167.
USCIS FAQs for Members of the Armed Services and Their Families
(121 KB - 12/11/2008)
On 12/9/08 USCIS released FAQs for members of the armed forces and their families that address overseas naturalization, notifying USCIS of change of address, removal of conditions, Form I-130, fiance(é) petitions, overseas application processing and more. AILA Doc. No. 08121163.
AILA Doc. No. 08121163.
USCIS Press Release and Fact Sheet on Adjustment for T & U Nonimmigrants (Updated 12/11/08)
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On 12/8/08 USCIS released a press release and fact sheet on an interim final rule amending regulations to allow T and U nonimmigrants to adjust status. The press release is also available en en Español. Q&As on permanent resident status for qualifying family members of U visa beneficiaries follow. AILA Doc. No. 08120871.
AILA Doc. No. 08120871.
New Form I-129 R-1 Supplement Incorporates Employer Attestations
USCIS posts new Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, that incorporates employer visa attestations into R-1 visa supplement. AILA Doc. No. 08120464.
AILA Doc. No. 08120464.
USCIS Announces New Mailing Address Format for Offices in DC Area
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A 12/3/08 USCIS release announces a new mailing address format for USCIS National Capital Region Offices. A list of addresses is provided. AILA Doc. No. 08120330.
AILA Doc. No. 08120330.
USCIS Q & As on TPS Re-registration Extension for Hondurans and Nicaraguans
(66 KB - 11/25/2008)
On 11/25/08 USCIS released Q&As on the the extension of the Temporary Protected Status re-registration period for Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals. The document was also released en Español. AILA Doc. No. 08112535.
AILA Doc. No. 08112535.
Religious Workers Final Rule Update, Fact Sheet and Q&As
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On 11/21/08 USCIS announced that the final rule revising special immigrant and nonimmigrant (R-1) religious worker visa classification regulations has been transmitted to the Federal Register and will become effective upon publication. USCIS released an Update, a Fact Sheet and Q & As addressing the final rule. AILA Doc. No. 08112132.
AILA Doc. No. 08112132.
USCIS Update Announces Extension of TPS Re-registration Period for Hondurans and Nicaraguans
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An 11/21/08 USCIS Update announces the extension of the TPS re-registration period for eligible Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals. It also addresses the extension of employment authorization documents. AILA Doc. No. 08112168.
AILA Doc. No. 08112168.
USCIS Awards Contracts to Vendors for Services Provided at Trainings
(36 KB - 11/20/2008)
On 11/20/08 USCIS announced the award of three contracts for vendors to provide services at immigration officer trainings to be held at residential facilities in Texas and Virginia. AILA Doc. No. 08112068.
AILA Doc. No. 08112068.
USCIS Reminds Prospective Adoptive Parents of Hague Adoption Convention Requirements
(46 KB - 11/24/2008)
On 11/19/08 USCIS issued a reminder of application requirements to prospective adoptive parents of children from Hague Convention countries. AILA Doc. No. 08112472.
AILA Doc. No. 08112472.
USCIS Chart Describes Progress Towards Meeting FY 2009 Processing Goals
USCIS released a chart depicting its progress towards meeting FY 2009 processing goals following the surge of applications received in connection with the fee increases implemented on 7/30/07. AILA Doc. No. 08111962.
AILA Doc. No. 08111962.
USCIS Office in Peru to be Closed November 19-21
USCIS announced that the Lima Sub-Office will be closed to the public November 19-21, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08111864.
AILA Doc. No. 08111864.
USCIS Release and FAQs on Coming E-verify Requirement for Federal Contractors
(120 KB - 11/13/2008)
On 11/13/08 USCIS released an announcement and FAQs on the requirement, as of 1/15/09, that federal contractors and subcontractors use E-verify to verify work authorization. AILA Doc. No. 08111365.
AILA Doc. No. 08111365.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization of Armed Forces Members
(75 KB - 11/10/2008)
On 11/6/08 USCIS released a fact sheet summarizing the naturalization process for members of the armed forces. It includes statistics on military naturalizations through FY 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08111030.
AILA Doc. No. 08111030.
USCIS Fact Sheet: Naturalization Processing Times at End of FY 2008
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An 11/6/08 USCIS fact sheet lists naturalization processing times at the end of FY 2008 by city and in months. AILA Doc. No. 08111069.
AILA Doc. No. 08111069.
USCIS Releases Summary of 2008 Accomplishments
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An 11/6/08 USCIS news release and fact sheet on strides taken in 2008 provide data on completed naturalization applications, reductions in the FBI name check backlog, increased participation in E-Verify and more. AILA Doc. No. 08110664.
AILA Doc. No. 08110664.
USCIS Announces Revised Edition of Form N-648
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USCIS announced that revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, is now available on the agency’s website. As of 12/15/08 USCIS will no longer accept older editions of the form. AILA Doc. No. 08110476.
AILA Doc. No. 08110476.
USCIS Announces Events to be Held for Veterans in November
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USCIS announced that in November Acting Director Scharfen will preside over a naturalization ceremony for more than 375 members of the military in Iraq, immigration officers will hold pre-deployment information sessions for members of the armed forces, and recruitment events will be held across the country to hire disabled veterans. AILA Doc. No. 08110366.
AILA Doc. No. 08110366.
USCIS Sets Application Period for Legalization Following Settlement in Class Action Suit
(29 KB - 11/3/2008)
USCIS announced that the application period for legalization following the settlement agreement in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS will begin in February 2009. AILA Doc. No. 08110365.
AILA Doc. No. 08110365.
USCIS Issues TPS Registration Reminder to Eligible Central American Applicants
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On 10/28/08 USCIS issued a reminder to eligible Hondurans, Nicaraguans and El Salvadorans to file a re-registration application for TPS before the deadline. The reminder was also issued en Español. AILA Doc. No. 08102862.
AILA Doc. No. 08102862.
USCIS Announces Adoptions from Vietnam Will Not Resume without New Bilateral Agreement
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USCIS and DOS issued a joint statement with the government of Vietnam announcing that the processing of new adoption cases will not resume until both countries sign a new bilateral agreement. A press release is followed by the joint statement and FAQs. AILA Doc. No. 08101661.
AILA Doc. No. 08101661.
USCIS Increases Period of Stay for TNs (Updated 10/15/08)
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A 10/14/08 USCIS update announces a final rule increasing the period of stay for TNs. It changes the initial period of admission for TN workers from one to three years. The announcement is followed by FAQs. AILA Doc. No. 08101430.
AILA Doc. No. 08101430.
USCIS Adoption Policy for Hague Transition Cases
(77 KB - 10/14/2008)
On 10/14/08 USCIS announced that those who filed a Form I-600A prior to 4/1/08, are in the process of adopting a child from a country that has implemented the Hague Convention, and who have received the one time no-charge extension, may file one additional Form I-600A. The update is followed by FAQs.
AILA Doc. No. 08101472.
USCIS Celebrates Opening of New Field Office in Orlando
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USCIS celebrated the official grand opening of a new field office in Orlando on 10/10/08. AILA Doc. No. 08101460.
AILA Doc. No. 08101460.
USCIS Will Delay Implementation of Direct Mail Program for N-400s
(44 KB - 10/9/2008)
On 10/8/08 USCIS announced that it will delay implementation of Direct Mail Program for the N-400, Application for Naturalization. A Federal Register notice is scheduled to be published 10/10/08, announcing this delay. AILA Doc. No. 08100962.
AILA Doc. No. 08100962.
Requirements for Overseas Naturalization of Spouses of Armed Forces Members
(49 KB - 10/3/2008)
On 10/2/08 USCIS released a fact sheet explaining new INA § 319(e), which allows certain eligible spouses of members of the U.S. armed forces to naturalize abroad without traveling to the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 08100364.
AILA Doc. No. 08100364.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Overseas Naturalization Eligibility for Children of Armed Forces Members
(51 KB - 10/3/2008)
On 10/2/08 USCIS released a fact sheet explaining the amendment of INA §322 to allow certain eligible children of members of the armed forces to become naturalized U.S. citizens without having to travel to the United States. AILA Doc. No. 08100363.
AILA Doc. No. 08100363.
USCIS FAQ on Intercountry Adoptions
(158 KB - 9/30/2008)
On 9/29/08 USCIS released FAQs on the intercountry adoption process since the implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention on 4/1/08. AILA Doc. No. 08093064.
AILA Doc. No. 08093064.
USCIS Announces Extension of TPS for Nicaraguans
(114 KB - 9/26/2008)
On 9/26/08 USCIS released an announcement and Q & As on an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans. The announcement and Q & As are also available en Español. AILA Doc. No. 08092663.
AILA Doc. No. 08092663.
USCIS Announces Extension of TPS for Hondurans
(120 KB - 9/26/2008)
On 9/26/08 USCIS released an announcement and Q & As on an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans. The announcement and Q & As are also available en Español. AILA Doc. No. 08092662.
AILA Doc. No. 08092662.
USCIS Reminds Nonimmigrant Visa Holders of "Program Flexibilities"
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A 9/24/08 USCIS update states that given unexpected events in a person's home country, the agency would like to remind nonimmigrant visa holders of "program flexibilities," including extensions of status for B-1s and B-2s, and employment authorization for F-1s and M-1s. AILA Doc.No. 08092466.
AILA Doc. No. 08092466.
USCIS Announces 18-Month TPS Extension for El Salvadorans
(122 KB - 9/24/2008)
On 9/24/08 USCIS announced that it will extend temporary protected status (TPS) for nationals from El Salvador through 9/9/10. FAQs follows the news release. The announcement and FAQS are also available en Español. AILA Doc. No. 08092465.
AILA Doc. No. 08092465.
USCIS Religious Worker Sunset Notice
(28 KB - 9/22/2008)
On 9/19/08 USCIS released a notice reminding applicants that authorization for the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program will expire 10/1/08. AILA Doc. No. 08092263.
AILA Doc. No. 08092263.
USCIS Flyer on Implementation of the New Naturalization Test
(87 KB - 9/18/2008)
On 9/18/08 USCIS released a flyer reminding applicants of the 10/1/08 implementation of the redesigned naturalization test. AILA Doc. No. 08091866.
AILA Doc. No. 08091866.
USCIS Update on Field Office Openings/Closings in Texas
(19 KB - 9/18/2008)
On 9/18/08 USCIS issued an update on which field office and application support centers are operating in Texas. AILA Doc. No. 08091861.
AILA Doc. No. 08091861.
USCIS Reminds TPS Applicants to Use Correct Versions of Forms
(41 KB - 9/17/2008)
On 9/17/08 USCIS issued a reminder to TPS applicants to use the correct versions of Forms I-821 and I-765. AILA Doc. No. 08091776.
AILA Doc. No. 08091776.
USCIS Update and FAQs on the Addition of Form N-400 to the Direct Mail Program
(40 KB - 9/15/2008)
On 9/12/08 USCIS announced that it was adding Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to the Direct Mail program. As of 10/14/08 non-military applicants must submit naturalization applications tot he designated lockbox. A 9/15/08 USCIS update provides the lockbox addresses. It is followed by a fact sheet. AILA Doc. No. 08091570.
AILA Doc. No. 08091570.
USCIS Announces that Havana Office Remains Closed, Houston and Harlingen Remain Open
(39 KB - 9/11/2008)
On 9/10/08 USCIS released an update on office closures due to hurricane Ike: the Havana office remains closed, and the Houston and Harlingen offices remain open. Officials are monitoring the storm and will reassess the situation depending on its movement. AILA Doc. No. 08091132.
AILA Doc. No. 08091132.
USCIS Boise Sub-Office To Be Closed On September 11th
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USCIS announced that the Boise, Idaho sub-office will be closed on September 11, 2008 so that staff can participate in a judicial ceremony. AILA Doc. No. 08090267.
AILA Doc. No. 08090267.
VSC Announces New Director
(16 KB - 9/2/2008)
The Vermont Service Center has announced that Daniel Renaud will be the new Director of the Vermont Service Center. Mr. Renaud is currently Chief of the Transformation Program Office, and was previously an adjudicator and supervisor at the VSC. The exact date that Mr. Renaud will begin is not yet determined AILA Doc. No. 08090262.
AILA Doc. No. 08090262.
USCIS Monthly Newsletter for August 2008
(589 KB - 8/29/2008)
USCIS released the agency's monthly newsletter for August 2008, which includes a message form USCIS Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen about a recent visit to USCIS Refugee Corps officers abroad, an interview with an adjudications officer in the Orlando Field Office, FAQs on Refugee/Asylee relative petitions and more. AILA Doc. No. 08082975.
AILA Doc. No. 08082975.
USCIS Braces for Gustav Announcing Possible Office Closures
(36 KB - 8/29/2008)
On 8/29/08 USCIS released an update announcing that it is preparing to temporarily close offices, if necessary, along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in the projected path of Tropical Storm Gustav. AILA Doc. No. 08082964.
AILA Doc. No. 08082964.
USCIS Revises Filing Instructions for Form I-751 (Updated 8/29/08)
On 8/25/08 USCIS announced revised filing instructions for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. As of 9/24/08, USCIS will only accept forms dated 8/25/08 and reject previous editions of the form. Effective immediately, all I-751s must be filed with either the VSC or CSC. Announcement also released in Spanish. AILA Doc. No. 08082661.
AILA Doc. No. 08082661.
USCIS Announces Updated "How Do I" Guides
(29 KB - 8/18/2008)
In early August 2008 USCIS announced that the "How Do I" guides were revised and written in plain language. AILA Doc. No. 08081871.
AILA Doc. No. 08081871.
USCIS Announces H-2B Proposed Changes with FAQs
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USCIS announced on August 15, 2008, a series of proposed rule changes in an effort to streamline procedures for hiring workers under the H-2B program. USCIS also released FAQs regarding the proposed changes. AILA Doc. No. 08081566.
AILA Doc. No. 08081566.
USCIS Announces Shortage of Vaccine Needed for I-693
(17 KB - 8/14/2008)
The Center for Diseases Control communicated to USCIS that the Zoster vaccine is currently unavailable. The Zoster vaccine is one of the new requirements for completion of Form I-693, as of July 1, 2008 for applicants 60 and older. Until further notice, USCIS will accept Form I-693 without the Zoster vaccine. AILA Doc. No. 08081471.
AILA Doc. No. 08081471.
USCIS Announces New Genealogy Program
(37 KB - 8/14/2008)
On 8/14/08 USCIS announced that new Forms G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request, and G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request, are now available on the USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 08081469.
AILA Doc. No. 08081469.
USCIS Announced an 18-Month TPS Extension for Sudanese
(65 KB - 8/14/2008)
On 8/14/08 USCIS announced an 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension for nationals of Sudan. Q&As follow the update. AILA Doc. No. 08081464.
AILA Doc. No. 08081464.
USCIS Update on Processing Time for Naturalization Applications
(27 KB - 8/11/2008)
On 8/11/08 USCIS announced that it has reduced that processing time for naturalization applications and now anticipates that processing will average 10-12 months. AILA Doc. No. 08081134.
AILA Doc. No. 08081134.
USCIS Announces U.S. Passport Card is a Form I-9 "List A" Document
(28 KB - 8/11/2008)
On 8/8/08 USCIS announced that a U.S. Passport Card can be used as a Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) “List A” document. AILA Doc. No. 08081132.
AILA Doc. No. 08081132.
Q & As on Changes to Vaccination Requirements for Adjustments
(41 KB - 7/25/2008)
On 7/24/08 USCIS released Q & As on changes to vaccination requirements for adjustment of status applicants. AILA Doc. No. 08072569.
AILA Doc. No. 08072569.
USCIS Changes Vaccination Requirements for I-485 Applications
(49 KB - 7/25/2008)
A 7/24/08 USCIS Update announces changes to the vaccination requirements for adjustment of status applications. AILA Doc. No. 08072568.
AILA Doc. No. 08072568.
USCIS Clarifies Fee Exemption Eligibility for I-601 Waiver
(24 KB - 7/22/2008)
On 7/21/08 USCIS issued an Update clarifying that the fee for an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Form I-601) is always required. AILA Doc No. 08072262.
AILA Doc. No. 08072262.
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2009 (Updated 7/30/08)
On July 30, 2008, USCIS announced that it reached the H-2B cap for the first half of the fiscal year 2009. July 29, 2008 is the “final receipt date” for new H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to April 1, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 08070362.
AILA Doc. No. 08070362.
USCIS Extends Validity Period of EADs for Refugees
(31 KB - 7/11/2008)
In a 7/11/08 Update, USCIS announced that it is extending the validity period of initial EADs for refugees. AILA Doc. No. 08071167.
AILA Doc. No. 08071167.
USCIS Q & As on Biometric Changes for Re-entry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents
(41 KB - 7/9/2008)
On 7/9/08 USCIS released Q & As on the revised instructions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The changes require applicants for re-entry permits and refugee travel documents to provide biometrics at a USCIS Application Support Center. AILA Doc. No. 08070963.
AILA Doc. No. 08070963.
USCIS Announces New Special Immigrant Visa for Certain Iraqis
(35 KB - 7/9/2008)
USCIS announced a new special immigrant visa for certain Iraqis who worked for, or were contractors of, the U.S. government in Iraq for at least one year after 3/20/03. AILA Doc. No. 08070962.
AILA Doc. No. 08070962.
USCIS Continues Premium Processing Suspension for Religious Workers
(38 KB - 7/9/2008)
In a 7/9/08 Update, USCIS announced that the suspension of premium processing service for religious worker (R-1) nonimmigrant visa petitions will continue at least until next year. AILA Doc. No. 08070961.
AILA Doc. No. 08070961.
USCIS Launches FOIA Request Status Check
(29 KB - 7/2/2008)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched the online FOIA Request Status Check service, which provides a quick and secure way to check the status of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. An immediate response may be obtained online by entering the assigned control number into the FOIA Request Status Check. AILA Doc. No. 08070265.
AILA Doc. No. 08070265.
USCIS Revises Instructions for Applications Previously Processed in Tijuana
(27 KB - 6/28/2008)
On 6/27/08, USCIS revised its instructions regarding where to file applications previously processed by the Tijuana Field Office. AILA Doc. No. 08062830.
AILA Doc. No. 08062830.
USCIS Restores Previously Valid I-9 to Website
USCIS has restored the previously valid I-9 bearing “Rev. 6/5/07” to their website. A revision that appeared for a short time on the USCIS website was posted in error. AILA liaison has requested confirmation from the USCIS that employers who used the version erroneously posted by the USCIS will not be exposed to sanction for using that version. AILA Doc. No. 08062733.
AILA Doc. No. 08062733.
USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-9
USCIS posted a new edition for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, dated 6/16/08, to its website. No previous editions of the form are being accepted. AILA Doc. No. 08062631.
AILA Doc. No. 08062631.
USCIS Miami Customer Service Center Operating from Miami District Office
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On 6/20/08, USCIS announced that due to a fire, the Miami Customer Service Center has temporarily moved its operations to the Miami District Office. AILA Doc. No. 08062363.
AILA Doc. No. 08062363.
Iraqi Refugee Admissions Fact Sheet (6/23/08)
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A 6/23/08 USCIS Fact Sheet on Iraqi refugee admissions details the number of Iraqis referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the number of interviews conducted by USCIS, the number of approvals, and the number of approved applicants admitted to the U.S. for FY 2007 and FY 2008 through 6/4/08. AILA Doc. No. 08062372.
AILA Doc. No. 08062372.
USCIS to Permanently Close Office in Tijuana
(32 KB - 6/18/2008)
On 6/18/08 USCIS announced that it will permanently close its office in Tijuana. It will cease accepting applications in a few days. AILA Doc. No. 08061871.
AILA Doc. No. 08061871.
USCIS to Permanently Close Office in Hong Kong
(34 KB - 6/18/2008)
On 6/18/08 USCIS announced that it will permanently close its office in Hong Kong. It will cease accepting applications in June. AILA Doc. No. 08061870.
AILA Doc. No. 08061870.
USCIS Announces Approval of Settlement Agreement in NWIRP Legalization Class Action Suit
(26 KB - 6/17/2008)
On 6/16/08 USCIS announced that the Western District Court of Washington granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement in the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) legalization class action suit against USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 08061760.
AILA Doc. No. 08061760.
USCIS Announcement on 2-Year EADs: Limited in Scope
(53 KB - 6/13/2008)
A USCIS Update and fact sheet, regarding a recent announcement by Secy Chertoff that USCIS would start issuing 2-year work authorizations, make clear that the expanded EADs apply only to adjustment applicants with visa numbers not current. A Fact Sheet follows the Update. AILA Doc. No. 08061362.
AILA Doc. No. 08061362.
USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for I-140s
(77 KB - 6/11/2008)
A 6/11/08 USCIS Update announces that USCIS will resume premium processing for I-140s starting in mid-June. A Fact Sheet follows the Update. AILA Doc. No. 08061131.
AILA Doc. No. 08061131.
USCIS Centralizes Naturalization Application Processing
(31 KB - 6/6/2008)
On 6/5/08 USCIS released an Update announcing the centralization of naturalization application processing. The administrative change will not change where applicants file their N-400 applications. AILA Doc. No. 08060632.
AILA Doc. No. 08060632.
USCIS to Revise Language on I-751 Transfer Notices
(30 KB - 6/5/2008)
On 6/5/08 USCIS announced that it will revise language on transfer notices received by petitioners who filed an I-751, as the current notice includes language that may cause petitioners to believe their cases have been approved. AILA Doc. No. 08060531.
AILA Doc. No. 08060531.
USCIS Q & As on Kaplan Settlement Agreement
(34 KB - 6/4/2008)
On 6/3/08 USCIS released Q & As regarding the
settlement agreement, which provides for expedited processing of stalled naturalization and adjustment of status applications for individuals who lost, or are at risk of losing, SSI benefits. AILA Doc. No. 08060431.
AILA Doc. No. 08060431.
E-Verify System to Integrate Naturalization and Border Inspection Data
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On 5/5/08 USCIS announced that the E-Verify system will integrate naturalization data, to confirm the citizenship status of naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as, real time arrival data from the Integrated Border Inspection System. AILA Doc. No. 08050534.
AILA Doc. No. 08050534.
USCIS Naturalizes First Military Spouse Overseas
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On 5/29/08 USCIS held the first overseas naturalization ceremony for a military spouse. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 amended portions of INA to allow certain spouses of members of the military to naturalize overseas where they are stationed. AILA Doc. No. 08060269.
AILA Doc. No. 08060269.
USCIS Update on Lockbox Change of Address
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On 5/30/08 USCIS issued an update regarding a change of address for the Chicago Lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 08060266.
AILA Doc. No. 08060266.
USCIS Ho Chi Minh City Implements DNA Testing for Adoptions
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A 5/29/08 USCIS update announced that the USCIS office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is implementing a DNA testing requirement for Vietnamese adoption cases where the birth parent(s) of the adopted child has been identified. Q & As follow the Update. AILA Doc. No. 08052963.
AILA Doc. No. 08052963.
USCIS Update on Filing Revised Edition of Form I-821
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On 5/28/08 USCIS released an update on filing the revised edition of Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status AILA Doc. No. 08052865.
AILA Doc. No. 08052865.
USCIS to Revise Filing Instructions for Form I-751
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On 5/23/08 USCIS announced that it will be revising filing instructions for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to require filing at the CSC or VSC. AILA Doc. No. 08052360.
AILA Doc. No. 08052360.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Iraqi Refugee Processing
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A 5/16/08 USCIS Fact Sheet on the processing of Iraqi refugees describes the resettlement process and eligibility determination, and also provides information for Iraqis who wish to apply for asylum. AILA Doc. No. 08052166.
AILA Doc. No. 08052166.
USCIS Releases Updated Fact Sheet on Naturalization through Military Service (5/08)
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On 5/19/08 USCIS released an updated Fact Sheet on naturalization through military service. It provides guidance on necessary qualifications, as well as, updated statistics on service member naturalizations. AILA Doc. No. 08052160.
AILA Doc. No. 08052160.
USCIS Journal Piece on the E-verify Error Rate
Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, DHS, contributed a piece to the DHS Leadership Journal on the “E-verify Error Rate.” AILA Doc. No. 08051964.
AILA Doc. No. 08051964.
Scharfen's Journal Piece, “We’re Listening,” Addresses Backlogs
A piece by USCIS Acting Director, Jonathan Scharfen, in the DHS Leadership Journal summarizes the agency’s efforts to clear naturalization and name check backlogs. AILA Doc. No. 08051569.
AILA Doc. No. 08051569.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Updated CSPA Guidance
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A 5/6/08 USCIS Fact Sheet on the applicability of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) summarizes eligibility requirements for coverage under the CSPA. AILA Doc. No. 08050672.
AILA Doc. No. 08050672.
USCIS Update Announces Revised Guidance on CSPA
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A 5/6/08 USCIS Update announced the issuance of revised guidance, modifying its earlier interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), by extending coverage to foreign nationals with an approved visa petition, but without a pending adjustment application on the date of the CSPA's enactment. AILA Doc. No. 08050671.
AILA Doc. No. 08050671.
USCIS Announces Proposed Rule to Extend Maximum Stay for TN Visa Holders
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On May 6, 2008, USCIS announced a notice for proposed rulemaking that would allow TN visa holders to remain in the United States for a maximum of three years before requiring an extension of stay. Additionally the proposal would allow individuals to request extensions for up to three years, as opposed the current one year. AILA Doc. No. 08050670.
AILA Doc. No. 08050670.
USCIS Update on Kaplan Settlement (Updated 5/19/08)
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A 5/6/08 USCIS Update announced that a settlement was reached in Kaplan v. Chertoff, providing for the expedited processing of stalled naturalization applications for individuals at risk of losing SSI benefits. AILA Doc. No. 08050533.
AILA Doc. No. 08050533.
USCIS Update on Revised Form I-693
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USCIS announced that it has revised Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, because of changes to the TB component of the CDC’s Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. This revised form (edition date 04/02/08) must be used for any medical examination completed on or after May 1, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08042966.
AILA Doc. No. 08042966.
USCIS Modifies EAD Form Following OPT Interim Final Rule (Updated 4/26/08)
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A 4/24/08 USCIS Update announced a revision of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to include additional eligibility codes. AILA Doc. No. 08042530.
AILA Doc. No. 08042530.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Aytes Memo Regarding Adjustment for VAWA Self-Petitioners
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On 4/22/08 USCIS issued a Fact Sheet related to the Aytes memo issuing guidance on adjustment of status applications filed by VAWA self-petitioners who are present in the U.S. without having been inspected or paroled. AILA Doc. No. 08042233.
AILA Doc. No. 08042233.
USCIS Update on N-400 Processing Times at Local Offices
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On 4/22/08 USCIS released an Update listing projected processing times at local offices for naturalization applications. AILA Doc. No. 08042260.
AILA Doc. No. 08042260.
USCIS Update on Change of Status Cap-Gap Fix
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On 4/18/08 USCIS released an Update regarding the opportunity for F-1 students to request a change of status. AILA Doc. No. 08041835.
AILA Doc. No. 08041835.
USCIS Runs H-1B Lottery on April 14, 2008
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USCIS announced that it conducted the FY 2009 H-1B lottery on 4/14/08. AILA Doc. No. 08041430.
AILA Doc. No. 08041430.
USCIS Releases Updated Fact Sheet on Naturalization through Military Service
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On 4/14/08 USCIS released an updated Fact Sheet on naturalization through military service. It provides guidance on necessary qualifications, as well as, updated statistics on service member naturalizations. AILA Doc. No. 08041466.
AILA Doc. No. 08041466.
USCIS Releases New Version of Medical Examination Form
USCIS posted a new version of Form I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status, to its website. Previous versions of the form will be accepted until 5/1/08. AILA Doc. No. 08041460.
AILA Doc. No. 08041460.
USCIS Releases Preliminary Number of FY 2009 H-1B Cap Filings
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USCIS announced the preliminary number H-1B petitions received during the filing period ending on 4/7/08. AILA Doc. No. 08041073.
AILA Doc. No. 08041073.
USCIS Q & As: Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified Students
USCIS has released Questions and Answers regarding the extension of optional practical training for qualified students. AILA Doc. No. 08041067.
AILA Doc. No. 08041067.
USCIS Releases New Form I-765
On 4/10/08 USCIS released a new version of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, which will be required starting 5/9/08. AILA Doc. No. 08041065.
AILA Doc. No. 08041065.
USCIS Announces Update for Processing Petitions for Nonimmigrant Victims of Criminal Activity
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USCIS announced today that it will not reevaluate previous grants of U status interim relief where individuals have not met the regulatory 180 day deadline to file under the new regulations. Additionally USCIS intends to publish a regulation that will allow waivers of the I-192 fee for applicants filing for both U as well as T nonimmigrant status. AILA Doc. No. 08041063.
AILA Doc. No. 08041063.
USCIS Announces FY2009 H-1B Caps Reached
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USCIS Update April 8, 2008, reports on FY2009 H-1B cap filings. AILA Doc. No. 08040830.
AILA Doc. No. 08040830.
USCIS Temporarily Makes Accommodation for H-1B FY2009 Cap-Subject Petitions Received at the Wrong Service Center
AILA has been informed that USCIS will temporarily make accommodations for H-1B FY2009 cap-subject petitions received at the wrong service center. AILA Doc. No. 08040467.
AILA Doc. No. 08040467.
USCIS Now Projects Shorter Naturalization Application Processing Times
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A 4/2/08 USCIS News Release announced that the agency is now projecting a shorter average processing time for naturalization applications than it was six months ago. AILA Doc. No. 08040233.
AILA Doc. No. 08040233.
USCIS News Release Announces Plan to Eliminate FBI Name Check Backlog
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A 4/2/08 USCIS News Release announced a USCIS/FBI joint plan to eliminate the backlog of name checks pending with the FBI. AILA Doc. No. 08040253.
AILA Doc. No. 08040253.
USCIS Releases Update Regarding the Adoption of Children from Guatemala
A 4/1/08 USCIS Update on the adoption of children from Guatemala. AILA Doc. No. 08040138.
AILA Doc. No. 08040138.
USCIS Q & A on H-1B Petition Mailing and Delivery
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On 3/28/08 USCIS posted “Q& A #1: H-1B Petition Mailing During Cap Season” to its website. The Q & As address couriers, hours during which deliveries will be accepted, P.O. boxes, and acceptable methods of delivery. AILA Doc. No. 08032869.
AILA Doc. No. 08032869.
USCIS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Modify H-2A Regulations
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A 3/28/08 USCIS Update announced that the comment period for the proposed rule to modify H-2A regulations has been extended until 4/14/08. The notice extending the comment period will be published in the Federal Register on 3/31/08. AILA Doc. No. 08032861.
AILA Doc. No. 08032861.
USCIS to Withhold Adjudication of Cases that Could Benefit from Consolidated Appropriations Act
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A 3/27/08 USCIS Update announces that the agency will withhold adjudication of certain cases while individuals and groups are considered for exemptions under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08032746.
AILA Doc. No. 08032746.
USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez Responds to NYT Editorial
USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez (who recently announced his resignation, which will take effect April 1, 2008) responds to a March 19, 2008 New York Times editorial, “Citizenship, Thwarted” in a DHS
piece. AILA Doc. No. 08032138.
AILA Doc. No. 08032138.
USCIS Confirms that Naturalization Interviews Are Being Scheduled for Weekends and After Hours
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On 3/20/08 USCIS posted a notice to its website advising that naturalization interviews are being scheduled for weekends and after hours to address the increase in naturalization applications received in FY 07. AILA Doc. No. 08032133.
AILA Doc. No. 08032133.
USCIS Revises I-130 Filing Instructions
A 3/21/08 USCIS Update revises filing instructions for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, effective immediately. AILA Doc. No. 08032130.
AILA Doc. No. 08032130.
USCIS FAQs: Interim Rule on H-1B Visas
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USCIS issued FAQs on March 19, 2008 regarding the interim final rule that prohibits employers from filing more than one petition for an H-1B visa for a single employee in a fiscal year. The interim final rule will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. AILA Doc. No. 08031935.
AILA Doc. No. 08031935.
USCIS Fact Sheet: Changes to the FY2009 H-1B Program
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USCIS issued a Fact Sheet on March 19, 2008 regarding the interim final rule that prohibits employers from filing more than one petition for an H-1B visa for a single employee in a fiscal year. The interim final rule will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. AILA Doc. No. 08031934.
AILA Doc. No. 08031934.
USCIS Announces Interim Rule on H-1B Visas
On March 19, 2008, USCIS transmitted an interim final rule to the Federal Register that prohibits employers from filing multiple H-1B petitions for the same employee. AILA Doc. No. 08190340.
AILA Doc. No. 08190340.
USCIS Releases Update from Director Gonzalez on Naturalization Application Processing
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On 3/14/08 USCIS released an Update from Director Emilio Gonzalez on processing times for naturalization applications. AILA Doc. No. 08031433.
AILA Doc. No. 08031433.
Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, USCIS Director, to Resign
AILA has received a copy of the resignation message from Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, USCIS Director, to USCIS employees dated March 13, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08031336.
AILA Doc. No. 08031336.
USCIS Announces TPS Extension for Somalis
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On 3/10/08 DHS announced an 18-month TPS extension for nationals of Somalia. EAD validity for Somalis with TPS has been extended for 6 months. Q & As follow the News Release. AILA Doc. No. 08031062.
AILA Doc. No. 08031062.
USCIS Update on Biometric Changes for Re-entry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents
On 3/5/08 USCIS issued an Update regarding revised instructions for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The revised instructions include changes for re-entry permit and refugee travel document applicants. AILA Doc. No. 08030575.
AILA Doc. No. 08030575.
USCIS Announces Detroit Field Office Closed on 3/5/08
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USCIS announced that the Detroit Field Office and Application Support Center are closed on 3/5/08 due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 08030564.
AILA Doc. No. 08030564.
USCIS Announces New Forms and Centralized Processing for Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Convention
A 2/27/08 USCIS News Release and Fact Sheet announced new forms for intercountry adoption applications and petitions under the Hague Adoption Convention, as well as centralized processing. AILA Doc. No. 08022962.
AILA Doc. No. 08022962.
USCIS Announces Free Civics & Citizenship Toolkit Offer for CBOs
On 2/20/08 USCIS announced that a “Civics & Citizenship Toolkit” containing educational materials is being offered to Community-Based Organizations. AILA Doc. No. 08022075.
AILA Doc. No. 08022075.
USCIS Releases Updated Background Check Q & As (Updated 2/28/08)
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On 2/28/08 USCIS released updated background check Q & As. The policy update is followed by the first draft of the Q & As released on 2/20/08. AILA Doc. No. 08022073.
AILA Doc. No. 08022073.
USCIS Update on Revised I-130 Filing Instructions
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On 2/19/08 USCIS issued an Update announcing revised filing instructions for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. AILA Doc. No. 08021966.
AILA Doc. No. 08021966.
USCIS Announces Changes in Biometric Procedures for Adjustment Applicants
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A 2/15/08 USCIS Update announces changes in biometric procedures for I-485 and I-765 applicants. AILA Doc. No. 08021564.
AILA Doc. No. 08021564.
USCIS Fact Sheet on the Status of Citizens of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands
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A 2/13/08 USCIS Fact Sheet addresses the immigration provisions of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, which affect citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. AILA Doc. No. 08021464.
AILA Doc. No. 08021464.
USCIS Update on Proposed Changes to H-2A Regulations
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On 2/13/08 USCIS released an Update outlining the proposed revisions to H-2A regulations. AILA Doc. No. 08021356.
AILA Doc. No. 08021356.
USCIS Announces FY 2009 Budget Request
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On 2/4/08 USCIS released a fact sheet announcing that the President requested a $2.7 billion budget for USCIS in FY 2009. AILA Doc. No. 08020563.
AILA Doc. No. 08020563.
USCIS Announces Centralized Filing for Certain H-1B Cap Exempt Petitioners
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USCIS announced that effective 1/30/08 certain cap exempt H-1B petitions should be filed with the California Service Center, where they will be processed by a dedicated unit. AILA Doc. No. 08013133.
AILA Doc. No. 08013133.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization Through Military Service
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On 1/28/08 USCIS released a Fact Sheet on naturalization through military service. It includes statistics that reflect an increase in the number of naturalized service members since the last Fact Sheet was released in October 2007. AILA Doc. No. 08012866.
AILA Doc. No. 08012866.
USCIS Announces New Guatemalan Adoption Legislation
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On 1/25/08 USCIS announced that the Guatemalan Congress passed new adoption legislation in late 2007 to meet obligations under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. AILA Doc. No. 08012860.
AILA Doc. No. 08012860.
USCIS Announces that Employers Can Request Info on E-Verify Through NCSC
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USCIS announced that as of 1/8/08 employers and other requesting information on E-Verify could contact the program through the NCSC by calling the E-Verify program number. AILA Doc. No. 08010830.
AILA Doc. No. 08010830.
USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for R-1s
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On 1/4/08 USCIS announced that suspension of premium processing service for religious worker (R-1) visa petitions will be extended until 7/8/08. AILA Doc. No. 08010469.
AILA Doc. No. 08010469.
USCIS Releases Notice for Illinois Employers on E-Verify
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USCIS released a Notice for employers on the status of E-Verify in Illinois, which addresses enrollment in the employment verification program while DHS’s lawsuit against the state remains unresolved. AILA Doc. No. 08010463.
AILA Doc. No. 08010463.
USCIS Extends EAD Validity for El Salvadoran TPS Beneficiaries
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On 12/12/08 USCIS announced the automatic extension of EAD validity for TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador. AILA Doc. No. 08121232.
AILA Doc. No. 08121232.
USCIS Field Office Adopts Teletech Call Appointment System For Filing Waiver of Inadmissibility Applications
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As of December 17, 2007, immigrant visa applicants seeking to file an application for waiver of inadmissibility (Form I-601) with the USCIS field office in Ciudad Juarez can now use the Teletech Call Center to make an appointment. AILA Doc. No. 08010364.
AILA Doc. No. 08010364.
H-2B Cap Reached for 2nd Half of FY 08
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USCIS announced that the H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2008 has been reached. AILA Doc. No. 08010330.
AILA Doc. No. 08010330.
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