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2005

  • Multiple Biometrics Appointments (11/1/2005)
    Information regarding biometric appointment scheduling.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110113.
  • Filing I-130 Petitions at U.S. Embassy and Consuls in Canada (11/1/2005)
    Information regarding filing of immediate relative petitions at consular posts in Canada.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110112.
  • CIS Confirms Postmark Date of October 25 Controls For Old Fee Structure (10/25/2005)
    USCIS Service Center Operations confirmed today that it has instructed the service centers that all filings POSTMARKED today (Tuesday, October 25th) will be processed under the old fee structure. All filings postmarked after this date will be subject to the new fee structure.
    AILA Doc. No. 05102570.
  • USCIS Advises on Policy Regarding Age of Acceptable Checks (10/18/2005)
    USCIS Service Center Operations has advised AILA that, effective immediately, USCIS will only accept personal and business checks that are no older than 6 months.
    AILA Doc. No. 05101816.
  • USCIS Addresses Procedures on Rejecting Dependent I-485 with Incorrect Fee (10/7/2005)
    USCIS clarifies how to prevent a dependant I-485 filed with the wrong fee from becoming the basis of rejection for an entire family's I-485.
    AILA Doc. No. 05100714.
  • USCIS Advises on Use of Forms for National Interest Waiver Filings (10/7/2005)
    USCIS settles question on whether to accept ETA 750B or ETA 9089 with National Interest Waiver Filings.
    AILA Doc. No. 05071013.
  • USCIS Responds to Query on Work Authorization for Salvadoran TPS (Updated 9/9/05; 3:30 pm EDT) (9/9/2005)
    USCIS provides information for those Salvadoran TPS extension applicants who have not yet received their work authorization cards.
    AILA Doc. No. 05090971.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 8/22/05 (8/26/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of use of return envelopes for premium processing, the proper form to use for substitutions in labor certifications, and the online tracking system. Issues relating to the Yates Schedule A memo and DOL 45-day letters are awaiting final review of new policy memoranda.
    AILA Doc. No. 05082660.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 8/8/05 (8/19/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of cap chargeability for changes from H-1B1 to regular H-1B, and filing location for EAD and advance parole applications where the adjustment application has been transfered to the local office.
    AILA Doc. No. 05081960.
  • A Request from the Service Center Liaisons (8/11/2005)
    With visa numbers retrogressing in some categories, USCIS will not adjudicate I-485s for which the priority date is no longer available. Thus, please do not submit requests for the liaison committees to inquire about the status of these cases. The answer will be that, due to retrogression, the case is in abeyance.
    AILA Doc. No. 05081162.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 7/25/05(16 KB - 7/26/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of the fraud and ACWIA fees in successor-in-interest situations, as well as the filing of I-140 based adjustment of status applications for floating employees. AILA Doc. No. 05072664.
    AILA Doc. No. 05072664.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 7/11/05(23 KB - 7/18/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference included discussions of such subjects as jurisdiction over B-1 extensions, erroneous rejections and the refund process, and country of citizenship on the I-797A's I-94. AILA Doc. No. 05071861.
    AILA Doc. No. 05071861.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 6/20/05(99 KB - 7/11/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on 3/14/05 included discussions of Australian E-3s, Chile/Singapore H-1B1s, fy 2005 H-1Bs, I-129 filing fees, H-1B cap counting, address changes, IBIS hits on I-130s, and proof of filing of labor certification application for purposes of H-1Bs beyond the 6th year. AILA Doc. No. 05071161.
    AILA Doc. No. 05071161.
  • USCIS Provides Instructions on Completing Part 2 of the Revised I-129 Form (6/1/2005)
    The USCIS advises AILA's Service Center Operations Committee on the meanings of the choices in Part 2 of the revised I-129 form, and which choices trigger the $500 fraud prevention and detection fee.
    AILA Doc. No. 05060161.
  • Update on Approved I-485s and ASC Appointment Notices (5/20/2005)
    The USCIS Service Center Operations team provides guidance regarding fingerprint appointment notices received from Service Centers in cases of already-approved I-485 applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 05052067.
  • USCIS Service Center Operations Addresses H-1B and Other Issues (5/9/05)(30 KB - 5/10/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on 5/9/05 included discussions focusing on premium processing and upgrading under the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, and addressing questions on the "cap-gap" for students and TSC advance parole documents. AILA Doc. No. 05051063.
    AILA Doc. No. 05051063.
  • USCIS Advises on Where to Send RFE Responses on H-1B "Upgrade" Cases (5/10/2005)
    The USCIS provides instructions on where to send responses to RFEs for FY06 H-1Bs, for which the petitioner intends to request a FY05 (the new 20,000) H-1B upgrade.
    AILA Doc. No. 05051061.
  • USCIS Advises on Who Can Request Upgrade of H-1B (5/5/2005)
    A USCIS official has advised AILA that a request for an upgrade from a fiscal 2006 H-1B petition to a request for a fiscal 2005 number "may come from the petitioner's counsel."
    AILA Doc. No. 05050502.
  • Answers to Two Questions About Filing of Fiscal 2005 H-1Bs (5/5/2005)
    USCIS has responded to two of AILA’s questions about the filing of petitions for the 20,000 H-1B numbers for U.S. graduates of master’s or higher programs: where to file a petition for a fy05 number requesting premium processing, and clarification of a reference to premium processing in the 5/4/05 press release.
    AILA Doc. No. 05050511.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 4/11/05(19 KB - 4/15/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on 3/14/05 included discussions of the new I-129 form, fingerprints and capturing of biometrics of children under 14, the Special Review Board, and the $500 fraud prevention and detection fee. AILA Doc. No. 05041564.
    AILA Doc. No. 05041564.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 3/14/05(16 KB - 4/12/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on 3/14/05 included discussions of NHL P-1s, Advance Parole photograph requirements, and the Special Review Board. AILA Doc. No. 05041261.
    AILA Doc. No. 05041261.
  • Service Center Operations Teleconference of 2/7/05(21 KB - 4/12/2005)
    The AILA/Service Center Operations teleconference on 2/7/05 included discussions on H-1Bs, the Special Review Board, transfer of I-485's between I-140's, interview waiver guidance, Schedule A, and photo specifications. AILA Doc. No. 05041260.
    AILA Doc. No. 05041260.
  • What Is a U.S. Tax Code Number? (3/22/2005)
    USCIS Service Center Operations has advised SCOPS liaison Greg Adams that the U.S. tax code number requested on item 10 of the new L supplement to the I-129 is the same thing as the Employer Identification Number.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032278.
  • No Word From USCIS on Filing for the Additional H-1Bs (2/23/2005)
    While USCIS has indicated that a notice regarding filing for the additional 20,000 H-1Bs for U.S. advanced degree graduates will be issued "soon", USCIS indicates that it is not yet accepting these applications. Information in this regard will be posted to InfoNet as soon as it is recieved.
    AILA Doc. No. 05022360.
 
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