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  • USCIS SCOPS Update on FY2012 H-1B Cap (12/1/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS confirmed that there will be no lottery for petitions accepted for filing on the final receipt date, November 22, 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 11120165.
  • SCOPS Update on I-797 Approval Notices (12/1/2011)
    USCIS Service Center Operations update on the implementation of system changes to resume the mailing of original I-797 approval notices to the attorney or representative of record.
    AILA Doc. No. 11120163.
  • USCIS Service Center and Lockbox Thanksgiving Holiday Mail Schedule (11/23/2011)
    AILA Liaison has been informed that the USCIS service centers and lockboxes will accept deliveries the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 11112365.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (7/27/11)(69 KB - 11/8/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from a 7/27/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include NSEERS, AWA cases and processing delays, degree equivalency, VIBE, processing times for H-1B consular returns, and L transfers from CBP to USCIS.
    AILA Doc. No. 11110868.
  • Tell USCIS What's Wrong with New I-797 Delivery Procedures to USCIS (10/13/2011)
    Members are encouraged to report problems and issues that attorneys, employers, and beneficiaries have experienced as a result of the 9/12/11 change in I-797 delivery procedures to USCIS.
    AILA Doc. No. 11101335.
  • Sample E-mail Receipt Notice for I-924, Application for Regional Center(21 KB - 9/26/2011)
    Sample USCIS e-mail receipt notice for Form I-924, Application for Regional Center. The roll-out of direct e-mail communication with EB-5 Regional Center applicants is the first of a series of enhancements USCIS proposes to improve the EB-5 program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11092665.
  • AILA to USCIS: Original I-797s Must Go to Attorney of Record (Updated 9/21/11) (9/21/2011)
    AILA Liaison has learned that the change in processing of I-797 approval notices and the mailing of “courtesy copy” notices to the attorney of record is the result of a change to CLAIMS III. AILA has urged USCIS to return to the prior notification procedure immediately.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091628.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&AS (8/31/11)(108 KB - 9/16/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from the 8/31/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include NSEERs, Adam Walsh Act cases, Canadian L CBP backlogs, O and P processing times, NCSC inquires, and L Supplements.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091624.
  • Practice Pointer: Refunds and Stopped or Bounced Checks (Updated 8/24/11) (8/24/2011)
    AILA Liaison provides instructions for receiving a refund from USCIS and clarifying information on the treatment of stopped or bounced checks.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091169.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (7/27/11)(69 KB - 7/27/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from a 7/27/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include NSEERS, AWA cases and processing delays, degree equivalency, VIBE, processing times for H-1B consular returns, and L transfers from CBP to USCIS
    AILA Doc. No. 11072780.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (6/22/11)(294 KB - 7/6/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from a 6/22/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include NSEERS, filing location for concurrently-filed I-140/I-485s, H-1Bs, online case status problems, L-1s, and new filing instructions for Form I-290B.
    AILA Doc. No. 11070667.
  • USCIS Clarifies Filing Location of Concurrent I-140/I-485 Applications (6/27/2011)
    USCIS updated the direct filing instructions on its website to clarify that concurrently filed I-140/I-485 applications are to be filed with the Dallas lockbox.
    AILA Doc. No. 11062732.
  • AILA/SCOPS Liaison Q&As (5/25/11)(249 KB - 5/25/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from a 5/25/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include NSEERS, RFE response timeframe, H-1B cap exemptions, May 2011 visa bulletin, Kazarian guidance, and LPR cards.
    AILA Doc. No. 11052580.
  • Practice Alert: Change to Filing Location for Skilled Worker I-140 Petitions (5/20/2011)
    AILA reminds members that there has been a change in the direct filing location for skilled worker I-140 petitions.
    AILA Doc. No. 11052033.
  • Problems with the USCIS Lockbox Support E-mail Address (3/29/2011)
    AILA Liaison received confirmation that some e-mails sent to lockboxsupport@dhs.gov may have bounced due to migration of some USCIS servers.
    AILA Doc. No. 11032930.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q&As (1/19/11)(91 KB - 3/7/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from a 1/19/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include I-129 duplicate copies, R-1s, NOID vs. RFE, and receipt notices for case transfers.
    AILA Doc. No. 11030726.
  • AILA Liaison/SCOPS Q & As (2/23/11)(103 KB - 3/4/2011)
    USCIS SCOPS Q&As from a 2/23/11 engagement with AILA. Topics include contacting service centers, I-824 processing, export control questions, G-28s and case inquiries, fee waivers, H-1B and L-1 classifications, and I-140 transfers.
    AILA Doc. No. 11030433.
  • Practice Alert: Severe Weather Closes USCIS Service Centers (Updated 2/4/11) (2/4/2011)
    AILA Liaison has learned that the NSC and TSC were closed due to severe winter weather. USCIS confirmed that accomodations will be made for delayed deliveries. Both centers should be open on Monday, February 7, 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 11020371.
  • Update on USCIS Lockbox Processing(277 KB - 1/19/2011)
    The AILA USCIS Liaison Committee updates members on procedures at USCIS Lockboxes including problem resolution.
    AILA Doc. No. 11011966.
  • How Many Cap-Subject H-1B Visas Are Available in FY2011? (1/6/2011)
    AILA Liaison reports on the total number of H-1B visas available for FY2011, including unused Chile-Singapore H-1B1 numbers from FY2010.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010620.
 
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