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Ciudad Juarez Waiver Pilot Program
(35 KB - 12/20/2007)
The USCIS Field Office along with the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez announced a new waiver pilot program for immigrant visa applicants seeking a waiver of inadmissibility. AILA Doc. No. 07122060.
AILA Doc. No. 07122060.
USCIS E-Verify Powerpoint Presentation
(865 KB - 12/17/2007)
Text of the Powerpoint presentation given December 17, 2007 by Sonja Barnes, Chief of the Education Branch at USCIS, on "E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification." AILA Doc. 07121740.
AILA Doc. No. 07121740.
I-551 Update: USCIS Reviews Comments to Proposed Rule; I-551 Remains Valid
(31 KB - 12/13/2007)
USCIS advises that it is reviewing comments regarding the proposed rule that would require lawful permanent residents to replace permanent resident cards (Form I-551) with no expiration date. The update was also released in
Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Urdu
. AILA Doc. No. 07121376.
AILA Doc. No. 07121376.
USCIS Releases Statement on Validity of I-551 Cards without Expiration Dates
(37 KB - 12/12/2007)
On 12/11/07 USCIS released a statement confirming the continuing validity of I-551 cards without an expiration date. AILA Doc. No. 07121260.
AILA Doc. No. 07121260.
USCIS Guide to Help New Immigrants Adjust
(34 KB - 12/11/2007)
USCIS today released an updated version of
Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants
. The Guide provides a summary of essential information for new immigrants. The goal is to reach as many immigrants as possible. All translations of the Guide are available to download for free from the USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 07121164.
AILA Doc. No. 07121164.
USCIS Announces Fee Waiver for California Fire Victims
(41 KB - 12/10/2007)
On 12/7/07 USCIS announced that it would give special consideration to fee waiver requests from applicants who lost their residence or employment as a result of the wildfires in Southern California and are seeking to replace certain documents. AILA Doc. No. 07121062.
AILA Doc. No. 07121062.
USCIS Updates Task Force on New Americans Fact Sheet
(55 KB - 12/6/2007)
On 12/6/07 USCIS released an updated Fact Sheet on the Task Force on New Americans. Minor additions have been made to sections discussing civics education training conferences and a USCIS publication for immigrant visa recipients. AILA Doc. No. 07120672.
AILA Doc. No. 07120672.
USCIS Announces Addition of New Training Facilities
(29 KB - 12/6/2007)
On 12/5/07 USCIS announced the integration of three new training facilities, increasing the agency’s capacity for new employee training. AILA Doc. No. 07120663.
AILA Doc. No. 07120663.
(683 KB - 12/5/2007)
This USCIS US-Visit brochure provides foreign travelers with information about US-Visit procedures and biometric collection at ports of entry. AILA Doc. No. 07120574.
AILA Doc. No. 07120574.
US-Visit: Biometric Exit Procedures for Foreign Travelers at Airports and Seaports
(41 KB - 12/5/2007)
This USCIS US-Visit Update provides instructions to foreign travelers about the procedures for leaving the country. AILA Doc. No. 07120571.
AILA Doc. No. 07120571.
US-Visit Fact Sheet
(810 KB - 12/5/2007)
This fact sheet describes the purpose behind US-Visit: Benefits for International travelers, Benefits for Immigration, Benefits for terrorism detection and prevention, and Safeguarding privacy and the environment. AILA Doc. No. 07120569.
AILA Doc. No. 07120569.
I-130s To Be Filed With the Chicago Lockbox
(33 KB - 11/30/2007)
USCIS announced that starting December 3, 2007, all applicants filing stand-alone Form I-130s are encouraged to file their petitions with the Chicago Lockbox instead of a USCIS Service Center. AILA Doc. No. 07113073.
AILA Doc. No. 07113073.
USCIS Provides Date of Transition to New Employment Eligibility Verification Form
(31 KB - 11/25/2007)
CIS announced on November 23, 2007, that the Federal Register Notice providing information on when the revised Form I-9 must be used by employers will be published on November 26, 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07112561.
AILA Doc. No. 07112561.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program
(43 KB - 11/21/2007)
On November 21, 2007, USCIS announced the Cuban Family Reunification Program. This Fact Sheet addresses eligibility for the program, filing procedures, and includes a set of Q & As on the program. AILA Doc. No. 07112161.
AILA Doc. No. 07112161.
USCIS Update on Centralized Filing for H-2A Petitions
(24 KB - 11/9/2007)
USCIS announced that H-2A petitions must be filed with the California Service Center effective 12/10/07. Direct mail and private courier filing addresses are provided in the announcement. AILA Doc. No. 07110930.
AILA Doc. No. 07110930.
USCIS Revises Announcement and Fact Sheet for Revised Form I-9
(51 KB - 11/9/2007)
On November 8, 2007, USCIS revised its November 7, 2007, announcement and Fact Sheet regarding the new employment verification form I-9. The revision includes a brief explanation on when employers must begin using the form, and explains the transition period for use of the revised form I-9. AILA Doc. No. 07110964.
AILA Doc. No. 07110964.
USCIS Announces Revised Form I-9
(35 KB - 11/7/2007)
On 11/7/07 USCIS announced that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) is available for use. A Fact Sheet follows the USCIS Update. AILA Doc. No. 07110740.
AILA Doc. No. 07110740.
USCIS Update on Readmission for H and L Nonimmigrants
(45 KB - 10/31/2007)
USCIS press release on the final rule streamlining the readmission of certain Hand L nonimmigrants who have applied for adjustment of status to become permanent residents. AILA Doc. No. 07103180.
AILA Doc. No. 07103180.
USCIS News Release on Termination of TPS for Burundi
(146 KB - 10/29/2007)
USCIS press release and Q&As on the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Burundi. AILA Doc. No. 07102980.
AILA Doc. No. 07102980.
USCIS Announces Changes to Adoption Procedures in Vietnam
(24 KB - 10/25/2007)
On 10/25/07 USCIS announced that the agency’s office in Ho Chi Minh City will have sole jurisdiction over all Form I-600s,
Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed on behalf of a Vietnamese child
on or after 10/29/07.
AILA Doc. No. 07102564.
Updated Fact Sheet on Naturalization through Military Service
(43 KB - 10/25/2007)
On 10/24/07 USCIS released a Fact Sheet on naturalization through military service, updating a Fact Sheet issued on 8/1/07. AILA Doc. No. 07102563.
AILA Doc. No. 07102563.
New H-2A Filing Location
(26 KB - 10/17/2007)
H-2A temporary agricultural worker petitions are to be mailed to a new CSC unit for processing. AILA Doc. No. 07101767.
AILA Doc. No. 07101767.
USCIS Reminds Applicants to Apply Early for Travel Documents
(26 KB - 10/16/2007)
On 10/16/07 USCIS issued an Update reminding applicants to apply for travel documents before the end of October if they are planning to travel abroad during the holiday season. AILA Doc. No. 07101671.
AILA Doc. No. 07101671.
USCIS Reminder on U Visa Interim Rule
(24 KB - 10/16/2007)
On 10/16/07 USCIS released an Update as a reminder that the interim rule on U Visas takes effect on 10/17/07. Comments will be accepted until 11/16/07. AILA Doc. No. 07101668.
AILA Doc. No. 07101668.
USCIS FAQ V2 on Receipting Delays (10/12/07)
(27 KB - 10/12/2007)
On 10/12/07 USCIS issued an FAQ with new and revised questions and answers about the receipting delays. This FAQ follows the FAQ on receipting delays previously posted on the USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 07101270.
AILA Doc. No. 07101270.
USCIS Issues TPS Reminder to Salvadorans
(25 KB - 10/12/2007)
On 10/12/07 USCIS issued an Update reminding nationals of El Salvador eligible for TPS to file a re-registration application by 10/22/07. AILA Doc. No. 07101268.
AILA Doc. No. 07101268.
USCIS Press Release on the Interim Rule Establishing New Procedures for Adopting Children
(132 KB - 10/4/2007)
USCIS press release and Q&As on the new procedures for the immigration of children who are adopted by U.S. citizens and who come from countries that are parties to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. AILA Doc. No. 07100463.
AILA Doc. No. 07100463.
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2008
(38 KB - 10/1/2007)
On 10/1/07 USCIS announced that the H-2B cap had been reached for the first half of Fiscal Year 2008. AILA Doc. No. 07100163.
AILA Doc. No. 07100163.
USCIS Releases Another Fact Sheet on E-Verify
(41 KB - 9/28/2007)
On 9/25/07 USCIS issued another Fact Sheet on E-verify, following one issued on 8/9/07. AILA Doc. No. 07092832.
AILA Doc. No. 07092832.
USCIS Launches Photo Screening Tool for E-verify
(38 KB - 9/28/2007)
On 9/25/07 USCIS announced the launch of a photo screening tool for E-verify, the web-based electronic employment eligibility verification system. AILA Doc. No. 07092831.
AILA Doc. No. 07092831.
Fact Sheet on Discretionary Material Support Exemption and the FARC
(27 KB - 9/28/2007)
This 9/26/07 Fact Sheet addresses the DHS Secretary’s discretionary authority to exempt from the material support inadmissibility provision certain individuals who provided material support under duress to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). AILA Doc. No. 07092830.
AILA Doc. No. 07092830.
USCIS Announces New Filing Address for Humanitarian Parole Applications
(45 KB - 9/27/2007)
On 9/26/07 USCIS announced a new filing address for humanitarian parole applications.
AILA Doc. No. 07092769.
USCIS Announces New Naturalization Test
(609 KB - 9/27/2007)
On 9/27/07 USCIS announced the 100 questions and answers that comprise the civics component of the new naturalization test to be administered beginning 10/08. The new 100 questions and answers and FAQs follow the Press Release. AILA Doc. No. 07092760.
AILA Doc. No. 07092760.
USCIS Fact Sheet and Q & As Announce Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians with TPS
(81 KB - 9/17/2007)
On 9/13/07 USCIS announced that President Bush issued a memorandum directing DHS to defer the enforced departure of any qualified Liberian with TPS for 18 months. AILA Doc. No. 07091362.
AILA Doc. No. 07091362.
DHS Press Release on Proposed Rule Regarding Passenger Manifests for Private Aircraft
(107 KB - 9/18/2007)
DHS press release and Q&As on the new rule to further improve aircraft security in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 07091880.
AILA Doc. No. 07091880.
USCIS Publishes New Rule for Nonimmigrant Victims of Criminal Activity
(75 KB - 9/5/2007)
USCIS press release and fact sheet on the interim fine rule that establishes procedures for applicants seeking U nonimmigrant status. AILA Doc. No. 07090580.
AILA Doc. No. 07090580.
USCIS Fact Sheet on U Nonimmigrant Status Certification
(62 KB - 9/5/2007)
USCIS fact sheet on how to file for the U nonimmigrant status. AILA Doc. No. 07090581.
AILA Doc. No. 07090581.
USCIS Press Release, Q & As and Fact Sheet on Proposed Rule Regarding I-551 Cards Without an Expiration Date
(186 KB - 8/22/2007)
On 8/22/07 USCIS released a Press Release, Q & As and a Fact Sheet that address the proposed rule to require replacement of I-551 "green cards" without an expiration date within a 120 day filing period. AILA Doc. No. 07082266.
AILA Doc. No. 07082266.
USCIS Press Release and Q & As on TPS Extension for El Salvador
(56 KB - 8/21/2007)
An 8/21/07 USCIS Press Release on the TPS extension for El Salvador addresses re-registration. Q & As follow the press release and include tables on forms and fees, biometrics, filing, and supporting documentation. AILA Doc. No. 07082161.
AILA Doc. No. 07082161.
USCIS Launches Toll-Free Military Helpline
(25 KB - 8/13/2007)
On 8/13/07 USCIS announced that members of the U.S. military and their families are now able to call a toll-free helpline for assistance with USCIS benefits. AILA Doc. No. 07081361.
AILA Doc. No. 07081361.
Change in Adoption Procedure at U.S. Embassy in Guatemala
(60 KB - 8/7/2007)
An 8/6/07 USCIS Update states that the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala announced a change in the requirements of the biological parent that must be satisfied prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa for the adopted child. AILA Doc. No. 07080760.
AILA Doc. No. 07080760.
USCIS Announces Changes Benefiting Prospective Adoptive Parents
(32 KB - 8/6/2007)
On 8/6/07 USCIS announced that changes benefiting prospective adoptive parents were implemented on 7/30/07, because the processing of orphan petitions, Form I-600, may take longer than the current valid approval period of Form I-600A. The USCIS Update is followed by FAQs. AILA Doc. No. 07080668.
AILA Doc. No. 07080668.
USCIS Update on Administering Additional Humanitarian Parole Programs
(54 KB - 8/6/2007)
As of 8/6/07 USCIS will administer the Humanitarian Parole Program, the Moscow Refugee Parole Program and the Cuban Haitian Entrant Program. These programs were formerly administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
AILA Doc. No. 07080666.
USCIS Urges Employers to Identify “Returning Workers” on H-2B Petitions for FY 08
(40 KB - 8/2/2007)
On 8/2/07 USCIS issued an Update urging employers to continue to identify “returning workers” when filing H-2B petitions for FY 08. The “returning worker” provisions enacted in the SOS Act of 2005 expire on 9/30/07. AILA Doc. No. 07080264.
AILA Doc. No. 07080264.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization Through Military Service
(49 KB - 8/2/2007)
An 8/1/07 USCIS Fact Sheet outlines the qualifications necessary for naturalization through military service. It also addresses the application process. An updated Fact Sheet was issued on 10/24/07. AILA Doc. No. 07080263.
AILA Doc. No. 07080263.
USCIS Issues Final Re-registration Reminder to Hondurans and Nicaraguans Eligible for TPS
(47 KB - 7/30/2007)
A 7/27/07 USCIS Update reminds Honduran and Nicaraguan applicants eligible for TPS to re-register by 7/30/07. It also reminds applicants of the fee increase on the same day. AILA Doc. No. 07073063.
AILA Doc. No. 07073063.
USCIS Implements New Application and Petition Fee Schedule Today
(33 KB - 7/30/2007)
USCIS is implementing the new application and petition fee schedule today, July 30, 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07073062.
AILA Doc. No. 07073062.
USCIS Rescinds Prior Update Regarding the Discontinuation of “Prepaid Mailers"
USCIS is reinstating the practice of utilizing prepaid mailers as an alternate method of delivering notices and documents to the public. AILA Doc. No. 07073060.
AILA Doc. No. 07073060.
USCIS Extends Temporary Premium Processing Suspension for I-140s
(36 KB - 7/24/2007)
On 7/24/07 USCIS announced an extension of the temporary suspension of Premium Processing for Form I-140. AILA Doc. No. 07072430.
AILA Doc. No. 07072430.
USCIS to Discontinue Use of Prepaid Mailers to Send Notices and Documents
(36 KB - 7/23/2007)
On 7/23/07 USCIS announced that as of 7/30/07 the Service will only accept “prepaid mailers,” used to return notices and documents to an applicant or petitioner, for Refugee Travel documents and Reentry Permit applications. AILA Doc. No. 07072368.
AILA Doc. No. 07072368.
USCIS Reopens Filing of EB Adjustment Cases
(38 KB - 7/17/2007)
On 7/17/07 USCIS announced revised processing procedures for I-485s filed by applicants whose priority dates are current under the July 2007 Visa Bulletin. AILA Doc. No. 07071731.
AILA Doc. No. 07071731.
USCIS Launches SIMS Pilot Program
(68 KB - 7/17/2007)
On 7/16/07 USCIS announced the launch of the first Secure Information Management Service (SIMS) pilot program to test the web-based information management tool. The pilot program is using SIMS to process inter-country adoption applications. A USCIS Press Release is followed by Q&As.
AILA Doc. No. 07071761.
USCIS Update Clarifies Effective Date for Regulations on Labor Cert. Substitutions
(36 KB - 7/16/2007)
A 7/13/07 USCIS Update clarifies that the new Department of Labor regulations regarding labor certification substitutions will not take effect until 7/17/07. AILA Doc. No. 07071660.
AILA Doc. No. 07071660.
USCIS Re-Issues Reminder to Hondurans and Nicaraguans Eligible for TPS
(47 KB - 7/12/2007)
On 7/11/07 USCIS issued an Update reminding Hondurans and Nicaraguans eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file a re-registration application for TPS by 7/30/07. AILA Doc. No. 07071261.
AILA Doc. No. 07071261.
USCIS Announces that CSC is Now Issuing Delayed I-797s
(57 KB - 7/12/2007)
On 7/11/07 USCIS announced that the California Service Center has resolved the system problems creating delays in issuance of I-797 approval notices. CSC is generating and mailing the delayed approval notices, which customers can expect to receive by 7/20/07. AILA Doc. No. 07071260.
AILA Doc. No. 07071260.
USCIS Rejecting I-485s Where Priority Date in Not Current Under DOS Update on July Visa Availability
(39 KB - 7/2/2007)
A 7/2/07 USCIS Update announced that USCIS is rejecting I-485 applications for applicants whose priority date is not current under the revised July Visa Bulletin. AILA Doc. No. 07070265.
AILA Doc. No. 07070265.
Special Immigrant Numbers for Afghani and Iraqi Translators and Interpreters Temporarily Increased to 500
(35 KB - 7/2/2007)
On 6/28/07 USCIS released a Fact Sheet announcing a temporary increase in the number of Afghani and Iraqi translators and interpreters allowed to immigrate in FY 07 and FY 08 from 50 to 500. AILA Doc. No. 07070269.
AILA Doc. No. 07070269.
USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for I-140s
(37 KB - 6/28/2007)
On 6/27/07 USCIS announced that effective 7/2/07 Premium Processing will be temporarily suspended for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. AILA Doc. No. 07062862.
AILA Doc. No. 07062862.
USCIS Fact Sheet on the Status of Citizens of Palau
(55 KB - 6/22/2007)
On 6/21/07 USCIS released a Fact Sheet on the status of citizens of the Republic of Palau, which addresses admission to the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07062272.
AILA Doc. No. 07062272.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization Through Military Service
(49 KB - 6/22/2007)
On 6/21/07 USCIS released a Fact Sheet on naturalization for members and certain veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. AILA Doc. No.07062230
AILA Doc. No. 07062230.
USCIS Update on the DORA Pilot Program
(46 KB - 6/22/2007)
USCIS announced that adjustment applicants in the Dallas, El Paso and Oklahoma City areas will no longer be required to participate in the DORA pilot program under which certain aliens were required to file Form I-485 in person. AILA Doc. No. 07062261.
AILA Doc. No. 07062261.
USCIS Announces Direct Filing Instructions for Forms I-129F, I-131, I-140, I-360, I-485, I-765, and I-907
(46 KB - 6/22/2007)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced new "Direct Filing" instructions for additional immigration forms that were transitioned last year into the Bi-Specialization initiative. AILA Doc. No. 07062260.
AILA Doc. No. 07062260.
USCIS Reports Error in 1-800 Number Listed on Notices
(23 KB - 6/8/2007)
On 6/8/07 USCIS reported that notices sent to applicants between 3/23/07 and 6/5/07 listed an incorrect phone number for the 1-800 number. The Service estimates that the error may have affected approximately 200,000 people. AILA Doc. No. 07060870.
AILA Doc. No. 07060870.
USCIS Warns of Fraud Related to Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation
(23 KB - 5/31/2007)
The 5/31/07 USCIS Update informs the public that proposed Senate bill S.1348 has not become law, and that individuals should be wary of any persons, organizations or businesses claiming to assist in applying for benefits under the immigration reform legislation. AILA Doc. No. 07053169.
AILA Doc. No. 07053169.
USCIS Q & As on TPS Extension for Nationals of Honduras
(66 KB - 5/30/2007)
On 5/29/07 USCIS released Q & As on the 18-month TPS extension for nationals of Honduras. AILA Doc. No. 07053066.
AILA Doc. No. 07053066.
USCIS Q & As on TPS Extension for Nicaraguans
(67 KB - 5/30/2007)
On 5/29/07 USCIS released Q & As on the 18-month TPS extension for nationals of Nicaragua. AILA Doc. No. 07053065.
AILA Doc. No. 07053065.
USCIS Press Release on 18-Month TPS Extension for Hondurans and Nicaraguans
(14 KB - 5/29/2007)
A 5/29/07 USCIS Press Release announced the extension of the designation of TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua. The extension is effective 7/5/07 and will remain in effect until 1/5/09. The announcement also addresses re-registration procedures. AILA Doc. No. 07052971.
AILA Doc. No. 07052971.
USCIS Final Fee Schedule
(343 KB - 5/29/2007)
This document lists the new, increased USCIS applications fees effective 7/30/07. AILA Doc. No. 07052962.
AILA Doc. No. 07052962.
USCIS Q & As on New Fee Schedule
(57 KB - 5/29/2007)
On 3/29/07 USCIS released Q & As on the new, increased fee schedule, effective July 30, 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07052961.
AILA Doc. No. 07052961.
New USCIS Fees to Take Effect July 30, 2007
(45 KB - 5/29/2007)
USCIS announces that its new, dramatically increased, fee schedule will take effect 7/30/07. The notice, which should be published in the Federal Register shortly, will include some changes from the proposed fee structure, but the huge increase will go forward. AILA Doc. No. 07052960.
AILA Doc. No. 07052960.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Military Naturalizations
(49 KB - 5/25/2007)
A 5/24/07 USCIS Fact Sheet sets forth guidelines for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who may apply for citizenship under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. AILA Doc. No. 07052561.
AILA Doc. No. 07052561.
USCIS Update on New I-140 Filing Procedures Following DOL Rule Eliminating Substitutions
This USCIS Update outlines new I-140 filing procedures following the DOL's rule eliminating substitutions on labor certification applications. AILA Doc. No. 07052470.
AILA Doc. No. 07052470.
USCIS Halts Premium Processing on I-140s Requesting Substitution of Alien Beneficiary
In light of the expected volume of requests resulting from the DOL's final rule eliminating labor certification substitutions, USCIS announces that, effective May 18, 2007, it will no longer offer premium processing for I-140 petitions.
AILA Doc. No. 07051770.
USCIS Explains H-1B Receipt Notice Delay for Non-Premium Cases
(38 KB - 5/14/2007)
In a 5/11/07 announcement, USCIS confirmed a fee receipt and data entry front log for H-1B petitions that were not filed premium processing. AILA Doc. No. 07051460.
AILA Doc. No. 07051460.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Secretary Chertoff's 4/27/07 Material Support Memo
This USCIS Fact Sheet addresses DHS Secretary Chertoff’s exercise of authority under Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) of the INA in a 4/27/07 Memo. Secretary Chertoff established a framework for potential exemption from inadmissibility to persons who provided material support to terrorist organizations under duress. AILA Doc. No. 07051164.
AILA Doc. No. 07051164.
Update on I-601 Waiver Pilot Program in Ciudad Juarez
(36 KB - 4/26/2007)
USCIS released an update on the new pilot program to provide same day adjudication of many I-601 Waivers of Excludability. The program was implemented this year by the USCIS Ciudad Juarez Office in conjunction with the Department of State. AILA Doc. No. 07042666.
AILA Doc. No. 07042666.
USCIS Update on U.S. Master’s H-1B Count
(58 KB - 4/24/2007)
On 4/23/07 USCIS announced the number of H-1B petitions for the U.S. master’s degree exemption that it had received as of 4/18/2007. AILA Doc. No. 07042461.
AILA Doc. No. 07042461.
USCIS Clarifies Status of H-1B Receipts Issued Before 4/12/07
(36 KB - 4/19/2007)
A 4/19/07 USCIS Update clarifies the status of receipts issued for H-1B petitions prior to 4/12/07. The Service underscores that the issuance of a receipt notice prior to conducting the computer-generated random selection process has no correlation with whether a petition has been randomly selected for processing. AILA Doc. No. 07041940.
AILA Doc. No. 07041940.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Proposed Changes for Religious Worker Visas
(46 KB - 4/19/2007)
A 4/19/07 USCIS Fact Sheet outlines the proposed changes to the regulations on religious worker visa classifications. AILA Doc. No. 07041912.
AILA Doc. No. 07041912.
USCIS Proposes Changes for Religious Worker Visas
(25 KB - 4/19/2007)
A 4/19/07 USCIS News Release discusses proposed revisions to regulations on special immigrant (SR/SD) and nonimmigrant (R-1) religious worker visa classifications. AILA Doc. No. 07041911.
AILA Doc. No. 07041911.
USCIS News Release on the Office of Security and Integrity
(58 KB - 4/18/2007)
A USCIS News Release discusses the new Office of Security and Integrity (OSI), established a month ago. AILA Doc. No. 07041863.
AILA Doc. No. 07041863.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Flexible Response Times for RFEs and NOIDs
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A USCIS Fact Sheet on the final rule that allows the Service "flexibility" in setting the length of time in which applicants must respond to an RFE or NOID. AILA Doc. No. 07041711.
AILA Doc. No. 07041711.
USCIS Update On H-1B Lottery And Receipting
USCIS Update dated 4/13/2007 reports on the running of the random selection process, a change in initial processing that allowed conduct of the selection process sooner, and receipting. AILA Doc. No. 07041340.
AILA Doc. No. 07041340.
USCIS to Have Flexibility in Setting RFE and NOID Response Times
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USCIS will publish a final rule in the Federal Register that will amend DHS regulations by giving the Service flexibility in setting the length of time during which applicants must respond to an RFE or NOID. AILA Doc. No. 07041210.
AILA Doc. No. 07041210.
USCIS Announces Extension of Filing Time for Os and Ps
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On 4/11/07 USCIS announced that applicants will be able to file for O and P visas up to one year in advance beginning 5/16/07. AILA Doc. No. 07041164.
AILA Doc. No. 07041164.
USCIS Says H-1B Masters Numbers Still Available
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USCIS provides information on H-1B petitions received based on count through April 9, 2007, including specific information on US-earned masters degree exception applications received. AILA Doc. No. 07041066.
AILA Doc. No. 07041066.
USCIS Announces How It Will Handle Premium Processing for H-1Bs
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USCIS announces that the 15-day premium processing period for cap-subject H-1Bs will not begin until after the random lottery has selected the petitions for processing. AILA Doc. No. 07040962.
AILA Doc. No. 07040962.
USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Reached
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The USCIS has announced that the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2008 was reached on the first day that filing was permitted, April 2, 2007. The announcement contains further information on the random selection lottery, on the U.S-earned Master’s degree exemption from the cap, and on processing of petitions. AILA Doc. No. 07040368.
AILA Doc. No. 07040368.
USCIS Update Advises Petitioners to Follow Regulatory Requirements
USCIS Update dated March 27, 2007, reminds petitioners to follow regulatory requirements; corrects prior information regarding LCAs. AILA Doc. No. 07032910.
AILA Doc. No. 07032910.
USCIS Update Provides Information To Help Complete And Submit FY 2008 H-1B Cap Petitions
USCIS Update dated March 27, 2007, contains suggestions for completing the I-29 petition and other forms for FY 2008 H-1B petitions. AILA Doc. No. 07032965.
AILA Doc. No. 07032965.
USCIS H-1B Update
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A 3/27/07 USCIS Update on cap-subject H-1B filings for FY 2008 scheduled for delivery on Saturday, March 31, or Sunday, April 1. AILA Doc. No. 07032863.
AILA Doc. No. 07032863.
USCIS Update on Filing I-130s Abroad
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Consular offices have resumed accepting I-130 petitions filed by U.S. Citizen petitioners who live abroad. A 3/26/07 USCIS Update provides guidance on qualifying to file abroad and on whether to file at a USCIS international office or consular post. AILA Doc. No. 07032762.
AILA Doc. No. 07032762.
USCIS Release Announces H-2B Cap Reached for FY 07
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In an announcement dated 3/23/07 and released 3/26/07, USCIS states that, as of 3/16/07, it has received a sufficient number of H-2B petitions to reach the cap for the second half of fiscal year 2007. Petitions received after 3/16 will be rejected. AILA Doc. No. 07032660.
AILA Doc. No. 07032660.
USCIS Creates Office of Security and Integrity
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On 3/5/07 USCIS announced that Director Gonzalez established the new Office of Security and Integrity. AILA Doc. No. 07031660.
AILA Doc. No. 07031660.
USCIS Update on EAD Extensions for Certain TPS Recipients
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On 3/9/07, USCIS released an update on EADs for TPS recipients from Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. A letter will be sent to applicants with unajudicated EADs for receipt of an extension sticker at an Application Support Center. AILA Doc. No. 07031265.
AILA Doc. No. 07031265.
I-539 Direct Filing Address Chart
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This chart provides direct filing addresses for Form I-539, Application to Change/Extend Nonimmigrant Status. AILA Doc. No. 07030965.
AILA Doc. No. 07030965.
I-129 Direct Filing Address Chart
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This chart provides direct filing addresses for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. AILA Doc. No. 07030964.
AILA Doc. No. 07030964.
USCIS Announces Direct Filing of I-129 and I-539 at VSC and CSC
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On 3/5/07 USCIS announced that effective 4/2/07 all Forms I-129 and I-539 are to be filed directly with either the Vermont Service Center or California Service Center, based on the place of temporary employment or place of residence. AILA Doc. No. 07030660.
AILA Doc. No. 07030660.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Guatemalan Asylum Applicants, ABC Class Benefits & NACARA
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A 2/28/07 USCIS Fact Sheet provides an overview of relief for Guatemalan asylum applicants, following the ABC settlement agreement and Section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). AILA Doc. No. 07030262.
AILA Doc. No. 07030262.
USCIS Announces New Biometrics Process for Conditional Permanent Residents
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On 2/28/07 USCIS announced a new biometrics process for applicants who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, effective immediately. The new process requires all conditional permanent residents to have their biometrics captured electronically at an ASC. AILA Doc. No. 07030261.
AILA Doc. No. 07030261.
USCIS Press Release on New NTA FOIA Request Track
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A 2/28/07 USCIS Press Release announced the launch of a new FOIA request track for individuals who are scheduled to appear before an IJ. Cases in which an IJ has issued a final order or those in which an appeal has been filed with the BIA will not be included in the new NTA FOIA request track. AILA Doc. No. 07030111.
AILA Doc. No. 07030111.
USCIS FOIA Fact Sheet
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A 2/28/07 USCIS FOIA Fact Sheet, describes the three FOIA request processing tracks. Guidelines are provided on the information and documentation required to place a request in the new Notice to Appear track, effective 3/30/07. AILA Doc. No. 07030165.
AILA Doc. No. 07030165.
USCIS Update: I-130s Filed at Consulates Should Not be Re-filed
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On 2/27/2007, USCIS released an update on changes to processing of Form I-130. USCIS advised that anyone who filed a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with a US embassy or consulate since July 2006 does not need to re-file the petition. USCIS is working with DOS to process those petitions. AILA Doc. No. 07022776.
AILA Doc. No. 07022776.
USCIS Releases Updated Form I-765
USCIS revised Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to obtain additional information from NIW physicians following
Schneider v. Chertoff
, 450 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2006). AILA Doc. No. 07022368.
AILA Doc. No. 07022368.
USCIS on Criteria to Expedite FBI Name Check
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News release from USCIS indicates that USCIS no longer requests FBI to expedite a name check when the sole reason is federal litigation. Other reasons for expediting a name check are given. AILA Doc. No. 07022160.
AILA Doc. No. 07022160.
USCIS Ombudsman Recommends 30 Day Advance Notice of Changes in Policy and Operations
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A 2/8/07 recommendation from Prakash Khatri, USCIS Ombudsman, suggests the adoption of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) under which there would be a 30 day advance notice to the public of changes to USCIS policy and operating procedures. AILA Doc. No. 07022064.
AILA Doc. No. 07022064.
USCIS to Reissue Case Specific I-360 RFE if Needed
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USCIS announced that on 1/29/07 it discontinued the use of generic RFEs for Form I-360 petitions for religious workers. USCIS will review these petitions and issue a case specific RFE if necessary. AILA Doc. No. 07022060.
AILA Doc. No. 07022060.
USCIS Issues Redesigned Travel Booklets
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On 2/15/07, USCIS issued a redesigned travel booklet, used for either a Re-entry Permit (Form I-327) or a Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571). AILA Doc. No. 07021563.
AILA Doc. No. 07021563.
USCIS Issues Reminder of New Chinese Govt. Adoption Rules
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On 2/13/07, USCIS issued a reminder of new Chinese government rules for intercountry adoptions that will take effect on 5/1/07. AILA Doc. No. 07021463
AILA Doc. No. 07021463.
USCIS Fact Sheet on FY 2008 Budget
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A 2/5/07 Fact Sheet summarizes the President’s FY 2008 Budget Request for USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 07020660.
AILA Doc. No. 07020660.
USCIS Documents Related to Proposed Fee Increase
A USCIS proposed rule to adjust fees was announced under the banner “Building an Immigration Service for the 21st Century.” In addition to the rule, on 1/31/07 the Service released a Current v. Proposed Fee Schedule, a Press Release, two Fact Sheets, the transcript of a Message from USCIS Director Gonzalez, and Q & As. AILA Doc. No. 07013177.
AILA Doc. No. 07013177.
USCIS Fact Sheet on TPS Re-registration for El Salvadorans
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A 1/26/07 USCIS Fact Sheet discusses TPS re-registration applications from nationals of El Salvador, and also new EADs and EAD extensions. AILA Doc. No. 07012962.
AILA Doc. No. 07012962.
USCIS Fact Sheet on TPS Re-registration for Hondurans and Nicaraguans
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A 1/26/07 USCIS Fact Sheet discusses TPS re-registration applications from Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals, and also new EADs and EAD extensions. AILA Doc. No. 07012961.
AILA Doc. No. 07012961.
USCIS Releases Naturalization Test Redesign Fact Sheet
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On 1/22/07, USCIS released a Fact Sheet on the redesign of the naturalization test. AILA Doc. No. 07012310.
AILA Doc. No. 07012310.
USCIS Launches Online Change of Address Service
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On 1/12/07, USCIS launched a web-based service that allows applicants to change their address online. AILA Doc. No. 07011265.
AILA Doc. No. 07011265.
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