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2013 USCIS Office Closings (Updated 12/30/13)
USCIS notice that USCIS offices are closed on December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 13012863.
USCIS Workload Transfer from VSC to CSC
(587 KB - 12/23/2013)
USCIS alert that it recently began transferring some H-1B extension of stay casework from VSC to CSC to balance workloads.
AILA Doc. No. 13122346.
USCIS Reminder Regarding Revised EB-5 Forms I-526 and I-824
(464 KB - 12/16/2013)
USCIS reminder that both the Form I-526 and the Form I-824 were recently revised. Previous version of the I-526 will not be accepted after 12/16/13, and previous version of the I-824 will not be accepted after 12/23/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13121640.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, Fall/Winter 2013
(935 KB - 12/12/2013)
Vermont Service Center stakeholders newsletter for fall/winter 2013, covering a message from the new Acting Director Tom Cioppa, G-28 best practices, I-290B guidance that the attorney or representative information is now appearing as the petitioner on VSC receipts, O and P filing tips, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13121245.
E-Verify Connection Newsletter, December 2013 (Issue XVI)
(688 KB - 12/11/2013)
USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for December 2013, including information on E-Verify Mobile, the new monitoring and compliance webpage, the new MOUs, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13121155.
USCIS Hits Statutory Limit of 10,000 U Visas for FY2014
(586 KB - 12/11/2013)
USCIS alert that it has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas for FY2014. USCIS will send a letter to eligible petitioners who, due solely to the cap, are not granted U-1 visas, notifying them that they are on a waiting list and what options they have in the interim.
AILA Doc. No. 13121149.
Signature Requirements for USCIS Forms (Updated 12/11/13)
(624 KB - 12/11/2013)
USCIS offers legal requirements for signatures on all petitions and applications, as well as signatures by attorneys and accredited representatives for Form G-28. USCIS notes that signatures must be original for each form submitted.
AILA Doc. No. 11012564.
USCIS Brochure on Survivor Benefits for Non-Citizen Relatives of Military Personnel
(573 KB - 12/11/2013)
USCIS brochure from the Information and Customer Service Division on survivor benefits for non-citizen relatives of military personal.
AILA Doc. No. 13121144.
VSC Alert: RFEs Will Be Issued on Yellow Paper After 12/9/13
(486 KB - 12/5/2013)
VSC alert that as of 12/9/13, Requests for Evidence (RFEs) will be issued on light yellow paper instead of the blue stock paper.
AILA Doc. No. 13120549.
USCIS Alert on Revised ABT Settlement Agreement
(587 KB - 12/4/2013)
USCIS alert on the revised ABT Settlement Agreement, which provides that certain individuals who intend to file an asylum application, or who have already filed an asylum application, are entitled to have their eligibility for employment authorization determined using new procedures.
AILA Doc. No. 13120444.
USCIS Q&As on the U Visa for Victims of Criminal Activity
(524 KB - 12/3/2013)
USCIS Q&As, dated 11/5/13, on the U nonimmigrant status or U visa, which is a visa for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
AILA Doc. No. 13120341.
USCIS Revises E-Verify Participation and Right to Work Posters
(469 KB - 12/2/2013)
USCIS revised the E-Verify Participation and Right to Work posters in response to feedback from E-Verify’s crowdsourcing site, E-verify Listens. It is mandatory for E-Verify employers to display the posters and previous versions of the posters are still acceptable.
AILA Doc. No. 13120243.
USCIS Stakeholder Update on Immigration Relief Measures for Filipino Nationals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan
(474 KB - 11/22/2013)
USCIS notice to stakeholders discussing various relief measures that may be available to Filipino nationals in the U.S. impacted by Typhoon Haiyan as well as an update on assessing whether a TPS designation is warranted.
AILA Doc. No. 13112254.
USCIS Update on Processing Times for Immediate Relative Form I-130s
(469 KB - 11/20/2013)
USCIS message to stakeholders regarding the extended processing times for Form I-130, filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relatives. USCIS is making a concerted effort to adjudicate these cases and aims to return to the average processing time of five months by May 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 13112052.
USCIS Reminder to Use Current Form I-821D
(488 KB - 11/19/2013)
USCIS reminder to use the current Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, dated 6/25/13. USCIS has experienced a high rejection rate as a result of customers submitting outdated versions of the form.
AILA Doc. No. 13111950.
USCIS Can Now Lock SSNs That Appear to Be Misused in E-Verify
(487 KB - 11/18/2013)
USCIS notice that E-Verify can now lock Social Security numbers (SSN) that appear to have been used fraudulently, like a credit card company can lock a credit card that appears to have been stolen. If an employee attempts to use a locked SSN, a Tentative Nonconfirmation will be generated.
AILA Doc. No. 13111844.
USCIS Temporary Accommodation for H-2A Petitions Expires on 11/29/13
(483 KB - 11/18/2013)
USCIS alert that its temporary accommodation to allow H-2A petitioners to file Form I-129 with a copy of the signed, certified TLC, will expire on 11/29/13. Beginning 12/2/13, H-2A petitions filed without the certified TLC on blue security paper and original signatures will not be accepted.
AILA Doc. No. 13111804.
USCIS Awareness Video on SAVE
USCIS Beacon blog article on a new USCIS awareness video on the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.
AILA Doc. No. 13111803.
USCIS Reminds Filipino Nationals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan of Available Immigration Relief Measures
(588 KB - 11/15/2013)
USCIS alert to Filipino nationals regarding certain immigration relief measures available for those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
AILA Doc. No. 13111541.
USCIS Looking For Feedback on Mobile E-Verify Needs
(467 KB - 11/14/2013)
USCIS alert that it is looking for feedback to help guide the development of new mobile E-Verify solutions.
AILA Doc. No. 13111449.
Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalis
(465 KB - 11/7/2013)
USCIS press release announcing extension of TPS for eligible nationals of Somalia for an additional 18 months, beginning 03/18/2014 through 09/17/2005. Current Somali beneficiaries must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period from 11/01/2013 through 12/31/2013.
AILA Doc. No. 13110740.
USCIS Q&As on Appeals and Motions
(611 KB - 11/5/2013)
USCIS Q&As dated 1/22/13 on appeals and motions, including how to file an appeal or motion, when to file, motions to reopen versus motions to reconsider, timeframes for appeal and motion processing, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13110552.
USCIS Updates E-Verify Website
(486 KB - 11/4/2013)
USCIS alert that the E-Verify website has been updated in response to customer feedback and external web audits. New content includes information on how E-Verify works and how to determine who is affected by the E-Verify Federal Contractor rule.
AILA Doc. No. 13110445.
USCIS Alert: Use of Return Mailers at the VSC
(467 KB - 11/4/2013)
VSC alert reminding stakeholders that the VSC can only use return mailers submitted with either a pre-paid billable stamp or shipping label affixed to the package.
AILA Doc. No. 13110443.
USCIS Alert for Foreign Nationals Impacted by Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters (Updated 11/1/13)
(598 KB - 11/1/2013)
USCIS alert offering tips for foreign nationals that have been affected by civil unrest or severe environmental disasters, and information about temporary relief measures that may be available to eligible foreign nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 11041460.
USCIS Alert that Revised Forms I-526 and I-824 Are Now Available
(514 KB - 10/31/2013)
USCIS alert that revised Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, and Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, are now available for use. Previous versions of Form I-526 accepted until 12/16/13 and Form I-824 accepted until 12/23/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13103143.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on National Stakeholder Engagements
(567 KB - 10/28/2013)
USCIS alert that it is looking for feedback on its national stakeholder engagements, including if stakeholders have participated in a national USCIS event and how engagements could be improved to better serve the stakeholders. Submit your thoughts through the USCIS Idea Community until 11/8/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13102845.
E-Verify Alert Regarding 10/22/13 Technical Issues
(546 KB - 10/25/2013)
USCIS E-Verify alert that on 10/22/13, E-Verify experienced technical issues where an employer who provide a U.S. passport or passport card erroneously received a tentative nonconfirmation. Alert includes instructions for those employers who received this TNCs on 10/22/13 due to this issue.
AILA Doc. No. 13102546.
USCIS Alert on Temporary Accommodations for Form I-129 H-2A Petitions
(582 KB - 10/23/2013)
USCIS alert that beginning on 10/23/13, due to the unique time sensitivities associated with agricultural work, USCIS will temporarily accept H-2A petitions that are filed with a copy of the certified TLC and signatures on the TLC submitted to USCIS do not need to be original.
AILA Doc. No. 13102343.
USCIS Reminds Diversity Visa Applicants to Be Wary of Scammers
(540 KB - 10/22/2013)
USCIS reminder that the DOS Diversity Visa Program registration ends on 11/2/13 and cautioning applicants to be wary of fake e-mails, letters, text messages, and phone calls from possible scammers during this time.
AILA Doc. No. 13102251.
USCIS Alert of Workload Transfer from NBC to Service Centers
(542 KB - 10/21/2013)
USCIS alert that it recently began transferring some I-130 petitions from the NBC to the Nebraska, Texas and California Service Centers to balance overall operational workload.
AILA Doc. No. 13102146.
Vermont Service Center Update—October 2013
(1041 KB - 10/21/2013)
USCIS flyer provided at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) in-person stakeholder event on 10/18/13, including updates on new and ongoing initiatives in the VSC’s business, humanitarian, family, customer service, and operational strategy divisions.
AILA Doc. No. 13102143.
USCIS Alert Regarding I-129 Filings During Government Shutdown
(600 KB - 10/18/2013)
USCIS alert that if an H-1B, H-2A or H-2B petition is submitted with evidence that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was the government shutdown, USCIS will excuse the late filing, if the petitioner meets all other applicable requirements.
AILA Doc. No. 13101803.
E-Verify Resumed Operations Following the Federal Government Shutdown
(487 KB - 10/17/2013)
USCIS alert that E-Verify has resumed operations following the federal government shutdown, and all E-Verify features and services are available. Alert includes Q&As regarding how the shutdown affected E-Verify and Form I-9.
AILA Doc. No. 13101747.
Florida Woman Sentenced for Unlicensed Practice of Immigration Law
(542 KB - 10/16/2013)
USCIS investigation, acting on a tip from the local AILA chapter, resulted in the sentencing of a Tampa-area women for falsely using the seal of DHS to perpetuate her unlicensed practice of immigration law and defrauding dozens of victims.
AILA Doc. No. 13101642.
USCIS Alert that Special Visa Program for Iraqi Nationals Extended
(545 KB - 10/10/2013)
USCIS alert that Congress passed a bill extending the Special Immigrant Visa program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government. USCIS may now approve an additional 2,000 cases, as long as the initial applications to the DOS Chief of Mission in Iraq are made by 12/31/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13101004.
USCIS Alert on Investment Scams Exploiting EB-5 Program
(597 KB - 10/2/2013)
USCIS alert, issued with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), warning about fraudulent investment scams that exploit the EB-5 program, including information on recent cases involving the SEC and questions investors should ask of any offering that purports to be affiliated with EB-5.
AILA Doc. No. 13100206.
USCIS E-Verify Connection, September 2013
(544 KB - 10/1/2013)
USCIS E-Verify Connection September 2013 issue, including information on new further action notices, referral date confirmation, employee e-mail notifications, RIDE, employee rights webinars, customized webinars, and Form I-9 tips.
AILA Doc. No. 13100101.
USCIS Straight From the Source Newsletter, September 2013
(711 KB - 9/30/2013)
USCIS September 2013 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter, including information on USCIS’s new flyers on the unauthorized practice of immigration law, use of customer identity verification tool at field offices, statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas hit in FY2013, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13093002.
FY2013 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 10/1/13)
As of 9/27/13, USCIS receipted 28,823 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of FY2013. This count includes 28,213 approved and 610 pending beneficiaries. H-2B cap count information for the first half of FY2014 is also available.
AILA Doc. No. 12102342.
USCIS Executive Summary from Teleconference on E-Verify’s New Ability to Communicate with Employees (Updated 9/24/13)
(653 KB - 9/24/2013)
USCIS executive summary from the 7/1/13 teleconference on an update to E-Verify that allows employees to opt-in to receive an e-mail if they receive a Tentative Nonconfirmation. Summary provides background and info on employer responsibilities and an outline of the TNC email notification process.
AILA Doc. No. 13062843.
USCIS Releases Three New UPIL Brochures
(551 KB - 9/19/2013)
USCIS alert announcing three brochures aimed at combating the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL). Topics include finding authorized immigration assistance, helping someone apply, and becoming an immigration service provider. Brochures are online and in print and in English and Spanish.
AILA Doc. No. 13091945.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on “How Do I” Guides
(533 KB - 9/18/2013)
USCIS alert looking for feedback on its How Do I series, guides on a variety categories including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nonimmigrants, refugee and Asylees, DACA, and the USCIS Immigrant Fee. Submit your thoughts through the USCIS Idea Community until 10/2/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13091800.
USCIS Alert on 9/30/13 Expiration of Special Program for Iraqi Nationals
(545 KB - 9/13/2013)
USCIS alert that after 9/30/13, USCIS will reject any Form I-360 or I-485 filed by under the Special Immigrant Visa program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government. Beginning 10/1/13, USCIS will suspend processing of pending principal applications under this program.
AILA Doc. No. 13091341.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on Potential Digital Customer Service Tools
(518 KB - 9/11/2013)
USCIS alert that it is looking for feedback on potential digital customer service tools, including web chats, e-mailing, and web callback. Submit your thoughts through the USCIS Idea Community until 9/16/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13091155.
USCIS Approved Statutory Limit of 10,000 Petitions for U Visas for FY2013
(109 KB - 9/6/2013)
USCIS alert that it has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status for FY2013. USCIS will continue to accept U visa petitions and process them in the order in which they are received, and will resume issuing U visas on 10/1/13, the first day of FY2014.
AILA Doc. No. 13090652.
USCIS Implementing Customer Identity Verification at Field Offices Starting 9/9/13
(120 KB - 9/6/2013)
USCIS alert that on Monday, 9/9/13, USCIS will employ a new verification tool, Customer Identity Verification (CIV), at field offices. CIV will be phased in between 9/9 and 10/21 to customers attending interviews or being issued an immigration benefit. Technical issues delayed the original launch.
AILA Doc. No. 13090651.
USCIS Straight From the Source Newsletter, August 2013
(250 KB - 9/4/2013)
USCIS August 2013 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter, including information on recent telephone scams, a reminder about the upcoming expiration of the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi nationals, USCIS Idea Community, and workload transfer information.
AILA Doc. No. 13090442.
USCIS Alert on 9/30/13 Expiration of Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi Nationals
(547 KB - 8/30/2013)
USCIS reminder that authorization for the Special Immigrant Visa program for Iraqis who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government will expire on 9/30/13 and individuals and their family members applying under this program must be admitted to the U.S. or adjust their statuses before 10/1/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13083063.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on Future Online Tools
(177 KB - 8/21/2013)
USCIS alert that it is looking for feedback on three new online tools to help customers: an Intelligent Virtual Assistant, a searchable knowledge base, and a forum where stakeholders can share ideas. Submit your thoughts through the USCIS Idea Community until 9/2/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13082149.
USCIS Alert: Recent Telephone Scams
(95 KB - 8/20/2013)
USCIS alert that about a new telephone scam, where scammers use a technique to display false information on the recipient’s caller id, leading the individual to believe that the caller is a USCIS official. USCIS will never ask for any form of payment or personal information over the phone.
AILA Doc. No. 13082042.
PowerPoint from USCIS/DOS 8/15/13 Teleconference on Form I-730 (Updated 8/20/13)
(590 KB - 8/20/2013)
PowerPoint from joint USCIS and DOS 8/15/13 teleconference discussing Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, including an overview of the form, filing requirements, and an explanation of the consular process for beneficiaries located abroad.
AILA Doc. No. 13072347.
USCIS Executive Summary from E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance Teleconference (Updated 8/20/13)
(154 KB - 8/20/2013)
USCIS executive summary from the 4/23/13 teleconference discussing the role of the E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance (M&C) branch. Topics include background on the M&C branch, methods of communication, and tools and resources.
AILA Doc. No. 13041941.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on “My Case Status Online”
(126 KB - 8/12/2013)
USCIS alert asking for feedback on its web-based tool that provides online case statuses, “My Case Status Online.” USCIS asked that suggestions and thoughts be submitted through its online feedback tool, USCIS Idea Community. Feedback accepted through 8/21/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13081242.
USCIS Alert on Change to NCSC Call Routing Procedures
(521 KB - 8/9/2013)
USCIS alert on its call routing procedures for the National Customer Service Center (NCSC). Starting 8/16/13, NCSC representatives will assess the nature of the call from attorneys and BIA-accredited representatives and either accept a service request or transfer the call for more in-depth review.
AILA Doc. No. 13080962.
USCIS Alert on Workload Transfers for Various Forms
(533 KB - 8/8/2013)
USCIS alert that is has begun transferring casework within service centers to balance workload processing capacity, including the transfer of Forms I-129F, I-130 F2A category, I-821D and the accompanying Form I-765, and I-751.
AILA Doc. No. 13080850.
USCIS E-Verify Connection, July 2013
(1184 KB - 8/5/2013)
USCIS E-Verify Connection July 2013 edition, including information on TNCs, employee resources, independent reports on E-Verify, RIDE, and E-Verify resources in Spanish.
AILA Doc. No. 13080560.
USCIS Publishes Four Independent Reports on E-Verify Program
(550 KB - 8/5/2013)
USCIS message on the publication of four independent reports on the E-Verify program, including analysis of an E-Verify user survey, findings on the accuracy of E-Verify, a case study of mandatory E-Verify use in Arizona, and a case study of E-Verify Employer Agents.
AILA Doc. No. 13080550.
USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for July 2013
(770 KB - 8/5/2013)
USCIS July 2013 issue of Straight from the Source, covering the implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA, new immigration forms, resigned citizenship and naturalization certificates, ten tips for using ELIS, new policy memos, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13080549.
USCIS Seeks Volunteers for Enhanced Form I-9 Study
(511 KB - 8/5/2013)
USCIS alert seeking nine employers from the public to volunteer to assist in a study to determine how much time it takes employers to complete an enhanced version of Form I-9 that USCIS is developing. Volunteer information included.
AILA Doc. No. 13080545.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on e-Request
(551 KB - 8/2/2013)
USCIS alert that it is looking for feedback on e-Request through its new initiative using an online feedback tool, called USCIS Idea Community. Submit your thoughts through 8/9/13 via the Idea Community.
AILA Doc. No. 13080244.
USCIS Alert that Revised Form I-817 Now Available
(546 KB - 7/31/2013)
USCIS alert that a revised Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits, is now available for use. Previous versions of Form I-817 will be allowed until 9/23/13, after which only the current version will be accepted. USCIS also reminds stakeholders of other forms with recently revised versions.
AILA Doc. No. 13073151.
USCIS Alert: Guangzhou Field Office Reopened at New Location
(491 KB - 7/29/2013)
USCIS alert that the Guangzhou, China field office has moved to the new U.S. Consulate General facility. Beginning 7/29/13, all USCIS services will be provided at the new location.
AILA Doc. No. 13072949.
USCIS Instructions on Employee Tentative Nonconfirmation E-mail Notification
(536 KB - 7/24/2013)
USCIS instructions on Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNC) and the new employee e-mail notification process in E-Verify, including descriptions of each of the three possible e-mails an employee may receive from E-Verify.
AILA Doc. No. 13072448.
USCIS Announces New Online Feedback Initiative for Customer Service Tools
(552 KB - 7/24/2013)
USCIS alert on a new online feedback initiative, called the USCIS Idea Community, to ask for stakeholder ideas and opinions on USCIS customer service tools. The first campaign, active through 8/7/13, focuses on the web-based tool that allows individuals to change their address online.
AILA Doc. No. 13072444.
USCIS Alert: Special Certification of Naturalization and Posthumous Certifications of Citizenship Redesigned
(540 KB - 7/24/2013)
USCIS alert announces that on 8/5/13, USCIS will start issuing redesigned Form N-578, Special Certificate of Naturalization and Form N-645 and Form N-645A, Certificate of Citizenship (Posthumous). The application process remains the same and previously issued certificates will remain valid.
AILA Doc. No. 13072440.
USCIS Alert: Revised Form I-129F Available For Use
(544 KB - 7/23/2013)
USCIS alert that a revised Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e), is available for use starting 7/22/13. Previous versions will be accepted until 9/16/13, at which point no previous versions will be accepted.
AILA Doc. No. 13072349.
USCIS Reminder of 7/29/13 Deadline for El Salvador TPS Re-Registration
(492 KB - 7/23/2013)
USCIS alert reminding stakeholders that eligible nationals of El Salvador (and persons without nationality who last regularly resided in El Salvador) and who currently have TPS to re-register for TPS by Monday, 7/29/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13072343.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, Summer 2013
(913 KB - 7/18/2013)
VSC’s summer 2013 Stakeholder Newsletter, including management transition news, a save-the-date for a fall VSC stakeholder event, reminder for attorneys to complete Part I of the new G-28 form, information on the new community relations officer, and expedite request guidance.
AILA Doc. No. 13071852.
USCIS Q&As from Teleconference with EB-5 Program and SEC Officials (Updated 7/16/13)
(543 KB - 7/16/2013)
USCIS Q&As from 4/3/13 teleconference where subject matter experts from the SEC discussed securities law compliance in the context of EB-5 regional centers and investments. Topics included corporation finance, trading and markets, investment management, and enforcement. Invitation included
AILA Doc. No. 13032159.
USCIS Guangzhou Field Office Moving to New Facility
(528 KB - 7/10/2013)
USCIS Guangzhou, China field office is moving to a new U.S. Consulate General facility. The last day USCIS services will be provided at the old facility is on 7/12/13. Beginning 7/29/13, all USCIS services will be provided at the new location, in Zhujiang New Town area of Guangzhou.
AILA Doc. No. 13071056.
USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for May/June 2013
(723 KB - 7/10/2013)
USCIS May/June 2013 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter covers TPS for Syria and El Salvador, Form I-9, the immigrant fee in ELIS, Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative, reporting immigration fraud, employee rights toolkits, recent policy memos, and notes from previous engagements.
AILA Doc. No. 13071052.
Revised USCIS Form I-129S Now Available for Use
(551 KB - 7/10/2013)
USCIS press release that a revised Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, is now available for use. Applicants may begin using the form starting 7/9/13. Previously accepted versions of the form may be used until 9/9/13, after which no previous versions will be accepted.
AILA Doc. No. 13071041.
USCIS Updates E-Verify to Allow Employees to be Notified of Information Mismatch
(538 KB - 7/9/2013)
USCIS press release that E-Verify now can notify the employee of a record mismatch (a “Tentative Nonconfirmation”) at the same time it notifies the employer, if the employee voluntarily provides his/her email address on the Form I-9.
AILA Doc. No. 13070948.
USCIS Redesigns Replacement Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates
(1018 KB - 7/3/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that USCIS began issuing redesigned certificates for citizenship and naturalization for individuals who request replacement certificates.
AILA Doc. No. 13070346.
USCIS NCSC Experiencing Technical Difficulties
(59 KB - 6/20/2013)
USCIS’s National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free number is currently experiencing technical difficulties and some customers may have difficulty connecting with live assistance, be disconnected unintentionally, or have longer than usual wait times. USCIS is working to resolve the problem.
AILA Doc. No. 13062008.
USCIS Flowchart on Filing Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility
(655 KB - 6/18/2013)
USCIS flowchart on filing certain waivers of inadmissibility, including the filing and adjudication process, where to file, exceptions, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13061845.
USCIS Permanently Closing Office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on June 20
(592 KB - 5/31/2013)
USICS press release stating that USCIS will close its field office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on June 20, 2013. The USCIS Field Office in San Salvador, El Salvador, will assume its former jurisdiction and the U.S Embassy in Tegucigalpa will assume responsibility for certain requests.
AILA Doc. No. 13053149.
USCIS Announces TPS Extension for El Salvador
(607 KB - 5/30/2013)
USCIS press release announcing extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning September 10, 2013 through March 9, 2015. Current beneficiaries must re-register during 60-day re-registration period from 5/30/13 to 7/29/13.
AILA Doc. No. 13053046.
USCIS Stakeholder Message Reminder on Revised Form G-28
(796 KB - 5/24/2013)
USCIS public message reminding stakeholders that on March 28, 2013, USCIS published a revised version of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. Beginning May 26, 2013, USCIS will no longer accept prior versions of the form.
AILA Doc. No. 13052462.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter May 2013 (Issue 13)
(677 KB - 5/24/2013)
USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for May 2013 covering developments on the new revised Form I-9 and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13052461.
USCIS Oklahoma City Field Office Re-Opens After Tornadoes
(593 KB - 5/22/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that the USCIS Field Office in Oklahoma City will re-open on May 22, 2013 at full capacity following restoration of water and power to the facility.
AILA Doc. No. 13052242.
USCIS Immigrant Fee Can Be Paid on USCIS ELIS Beginning May 19
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USCIS press release announcing that customers can now pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using the USCIS ELIS system. They can also view their benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates using this new system. AILA Doc. No. 13052041.
AILA Doc. No. 13052041.
USCIS Office in Guangzhou, China is Now Open Again
(576 KB - 5/16/2013)
USCIS public statement announcing that the USCIS Office in Guangzhou, China is now open and customers with previously scheduled appointments from May 13-16, 2013 will be contacted by the office when a future appointment date has been set. AILA Doc. No. 13051642.
AILA Doc. No. 13051642.
USCIS Office in Guangzhou, China Closed From May 15 to May 17
(578 KB - 5/15/2013)
USCIS public statement announcing that the USCIS Office in Guangzhou, China will be closed from May 15, 2013 through May 17, 2013. Customers with previously scheduled appointments through this date will be contacted by the office when a future appointment date has been set. AILA Doc. No. 13051547.
AILA Doc. No. 13051547.
USCIS PowerPoint on Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
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USCIS PowerPoint presentation from a 4/26/13 webinar on Form I-9 and the employment eligibility verification process, including background information, Form I-9 revisions and updates, completing Form I-9, storage and retention issues, E-Verify, and additional resources.
AILA Doc. No. 13042699.
USCIS Announces Redesigned Web Pages for Field Offices
(702 KB - 5/14/2013)
USCIS press release announcing new redesigned web pages for field offices nationwide with public transportation options, names of Field & District Office Directors, mailing & physical addresses, types of naturalization ceremonies held, office-specific announcements & more. AILA Doc. No. 13051451.
AILA Doc. No. 13051451.
USCIS Office in Guangzhou, China is Closed Until Further Notice
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USCIS public statement announcing that the USCIS Office in Guangzhou, China is closed until further notice and USCIS will update the Guangzhou, China office web page when the office reopens and reschedule all appointments accordingly. AILA Doc. No. 13051350.
AILA Doc. No. 13051350.
USCIS Blog on Entrepreneurs in Residence Program
USCIS blog post on Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) program which is intended to streamline the current immigration system for foreign entrepreneurs – specifically, those who lead high-growth companies – to innovate new technologies, boost the economy and create jobs. AILA Doc. No. 13050943.
AILA Doc. No. 13050943.
Employers Must Use Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
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USCIS press release reminding employers that beginning May 7, 2013, they must now use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications. AILA Doc. No. 13050747.
AILA Doc. No. 13050747.
USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment to Move to USCIS ELIS
(577 KB - 5/1/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that USCIS is moving the existing online payment for USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) and reminding people that USCIS Immigrant Fee is a separate fee from the Department of State immigrant visa application. AILA Doc. No. 13050144.
AILA Doc. No. 13050144.
USCIS Announces Implementation of Form I-94 Automation (Updated 5/1/13)
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USCIS press release announcing CBP’s implementation of the automated Form I-94. Nonimmigrant aliens entering the U.S. at air or sea POEs can access the electronic Form I-94 online. USCIS will accept the paper format printed from CBP’s website as evidence of lawful admission. AILA Doc. No. 13043055.
AILA Doc. No. 13043055.
USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for April 2013
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USCIS April 2013 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter covering important highlights, including FY2014 H-1B cap being reached, TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua being extended, tips for filing Form I-539 and more. AILA Doc. No. 13050140.
AILA Doc. No. 13050140.
USCIS Resumes Adjudication of All H-2B Petitions After Interim Final Rule Publication
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USCIS press release on the resumption of processing of all Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers after publication of an interim final rule which revised prevailing wage methodology used by DOL to calculate prevailing wages paid to H-2B workers. AILA Doc. No. 13042556.
AILA Doc. No. 13042556.
USCIS on Rejection of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Form I-601A Applications
(587 KB - 4/25/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that USCIS has rejected many Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Form I-601A applications because customers did not provide proof that the required Immigrant Visa Application Fee was paid to the U.S. Department of State. AILA Doc. No. 13042554.
AILA Doc. No. 13042554.
USCIS Executive Summary and Q&As from Form I-9 Teleconference (8/15/13)
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USCIS executive summary and a transcript of the questions received during the 5/7/13 teleconference on the revised Form I-9.
AILA Doc. No. 13042345.
National Customer Service Center Experiencing Connection Difficulties
(576 KB - 4/23/2013)
USCIS public statement announcing some important system enhancements to the 1-800 number and as a result, some callers may experience difficulty in connecting with a customer service representative or may be disconnected unintentionally for the next few days. AILA Doc. No. 13042344.
AILA Doc. No. 13042344.
USCIS Boston Field Office is Open for Business on April 16
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USCIS press release announcing that the USCIS Boston Field Office, located in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, will be open on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 and people should allow extra time for security measures and arrive early for their appointment. AILA Doc. No. 13041602.
AILA Doc. No. 13041602.
USCIS Provides Updated Information on Filing Form I-539
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USCIS press release reminding people to include all required evidence when submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, regardless of whether they are electronically filed in USCIS ELIS or mailed to USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 13041046.
AILA Doc. No. 13041046.
USCIS Publishes Revised Forms I-600 and I-600A
(630 KB - 4/9/2013)
USCIS public statement announcing the publication & other relevant information on the revised Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, and revised Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, both with 3/05/2013 edition dates. AILA Doc. No. 13040942.
AILA Doc. No. 13040942.
USCIS Update on Reaching FY2014 H-1B Cap
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USCIS press release stating that they received 124,000 H-1B petitions during FY2014 filing period & used a computer-generated random selection lottery process on April 7, 2013 to meet caps of 65,000 for general category & 20,000 under advanced degree exemption limit. AILA Doc. No. 13040848.
AILA Doc. No. 13040848.
USCIS to Implement Customer Identity Verification at Field Offices
(601 KB - 4/8/2013)
USCIS press release announcing implementation of Customer Identity Verification (CIV) at field offices where people will now be required to submit biometric data, like fingerprints & photographs, when appearing for interviews or to receive evidence of immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 13040845.
AILA Doc. No. 13040845.
USCIS FY2014 H-1B Cap Reached on April 5, 2013
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USCIS has received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the FY2014 cap and the 20,000 master’s degree cap. USCIS will not accept cap-subject H-1B petitions after 4/5/13. USCIS will conduct a lottery for petitions received through 4/5/13, but the lottery date is not yet known. AILA Doc. No. 13040543.
AILA Doc. No. 13040543.
USCIS FAQ on H-2A & H-2B Signature Requirements During Labor Certification
(655 KB - 4/4/2013)
USCIS public statement with frequently asked questions on H-2A and H-2B signature requirements for electronically filed temporary labor certifications and the H classification supplement to Form I-129. AILA Doc. No. 13040440.
AILA Doc. No. 13040440.
USCIS Update on Suspension of H-2B Adjudications Following Court Order
(591 KB - 4/3/2013)
USCIS press release with updates on the temporary suspension of adjudication of certain Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to court order & what it means for employers & petitioners. AILA Doc. No. 13040351.
AILA Doc. No. 13040351.
USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for March 2013
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USCIS March 2013 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter covering important highlights, including H-1B cap season, deferred enforced departure for Liberians, new Form I-9, automated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and more. AILA Doc. No. 13040345.
AILA Doc. No. 13040345.
USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions
(607 KB - 4/2/2013)
USCIS press release stating that effective March 22, USCIS is temporarily suspending adjudication of most Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to a court order. AILA Doc. No. 13040260.
AILA Doc. No. 13040260.
USCIS Says Continue Using Current Form N-400 Application for Naturalization
(576 KB - 3/29/2013)
USCIS press release stating that until further notice, applicants should continue using the March 22, 2012 edition of Form N-400 Application for Naturalization. This form should continue to be used even after OMB control number expiration date of March 31, 2013 has passed. AILA Doc. No. 13032946.
AILA Doc. No. 13032946.
USCIS Highlights Department Accomplishments for FY2012
(668 KB - 3/28/2013)
USCIS public statement announcing Fiscal Year 2012 accomplishments, including developing & implementing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), launching the first phase of USCIS ELIS online system, implementing the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence initiative and more. AILA Doc. No. 13032801.
AILA Doc. No. 13032801.
USCIS Announces Revised Form G-28 Notice of Entry of Appearance
USCIS public statement announcing the publication of a revised version of the Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, with a new edition date of 02/28/13. USCIS will not accept prior versions of the form after May 26, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13032853.
AILA Doc. No. 13032853.
USCIS & Other Agencies Will Still Require Paper Copy of Form I-94
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USCIS press release stating that USCIS will still continue to require applicants to submit a paper copy of Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits and other government agencies, such as State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs), also require a paper copy of Form I-94. AILA Doc. No. 13032742.
AILA Doc. No. 13032742.
CSC Reopened on March 27 After Plumbing Issues
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USCIS public statement stating that CSC has reopened on 3/27/13 after a temporary closure due to plumbing issues. Deliveries have resumed. AILA Doc. No. 13032660.
AILA Doc. No. 13032660.
USCIS Revises Public Hours of National Customer Service Center
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USCIS public statement announcing that effective immediately, USCIS will eliminate Saturday hours of operation for the National Customer Service Center. Beginning April 1, they will be open from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, in all four time zones in contiguous U.S. AILA Doc. No. 13032254.
AILA Doc. No. 13032254.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter March 2013 (Issue 12)
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USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for March 2013 covering developments on the new revised Form I-9 and more. AILA Doc. No. 13032040.
AILA Doc. No. 13032040.
Presidential Memo on Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
(705 KB - 3/15/2013)
White House press release on official presidential memorandum deferring for 18 months the removal of any Liberian national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, who is present in U.S. ahd who is under a grant of DED as of September 30, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 13031551.
AILA Doc. No. 13031551.
USCIS to Delay Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Until April 15, 2013
(585 KB - 3/15/2013)
USCIS press release stating that requests for premium processing of cap-subject H-1Bs received between April 1 and April 14, 2013, will be adjudicated starting April 15, 2013. Premium processing for non-cap H-1Bs and all other cases will begin when the request is received. AILA Doc. No. 13031549.
AILA Doc. No. 13031549.
USCIS Extends EADs & Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
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USCIS press release announcing that they will automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through September 30, 2013 after President Obama’s announcement to extend DED through 9/30/14. AILA Doc. No. 13031548.
AILA Doc. No. 13031548.
USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY2014 Beginning on April 1, 2013
(613 KB - 3/15/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to Fiscal Year 2014 cap on 4/1/13. The FY2014 cap is 65,000 & the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap. AILA Doc. No. 13031547.
AILA Doc. No. 13031547.
USCIS Transfers Workload from California Service Center to Texas Service Center
(529 KB - 3/12/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that on 3/8/13, USCIS transferred some casework from California Service Center to Texas Service Center to balance overall workload with processing capacity at the centers related to DACA and Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization. AILA Doc. No. 13031245.
AILA Doc. No. 13031245.
USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
(560 KB - 3/8/2013)
USCIS press release on revisions and improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use this new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N. AILA Doc. No. 13030845.
AILA Doc. No. 13030845.
USCIS Explains How to Register for Future National Stakeholder Engagements
(605 KB - 3/4/2013)
USCIS press release introducing a new registration process for national stakeholder engagements, where each invitation will include a unique link to a website where you will be asked to enter your email address and preferences for that engagement. AILA Doc. No. 13030441.
AILA Doc. No. 13030441.
USCIS Commences Provisional Waiver Application Process
(506 KB - 3/4/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children & parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) & have been unlawfully present in the U.S., can start applying for provisional unlawful presence waivers. AILA Doc. No. 13030440.
AILA Doc. No. 13030440.
USCIS Permanently Closes Kingston, Jamaica Field Office on March 1, 2013
(505 KB - 3/1/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that USCIS has permanently closed its field office in Kingston, Jamaica on March 1, 2013. After 3/1/13, the countries currently served by Kingston field office will be in the jurisdiction of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic USCIS field office. AILA Doc. No. 13030146.
AILA Doc. No. 13030146.
USCIS Q&As from (IGA) Quarterly Stakeholder Teleconference on SAVE Program
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USCIS Q&As from the 3/20/13 Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) stakeholder teleconference, where subject matter experts from the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program answered questions about data discrepancies in SAVE relating to obtaining driver’s licenses, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 13030145.
Taiwan Implements Pre-Adoption Immigration Review Requirement for Adoptions
(536 KB - 2/28/2013)
USCIS press release on a Taiwanese administrative order that requires all adoption cases filed on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents with the Taiwan courts to undergo the U.S. Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) process. AILA Doc. No. 13022841.
AILA Doc. No. 13022841.
USCIS Transfers Workload from Vermont Service Center to Nebraska Service Center
(571 KB - 2/28/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that on 2/13/13, USCIS transferred some casework from Vermont Service Center to Nebraska Service Center to balance overall workload with processing capacity at the centers related to DACA & Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization. AILA Doc. No. 13022840.
AILA Doc. No. 13022840.
USCIS Announces New Form Improvements Initiative
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USCIS public statement on their new form improvements initiative where many forms will now be available in a 2-column, Adobe fillable format. When completed electronically, this format restricts incorrect entries and provides informational pop-up boxes to assist customers. AILA Doc. No. 13022745.
AILA Doc. No. 13022745.
USCIS Says E-Verify Receives High Ratings in Customer Survey
(561 KB - 2/21/2013)
USCIS press release saying that the E-Verify program received exceptionally high marks in overall customer satisfaction, with an average score of 86 out of 100 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) scale. AILA Doc. No. 13022149.
AILA Doc. No. 13022149.
USCIS Executive Summary from IGA Quarterly Engagement (Updated 2/21/13)
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USCIS Executive Summary from the 11/27/12 Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) quarterly teleconference, with updates on National Asylee Referral Line, citizenship grants, SAVE, E-Verify, ELIS, TPS for Haiti and Syria, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12111341.
AILA Doc. No. 12111341.
USCIS Resource Page for E-Verify and Employee Rights
USCIS online resource page on increasing awareness about employee rights during the employment eligibility process. It contains a variety of educational materials such as E-Verify employee rights videos, informative fliers, brochures, posters and more. AILA Doc. No. 12101044.
AILA Doc. No. 12101044.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Naturalization
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USCIS fact sheet on naturalization including information about the naturalization process, such as eligibility requirements and provisions for the naturalization of children under the age of 18, and naturalization statistics. In FY2012, 676,396 individuals were naturalized. AILA Doc. No. 13022052.
AILA Doc. No. 13022052.
USCIS Reminder on I-601A Provisional Waiver Becoming Effective on March 4
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USCIS public statement reminding applicants that they may begin filing Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, on March 4, 2013. Information on eligibility and how to apply will be available on the USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 13021527.
AILA Doc. No. 13021527.
USCIS to Consolidate Online Filing of Form I-539 on February 28, 2013
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USCIS press release announcing that on February 28, 2013, USCIS will disable the alternative legacy online filing channel for Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status & offer customers the option to file online with USCIS ELIS or file by mail. AILA Doc. No. 13021560.
AILA Doc. No. 13021560.
USCIS Publishes Revised Form N-470
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USCIS press release on newly published revised Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, with an edition date of 1/03/2013. USCIS will accept older editions for 60 days. Beginning April 12, 2013, USCIS will only accept the 1/03/2013 edition. AILA Doc. No. 13021341.
AILA Doc. No. 13021341.
USCIS Alert: Delays in Cases Appearing in USCIS’ Case Status Online
USCIS posts alert that it may take between 30-45 days for an application or petition to appear in the Case Status Online search on uscis.gov. AILA Doc. No. 13020801.
AILA Doc. No. 13020801.
USCIS Presentation on Approval of Petitions after the Death of a Qualifying Relative
(580 KB - 2/7/2013)
USCIS PowerPoint presentation slides from 2/7/13 teleconference on adjudication of petitions & applications after death of a qualifying relative, in accordance with Section 204(l) of the Immigration & Nationality Act. The original invitation follows the PowerPoint slides. AILA Doc. No. 13012453.
AILA Doc. No. 13012453.
USCIS Announces New Improved Forms Now Available Online
(578 KB - 2/5/2013)
USCIS press release on newly published improved forms available online in easier-to-use formats and with new data collection technologies for Form N-600, Form N-336, Form I-601, and Form I-90. AILA Doc. No. 13020556.
AILA Doc. No. 13020556.
USCIS Will Permanently Close Kingston, Jamaica Field Office on March 1, 2013
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USCIS press release announcing that USCIS will permanently close its field office in Kingston, Jamaica on March 1, 2013. After 3/1/13, the countries currently served by Kingston field office will be in the jurisdiction of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic USCIS field office. AILA Doc. No. 13020550.
AILA Doc. No. 13020550.
USCIS Baltimore Office Will Be Affected by Super Bowl Parade
(582 KB - 2/5/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that their Baltimore office is open for business as usual but will be affected by the Ravens Super Bowl Parade scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 and will reschedule anyone who cannot appear for their interview appointment. AILA Doc. No. 13020540.
AILA Doc. No. 13020540.
USCIS Announces New Revised Forms I-90 & I-601 Are Now Available Online
(526 KB - 2/4/2013)
USCIS press release on new revised Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (dated December 17, 2012) and Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (dated December 16, 2012). Older forms will only be accepted until April 16, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13020449.
AILA Doc. No. 13020449.
New $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee Now in Effect Starting February 1st
(534 KB - 2/1/2013)
USCIS press release stating that any individual who on or after February 1, 2013 receives an immigrant visa package from a United States consulate or embassy abroad (including Canada and Mexico) must now pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee moving forward. AILA Doc. No. 13020155.
AILA Doc. No. 13020155.
USCIS Presentation from January 2013 Webinars on New USCIS Policy Manual (Updated 1/31/13)
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USCIS PowerPoint presentation slides from January 2013 webinars on new USCIS Policy Manual, which specifically deals with new and updated policies related to naturalization and citizenship. The original invitation follows the PowerPoint slides. AILA Doc. No. 13011845.
AILA Doc. No. 13011845.
USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter January 2012 (Issue 11)
(556 KB - 1/31/2013)
USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for January 2013 covering developments on I-9 Central, new employee rights webinars, employee rights toolkit and more. AILA Doc. No. 13013144.
AILA Doc. No. 13013144.
Reminder: USCIS Will Permanently Close Panama City, Panama Field Office on February 1
(550 KB - 1/29/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that USCIS will permanently close its field office in Panama City, Panama on February 1, 2013. After 2/1/13, the countries currently served by Panama City field office will be in the jurisdiction of Lima, Peru or El Salvador. AILA Doc. No. 13012944.
AILA Doc. No. 13012944.
USCIS Blog on New $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee Taking Effect on February 1
USCIS blog reminding people that starting February 1, 2013, those who receive an immigrant visa package from a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad must pay both the Department of State application fee and the new $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee. AILA Doc. No. 13012960.
AILA Doc. No. 13012960.
Federal Agencies in the Washington, DC Area Will Open at 12pm on Monday January 28
(571 KB - 1/28/2013)
USCIS press release stating that federal agencies in the Washington, DC area will open to the public at 12:00 noon on Monday, January 28, 2013 due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 13012862.
AILA Doc. No. 13012862.
USCIS Notice of Office Closings for 2012
USCIS notice of Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC and Greer, South Carolina field offices closing early at 3pm due to inclement weather. AILA Doc. No. 11082361.
AILA Doc. No. 11082361.
USCIS Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement on Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition Claims
(454 KB - 1/23/2013)
USCIS press release on proposed settlement notice of federal class action lawsuit called
Tsamcho v. Napolitano
on reopenings & denials of refugee /asylee Form I-730 petitions when relative of petitioner was unable to appear at U.S. consulate or embassy for interview. AILA Doc. No. 13012352.
AILA Doc. No. 13012352.
USCIS Blog on E-Verify Employers Search Tool
USCIS blog post on the new E-Verify Employers Search Tool which allows people to filter, sort and export search results including the employer’s business name, whether the employer is a federal contractor, and the city and state where the employer is located. AILA Doc. No. 13012340.
AILA Doc. No. 13012340.
USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Fiji
(553 KB - 1/16/2013)
USCIS press release stating that the State Department has determined that Fiji does not have a fully functional Hague Adoption Convention process and consular officers cannot certify adoption decrees for a child who is a resident of Fiji. AILA Doc. No. 13011642
AILA Doc. No. 13011642.
USCIS Regular and Military Naturalization Form N-400 Average Cycle Time
(419 KB - 1/15/2013)
USCIS resource providing the service-wide military naturalization average cycle times by month from May 2012 to October 2012. AILA Doc. No. 13011544.
AILA Doc. No. 13011544.
NSC Stakeholder Newsletter, January 2013
(579 KB - 1/14/2013)
NSC January 2013 stakeholder newsletter, which includes information on developments on temporary protected status (TPS) for Haiti, new information on Form I-140 and more. AILA Doc. No. 13011463.
AILA Doc. No. 13011463.
USCIS Message to Stakeholders on Customer Service Improvements
(627 KB - 1/10/2013)
USCIS press release on new options for USCIS customers to obtain important information and check on the status of their application electronically via two of their online tools, My Case Status and e-Request, and also information on their expanded its call center hours. AILA Doc. No. 13011042.
AILA Doc. No. 13011042.
USCIS FAQ on Filing for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
(1033 KB - 1/10/2013)
USCIS January 2013 frequently asked questions (FAQ) document on a new process that will allow certain spouses, children & parents of a U.S. citizen to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver while they are still in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 13011041.
AILA Doc. No. 13011041.
USCIS National Customer Service Center Adds Saturday Hours
(523 KB - 1/9/2013)
USCIS press release announcing that beginning January 12, 2013, USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) will expand its live, toll-free telephone assistance service to include Saturday hours from 9 am to 5 pm local time. AILA Doc. No. 13010944.
AILA Doc. No. 13010944.
USCIS Unable to Approve I-800 Petitions to Adopt Children from Cambodia
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USCIS press release stating that the State Department has determined that Cambodia does not have a fully functional Hague Adoption Convention process and still cannot certify adoption decrees or custody orders obtained in Cambodia for children who habitually reside there. AILA Doc. No. 13010750.
AILA Doc. No. 13010750.
Discover Which Benefit-Granting Agencies Use SAVE Program With New Agency Search Tool
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USCIS press release announcing a new, online database that allows the public to identify all of the benefit-granting agencies that use the SAVE Program, which is an inter-governmental information service initiative which verifies the immigration status of benefit applicants. AILA Doc. No. 13010747.
AILA Doc. No. 13010747.
USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual
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USCIS press release announcing the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies in the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual, called the Citizenship and Naturalization volume, with implementation beginning on January 22, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13010741.
AILA Doc. No. 13010741.
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