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USCIS Instructions for Overnight Delivery or Courier Service Usage (Updated 8/20/14)
(612 KB - 8/20/2014)
USCIS issued a clarification to its 8/12/14 alert regarding prepaid air bills and shipping labels. Updated instructions include a list of types of documents eligible for use of delivery service. If delivery costs are not paid in full, USCIS will send the documents via regular U.S. mail.
AILA Doc. No. 14081245.
USCIS Invitation to Quarterly EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement
(581 KB - 8/19/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 9/10/14 teleconference to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. USCIS officials will share program updates and respond to questions.
AILA Doc. No. 14081946.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues
USCIS invitation to a 9/11/14 NSC teleconference on business issues. Registration information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
AILA Doc. No. 14081945.
USCIS Relief for Nationals from Countries Affected by Ebola Outbreak Who Are In the U.S.
(570 KB - 8/15/2014)
USCIS announcement of immigration relief measures available for nationals of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who are currently in the U.S., due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Announcement includes a list of immigration relief measures available to these individuals.
AILA Doc. No. 14081562.
USCIS Invites Stakeholders to a Teleconference on the DACA Renewal Process
(522 KB - 8/15/2014)
USCIS invitation to an 8/21/14 teleconference to discuss the DACA renewal process. USCIS officials will share information about the renewal process as well as answer general DACA questions.
AILA Doc. No. 14081560.
USCIS Invitation to “Dialogue with the Director” (Updated 8/12/14)
(961 KB - 8/12/2014)
USCIS invitation to a stakeholder teleconference on 8/14/14 with USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez. Director Rodríguez will introduce himself to the stakeholder community and listen and respond to issues of concern. Registration information is included.
AILA Doc. No. 14080852.
NSC Invitation to Stakeholder Call on Students and Schools and Other Issues (Updated 8/11/14)
USCIS invitation to a 8/14/14 NSC teleconference on students, schools, and other issues. Registration information provided.
AILA Doc. No. 14070551.
FY2014 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 8/20/14)
As of 8/20/14, USCIS receipted 27,022 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of FY2014. This count includes 25,781 approved and 1,241 pending beneficiaries. Information on the first half of FY2015 is also available.
AILA Doc. No. 13100840.
USCIS Office Closings for 2014 (Updated 8/8/14)
USCIS alert that the USCIS Honolulu District Office and Field Office are closed today due to Hurricane Iselle.
AILA Doc. No. 14010660.
USCIS Webinar with Overview of USCIS ELIS Document Library for EB-5 Filings
(582 KB - 7/29/2014)
USCIS invitation to an 8/5/14 webinar to demonstrate how the document library functionality works, which will allow regional centers to provide existing investors in new commercial enterprises with electronic copies of documents regarding their investments. Registration limited to 100 registrants.
AILA Doc. No. 14072948.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Employee Rights and Other Key Topics
(581 KB - 7/23/2014)
USCIS invitation to an 8/7/14 teleconference to discuss employee rights and verification, and other key topics, including DACA, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and multilingual materials and outreach.
AILA Doc. No. 14072341.
USCIS Invitation to Webinar on Form I-526 in ELIS and the EB-5 Document Library
(584 KB - 7/22/2014)
USCIS invitation to the 7/30/14 webinar on the usability and functionality of Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, in USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) and the EB-5 document library.
AILA Doc. No. 14072240.
USCIS Invitation to Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
(533 KB - 7/21/2014)
USCIS invitation to the 8/11/14 Asylum Division quarterly stakeholder meeting. The Asylum Division will provide updates and statistics and will be available to answer questions. Interested parties may participate in this event in person only.
AILA Doc. No. 14072140.
USCIS July 2014 Webinar Schedule for E-Verify and Self Check
(706 KB - 7/16/2014)
USCIS invitation to the July 2014 webinars on the employment eligibility verification process, with webinars on Form I-9, E-Verify, E-Verify for existing users, E-Verify for federal contractors, Self Check, and employee rights.
AILA Doc. No. 14071651.
VSC Announces New Service Center Director
(486 KB - 7/15/2014)
VSC message from Laura Zuchowski, announcing that she began serving as the new permanent Director of the VSC on 6/29/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14071540.
USCIS Webinar on Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes
(757 KB - 7/10/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 7/16/14 webinar to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. Subject matter experts will provide an overview and be available to answer questions. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14071049.
Leon Rodriguez Sworn in as USCIS Director
(540 KB - 7/10/2014)
USCIS press release announcing that Leon Rodriguez was sworn in on 7/9/14 as the director of USCIS. Announcement includes biographical information on Mr. Rodriguez.
AILA Doc. No. 14071045.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugee and Asylee Issues (Updated 7/7/14)
USCIS invitation to a 7/10/14 NSC teleconference on refugee and asylee issues. Registration information provided.
AILA Doc. No. 14061842.
USCIS Invitation to TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (Updated 7/7/14)
(625 KB - 7/7/2014)
USCIS rescheduled the quarterly Terrorist-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) stakeholder meeting in Washington D.C. to 8/14/14. Meeting was originally scheduled for 7/15/14. Only in person participation is available. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14062048.
USCIS Releases E-Verify Connection, June 2014 (Issue 19)
(521 KB - 7/1/2014)
USCIS E-Verify Connection June 2014 issue, including information on two recent E-Verify enhancements, using Self Check as a job seeker, completing the Form I-9 for Haitians with TPS, monthly webinars in North Carolina, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 14070147.
CSC Quarterly Stakeholder Newsletter (4th Quarter, 2014)
(1913 KB - 7/1/2014)
California Service Center quarterly stakeholder newsletter for the 4th quarter of 2014, including Open House presentations from the June 2014 stakeholder event, reminder for military and U.S. government filers, and biography of the Donna Campagnolo, the CSC Deputy Director.
AILA Doc. No. 14070140.
VSC Notice of Double-Sided Printing and Fall Stakeholder Event
(627 KB - 6/27/2014)
Vermont Service Center (VSC) is piloting an initiative to print a variety of notices, including RFES, NOIDS, and responses to SRMTs, using both sides of the paper. Applicants should continue to print only on one side. VSC will also host a stakeholder event, tentatively set for 10/24/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14062740.
USCIS Notice of Online Tools Unavailability (Updated 6/25/14)
USCIS alert that its online tools will be unavailable from 5 am to 6 pm (Eastern) on Sunday, June 29, 2014, due to system maintenance.
AILA Doc. No. 13072641.
DHS Announcement of New USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez
(610 KB - 6/25/2014)
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announcement that the Senate has confirmed Leon Rodriguez to be the next Director of USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 14062541.
USCIS Continues to Accept Feedback on EB-5 Program
(535 KB - 6/25/2014)
USCIS announcement that it wants organizations and individuals to know that it continues to accept feedback and suggestions regarding potential regulatory changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
AILA Doc. No. 14062540.
USCIS Announcement of New Duplicate Case Alert Feature in E-Verify
(674 KB - 6/24/2014)
USCIS notice that E-Verify will now notify users when a case has the same Social Security number as another case entered in the last 30 days. To hear more about this and other new E-Verify features, participate in the 6/25/14 E-Verify for Existing Users Webinar. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14062440.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on DACA Renewal Process
(581 KB - 6/20/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 6/26/14 teleconference to discuss the DACA renewal process. During the engagement, USCIS will share information on the DACA renewal guidelines and the process for submitting a request for renewal.
AILA Doc. No. 14062043.
USCIS Invitation to Webinar on Online Customer Service Tools
(542 KB - 6/16/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 6/25/14 webinar to discuss USCIS online customer service tools, including case status online, e-Request, change of address tools, and processing times. USCIS officials will be available to explain recent updates and answer questions.
AILA Doc. No. 14061600.
USCIS Reminder on Use of a Courier Service to Receive Certain Notices, Decisions, or Travel Documents
USCIS reminder that pre-paid courier service mailer (envelope) may be used with certain notices, travel documents, or decisions. The case will not be processed faster, but the document may be able to get to the customer faster if a customer chooses to provide the prepaid courier envelope.
AILA Doc. No. 14061300.
USCIS Tips on Immigrant Fee Payment Through ELIS (Updated 6/10/14)
(757 KB - 6/10/2014)
USCIS tips on properly paying the USCIS immigrant Fee, including correctly entering the A-Number and DOS Case ID. Errors with either of these numbers will significantly delay receiving the green card.
AILA Doc. No. 14050544.
USCIS Engagement in Los Angeles with Deputy Secretary Mayorkas on DACA
(751 KB - 6/9/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 6/11/14 in person-engagement at the USCIS Los Angeles District Office to discuss deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) with Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
AILA Doc. No. 14060947.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Policy Changes for Form I-693
(576 KB - 6/5/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 6/12/14 teleconference to discuss policy changes to Form I-693. USCIS announced that starting 6/1/14, Form I-693 will be valid for one year from when USCIS receives it and must be submitted within one year of the immigration medical examination.
AILA Doc. No. 14060543.
USCIS DACA Renewal Resources
Resources on the DACA renewal process announced on 6/5/14. Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting renewal requests. USCIS will hold a teleconference today at 3pm to discuss the renewal process.
AILA Doc. No. 14060541.
USCIS Guidance Regarding CW-1 Extension
(528 KB - 6/3/2014)
USCIS guidance due to the extension of the CNMI Transitional Worker (CW-1) program through 12/31/19. If an unadjudicated petition is otherwise eligible, USCIS will resume approving CW-1 status in periods of up to one year. There is no change to application process or fees.
AILA Doc. No. 14060348.
USCIS Invitation to E-Verify and Form I-9 Virtual Forum (Updated 6/5/14)
(779 KB - 6/5/2014)
USCIS invitation to an E-Verify and Form I-9 Virtual Forum on 6/23/14 to discuss new program innovations, best practices, and answer questions about employment eligibility verification. In-person, live streaming, and teleconference options are available.
AILA Doc. No. 14060340.
USCIS Pamphlet on Immigration Relief for Abused Children
(1152 KB - 6/2/2014)
USCIS pamphlet, dated April 2014, with information for juvenile court judges, child welfare workers, and others working with abused children on immigration relief for abused children and the special immigrant juvenile status.
AILA Doc. No. 14060246.
USCIS Alert on Revised Policy Regarding Form I-693 Validity Period
(464 KB - 5/30/2014)
USCIS alert that it will limit the validity period for all Forms I-693 to one year from the date of submission to USCIS. USCIS will hold an engagement on 6/12/14 to answer questions on the new policy and provide guidance on filing Form I-693. Registration information was not included.
AILA Doc. No. 14053044.
USCIS Invitation to Listening Session on Law Enforcement Certification Process for U Visas
(791 KB - 5/22/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 6/4/14 engagement to discuss the law enforcement certification process for U nonimmigrant status and changes being considered to broaden the definition of a “certifying official” by allowing certifying agency heads the ability to designate other individuals as certifiers.
AILA Doc. No. 14052205.
USCIS Message on Revised I-821 Form Available for Use
(463 KB - 5/20/2014)
USCIS message that a revised Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, with an edition date of 2/20/14, is available for use as of 5/20/14. Previously accepted versions of the form will only be accepted until 7/31/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14052005.
USCIS Stakeholder Event on the AAO and Appeals Processing
(585 KB - 5/19/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 5/28/14 stakeholder event on recent developments with the AAO and appeals processing. USCIS will provide AAO program updates and will listen to feedback on potential regulatory reforms and improvements to appeals processing. In-person and telephonic options are available.
AILA Doc. No. 14051951.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues (Updated 6/9/14)
USCIS invitation to stakeholders to a NSC teleconference on 6/12/14 on business issues. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14051449.
USCIS Alert on Immigration Consultants Being Sentenced for Filing Bogus Asylum Applications
(537 KB - 5/14/2014)
USCIS press release on the sentencing of a San Gabriel immigration consulting business for participating in a long-running scheme to prepare and file fraudulent asylum applications that made phony claims of religious persecution on behalf of Chinese nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 14051446.
VSC Stakeholders Newsletter, Spring 2014
(883 KB - 5/14/2014)
Vermont Service Center (VSC) stakeholders newsletter for spring 2014, providing filing tips, information on the FY2015 H1-B filing period, announcing Carrie Selby as VSC Deputy Director and Acting Director, and including information on VSC’s newest facility in Essex, Vermont.
AILA Doc. No. 14051444.
USCIS Invitation to NSC and TSC Engagement on Business Issues
(577 KB - 5/15/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 7/17/14 NSC and TSC stakeholder engagement at the NSC to discuss business and employment-based immigration case types. Registration information included. Event was originally scheduled for 6/19/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14051351.
USCIS Straight From the Source Newsletter, April/May 2014
(712 KB - 5/13/2014)
USCIS April/May 2014 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter, including information on the new mandatory Form N-400, Haitian TPS and extended re-registration period, H-1B premium processing, updated countries participating in H-2A and H-2B programs, ABT revised settlement agreement, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 14051340.
USCIS Blog on Advance Parole
USCIS blog on five questions on advance parole.
AILA Doc. No. 14051244.
USCIS Filing Tips for N-400
(530 KB - 5/6/2014)
USCIS tips for filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Included are general instructions for the N-400, as well as specific tips for each section of the form.
AILA Doc. No. 14050643.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Stakeholder Teleconference on Students, Schools, and Other Issues (Updated 5/5/14)
USCIS invitation to a 5/8/14 NSC stakeholder teleconference on students, schools, and other issues. Registration information is included.
AILA Doc. No. 14041544.
USCIS Teleconference on Extension of TPS Re-registration Period for Haitians
(764 KB - 5/5/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 5/14/14 teleconference to discuss the extension of the re-registration deadline from 5/2/14 to 7/22/14, for Haitian national who have already been granted TPS and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months.
AILA Doc. No. 14050543.
USCIS Data Entry of FY2015 H-1B Cap Petitions Has Been Completed
(458 KB - 5/2/2014)
USCIS announcement on 5/2/14 that data entry of all FY2015 H-1B cap petitions has been completed, and it will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the lottery.
AILA Doc. No. 14050246.
USCIS Announces Extension of TPS Re-registration Period for Haitian Nationals
(626 KB - 5/2/2014)
USCIS announcement on 5/2/14 that it is extending the re-registration period for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. USCIS will now accept re-registration applications through 7/22/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14050242.
USCIS Will Only Accept Current Version of N-400 Beginning 5/5/14
(524 KB - 4/29/2014)
USCIS alert that beginning May 5, 2014, USCIS will only accept the current edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, dated 9/13/13. USCIS will reject and return all naturalization applications using previous versions of Form N-400 after 5/4/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14042945.
USCIS Invitation to Listening Session on Law Enforcement Certification Process for U Visas
(770 KB - 4/29/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 5/8/14 engagement to discuss the law enforcement certification process for U nonimmigrant status and changes being considered to broaden the definition of a “certifying official” by allowing certifying agency heads the ability to designate other individuals as certifiers.
AILA Doc. No. 14042944.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
(466 KB - 4/28/2014)
USCIS is looking for feedback on the EB-5 Program, including input on potential changes to regulations and guidance to clarify eligibility requirements and to improve the program’s integrity, efficiency, predictability, and consistency. Input due by 5/8/14 through the USCIS Idea Community.
AILA Doc. No. 14042805.
USCIS E-Verify Connection, April 2014 (Issue 18)
(581 KB - 4/24/2014)
USCIS E-Verify Connection April 2014 issue, including a new Form I-9 employee information sheet, notice that the Further Action Notice is available in multiple languages, free Form I-9 video vignettes, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 14042452.
USCIS Reminder of Updates to Change of Address Tool
(466 KB - 4/24/2014)
USCIS reminder that the Change of Address tool has been updated and is now compatible with more web browsers and will send confirmation of an address change by e-mail. Users can also print completed AR-11s after the process is completed online.
AILA Doc. No. 14042460.
SEVP Deploys First Group of Field Representatives
(532 KB - 4/18/2014)
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) deployed the first group of 15 representatives who will serve as direct day-to-day liaisons between SEVP and certified schools, and with those schools seeking initial SEVP certification. SEVP plans to deploy 60 field representatives nationwide.
AILA Doc. No. 14041848.
USCIS Reminder of 5/2/14 Deadline for Haitian TPS Re-registration
(508 KB - 4/18/2014)
USCIS reminder that eligible Haitian nationals who currently have TPS must re-register by 5/2/14. Because some new EADs may not arrive until after the expiration date of current EADs, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Haiti EADs with a 7/22/14 expiration for an additional six months.
AILA Doc. No. 14041843.
USCIS H-1B Premium Processing to Begin April 28, 2014
(605 KB - 4/17/2014)
USCIS alert that on 4/28/14 it will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
AILA Doc. No. 14041701.
USCIS Blog on E-Verify and Form I-9 Videos
USCIS blog on recently-released videos explaining E-Verify and Form I-9 for employers and workers.
AILA Doc. No. 14041699.
USCIS Teleconference on Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program for L-1 Visas
(578 KB - 4/16/2014)
USCIS invitation to a stakeholder teleconference on 4/24/14 to discuss the extension of the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program to L-1 visas. USCIS will share information about the history of the program and its implementation, and also will be available to answer questions.
AILA Doc. No. 14041656.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on EB-5 Regulatory Changes
(585 KB - 4/16/2014)
USCIS invitation to a stakeholder teleconference on 4/23/14 to discuss future regulatory changes for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Feedback is requested on combating fraud and abuse, improving current regulations, and substantive eligibility and procedural filing requirements.
AILA Doc. No. 14041602.
USCIS Invitation to O and P Stakeholder Event
(587 KB - 4/11/2014)
USCIS invitation to a stakeholder meeting about the O and P nonimmigrant visa programs on 4/17/14. Input provided will contribute to the ongoing work of USCIS’ Executives in Residence initiative on the performing arts and entertainment industries. In-person and teleconference options are available.
AILA Doc. No. 14041160.
USCIS Received Around 172,500 H-1B Petitions and Completed Random Selection Process
(543 KB - 4/10/2014)
USCIS press release stating that they received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on 4/10/14 to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
AILA Doc. No. 14041062.
USCIS Changes International District Names
(466 KB - 4/10/2014)
USCIS message that effective 4/10/14, USCIS international district offices will have new names that more descriptively convey the jurisdictions the districts cover. The district offices will remain in their current locations of Bangkok, Rome, and Mexico City.
AILA Doc. No. 14041047.
USCIS Webinar on Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes
(759 KB - 4/10/2014)
USCIS invitation to a 4/16/14 webinar to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. Subject matter experts will provide an overview and be available to answer questions. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14041046.
USCIS Message on 30-Day Comment Period for Revised Form I-821D
(473 KB - 4/10/2014)
USCIS message on the publication of a 30-day notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on the revised version of the Form I-821D. USCIS will issue the final revised Form I-821D after the public comment period is over, the comments are addressed, and the form is approved.
AILA Doc. No. 14041060.
USCIS Message on Redesign of SAVE System
(497 KB - 4/9/2014)
USCIS alert that it is completed the first phase of the redesign of the SAVE system, which now has a new home page layout, “Quick Links” navigation, and redesigned data entry pages for clearer directions and notification.
AILA Doc. No. 14040945.
USCIS Policy Manual Update on Civil Surgeon Applications
(525 KB - 4/9/2014)
USCIS notice of a technical update to the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify than an applicant for civil surgeon designation must, at a minimum, submit a copy of their medical degree.
AILA Doc. No. 14040943.
USCIS Reminder to Use Revised I-290B
(489 KB - 4/9/2014)
USCIS reminder that after 4/5/14, only the revised Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, with an edition date of 1/23/14, will be accepted.
AILA Doc. No. 14040960.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Stakeholder Teleconference on Refugee/Asylum Issues (Updated 4/7/14)
USCIS invitation to a 4/10/14 NSC stakeholder teleconference on Refugee/Asylum issues. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14032143.
USCIS Received Sufficient FY2015 H-1B Petitions to Trigger Random Lottery
(540 KB - 4/7/2014)
USCIS announcement that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2015 for both the general category and the advanced degree exemption category and will close the filing period after 4/7/14. A random lottery will occur at a later date.
AILA Doc. No. 14040740.
CSC Invitation for 6/11/14 Stakeholder Open House
(840 KB - 4/4/2014)
CSC invitation to a stakeholder open house on 6/11/14. CSC representatives will offer roundtable sessions addressing family, employment, and student-based immigration case types. USCIS officials will also address customer service issues and provide facility tours. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14040456.
USCIS Looking For Feedback on Citizenship Preparation
(517 KB - 4/4/2014)
USCIS is looking for ideas and opinions through its USCIS Idea Community on welcoming immigrants and citizenship preparation and what resources would help naturalization applicants to better prepare for the naturalization interview and test and understand the benefits of citizenship.
AILA Doc. No. 14040455.
USCIS Invitation to Quarterly Asylum Stakeholder Meeting
(761 KB - 4/4/2014)
USCIS invitation to the 4/23/14 Asylum Division quarterly stakeholder engagement that will provide updates and statistics regarding the Asylum Division. Participation in this event is in person only. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14040447.
USCIS Receives 2014 Annual Government Customer Satisfaction Award
(1000 KB - 4/2/2014)
USCIS announcement that it was awarded the 2014 Annual Government Customer Satisfaction Award by the Federal Consulting Group of the U.S. Department of Interior. The award recognizes the E-Verify section of the USCIS.gov website and USCIS.gov/español.
AILA Doc. No. 14040244.
CSC Quarterly Stakeholders Newsletter
(1223 KB - 4/1/2014)
CSC quarterly stakeholders newsletter for the 3rd quarter of 2014, including H-2A and H-2B best practices, I-130 filing tips and best practices, and a save the date announcement for the next CSC open house on 6/11/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14040144.
USCIS Transferring Responsibility for Approving Form I-730 to International Field Offices
(469 KB - 4/1/2014)
USCIS message that it will begin transferring responsibility in phases, for approving Form I-730 from service centers to USCIS international field offices. Change will not alter requirements or processing times. First phase beginning 4/1/14 involves cases with beneficiaries residing in China.
AILA Doc. No. 14040140.
USCIS Executive Summary from Teleconferences on New MOUs for E-Verify Users (Updated 3/27/14)
(676 KB - 3/27/2014)
USCIS executive summary from stakeholder teleconferences on 12/11/13 and 12/12/13 to discuss release of new and revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for E-Verify users.
AILA Doc. No. 13112740.
USCIS Announces Enhancements to e-Request Tool
(495 KB - 3/27/2014)
USCIS alert that it has added a new function to e-Request, its online inquiry tool for customer service. As of 3/21/14, customers can now submit questions about USCIS-issued cards and documents that they have not yet received in the mail.
AILA Doc. No. 14032740.
USCIS Instructions for FY2015 H-1B Cap Filings
(573 KB - 3/26/2014)
USCIS instructions for FY2015 H-1B cap filings, including how to properly file a petition, required fees, preferred order of documents, and filing tips.
AILA Doc. No. 14032603.
USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY2015 Beginning 4/1/14
(556 KB - 3/25/2014)
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY2015 congressionally mandated cap on 4/1/14. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the correct fee. USCIS does not rely on the date that the petition is postmarked.
AILA Doc. No. 14032549.
USCIS to Begin Premium Processing H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions by 4/28/14
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USCIS will begin premium processing H-1B cap-subject petitions no later than 4/28/14. USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service during the period that premium processing is unavailable. Petitioners may upgrade a pending H-1B to premium processing once a receipt is issued.
AILA Doc. No. 14032547.
Invitation to TSC Stakeholder Open House
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The USCIS Texas Service Center (TSC) invites stakeholder to an in-person open house on 4/15/14 at the TSC in Dallas, Texas. TSC representatives will offer roundtable sessions addressing humanitarian, employment-based and student-based immigration cases.
AILA Doc. No. 14032042.
USCIS Webinar on Online Customer Service Tools
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USCIS webinar on 4/3/14 to discuss USCIS online customer service tools, including Case Status Online, Change of Address form, and e-Request. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14031953.
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY2014
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USCIC alert that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressional mandated H-2B cap for the first half of FY2014. The final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before 4/1/14 is 3/14/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14031449.
Invitation to DOS/USCIS Stakeholder Event on 3/27/14
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DOS Bureau of Consular Affairs and USCIS invites stakeholders to a joint in-person event on 3/27/14 in Washington D.C. Questions or topics can be submitted in advance, though representatives will not be able to discuss case-specific questions or provide advice/recommendations.
AILA Doc. No. 14031440.
USCIS Resource Page on H-1B FY2014 Cap Season (Updated 3/12/14)
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USCIS resources for the FY2014 H-1B cap season.
AILA Doc. No. 13032544.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Stakeholder Teleconference on Business Issues (Updated 3/11/14)
USCIS invitation to a 3/13/14 NSC stakeholder teleconference on business issues. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14021948.
USCIS Alert that Form I-910 and Centralized Civil Surgeon Application Process Now Effective
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USCIS alert that it has implemented a new process to receive and adjudicate applications for civil surgeon designation by centralizing at the National Benefits Center. Physicians seeking civil surgeon designation are now required to file a formal application (Form I-910) and application fee.
AILA Doc. No. 14031141.
USCIS Blog on National Consumer Protection Week
USCIS blog on National Consumer Protection Week advising customers on common immigration scams, tips on how to avoid being a victim, how to obtain authorized legal services, and how to report scam activity.
AILA Doc. No. 14030641.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on TPS Extension for Haiti
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USCIS invitation to a 3/19/14 teleconference to discuss the Temporary Protected Status extension for Haitians for an additional 18 months, effective 7/23/14 through 1/22/16. USCIS will discuss the re-registration period and procedures for eligible Haitian nationals, EADs, fee waivers, and take Q&As.
AILA Doc. No. 14030441.
USCIS E-Verify Connection (February 2014)
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USCIS E-Verify Connection February 2014 issue, including information on new I-9 videos, E-Verify performance statistics, a video for business leaders, and announcements on E-Verify’s new website and a new Spanish language employee rights webinar.
AILA Doc. No. 14022854.
DHS Announces Designation of Chile to the Visa Waiver Program
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DHS press release announcing the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program. Starting 5/1/14, eligible Chilean passport holders with both an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization and an e-passport will be able to visit the U.S. without nonimmigrant visitor visas.
AILA Doc. No. 14022853.
USCIS Requests Feedback on H-1B/Schedule A Petitions for Nurses
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USCIS requests feedback through its USCIS Idea Community on H-1B nonimmigrant and schedule A immigrant visa petitions for nurses, including current trends, if new or updated guidance is needed, concerns regarding adjudications, and the role of staffing companies. Submit comments by 3/7/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14022554.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Correcting Immigration Records After Resolving a TNC in E-Verify
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USCIS fact sheet on correcting an immigration record after resolving a tentative nonconfirmation (TNC) in E-Verify, including instructions for contacting USCIS, submitting a Privacy Act amendment request, contacting a CBP port, or contacting SEVIS.
AILA Doc. No. 14022550.
USCIS Invitation to Stakeholder Engagement on Immigration Services Scams
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USCIS invitation to an in-person and telephonic stakeholder engagement on 3/5/14 to discuss immigration services scams. In-person event will be held at the Dallas District Office in Irving, Texas. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14022543.
USCIS Alert on Enhanced E-Verify and Form I-9 Customer Support
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USCIS alert that starting 2/24/14, customers with E-Verify, Form I-9, or Self Check questions will hear a series of new messages when calling the toll-free customer service number. Employers and employees have specific toll-free numbers they can call for live assistance.
AILA Doc. No. 14022442.
USCIS Message Regarding Revisions to e-Request
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USCIS message that e-Request, its online customer service inquiry tool, has a new look. Also, beginning 2/15/14, customers can submit requests for disability accommodations through e-Request. Customers using the online Change of Address tool are also now able to print copies of their AR-11.
AILA Doc. No. 14022044.
USCIS Call for Feedback from Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry
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USCIS call for ideas and concerns from the performing arts and entertainment industry on O and P visa adjudication, including questions on agents and speculative employment concerns, determining national/international recognition, unions and the consultation requirement and contracts and agreements.
AILA Doc. No. 14021953.
USCIS PowerPoint from Teleconference on Revised Form N-400 (2/14/14)
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USCIS PowerPoint presentation to be used in a 2/20/14 stakeholder teleconference discussing the revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Invitation to teleconference also included.
AILA Doc. No. 14020444.
USCIS Releases Revised Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion
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USCIS alert that it has revised Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. The revised form is available for use starting on 2/12/14. Previous versions will not be accepted after 4/5/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14021245.
USCIS Short Instructional Videos on Completing Form I-9
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USCIS released three short videos for employers and employees, broken down by sections, demonstrating how to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.
AILA Doc. No. 14021147.
USCIS Contracts Research Firm to Conduct Customer Satisfaction Surveys and Focus Groups
USCIS contracted Barbaricum, a professional research firm, to conduct customer satisfaction surveys and focus groups on behalf of USCIS. USCIS customers may receive an e-mail or phone call from Barbaricum asking for feedback on customer service.
AILA Doc. No. 14021146.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on EB-5 Program
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USCIS invitation to a 2/26/14 teleconference to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, including an introduction to the new EB-5 program chief, program updates, and the 5/30/13 EB-5 Adjudications Policy Memorandum. There will also be an opportunity for Q&As. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14021042.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Stakeholder Teleconference on Student and School Issues (Updated 2/10/14)
USCIS invitation to a 2/13/14 NSC stakeholder teleconference on student and school issues. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 13012160.
USCIS 2D Barcode Requirements and Specifications for Select Forms Now Posted (Updated 2/4/14)
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USCIS alert that it has posted complete 2D barcode requirements and specifications for Forms N-400, G-28, I-90, I-131, and I-864. USCIS will update the page as additional forms with the 2D barcode are published.
AILA Doc. No. 13112132.
USCIS Blog with Warning of New Telephone Scam
USCIS blog post warning customers of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners called “Caller ID spoofing,” where the scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information and threatens victims with deportation or other consequences if they do not pay.
AILA Doc. No. 14013141.
USCIS Launches Redesigned Messages on National Customer Service Center Number
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USCIS alert that starting 2/1/14, callers will hear new messages with calling the USCIS toll-free National Customer Service Center number. The live assistance through the Interactive Voice Response system will be available Monday through Friday, from 8am through 8pm in the continental U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 14013054.
USCIS Filing Tips for Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
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USCIS filing tips for Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, including tips on documenting means-tested benefits, income below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, financial hardship, and marital status. Also includes a list of the common reasons for fee waiver denials.
AILA Doc. No. 14013043.
USCIS Filing Tips for Form G-28
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USCIS provides filing tips for Form G-28.
AILA Doc. No. 14013040.
USCIS Alert on New Form I-910 and Centralized Civil Surgeon Application Process
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USCIS alert introducing Form I-910, Application for Civil Surgeon Designation and a $615 filing fee. The application will be filed at a USCIS Lockbox and processed at the NBC. Prospective civil surgeons should not file the form and fee prior to 3/11/14. Changes do not affect current civil surgeons.
AILA Doc. No. 14012900.
USCIS Teleconference on Form I-910, Application for Civil Surgeon Designation
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USCIS invitation to a 2/5/14 teleconference on the new centralized filing and adjudication of Form I-910, Application for Civil Surgeon Designation at the NBC.
AILA Doc. No. 14012847.
USCIS Executive Summary from Engagement on Combating Immigration Scams and UPIL
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USCIS executive summary from a 9/20/13 engagement where USCIS Director Mayorkas, the Federal Trade Commission and DOJ officials will discuss recent immigration scams and how agencies are partnering to combat the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL).
AILA Doc. No. 13091040.
USCIS Announces Half a Million Companies Are Participating in E-Verify
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USCIS press release that more than 500,000 companies now use E-Verify. USCIS also released a new video titled “E-Verify for Business Leaders” and updated it’s E-Verify website.
AILA Doc. No. 14012354.
USCIS Reminder of Relief Measures Available for Filipino Typhoon Victims
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USCIS reminder to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan of the existing relief measures currently available to them. USCIS has also proactively identified and is expediting pending I-130s filed by U.S citizens for their Filipino immediate relatives.
AILA Doc. No. 14011560.
USCIS Invitation to Federal Trade Commission Stakeholder Engagement
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USCIS invitation to a 1/22/14 webinar stakeholder engagement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Topics will include the latest scams targeting immigrants, such as notario fraud and business opportunity scams. FTC/USCIS officials will also answer questions. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14011351.
USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues (Updated 1/13/14)
USCIS invitation to an NSC stakeholder teleconference on 1/16/13 on refugee/asylee issues. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 13121360.
USCIS Looking for Feedback on Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law
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USCIS is looking for feedback on the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL), including if stakeholders are familiar with USCIS UPIL awareness efforts and if more information is needed on how to report immigration scams. Submit your thoughts through the USCIS Idea Community until 1/17/14.
AILA Doc. No. 14011041.
USCIS Invitation to Quarterly Asylum Stakeholder Meeting
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USCIS invitation to the 1/28/14 Asylum Division quarterly stakeholder engagement that will provide updates and statistics regarding the Asylum Division. Participation in this event is in person only. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14010946.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on H-1Bs and Schedule A-Based Visas for the Nursing Industry
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USCIS 1/16/14 teleconference invitation on issues regarding H-1B nonimmigrant and Schedule A-based immigrant visa petitions for nurses. USCIS also announced a Loaned Executive team to explore how USCIS can enhance clarity and consistency in health care adjudications, focused on the nursing industry.
AILA Doc. No. 14010840.
USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Os and Ps
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USCIS invitation to a 1/15/14 teleconference where stakeholders will be able to provide feedback on issues regarding O and P nonimmigrant visa classifications in the performing arts and entertainment industry and also to introduce the newly assembled O and P “Executives in Residence” team.
AILA Doc. No. 14010748.
USCIS Reminder on New and Revised E-Verify MOUs
(469 KB - 1/7/2014)
USCIS reminder that E-Verify released both revised and new Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) for E-Verify users. Existing users do not need to execute a new MOU. Webinars will be held on 1/7/14 and 1/10/14 for existing E-Verify users. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14010743.
USCIS Invitation to TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting
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USCIS invitation to the 1/8/14 Terrorist-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) quarterly stakeholder meeting in Washington D.C. Interested parties may participate in this event in person only. Registration information included.
AILA Doc. No. 14010642.
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