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  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (12/4/07)(61 KB - 12/6/2007)
    The Q & As address I-192s and fee waivers, NTAs, regs. for adjustment from U and T status, EADs for Liberians with TPS, a change of address when an application is unreceipted, use of previously captured biometric data, religious workers, receipting delays for N-400s, material support, translator SIV visas, asylee adjustments and other matters. AILA Doc. No. 07120670.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120670.
  • More Information from USCIS Regarding Security Check Changes (12/3/2007)
    E-mail from USCIS regarding the changes recently made in the DHS/FBI name check processes. AILA Doc. No. 07120361.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120361.
  • Secretary Chertoff Advises of Changes in FBI Name Check Clearance Process (11/30/2007)
    In a meeting with AILA and other organizations, DHS Secretary Chertoff indicated that USCIS and the FBI are changing parts of the name check process, with the expected result that a large proportion of the backlog should be cleared within six months. AILA Doc. No. 07113061.
    AILA Doc. No. 07113061.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS HQ Q & As October 30, 2007(111 KB - 11/15/2007)
    These October 30, 2007, Q & As address Cuban parolees, religious worker case site visits, refugee travel documents, fee waivers, mismatch A numbers on I-485 receipts, waiver applications at the Mexico City District office, re-submission due to fee rejection, and more. AILA Doc. No. 07111564.
    AILA Doc. No. 07111564.
  • AILA Liaison/USCIS HQ Q & As from 9/25/07 and Addenda (10/22/2007)
    The Q & As address the adjustment applications filed under the July VB, N-400s, DORA, SIMS, bi-specialization and direct filing, the USCIS website, premium processing, CSPA, TPS, VAWA, religious workers, EB-5s, RFEs and NOIDS with short response times, and more. The USCIS did not post the addenda to its website. We provide them for clarity. AILA Doc. No. 07101962.
    AILA Doc. No. 07101962.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS HQ Q & As (9/26/07)(101 KB - 10/19/2007)
    The Q & As address asylee and refugee EADs, rejections in error prior to the fee increase, Cuban parolees, fee waivers, EADs for special immigrant religious workers, the proposed rule requiring replacement of I-551 cards without expiration dates, Adam Walsh cases, background checks and processing delays, and more. AILA Doc. No. 07101963.
    AILA Doc. No. 07101963.
  • 2007 Fall CLE USCIS Panel Notes(15 KB - 10/3/2007)
    These are notes that were taken at the AILA Fall CLE USCIS panel in Lake Tahoe. They address July/August filings and receipting issues, H-1B processing, the proposed I-551 replacement regulation and bispecialization. AILA Doc. No. 07100363.
    AILA Doc. No. 07100363.
  • Validity of Prior Editions of I-290B (8/2/2007)
    USCIS discusses validity of certain prior editions of the I-290B. AILA Doc. No. 07080267.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080267.
  • Update on USCIS Forms Revisions and Validity (8/1/2007)
    USCIS has revised the statement of validity of prior editions of several forms updated when the new fee increase went into effect. AILA Doc. No. 07080160.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080160.
  • Update on I-765 Validity (7/31/2007)
    USCIS provides update on validity of previous editions of I-765 forms. AILA Doc. No. 07073164.
    AILA Doc. No. 07073164.
  • USCIS Webpage Link on E-Filing (7/27/2007)
    Never e-filed? Here’s the link to the USCIS Webpage on e-filing. AILA Doc. No. 07072741.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072741.
  • Which I-485 Form To Use? (7/25/2007)
    USCIS clarifies I-485 form validity. AILA Doc. No. 07072531.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072531.
  • Visa Bulletin Update (Updated 7/23/07, 4:30 EDT) (7/23/2007)
    AILA practice tip on filing labor certification exempt I-140s prior to 7/31/07 in light of the July visa bulletin situation. AILA Doc. No. 07072363.
    AILA Doc. No. 07072363.
  • Tutorial On Direct Filing Instructions (7/18/2007)
    AILA Liaison offers a tutorial on where to find the Direct Filing charts on the USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 07071870.
    AILA Doc. No. 07071870.
  • USCIS Advises AILA Liaison on Due Date for Substitution Requests (7/12/2007)
    USCIS has responded to AILA's USCIS Liaison Chair Shawn Orme regarding the final due date for requests to substitute beneficiaries on labor certification applications. AILA Doc. No. 07071230.
    AILA Doc. No. 07071230.
  • How Did All Those Employment-Based Numbers Get "Used" So Quickly? (7/3/2007)
    Summary of what some AILA members have heard from USCIS contacts regarding usage of the 2007 employment-based visa numbers. AILA Doc. No. 07070363.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070363.
  • Should I File My I-485 Applications? (7/2/2007)
    On 7/2/07 DOS issued a July Visa Bulletin update announcing that there will be no further authorizations of visa numbers for employment preferences. Should I still file my I-485 applications? AILA Doc. No. 07070266.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070266.
  • Follow-up to Update on July Visa Availability (6/29/2007)
    What if DOS issues a revised July Visa Bulletin? File the adjustment now anyway? Some things to consider. AILA Doc. No. 07062930.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062930.
  • Update on July Visa Availability (6/29/2007)
    We are hearing from multiple sources that, on Monday or Tuesday of next week, State Department plans to issue a revised Visa Bulletin for July 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07062973.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062973.
  • USCIS Medical Exam May Be Performed by Any “Designated Civil Surgeon,” Regardless of the Location (6/29/2007)
    Be reminded that the medical exam required for adjustment of status applications may be performed by any physician named on the USCIS’ “Designated Civil Surgeon” list, regardless of where the physician is located. AILA Doc. No. 07062965.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062965.
  • Update on Rejection of June “Other Worker” Adjustment Applications and What This Means for July (6/27/2007)
    Update from AILA liaison on USCIS policy to reject adjustment of status applications in a month where the Visa Bulletin shows visa availability. AILA Doc. No. 07062770.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062770.
  • USCIS Replies to Liaison Request to Waive Physical Exam Requirement for EB Adjustment Filings (6/27/2007)
    USCIS has responded to the request from AILA liaison to waive physical examination requirements for upcoming EB adjustment filings for the remainder of FY2007. AILA Doc. No. 07062764.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062764.
  • USCIS Provides N-400 Receipt Data to AILA Liaison(172 KB - 6/27/2007)
    On 6/26/07 USCIS provided AILA Liaison with N-400 receipt data for FY 2006 and FY 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07062760.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062760.
  • EB-3 Other Worker Visa Availability Update (6/15/2007)
    Update from AILA USCIS Liaison on EB-3 Other Worker mid-month availability. AILA Doc. No. 07061568.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061568.
  • Draft Forms I-129 & I-360 Include Religious Worker Attestations (6/11/2007)
    Draft Forms I-129 and I-360 include the religious workers attestations referred to in the proposed rule on religious worker visa classifications. AILA Doc. No. 07061170.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061170.
  • AILA Liaison/USCIS HQ Meeting Minutes (3/14/07)(117 KB - 6/7/2007)
    The Minutes address backlog reduction, AR-11s, the USCIS website, Phase III of Bi-specialization, security, AC21, 245(k), Degree Equivalency, Work Auth. under VAWA, Perez-Vargas, Religious Worker I-360s, EB-5, the Perez-Gonzalez/I-212 Memo, Ability to Pay, CSPA, the F-1 to H-1B Cap Gap, K-2 I-485s, I-130s, Arriving Aliens in Removal, and I-212s. AILA Doc. No. 07060763.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060763.
  • USCIS HQ Contact Information and Organization Chart (Updated 6/1/07)(29 KB - 6/1/2007)
    This document is a 5/31/07 list of contact information for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Headquarters officers, followed by a USCIS organization chart. AILA Doc. No. 06110660.
    AILA Doc. No. 06110660.
  • USCIS HQ Provides Information About EB-5 Program (5/21/2007)
    Morrie Berez, head of the EB-5 unit at USCIS headquarters, recently distributed several items concerning the EB-5 program. These include a list of current "active" regional centers, statistics showing the growth of the EB-5 program, and a PowerPoint concerning the EB-5 program. AILA Doc. No. 07052167.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052167.
  • List of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Class of Admission Codes (5/15/2007)
    The DHS Office of Immigration Statistics provides a chart listing Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Class of Admission codes, the relevant section of law, and description. AILA Doc. No. 07051567.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051567.
  • Practice Pointer on U.S. Master's H-1Bs (4/19/2007)
    Practice pointer regarding documentation of completion of requirement toward master's degree for purposes of the H-1B U.S. master's exemption. AILA Doc. No. 07041942.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041942.
  • Verify Non-U.S. Master’s Degree Cap-Subject H-1B Approvals (4/12/2007)
    USCIS recommends verifying cap-subject H-1B petition approvals received April 12, 2007, and earlier. AILA Doc. No. 07041268.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041268.
  • USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Information(27 KB - 4/5/2007)
    The USCIS has partially completed a physical count of the pieces of mail containing H-1B petitions and has begun to identify H-1B petitions which are subject to the cap. AILA Doc. No. 07040540.
    AILA Doc. No. 07040540.
  • Filing Your H-1B to Arrive on Saturday, March 31 (3/21/2007)
    Some members missed earlier postings on the question of whether you can file a cap-subject H-1B to arrive on Saturday, March 31, and have it considered filed Monday, April 2. That information is repeated, along with pointers on related issues. AILA Doc. No. 07032161.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032161.
  • Take a Deep Breath: H-1B Cap Prognostications (3/9/2007)
    AILA Liaison offers practice assistance regarding the filing of cap-subject H-1Bs in light of the fact that April 1, 2007 falls on a Sunday. In addition, guidance on the "random selection" lottery is provided. AILA Doc. No. 07030966.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030966.