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  • USCIS - CIS Ombudsman's Office H-1B Cap Q & A (12/29/2009)
    The CIS Ombudsman's Office offers Questions and Answers regarding H-1B1 (Singapore/Chile) visas and whether USCIS accepts more H-1B filings than the cap allows due to accounting for expected denials and withdrawals.
    AILA Doc. No. 09122961.
  • Texas Chapter Meeting Minutes with the CIS Ombudsman's Office (11/18/09)(60 KB - 12/11/2009)
    The 11/18/09 meeting minutes address a TSC update regarding RFE and processing times, biometrics, consular returns, I-485 Portability, NVC and original documents, Visa Bulleting numbers, recapturing unused immigrant visa numbers, EB I-485 interviews, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121164.
  • USCIS Representatives Discuss Recent Increase in FY 2010 H-1B Filings (12/3/2009)
    At the New York CLE on 12/1/09, USCIS representatives discussed H-1B usage for FY2010. Without revealing the number of H-1B petitions have been received, nor providing an estimate of the number of H-1B visas remaining, USCIS indicated that there has been an "uptick" in receipts in the last 2 weeks.
    AILA Doc. No. 09120360.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (8/25/09)(53 KB - 11/19/2009)
    The Q&As address I-730s, I-485s, TPS, reliance on Visa Bulletin, National Customer Service (NCSC), Stakeholder calls, CSC/AILA Fax, NBC follow up e-mail, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09111964.
  • AILA Liaison/USCIS Meeting Questions and Answers (10/27/09)(231 KB - 11/6/2009)
    Responses are provided to questions regarding inappropriate RFEs, use of unpublished AAO decisions in adjudications, application of Matter of Treasure Craft, right to counsel during audits and site visits, quality control of civil surgeons, AAO jurisdiction and processing, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110664.
  • Deadline Approaching for Non-Minister Religious Workers(57 KB - 10/19/2009)
    A reminder regarding the upcoming sunset of non-minister religious worker immigrant visa petitions, courtesy of Gibbs Houston Pauw, Seattle, Washington.
    AILA Doc. No. 09101931.
  • AILA Religious Workers Committee Update on Visa Availability(29 KB - 9/24/2009)
    AILA’s Religious Workers Committee provides an update describing how the recent unavailability of employment based visas will affect the EB-4 non-minister permanent resident religious worker category due to sunset on September 30, 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092469.
  • Practice Advisory Regarding Unlawful Presence Memo(192 KB - 9/18/2009)
    Practice advisory by Laura Lichter and Mark Barr regarding the 5/6/09 USCIS memo by Donald Neufeld, Lori Scialabba, and Pearl Chang regarding unlawful presence and the 3 & 10-year bars and the permanent bar.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091869.
  • Practice Tip: The Top 25 Things That Every Immigration Practitioner Should Know About International Students and Scholars(563 KB - 9/10/2009)
    AILA’s Students and Scholars Committee prepared this Practice Tip on the top twenty-five things that every immigration practitioner should know about international students and scholars.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091065.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (7/28/09)(269 KB - 8/26/2009)
    The Q&As addresses Refugee Adjustment, NCSC follow up e-mails, change of address, Naturalization, N-400 Fee Waivers, RFEs, erroneous Conditional Residence cards, Special Immigrant Juveniles, N-648 Disability Waivers, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082668.
  • AILA Liaison Requests that USCIS Accept H-1B Petitions with Proof of LCA Filing (8/24/2009)
    The AILA/USCIS and AILA/SCOPS Committees submitted a Memorandum to USCIS requesting reinstatement of the practice of allowing the filing of an H-1B petition with proof of filing of the Labor Condition Application under certain circumstances.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082467.
  • AILA Reminds Members of Important Religious Worker Deadline (8/21/2009)
    AILA reminds members of an important deadline for religious workers who might benefit from the court’s order in Ruiz-Diaz v. United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082160.
  • USCIS Site Visits to H-1B Employers: One Employer's Experience (7/30/2009)
    An AILA member describes an H-1B employer client's recent experience with a random site visit from a private investigator under contract with the USCIS.
    AILA Doc. No. 09073065.
  • USCIS to Discontinue Issuance of ADIT Stamps (7/9/2009)
    AILA has learned that USCIS offices have been directed to discontinue issuing ADIT stamps to every applicant as a matter of policy.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070968.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (6/30/09)(51 KB - 6/30/2009)
    The Q&As address FBI namechecks, mailing addresses, diversity visa lottery, adjustment of status for detained refugees, CSC follow up e-mail address, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09063090.
  • Highlights from the USCIS Open Forum at Annual Conference 2009 (6/19/2009)
    The AILA/USCIS Liaison Committee offers highlights from the USCIS Open Forum at the AILA Conference 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061966.
  • Member Alert Regarding "U" Visa Cases (6/12/2009)
    USCIS advised AILA at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas that efforts are underway to ensure that 10,000 numbers are used for the U nonimmigrant category before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061231.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (5/5/09)(40 KB - 5/19/2009)
    The Q & As address N-400 fee waivers, use of “care of” in a mailing address, I-751 and I-129F receipt notices issued by VSC, marriages in refugee camps, clarification of security checks, naturalization and migrant farm workers and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051964.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (3/31/09)(86 KB - 4/30/2009)
    The Q & As address the VAWA Unit and RFEs, N-400 processing times, fee waiver rejections, N-400 materials, bundled asylee adjustment applications, I-131 photographs, advance parole documents, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09043060.
  • USCIS Addresses NTA Issuance After I-140 Approval (3/24/2009)
    AILA discussed the issue of NTA issuance by the TSC subsequent to the approval of an I-140 visa petition for a beneficiary who appears to be out-of-status or an EWI.
    AILA Doc. No. 09032460.
  • AILA/USCIS Liaison Minutes, March 19, 2009(110 KB - 3/19/2009)
    Minutes from the AILA/USCIS 3/19/09 liaison meeting, address transparency in adjudications, the weight of USCIS policy memos, specialized knowledge, definition of “affiliated with” for H-1B cap purposes, successor in interest, denials without RFEs and NOIDs, credentials evaluations and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031920.
  • Practice Alert: TSC NTA Issuance After I-140 Approvals (3/12/2009)
    AILA Liaison provides this Practice Alert in light of reports from several members that the TSC has begun issuing NTAs to out-of-status beneficiaries after the approval of an I-140 petition filed for the alien.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031266.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (2/24/09)(50 KB - 2/24/2009)
    The Q&As address I-485s, I-730s, RFEs, P-3 Program, Fraud and Misrepresentation, Lautenberg parolees, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022490.
  • I-9 Effective Date (1/30/2009)
    AILA has requested verification from USCIS that a decision reportedly has been reached to delay the effective date of the I-9 regulatory changes and revised I-9 form for 60 days.
    AILA Doc. No. 09013068.
  • USCIS Advises AILA Liaison on Filing of EB-5 Regional Center Proposals (1/30/2009)
    The EB-5 Investor Programs office at USCIS HQ offers suggestions for filing EB-5 Regional Center proposals at the California Service Center.
    AILA Doc. No. 09013060.
  • Status of Aytes February 4, 2008, Background Check Memo (1/27/2009)
    Amid reports from a USCIS field office of the rescission of the February 4, 2008, memorandum from Michael Aytes regarding adjudication of adjustment of status applications for aliens with delayed background checks, USCIS provides more information.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012772.
  • Stakeholder/USCIS Q & As (1/27/09)(50 KB - 1/27/2009)
    The Q&As address USCIS Mail Management Program, Religious workers, waiver statistics, processing times, HPV vaccine, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012790.
 
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