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USCIS Inaugural Issue of “E-Verify Connection”
(601 KB - 12/27/2010)
The first issue of “E-Verify Connection,” a USCIS e-newsletter with updates and information regarding E-Verify, includes information on an expanded photo matching capability, Puerto Rico birth certificates, updated materials on the E-Verify website, webinars, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10122733.
AILA Doc. No. 10122733.
USCIS Important Notice About Changes to Some Civics Test Answers
(50 KB - 12/27/2010)
USCIS notice for naturalization applicants that on 1/5/11, some civics tests answers will change due to the recent federal elections. The notice includes guidance for answering questions 20, 23, and 47 on the civics test on or after 1/5/11. AILA Doc. No. 10122731.
AILA Doc. No. 10122731.
USCIS Issued Revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
(90 KB - 12/22/2010)
USCIS press release and fact sheet announcing that a revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, has been issued. Form N-648 is for individuals with certain disabilities seeking exceptions from the English and civics requirements for naturalization. AILA Doc. No. 10122246.
AILA Doc. No. 10122246.
Answers to I-129 Export Control Questions Not Required Until February 2011
(93 KB - 12/22/2010)
USCIS has suspended the requirement that H-1B, H-1B1, L, O-1A petitioners complete the export controls/ITAR questions on the I-129 form until February 20, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 10122243.
AILA Doc. No. 10122243.
USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for TPS
(50 KB - 12/22/2010)
USCIS press release reminds Haitian nationals that the registration deadline for Haitian TPS is 1/18/11. Press release in French, Spanish, and Creole can be found on USCIS website. AILA Doc. No. 10122234.
AILA Doc. No. 10122234.
USCIS Update on E-2 CNMI Investor Program
(103 KB - 12/17/2010)
USCIS update on the E-2 CNMI Investor Visa, which allows foreign long-term investors to reside in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) through December 2014. Petitions for the E-2 CNMI Investor Visa will be accepted beginning Jan. 18, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 10121734.
AILA Doc. No. 10121734.
USCIS Blog Post on the EB-5 Program
The Beacon, the official blog of USCIS, features a post entitled, “What is the EB-5 Program?” The blog post includes an explanation of the Immigrant Investor Program, the definition of a Regional Center, information on the application process, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10121532.
AILA Doc. No. 10121532.
USCIS Teleconference on Nepal Adoptions
(74 KB - 12/14/2010)
USCIS invitation to a 12/15/10 teleconference with USCIS and DOS to discuss the current situation of adoption processing in Nepal. Invitation includes instructions on how to join the call. AILA Doc. No. 10121431.
AILA Doc. No. 10121431.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Initiative to Combat the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law
(64 KB - 12/9/2010)
USCIS fact sheet on an initiative it plans to launch in six pilot cities to combat the unauthorized practice of law by promoting public understanding of ways to find bona fide legal advice and avoid scams. USCIS plans to expand the initiative nationwide in 2011. AILA Doc. No. 10120930.
AILA Doc. No. 10120930.
USCIS Summary on 11/09/10 Teleconference Regarding Changes to Overseas Filing of Form I-130
(151 KB - 12/6/2010)
USCIS executive summary from the 11/09/10 teleconference on overseas filings of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. USCIS indicated that it is reviewing options to have all I-130 forms adjudicated domestically, as more than 95% of all I-130 forms are filed in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 10120632.
AILA Doc. No. 10120632.
USCIS Executive Summary from 11/02/10 Stakeholder Meeting on Form I-9
(78 KB - 12/6/2010)
USCIS executive summary issued from the 11/02/10 Verification Division stakeholders meeting on Form I-9. USCIS indicated that it will be drafting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Form I-9 and gave stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the Form I-9 process. AILA Doc. No. 10120668.
AILA Doc. No. 10120668.
USCIS Revises the Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) (Updated 11/23/10)
USCIS alert on revision of Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker). The revised form will be published on 11/23/10. USCIS will accept previous editions of the form until 12/22/10. AILA Doc. No. 10111062.
AILA Doc. No. 10111062.
USCIS Introduces First-Ever Fee Waiver Form
(35 KB - 11/22/2010)
USCIS press release introducing a standardized form for requesting waivers of fees for immigration benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, will become available on November 23, 2010, the same day that the latest USCIS fee schedule takes effect. AILA Doc. No. 10112276.
AILA Doc. No. 10112276.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Fee Schedule, New Forms, and Revised Forms
(47 KB - 11/22/2010)
USCIS fact sheet on adjusted fees, revised forms and instructions, and new forms taking effect on November 23, 2010. The new forms include Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, and Form I-924, Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. AILA Doc. No. 10112275.
AILA Doc. No. 10112275.
USCIS Form G-1055 Fee Schedule
(142 KB - 11/19/2010)
USCIS Form G-1055 Fee Schedule effective November 23, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10111976.
AILA Doc. No. 10111976.
USCIS Alert on New Fees and Revised Forms
(29 KB - 11/19/2010)
USCIS alert on new fees and revised forms taking effect on November 23, 2010. The alert addresses postmark and courier service issues. The alert also highlights new Forms I-129, I-129S and I-212 and the last dates which USCIS will accept previous form editions. AILA Doc. No. 10111975.
AILA Doc. No. 10111975.
USCIS Garden City Field Office Temporarily Closed
USCIS announcement that due to the instability of the electrical system in the Garden City Field Office, the agency is temporally closing the office. AILA Doc. No. 10111972.
AILA Doc. No. 10111972.
USCIS Executive Summary of Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting with Director Mayorkas
(78 KB - 11/19/2010)
USCIS Executive Summary of 09/23/10 quarterly stakeholder meeting with Director Mayorkas. Issues addressed include the final fee rule, updates on the newly created Fee Waiver Form (Form I-912), the Policy Review, and the unauthorized practice of immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 10111968.
AILA Doc. No. 10111968.
USCIS Naturalizes Largest Number of Service Members since 1955
(92 KB - 11/9/2010)
USCIS press release announcing that in FY2010, it granted citizenship to the highest number of service members in any year since 1955. A fact sheet on naturalization through military service follows the press release. AILA Doc. No. 10110966.
AILA Doc. No. 10110966.
USCIS Announces 18-Month Extension of TPS for Somalia
(309 KB - 11/3/2010)
USCIS press release and Q&As on the extension of TPS for Somalia from 3/17/11 to the new expiration date of 9/17/12. To maintain TPS status, Somali TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the re-registration period from 11/2/10 until 1/3/11. AILA Doc. No. 10110364.
AILA Doc. No. 10110364.
USCIS Q&As on Legal Rights and Options for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
(110 KB - 10/28/2010)
USCIS Q&As on legal rights and resources available to immigrant victims of domestic violence in the U.S. and facts on marriage-based visas. USCIS also provided information on immigration-related options for immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes. AILA Doc. No. 10102861.
AILA Doc. No. 10102861.
USCIS Alert on Religious Worker I-360/I-485 Concurrent Filings
(250 KB - 10/28/2010)
USCIS alert that as of November 8, 2010, USCIS will no longer accept any Form I-485, I-765, or I-131 applications filed concurrently with or filed based on pending I-360 petitions from individuals seeking classification as special immigrant religious workers. AILA Doc. No. 10102830.
AILA Doc. No. 10102830.
USCIS Issues Fact Sheet and Q&As on New Naturalization Certificate
(1114 KB - 10/26/2010)
USCIS fact sheet and Q&As on the redesigned Naturalization Certificate. USCIS began issuing the new redesigned, more secure Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) nationwide on 10/25/10. AILA Doc. No. 10102633.
AILA Doc. No. 10102633.
USCIS Announces Launch of Redesigned Certificate of Naturalization
(1796 KB - 10/25/2010)
USCIS press release on the redesigning of the Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) with new security features aimed at reducing fraud. USCIS began using the redesigned certificates on 10/25/10. All previously issued Certificates of Naturalization remain valid. AILA Doc. No. 10102569.
AILA Doc. No. 10102569.
USCIS Issues Two Precedent Appeals Decisions
(243 KB - 10/21/2010)
USCIS news release on the issuance of two precedent decisions from the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). An AAO precedent decision is an appeals case that DHS, with the Attorney General’s concurrence, designates as establishing a rule for deciding future cases. AILA Doc. No. 10102132.
AILA Doc. No. 10102132.
Executive Summary from USCIS EB-5 Quarterly Engagement
(547 KB - 10/19/2010)
USCIS executive summary from the 12/16/10 EB-5 quarterly engagement. In addition to providing various updates on statistics, processing times, and the recently instituted EB-5 related forms, USCIS responded to principal themes and announced the posting of USCIS’ 2009 EB-5 memorandum.
AILA Doc. No. 10101930.
USCIS Opens New Office in Holtsville, Long Island
(247 KB - 10/15/2010)
USCIS press release on the opening of a new field office in Holtsville, Long Island. The new office is a fully equipped USCIS facility with the capacity of serving approximately 400 customers a day for residents of Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties. AILA Doc. No. 10101539.
AILA Doc. No. 10101539.
Executive Summary and Presentation from 10/14/10 USCIS EB-5 Quarterly Engagement
(701 KB - 10/15/2010)
Agenda and PowerPoint presentation from the 10/14/10 USCIS EB-5 immigrant investor stakeholder meeting. AILA Doc. No. 10101537.
AILA Doc. No. 10101537.
USCIS Announcement to TPS Re-Registrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua
(52 KB - 10/7/2010)
USCIS announcement informing individuals from El Salvador, Honduras or Nicaragua who have successfully re-registered for TPS that new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) may not be issued until early November 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10100770.
AILA Doc. No. 10100770.
USCIS Q&As on H-1B and L-1 Fee Increases under P.L. 111-230
(62 KB - 10/7/2010)
USCIS Questions and Answers on additional fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions implemented under Public Law 111-230, which President Obama signed into law on 08/13/10. The Q&As address application of the new fees, RFEs, premium processing requests, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10100767.
AILA Doc. No. 10100767.
Puerto Rico Birth Certificates Issued Before July 1, 2010 Now Valid through October 30, 2010 (Updated 10/01/10)
(57 KB - 10/1/2010)
USCIS update announcing that under an executive order signed by the Governor of Puerto Rico, certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates issued before 7/1/10 will now be valid through 10/30/10. Spanish version of the update follows the English version. AILA Doc. No. 10093074.
AILA Doc. No. 10093074.
USCIS EDIS August Bulletin
(116 KB - 9/27/2010)
USCIS E-Filing External Data Interface Standards (EDIS) August Bulletin, which provides an update since the EDIS Exchange Collaboration Session #4. EDIS is a set of technical standards that will enable immigration practitioners to submit benefit requests electronically. AILA Doc. No. 10092764.
AILA Doc. No. 10092764.
USCIS Press Release on Final Rule Adjusting Fees for Immigration Benefits
(281 KB - 9/23/2010)
USCIS News Release, Fact Sheet, and Q&As on the final rule increasing fees for immigration applications and petitions. The Fact Sheet includes the schedule of fees that will take effect on 11/23/10.
AILA Doc. No. 10092342.
USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Notes
(270 KB - 9/23/2010)
USCIS notes from the 6/8/10 Asylum Division Stakeholder meeting. Notes include questions and answers on asylum program statistics, reasonable and credible fear interview procedures, employment authorization, and more. AILA Doc. no. 10092331.
AILA Doc. No. 10092331.
Naturalization Fact Sheet
(268 KB - 9/20/2010)
USCIS Naturalization Fact Sheet including FY10 statistics as well as a summary of naturalization statistics from FY00 – FY09, an overview of the naturalization process, and exemption provisions for certain applicants from naturalization requirements. AILA Doc. No. 10092034.
AILA Doc. No. 10092034.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Relief for Haitian F-1 Students
(248 KB - 9/15/2010)
USCIS questions and answers on the suspension of certain requirements for employment authorization for Haitian F-1 nonimmigrant students. Topics include eligibility, how to apply and the affect on TPS. AILA Doc. No. 10091563.
AILA Doc. No. 10091563.
USCIS Reminds Salvadorans to Follow Late Re-Registration for TPS Guidance
(60 KB - 9/14/2010)
USCIS reminds Salvadorans, who are eligible to re-register for TPS but who have not filed their applications, to follow the late re-registration guidance. A Spanish version of the notice follows the English version. AILA Doc. No. 10091466. AILA Doc. No. 10091466.
AILA Doc. No. 10091466.
Effect of Invalid Puerto Rican Birth Certificates on I-9 Process
(47 KB - 9/10/2010)
USCIS Update on the effect of the new Puerto Rican birth certificate for Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) purposes. The Update addresses the impact of the new birth certificate on the Form I-9 process and how it will affect the retention of documents. AILA Doc. No. 10091062.
AILA Doc. No. 10091062.
DHS Blue Campaign against Human Trafficking Stakeholder Meeting Summary
(200 KB - 9/7/2010)
DHS executive summary of the Blue Campaign against human trafficking stakeholder meeting with Senior Counselor Alice Hill on 7/22/10. The summary contains background information, principal themes, next steps and additional resources. AILA Doc. No. 10090760.
AILA Doc. No. 10090760.
USCIS Issues Executive Summary from 8/19/10 Teleconference on PL 111-230
(45 KB - 9/3/2010)
USCIS executive summary from the 8/19/10 teleconference on Public Law 111-230, which requires petitioners to pay an additional fee for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The additional fee is required for certain petitions postmarked on or after August 14, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10090367.
AILA Doc. No. 10090367.
USCIS Announces Change to Filing Location for Nepali Adoption Petitions
(245 KB - 8/30/2010)
USCIS update announcing that any U.S. citizen seeking to adopt a Nepali child, whose case is not affected by the suspension of processing cases involving Nepali children claimed to have been found abandoned, should file the Form I-600 with the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu. AILA Doc. No. 10083032.
AILA Doc. No. 10083032.
USCIS Executive Summary from 10/20/10 AAO Engagement
(199 KB - 2/3/2011)
USCIS executive summary of the 10/20/10 AAO engagement with Perry Rhew, Chief of the AAO, who addressed questions, and listened to feedback from stakeholders. Principal themes included the appeals process, and access to AAO information online. Original invitation is attached. AILA Doc. No. 10082631.
AILA Doc. No. 10082631.
USCIS Updates O-1 Visa Webpage
(289 KB - 8/25/2010)
USCIS updated webpage on O-1 Visas for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement. Topics include eligibility, application process, evidentiary criteria, extension of stay, family, changing employers, and material change in terms and conditions of employment. AILA Doc. No. 10082535.
AILA Doc. No. 10082535.
USCIS TSC E-mail Pilot Initiative
(543 KB - 8/20/2010)
On 4/22/10, TSC announced the pilot initiative of an employment based I-485 special notification protocol. TSC has offered an e-mail to use when attempting to correct issues such as cross chargeability, use of AC21, transferring an adjustment case, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10050464.
AILA Doc. No. 10050464.
USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase
(41 KB - 8/19/2010)
USCIS announced that President Obama signed into law Public Law 111-230, which contains provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. This law is effective immediately for petitions postmarked on or after 8/14/10, and will remain in effect through 9/30/14. AILA Doc. No. 10081920.
AILA Doc. No. 10081920.
Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School
(245 KB - 8/19/2010)
USCIS special instructions for B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school including information on F-1 (academic student) or M-1 (vocational student) status. AILA Doc. No. 10081930.
AILA Doc. No. 10081930.
USCIS Reminds Eligible Nationals of El Salvador to Re-Register for TPS
(110 KB - 8/16/2010)
USCIS reminder to nationals of El Salvador who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file their re-registration applications for TPS before the end of the re-registration period on 9/7/10. A Spanish version of the notice follows the English version. AILA Doc. No. 10081667.
AILA Doc. No. 10081667.
DHS Announces 12-Month Extension of TPS for Liberia
(148 KB - 8/16/2005)
USCIS press release and Q&As on the extension of Temporary Protected Status for Liberia until October 1, 2006. AILA Doc. No. 05081680. AILA Doc. No. 05081641.
AILA Doc. No. 05081641.
USCIS Update on Employment Authorization for Dependents of Foreign Officials
(19 KB - 8/12/2010)
USCIS update on the DHS final rule expanding the list of dependent family members of A and G foreign officials who are eligible for employment authorization. USCIS will only issue employment authorization documents to dependents recognized by DOS as qualifying. AILA Doc. No. 10081261.
AILA Doc. No. 10081261.
Fingerprint Notification for California and Arizona Asylum Applicants
(240 KB - 8/6/2010)
Due to technical difficulties, USCIS did not print and mail Forms I-797C, Fingerprint Notification to asylum applicants living in California and Arizona between 7/8/10 and 8/4/10. This notice provides instructions for persons affected by the technical failure. AILA Doc. No. 10080630.
AILA Doc. No. 10080630.
USCIS Webinar on Preview of New USCIS.gov Features (Updated 8/5/10)
(2485 KB - 8/5/2010)
USCIS invitation and webinar presentation offered to stakeholders on 7/30/10, discusses new features on USCIS.gov, including an updated case status information page, a new online inquiry tool, and new features in Spanish. Invitation is followed by presentation slides. AILA Doc. No. 10072667.
AILA Doc. No. 10072667.
USCIS Executive Summary of Teleconference on H-2A Prohibited Fees
(264 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS released the summary of a teleconference for H-2A petitioners on prohibited fees. The summary includes information about H-2A regulations on prohibited fees, how USCIS determines whether the fees are conditions of employment, and RFEs. AILA Doc. No. 10080473.
AILA Doc. No. 10080473.
Change of Filing Location for Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
(238 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS announcement that beginning 8/3/10, Form I-129F petitions filed by a U.S. citizen on behalf of a fiancé(e) or spouse must be submitted to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 10080466.
AILA Doc. No. 10080466.
Change of Filing Location for Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
(238 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS announcement on the revised filing location for individuals filing an Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (Form I-526). The new form version, dated 4/21/10, requires petitioners to file at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox rather than the USCIS California Service Center. AILA Doc. No. 10080465.
AILA Doc. No. 10080465.
Change of Filing Location for Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits
(239 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS announcement on revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Family Unity Benefits (Form I-817) under Section 301 IMMACT 90. The new form is dated 4/21/10. AILA Doc. No. 10080464.
AILA Doc. No. 10080464.
Change of Filing Location for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
(239 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS announcement on revised filing instructions and addresses for filing an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) by itself. Beginning 8/3/10, applicants submitting Form I-539 by itself must mail their application to the Dallas Lockbox facility. AILA Doc. No. 10080463.
AILA Doc. No. 10080463.
Revised Filing Instructions for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
(240 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS announcement on revised filing addresses for petitioners who live in Canada, and who are filing a stand-alone Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. The new form is dated 6/14/10. This form is now processed through the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. AILA Doc. No. 10080462.
AILA Doc. No. 10080462.
Change of Filing Location for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
(239 KB - 8/4/2010)
USCIS announcement on revised filing instructions for petitioners filing an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140). The new form, dated 6/14/10, reflects an effort to transition the filing of benefit forms from USCIS Service Centers to USCIS Lockbox facilities. AILA Doc. No. 10080461.
AILA Doc. No. 10080461.
USCIS Announces New Website Features for Improved Customer Service
(61 KB - 8/3/2010)
USCIS news release and fact sheet on new website features on USCIS.gov including a new online inquiry tool and tailored case status information, as well as new features for Spanish-speaking customers available at USCIS.gov/espanol. AILA Doc. No. 10080362.
AILA Doc. No. 10080362.
USCIS Policy Review Survey Results Report
(4194 KB - 7/27/2010)
A USCIS report summarizing the results of external stakeholder survey data collected identify USCIS priorities for the Policy Review. AILA Doc. No. 10072764.
AILA Doc. No. 10072764.
USCIS Policy Review Survey Summary Graphs and Tables
(53 KB - 7/27/2010)
USCIS graphs and tables summarizing responses to an external stakeholder survey conducted to identify USCIS priorities for the Policy Review. AILA Doc. No. 10072765.
AILA Doc. No. 10072765.
USCIS Expands Payment Options at All Domestic Offices
(77 KB - 7/27/2010)
Effective 10/1/10, USCIS domestic offices and U.S. territories will no longer accept cash payment. As an alternative to cash, customers may pay using checks (including personal checks), money orders, and credit cards. Guidance on how to pay follows the press release. AILA Doc. No. 10072760.
AILA Doc. No. 10072760.
USCIS News Release, Fact Sheet and Q&As on Policy Review (Updated 7/27/10)
(63 KB - 7/27/2010)
A USCIS news release, fact sheet, and Q&As on the agency-wide Policy Review including the first 10 issue areas for review, public survey results and how the Policy Review will change USCIS policy. AILA Doc. No. 10072663.
AILA Doc. No. 10072663.
USCIS Reminds Hondurans and Nicaraguans to Follow Late Re-Registration for TPS Guidance
(224 KB - 7/19/2010)
This USCIS update reminds Hondurans and Nicaraguans, who are eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) but who have not filed for re-registration, to follow the late re-registration guidance. AILA Doc. No. 10071931.
AILA Doc. No. 10071931.
USCIS Publishes First-Ever Proposed Fee Waiver Form: Update and Fact Sheet
(243 KB - 7/19/2010)
This update and fact sheet discuss the USCIS first-ever proposed standardized fee waiver form (Form I-912, Request for Individual Fee Waiver) for financially disadvantaged individuals seeking immigration benefits. Comments on the proposed form are due 9/13/10. AILA Doc. No. 10071930.
AILA Doc. No. 10071930.
USCIS Message to Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) Dependent Children
The USCIS Office of Public Engagement issued information on an update to USCIS website section related to the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) dependent children including adjustment of status applications and requests for advance parole. AILA Doc. No. 10071675.
AILA Doc. No. 10071675.
USCIS News Release & Q&As on 10,000 U Visas Approved in FY 2010
(244 KB - 7/15/2010)
This USCIS news release and list of answers to questions on U Visas addresses the approval of 10,000 U visas in FY 2010, new petitions, conditional approval, removal proceedings and final orders of removal, issuance of U Visas for FY 2011 and the annual cap. AILA Doc. No. 10071530.
AILA Doc. No. 10071530.
USCIS Q&As for Members of the Military
(53 KB - 7/15/2010)
This list of answers to frequently asked questions received by the USCIS military assistance team includes information on adjustment of status, submitting biometrics, expedite requests, and case status inquiries. AILA Doc. No. 10071567.
AILA Doc. No. 10071567.
What’s the Date of Hire for E-Verify?
(71 KB - 7/15/2010)
USCIS provides information on determining the date of hire for purposes of E-Verify, specifically, on the “three day rule” as it applies to E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 10071560.
AILA Doc. No. 10071560.
USCIS Director Mayorkas Appoints New CSC Director
The USCIS Office of Public Engagement announced the appointment of the new California Service Center (CSC) Director. The new Director will assume her position in late August. AILA Doc. No. 10071460.
AILA Doc. No. 10071460.
USCIS Presentation on Centralization of Orphan Processing at the NBC
(211 KB - 7/13/2010)
A presentation from USCIS about I-600/600A processing at the National Benefits Center. The presentation was given at an open house between USCIS and adoption service providers discussing the centralization of orphan processing to the NBC. AILA Doc. No. 10071365.
AILA Doc. No. 10071365.
TPS Registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals Update
(225 KB - 7/13/2010)
USCIS issued an update on the extension to the registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti. This registration period is now being extended through Jan. 18, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 10071360.
AILA Doc. No. 10071360.
USCIS Update and Q & A on TPS Extension for El Salvador
(96 KB - 7/12/2010)
USCIS issued an update and Q & A on the 18-month extension of TPS for El Salvador and automatic extension for employment authorization documents included in the extension. The Q & A follows the update. AILA Doc. No. 10071267.
AILA Doc. No. 10071267.
USCIS Special Note for Haitian Nationals Who Received EAD Cards with Incorrect Expiration Dates
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USCIS announced that if you are a Haitian national and applied for TPS, you may have received an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with the expiration date of July 22, 2010. Approximately 320 individuals received EADs with an early expiration date. AILA Doc. No. 10071263.
AILA Doc. No. 10071263.
Updates to USCIS Web Pages on T Nonimmigrants
USCIS has updated its web pages on T nonimmigrant status and adjustment of status for T visa holders. The revised web pages clarify eligibility requirements for adjustment of status. AILA Doc. No. 10070861.
AILA Doc. No. 10070861.
FY 2010 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 7/29/10)
As of 7/23/10, USCIS receipted 30,640 H-2B petitions, including approved and pending, toward the 47,000 beneficiaries target for the 2nd half of FY 2010. Beneficiaries target is the estimated number of petitions needed to reach the cap and is higher than the actual cap. AILA Doc. No. 10042330.
AILA Doc. No. 10042330.
Effects of Puerto Rico Birth Certificate Invalidation on USCIS Benefit Seekers
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On 7/1/10, Puerto Rico began issuing new certified copies of birth certificates to U.S. citizens born in Puerto Rico. After 9/30/10, all certified copies of birth certificates issued prior to 7/1/10, will become invalid. This update includes questions and answers. AILA Doc. No. 10070764.
AILA Doc. No. 10070764.
USCIS Field Operations Directorate Quarterly Meeting Executive Summary
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USCIS issued a summary of the first quarterly stakeholder meeting with the Field Operations (FO) Directorate held on 5/25/10. Themes included case status inquiries, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), and role of the attorney/representative. AILA Doc. No. 10062963.
AILA Doc. No. 10062963.
USCIS Fact Sheet: Your Guide to InfoPass
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USCIS issued a fact sheet on InfoPass, a free service to schedule a USCIS appointment, including the documents that you should bring to an appointment. This fact sheet is available in several languages on the USCIS.gov website in the News – Fact Sheets section. AILA Doc. No. 10062265.
AILA Doc. No. 10062265.
USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting Agenda and Presentation
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USCIS posted the agenda and PowerPoint presentation from a stakeholder session on 06/16/10 on the EB-5 (Immigrant Investor) program. AILA Doc. No. 10061863.
AILA Doc. No. 10061863.
USCIS Launches Redesigned E-Verify Employer Web Interface
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USCIS launched a redesigned web interface for employers using the E-Verify Program. All current E-Verify users are required to complete an updated tutorial. The new homepage includes a case alerts feature and masking Social Security numbers as a security feature. AILA Doc. No. 10061465.
AILA Doc. No. 10061465.
USCIS Announces New Version of Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90)
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USCIS announced that a new version of the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90) is available on the USCIS website. USCIS will accept previous versions of Form I-90 until 07/28/10. AILA Doc. No. 10061430.
AILA Doc. No. 10061430.
USCIS Reminds Guatemalans of Certain Immigration Benefits Available
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In light of Tropical Storm Agatha, USCIS issued an update and Q & A on U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Guatemalan nationals upon request. AILA Doc. No. 10061162.
AILA Doc. No. 10061162.
Transcript: USCIS News Conference on Proposed Rule to Hike Fees for Immigration Benefits
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USCIS released the transcript of its news conference with Director Mayorkas on the proposed rule to increase fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions. AILA Doc. No. 10061160.
AILA Doc. No. 10061160.
USCIS Announces Proposed Rule to Hike Fees Yet Again
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USCIS announced the release of a proposed rule to increase fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions. This document includes the news release, fact sheet and Q & A. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on 06/11/10. AILA Doc. No. 10060964.
AILA Doc. No. 10060964.
USCIS Session on Employment Eligibility Verification
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USCIS invited stakeholders to participate in a session 05/03/10 on E-Verify and Form I-9 programs. This executive summary addresses updates from the USCIS Verification Division, identification fraud, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the Self-Check Initiative. AILA Doc. No. 10060130.
AILA Doc. No. 10060130.
USCIS Director's Message on Signature Authority
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This message from USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas provides an update on previous USCIS engagement around its contemplated policy on who has the authority to sign applications and petitions submitted to USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 10052735.
AILA Doc. No. 10052735.
USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document
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USCIS announced that it has revised the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or Form I-766, to incorporate the addition of a machine-readable zone on the back of the card. Starting 05/11/10, USCIS began issuing the revised EAD cards. AILA Doc. No. 10052632.
AILA Doc. No. 10052632.
USCIS Transitions Intake Function from Service Centers to Lockbox Network for Several Benefit Requests
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USCIS announced that it will transition the intake function of several more forms from the Service Centers to its Lockbox network. The forms scheduled for the transition include Forms I-817, I-526, I-539, I-129F, and I-140. AILA Doc. No. 10052574.
AILA Doc. No. 10052574.
USCIS Centralizes Filing for Qualifying Family of Deceased Service Members
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On 05/20/10, USCIS announced that it is accepting applications for naturalization from qualifying family members of deceased service members at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). This update includes the address for filing applications. AILA Doc. No. 10052061.
AILA Doc. No. 10052061.
Documentation TPS Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility
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This USCIS fact sheet provides guidance to employees and employers on the treatment of auto-extended Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries when completing the Form I-9 process. 10051431.
AILA Doc. No. 10051431.
Naturalization Process for the Military Fact Sheet
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This USCIS fact sheet on the naturalization process for non-citizen members of the US armed forces includes information on qualifications, service in wartime, service in peacetime, assistance to the military community, application packet, fingerprinting and statistics. AILA Doc. No. 10051430.
AILA Doc. No. 10051430.
USCIS Session on the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprise (VIBE) (Updated 05/27/10)
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USCIS invited stakeholders to participate in a session on 05/27/10 to learn from Service Center Operations (SCOPS) staff about the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprise (VIBE), a web-based tool for processing of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions. AILA Doc. No. 10051367.
AILA Doc. No. 10051367.
USCIS Announces Redesigned Green Card: Fact Sheet and FAQ
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USCIS announced that beginning 05/11/10, it will issue all permanent resident cards commonly known as “green cards” in a redesigned format to incorporate new security features. This announcement includes a news release, fact sheet, FAQ and examples of the redesigned card. AILA Doc. No. 10051172.
AILA Doc. No. 10051172.
Guidance on Late Initial TPS Registration for Honduran and Nicaraguan Applicants
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USCIS issued a fact sheet on the requirements for filing a late initial registration application for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) focusing on the recent extension for Honduras and Nicaragua. AILA Doc. No. 10051167.
AILA Doc. No. 10051167.
California Service Center - FY09 Report
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This brochure was distributed at the April 28,2010, External Stakeholders Meeting at the CSC. It contains the CSC's mission statement and other core principles as well as workload statistics, jurisdiction, operational structure and awards received by the CSC. AILA Doc. No. 10050660.
AILA Doc. No. 10050660.
USCIS Update and Q & A on Extension of TPS for Nicaragua
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USCIS issued an update and Q & A on the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Nicaragua from the current expiration of 07/05/10 to the new expiration date of 01/05/12. The update and Q & A in Spanish follows the English version. AILA Doc. No. 10050568.
AILA Doc. No. 10050568.
USCIS Update and Q & A on Extension of TPS for Honduras
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USCIS issued an update and Q & A on the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Honduras from the current expiration of 07/05/10 to the new expiration date of 01/05/12. The update and Q & A in Spanish follows the English version. AILA Doc. No. 10050567.
AILA Doc. No. 10050567.
USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Immigration Benefits Available
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In light of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, USCIS reminds Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals upon request. AILA Doc. No. 10050560.
AILA Doc. No. 10050560.
USCIS Flyer on Applying for Naturalization
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USCIS issued a brief fact sheet that outlines general naturalization eligibility requirements and the list of documents often required during the naturalization interview. AILA Doc. No. 10043036.
AILA Doc. No. 10043036.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Requirements for Supporting TPS Fee Waiver Requests
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USCIS issued a fact sheet including guidance on what should be in the written statement requesting a fee waiver when applying for temporary protected status. AILA Doc. No. 10043033.
AILA Doc. No. 10043033.
FAQ on Federal Contractors and E-Verify (Revised April 2010)
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USCIS issued a revised list of questions and answers on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) final rule on E-Verify. Topics include federal contracts affected by the rule, employees affected by the rule, enrollment, initiating E-Verify inquiries, subcontractors, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10042367.
AILA Doc. No. 10042367.
USCIS Advises Foreign Nationals Whose Work Permits Expire before CNMI-Only Visa Categories Available
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USCIS announced that it will grant parole-in-place status to certain foreign nationals in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). AILA Doc. No. 10042361.
AILA Doc. No. 10042361.
Vermont Service Center Stakeholder Engagement Summary
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On 04/06/10, Perry Rhew, Chief of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), gave the keynote address at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) stakeholder engagement session. Topics included case processing timelines, publication of precedent decisions, and new AAO webpages. AILA Doc. No. 10042162.
AILA Doc. No. 10042162.
FY09 H-1B Petitioner List
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USCIS released a list of petitioners who received an approval in FY09 of the Form I-129, requesting initial H-1B status for the beneficiary. Approximately 3,000 initial H-1B petitions are not accounted for on this list due to missing petitioner tax ID numbers. AILA Doc. No. 10042060.
AILA Doc. No. 10042060.
USCIS Listening Session on the RFE Review and Revision Summary
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USCIS issued an executive summary of the 04/12/10 listening session on the Request for Evidence (RFE) Project. Principal themes included lack of specificity, disconnect between petitions, evidence and underlying philosophy. AILA Doc. No. 10041931.
AILA Doc. No. 10041931.
USCIS Listening Session on the Impact of the H-1B Memo on the Healthcare Industry Summary
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USCIS issued an executive summary of the 04/15/10 listening session on the January 8, 2010 H-1B Memo's impact on the healthcare industry. Principal themes included the structure of physician employment, staffing model, and individual professions. AILA Doc. No. 10041971.
AILA Doc. No. 10041971.
USCIS Special Update on Relief for Foreign Nationals Stranded due to Icelandic Volcano Eruption
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Foreign nationals stranded in the U.S. due to airport closures in Europe caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption and who are about to exceed their authorized U.S. stay have two avenues for relief. This update provides instructions for persons traveling under a visa. AILA Doc. No. 10041963.
AILA Doc. No. 10041963.
USCIS Announcement and Q & A on Policy Review and Survey
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USCIS announced a new initiative, the USCIS Policy Review, to review all agency guidance and policy memoranda. USCIS invites stakeholders to complete an online survey for the review by 04/29/10. A list of questions and answers follows this update. AILA Doc. No. 10041571.
AILA Doc. No. 10041571.
USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
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USCIS issued an update to remind Haitian nationals that they must file their applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) no later than 07/20/10. The TPS designation for Haiti will remain in effect through 07/22/11. AILA Doc. No. 10041561.
AILA Doc. No. 10041561.
USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2011 H-1B Petitions
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USCIS announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions subject to the FY 2011 cap. AILA Doc. No. 10040930.
AILA Doc. No. 10040930.
Extension of Post-Completion OPT and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations
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USCIS issued a list of questions and answers on the automatic extension of F-1 student status in the U.S. for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions for an employment start date of 10/1/10 under the FY 2011 H-1B cap. AILA Doc. No. 10040861.
AILA Doc. No. 10040861.
USCIS Update Stating Special Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Orphans Draws to a Close at Request of Haitian Government
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USCIS issued an update and fact sheet announcing that it will stop accepting new requests for parole under the Special Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Orphans effective 4/13/10 because the Haitian government has requested that the U.S. bring the program to a close.
AILA Doc. No. 10040860.
USCIS Issues VAWA, T and U Benefits Brochure
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USCIS issued a brochure for law enforcement officials, health care providers, and others on the immigration options available to crime victims, including VAWA, T, and U benefits. AILA Doc. No. 10040239.
AILA Doc. No. 10040239.
USCIS Update on Revisions to Forms I-600 and I-600A
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USCIS announced the publication of new versions of the Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, Form I-600 and the Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, Form I-600A. Previous versions will no longer be accepted after 6/2/10. AILA Doc. No. 10040233.
AILA Doc. No. 10040233.
USCIS Announces Change of Filing Location for Form I-131
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USCIS announced a change of filing location for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Beginning 3/19/10 applicants will file their applications at the USCIS Vermont Service Center or at one of the USCIS Lockbox facilities. AILA Doc. No. 10032365.
AILA Doc. No. 10032365.
USCIS Update and Q &A on Extension of DED for Liberians
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USCIS issued an update and Q & A on the extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberian nationals. USCIS extended employment authorization for Liberian nationals covered under DED through 9/30/10, following the President’s extension of DED through 9/30/11. AILA Doc. No. 10032263.
AILA Doc. No. 10032263.
USCIS Issues Fact Sheet on DHS E-Verify Initiatives
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USCIS issued a fact sheet listing questions and answers on the three new E-Verify initiatives announced by DHS and USCIS on 3/17/10. Topics include the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DOJ, employee hotline, and civil rights and civil liberties videos. AILA Doc. No. 10031966.
AILA Doc. No. 10031966.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Humanitarian Parole
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The list of questions and answers include information on how to request humanitarian parole and guidelines.
AILA Doc. No. 10031763.
USCIS Update on Orphan Processing
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USCIS announced that, beginning April 1, 2010, USCIS is centralizing processing and adjudication of all new orphan (Non-Hague) petitions with the agency’s specialized adoptions team at the National Benefits Center (NBC) in Missouri. AILA Doc. No. 10031760.
AILA Doc. No. 10031760.
USCIS Q & A on Employment Authorization and Verification in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
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USCIS issued a list of questions and answers about employment authorization and verification in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marian Island (CNMI) under federal immigration law, particularly with respect to so-called "umbrella permits." AILA Doc. No. 10031561.
AILA Doc. No. 10031561.
USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Immigration Benefits Available
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In light of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, USCIS reminds Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals upon request. AILA Doc. No. 10031131.
AILA Doc. No. 10031131.
USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Provide Approved Labor Condition Applications
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USCIS announced that it will not extend the period in which it temporarily accepted H-1B petitions filed with uncertified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). As of 3/10/10, USCIS will reject any H-1B petition filed without an LCA certified by DOL. AILA Doc. No. 10031130.
AILA Doc. No. 10031130.
DHS Announces Greece's Designation as Visa Waiver Program Member
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DHS announced the designation of Greece as a member of the Visa Waiver Program. Greek citizens will be required to apply for an Electronic System Travel Authorization through the Web-based system and will be able to visit the U.S. without visas in approximately 30 days. AILA Doc. No. 10030972.
AILA Doc. No. 10030972.
USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2011 Beginning April 1, 2010
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USCIS announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2011 cap on April 1, 2010. The fiscal year cap (numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2011 is 65,000. AILA Doc. No. 10030961.
AILA Doc. No. 10030961.
USCIS Meeting Notes: Collaboration Session on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
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USCIS issued meeting notes from the collaboration session on the unauthorized practice of law. The notes include the scope of the problem and stakeholder suggestions. AILA Doc. No. 10030960.
AILA Doc. No. 10030960.
Quick Reference Guide to E-Verify For Employers
(297 KB - 3/5/2010)
This joint USCIS and SSA Quick Reference Guide to E-Verify for employers covers topics such as case administration, mailing of documents, user administration, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10030565.
AILA Doc. No. 10030565.
USCIS FAQs: Federal Contractors and E-Verify (Revised 11/2009)
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USCIS has revised the FAQs regarding Federal Contractors and E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 10030563.
AILA Doc. No. 10030563.
USCIS Expedite Criteria
The USCIS Expedite Criteria page provides information on filing expedite requests. All expedite requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and are granted at the discretion of the Director. AILA Doc. No. 10022668.
AILA Doc. No. 10022668.
USCIS Announces Revised Form I-360 and Revised Filing Locations
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USCIS announced it has posted a revised Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (Form I-360). In addition to a revised form, there are new filing locations. AILA Doc. No. 10022661.
AILA Doc. No. 10022661.
USCIS Announces Revised Form I-485 and Revised Filing Locations
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USCIS announced it has posted a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. In addition to a revised form, there are new filing locations. AILA Doc. No. 10022660.
AILA Doc. No. 10022660.
USCIS Fact Sheet and News Release on FY 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
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USCIS announced the availability of two different grants designed to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for citizenship and advance integration in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 10022574.
AILA Doc. No. 10022574.
USCIS Announces Change of Filing Location for Form I-765
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USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765). AILA Doc. No. 10022561.
AILA Doc. No. 10022561.
USCIS Q & A: Information for Adoptive Parents of Paroled Haitian Orphans
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USCIS issued a list of questions and answers for adoptive parents of paroled Haitian orphans on obtaining lawful permanent residence (LPR) status and U.S. citizenship. AILA Doc. No. 10022460.
AILA Doc. No. 10022460.
USCIS Announces Change of Filing Location for Form I-102
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USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document (Form I-102). The new form is dated 1/13/10. AILA Doc. No. 10022360.
AILA Doc. No. 10022360.
USCIS Revises Change of Filing Location for Form I-824 to Include Transition Period
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USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing Form I-824. The revised announcement includes a transition period for Form I-824 applications filed at Service Centers and local offices. AILA Doc. No. 10022261.
AILA Doc. No. 10022261.
USCIS Issues Additional Information Regarding the Employ American Workers Act (EAWA) to Employers Filing H-1B Petitions
(362 KB - 2/9/2010)
USCIS provides an instructions for how to answer the revised Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker with regard to businesses who received funding under the TARP legislation. AILA Doc. No. 10020964.
AILA Doc. No. 10020964.
USCIS Q & As on H-1B and H-2B Cap Exemptions for Work Performed in the CNMI and Guam
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A Q & A from USCIS explaining that workers in H-1B and H-2B classifications who are admitted to perform labor and services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Guam are exempt from the H-1B cap and H-2B cap from 11/28/09 to 12/31/14. AILA Doc. No. 10020963.
AILA Doc. No. 10020963.
USCIS Issues 'Haitian TPS- How to Register' Informational Video
On 2/2/10, USCIS posted informational videos on how to register for Haitian TPS in English, French and Creole. All three videos are available under the USCIS Videos section of the Resources tab of the USCIS homepage. AILA Doc. No. 10020588.
AILA Doc. No. 10020588.
USCIS Q & A: DHS Implements Regulation to Enhance Attorney Discipline Program
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USCIS issued a list of questions and answers on the new DHS regulation that clarifies who is authorized to represent applicants and petitioners in cases before DHS and updates standards and disciplinary procedures for these immigration practitioners. AILA Doc. No. 10020322.
AILA Doc. No. 10020322.
DHS Announces Regulation to Enhance Attorney Discipline Program
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DHS announced a new rule to enhance the integrity of the immigration adjudication process. The new rules and procedures published on 2/2/10 in the Federal Register take effect 3/3/10. AILA Doc. No. 10020323.
AILA Doc. No. 10020323.
USCIS Revises Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions
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USCIS announced the availability of a revised Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, Form N-648, for public comment. USCIS published a Federal Register notice announcing that the revised form will be available for comment starting 2/1/10 and ending 4/2/10. AILA Doc. No. 10020321.
AILA Doc. No. 10020321.
USCIS to Issue Revised Approval Notices for Certain Forms I-129 and I-539
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USCIS alerted customers of certain Notices of Approval (Forms I-797) issued between January 20 and January 27, 2010, with incorrect or missing information. The form types impacted are Form I-129 and Form I-539.AILA Doc. No. 10020320.
AILA Doc. No. 10020320.
How to Schedule an Appointment for an Orphan Screening at the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince
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USCIS is screening Haitian children for possible humanitarian parole if they fit into one of two special categories authorized by DHS. The categories only apply to children who were adopted or were in the process of being adopted by American families prior to 1/12/10.
AILA Doc. No. 10020161.
USCIS Q & A on Filing Instructions for the E-2 CNMI Investor Classification
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On 1/20/10, USCIS issued a list of questions and answers on filing instructions for the E-2 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Investor Classification. The program is only in effect during the transition period which is scheduled to expire on 12/31/14. AILA Doc. No. 10012866.
AILA Doc. No. 10012866.
USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-601
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USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility. USCIS will forward incorrectly filed I-601 applications to the USCIS Lockbox facilities until 2/27/10. AILA Doc. No. 10012865.
AILA Doc. No. 10012865.
USCIS to Reissue Advance Parole Documents
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USCIS announced that it will reissue Advance Parole documents (Form I-512) in response to documents that were mailed to applicants with an incorrect issue date of January 5, 1990. AILA Doc. No. 10012864.
AILA Doc. No. 10012864.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Humanitarian Parole
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USCIS issued a fact sheet on humanitarian parole that includes questions and answers and guidelines on filing.
AILA Doc. No. 10012863.
USCIS Q & A on Requesting Fee Waivers for TPS Applicants
(263 KB - 1/27/2010)
If you wish for USCIS to consider waiving the fees for your Temporary Protected Status (TPS) application, please follow the instructions provided on requesting a fee waiver at http://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver and in these Questions and Answers. AILA Doc. No. 10012762.
AILA Doc. No. 10012762.
USCIS Fact Sheet on TPS Scams on Haitians in English, French and Creole (Updated 2/1/10)
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USCIS fact sheet and update warns Haitians applying for TPS to be aware of immigration scams, and offers guidance and tips to help individuals avoid becoming victims of fraud. This document includes fact sheets in English, French and Creole. AILA Doc. No. 10012665.
AILA Doc. No. 10012665.
USCIS Offers Contact Information
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USCIS advises how to inform USCIS of Customer Feedback/Complaints. Although located on a VSC page, the address and e-mail provided can be used for all USCIS feedback and complaints. USCIS also offers contact information for the VSC and the VSC Premium Processing Unit. AILA Doc. No. 10012664.
AILA Doc. No. 10012664.
USCIS Q &A: Information for U.S. Citizens in the Process of Adopting a Child from Haiti
(91 KB - 1/25/2010)
This set of questions and answers from USCIS provides information for U.S. citizens in the process of adopting a child from Haiti. AILA Doc. No. 10012560.
AILA Doc. No. 10012560.
USCIS Q & A on Petition Filing and Processing for Form I-140
(86 KB - 1/22/2010)
USCIS issued a questions and answers list on petition filing and processing procedures for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Topics include requests to change employers under INA 204(j) and successor-in-interest (SII) relationship determination. AILA Doc. No. 10012269.
AILA Doc. No. 10012269.
USCIS Announces that Registration Begins for TPS to Haiti
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This 1/21/10 USCIS announced that eligible Haitian nationals in the U.S. may begin the application process for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Details and procedures for applying for TPS are provided in the Federal Register notice published on 1/21/10. AILA Doc. No. 10012267.
AILA Doc. No. 10012267.
Don't Be a Victim of Immigration Fraud Brochure - English
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USCIS brochure for the public on how to avoid being a victim of immigration fraud. AILA Doc. No. 10012164.
AILA Doc. No. 10012164.
DHS Press Release and Fact Sheet on Humanitarian Parole Policy for Certain Haitian Orphans
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On 1/18/10, DHS, in coordination with DOS, issued a Press Release and Fact Sheet on the humanitarian parole policy allowing orphaned children from Haiti to enter the U.S. temporarily on an individual basis as part of U.S. earthquake recovery efforts.
AILA Doc. No. 10011961.
USCIS Issues Q&A Sheet on TPS for Haitians
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On 01/15/10, USCIS released a questions and answers sheet on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. AILA Doc. No. 10011513.
AILA Doc. No. 10011513.
Tips for Filing Form I-821, Application for TPS
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USCIS tips for filing form I-821, the application for Temporary Protected Status. AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10011514.
AILA Doc. No. 10011514.
DHS Announces Streamlined Citizenship Application Process for Members of the Military
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On 1/15/10, DHS announced the publication of a rule formalizing DHS' policy to expedite and streamline the citizenship process for men and women serving in America's armed forces. The rule amends DHS regulations to conform to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2004. AILA Doc. No. 10011571.
AILA Doc. No. 10011571.
USCIS Issues Q & A on Guidance Memorandum on Establishing the “Employee-Employer Relationship” in H-1B Petitions
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On 1/13/10, announced the issuance of an updated guidance memo to adjudication officers clarifying the requirements to establish an employer-employee relationship to qualify for the H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ classification. A list of questions and answers on the memo follows this update. AILA Doc. No. 10011331.
AILA Doc. No. 10011331.
USCIS Announces Realignment of Organizational Structure
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On 1/11/10, USCIS announced the realignment of its organizational structure. Key changes are creation of a Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate, creation of a Customer Service Directorate, and division of the Domestic Operations Directorate into two directorates. The new USCIS Organizational Chart follows this statement. AILA Doc. No. 10011260.
AILA Doc. No. 10011260.
USCIS Issues Q & A on Vaccination Requirements
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On 01/05/10, USCIS issued a list of questions and answers to provide basic information about the general vaccination requirements for immigrants (including individuals seeking adjustment of status), and specifically about the assessment made by the civil surgeon to determine whether an applicant meets the vaccination requirements. AILA Doc. No. 10010666.
AILA Doc. No. 10010666.
USCIS Q & A on Removal of HIV Infection from CDC List of Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance
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On 01/04/10, USCIS issued a list of questions and answers on the removal of HIV infection from the CDC list of communicable diseases of public health significance. Topics addressed include pending applications, medical examinations, waiver applications, and adjustment of status. AILA Doc. No. 10010665.
AILA Doc. No. 10010665.
USCIS Grants One-Time Accommodation for Sheepherders in H-2A Status
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On 12/31/09, USCIS announced that it would allow H-2A workers in the sheepherding industry more time to fully transition to the three-year limitation of stay requirements under the agency’s final rule that became effective on 1/17/09. This exemption does not impact other H-2A categories. AILA Doc. No. 10010461.
AILA Doc. No. 10010461.
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