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  • USCIS Asylum Division Fact Sheet on Confidentiality Regulations(767 KB - 12/28/2012)
    USCIS fact sheet dated 10/18/12 on the federal regulations protecting the confidentiality of asylum applicants, including frequently asked questions. AILA Doc. No. 12122844.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122844.
  • USCIS Asylum Division Handout on Closure of the National Asylee Information and Referral Line(504 KB - 12/28/2012)
    USCIS Asylum division handout included with asylum grant letters, noting that the National Asylee Information and Referral Line listed on the letter is no longer in service and directing asylees to the ORR website for more information on available benefits and services. AILA Doc. No. 12122843.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122843.
  • USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period for Haitian Nationals(1105 KB - 12/27/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing an extension of the re-registration period for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and who seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months until January 29, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 12122742.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122742.
  • USCIS Message to Stakeholders on Recent Federal Register Notice Publications(703 KB - 12/20/2012)
    USCIS press release on recent Federal Register notices on proposed form revisions, including Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Form I-821D, Application for Naturalization Form N-400, Application for Employment Authorization Form I-765 & more. AILA Doc. No. 12122054.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122054.
  • USCIS Will Permanently Close Panama City, Panama Field Office on February 1, 2013(600 KB - 12/20/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that USCIS will permanently close its field office in Panama City, Panama on February 1, 2013. After 2/1/13, the countries currently served by Panama City field office will be in the jurisdiction of existing USCIS field offices provided here. AILA Doc. No. 12122047.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122047.
  • USCIS Announces Asylum Customer Satisfaction Survey Results(718 KB - 12/20/2012)
    USCIS press release on results of Refugee, Asylum & International Operations Directorate (RAIO) Asylum Office Customer Satisfaction Survey where 1,000 customers from 8 asylum offices completed a satisfaction survey about their asylum interviews during the past fiscal year. AILA Doc. No. 12122045.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122045.
  • USCIS Announces New E-Verify Employers Search Tool(634 KB - 12/19/2012)
    USCIS public statement announcing a new E-Verify Employers Search Tool which searches through a database of currently enrolled employers and federal contractors in E-Verify through December 15, 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12121945.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121945.
  • USCIS Invitation for Stakeholder Engagement on New USCIS Immigrant Fee(572 KB - 12/14/2012)
    USCIS invitation for a 12/19/12 stakeholder engagement to discuss the implementation of the new $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12121457.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121457.
  • USCIS to Implement New $165 Immigrant Fee on February 1, 2013(606 KB - 12/13/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that beginning 2/1/13, USCIS will collect new immigrant fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking U.S. permanent residence. Applicants can pay online through USCIS website after receiving visa package from DOS & before departing for the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 12121350.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121350.
  • USCIS Announces Upcoming Local Stakeholder Engagements in Your Area(594 KB - 12/13/2012)
    USCIS press release on December 2012/January 2013 stakeholder engagements on issues dealing with naturalization, citizenship, unauthorized practice of law (UPIL) in local areas including Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Ohio, South Carolina and California. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12121348.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121348.
  • USCIS Launches Citizenship Resource Center for “Bill of Rights Day”(577 KB - 12/13/2012)
    USCIS online resource page highlighting citizenship educational resources for learners and teachers providing the English and civics portion of the naturalization test, including test questions on several federal holidays and an online self-test. AILA Doc. No. 12121345.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121345.
  • USCIS Q&As and PowerPoint from 2012 Civil Surgeons Seminars (Updated 12/11/12)(11755 KB - 12/11/2012)
    USCIS Q&As and PowerPoint presentation from May and June 2012 seminars for civil surgeons providing information on the immigration medical exam (Form I-693), communicable diseases, mental and physical disorders, vaccination requirements, and more. Invitation also included. AILA Doc. No. 12051051.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051051.
  • USCIS Regular & Military Naturalization Form N-400 Average Cycle Time(464 KB - 12/10/2012)
    USCIS resource providing the service-wide military naturalization average cycle times by month from April 2012 to September 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12121070.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121070.
  • USCIS Victims of Crime & Trafficking Statistics for T & U Visas (FY2002-FY2012)(472 KB - 12/7/2012)
    USCIS performance data containing information on the Victims of Trafficking (T visa) applications and the Victims of Crime (U visa) petitions. The number of receipts, approvals, denials, and pending cases are displayed by office for FY2002 to FY2012. AILA Doc. No. 12120776.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120776.
  • Updated USCIS Invitation on Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking (Updated 12/6/12)(564 KB - 12/6/2012)
    New revised log-in information for 12/6/12 USCIS webinar where subject matter experts from USCIS Vermont Service Center & Office of Policy & Strategy will give an overview of various forms of immigration relief available to victims of human trafficking & domestic violence. AILA Doc. No. 12112152.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112152.
  • USCIS Ciudad Juarez Field Office No Longer Accepting Form I-601(604 KB - 12/5/2012)
    USCIS press release saying that effective December 5, 2012, applicants in Mexico may no longer file Form I-601 or associated Form I-212 at USCIS Ciudad Juarez Field Office. Applicants in Mexico must now file Form I-601 & associated Form I-212 with the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 12120575.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120575.
  • USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for November 2012(840 KB - 12/5/2012)
    USCIS November 2012 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter covering important highlights, including temporary immigration relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, temporary protected status (TPS) updates on Haiti, expanded e-request services, a new I-140 Form and more. AILA Doc. No. 12120572.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120572.
  • DOJ Releases New E-Verify Employee Rights Toolkit(720 KB - 12/3/2012)
    DOJ public statement on a new E-Verify Employee Rights Toolkit available to workers, employers, and advocates that incorporates OSC's E-Verify worker flyer and E-Verify advocate flyer. AILA Doc. No. 12120344.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120344.
  • USCIS Invite for Entrepreneurs in Residence Stakeholder Engagement(611 KB - 12/3/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 12/12/12 stakeholder engagement to update stakeholders on the accomplishments of the EIR initiative to date, including the newly launched public-facing Entrepreneur Pathways website and more. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12120341.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120341.
  • USCIS ELIS Maintenance Outage Scheduled for December 2nd(574 KB - 11/30/2012)
    USCIS public statement announcing that the Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) will not be available on December 2, 2012 from 4am-6pm EST due to routine maintenance to conduct system updates.
    AILA Doc. No. 12113040.
  • USCIS Launches New Initiatives to Help Immigrant Entrepreneurs(612 KB - 11/29/2012)
    USCIS press release on new tools to help foreign immigrant entrepreneurs, including a new online resource center & modifying request for evidence (RFE) templates for certain nonimmigrant visa categories to incorporate new types of relevant evidence into adjudicative process. AILA Doc. No. 12112940.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112940.
  • USCIS Invitation for TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement(523 KB - 11/28/2012)
    USCIS invitation to 12/11/12 quarterly stakeholder engagement for USCIS to provide updates and statistics regarding the Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) workload and for individual participants to raise TRIG-related questions and issues. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12112847.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112847.
  • USCIS Announces New “Entrepreneur Pathways” Online Resource Center(637 KB - 11/28/2012)
    USCIS press release on new online resource center which provides entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the U.S. an intuitive way to navigate the immigration process & also provides information on future engagement opportunities with the entrepreneurial community. AILA Doc. No. 12112845.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112845.
  • USCIS Blog on New Online Resource for Immigrant Entrepreneurs (11/28/2012)
    USCIS blog post from USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announcing a new online resource called "Entrepreneur Pathways", which is an online resource center providing entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the U.S. an intuitive way to navigate the immigration process. AILA Doc. No. 12112844.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112844.
  • USCIS Teleconference Invitation on Use of Interpreters in Domestic Interviews(569 KB - 11/27/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 12/11/12 teleconference on current guidance related to the use of interpreters and discussing anticipated policy development regarding the use of interpreters at USCIS domestic field office interviews. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12112745.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112745.
  • USCIS Reminds Eligible Nationals of Haiti to Re-register for Temporary Protected Status(586 KB - 11/27/2012)
    USCIS press release reminding eligible nationals of Haiti (and those who last resided in Haiti) who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), that they must re-register for TPS by 11/30/12. Failure to re-register by this deadline may result in the loss of TPS status. AILA Doc. No. 12112743.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112743.
  • USCIS Expands e-Request Services(576 KB - 11/21/2012)
    USCIS press release on expansion of services offered by USCIS e-Request system, including creating service requests for all forms to inquire about status of applications, inquiring about an Application Support Center appointment notice for Forms I-90 & N-400 only, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12112140.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112140.
  • USCIS Invitation on EB-5 Engagement with USCIS Director(531 KB - 11/19/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 12/3/12 engagement where USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas will discuss EB-5 policy and procedural issues and take questions from participants. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12111959.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111959.
  • USCIS Invitation for DACA Stakeholder Engagement(492 KB - 11/16/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 11/19/12 stakeholder conference call to discuss deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) where USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas will provide updates on the DACA process. Call-in information included. AILA Doc. No. 12111649.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111649.
  • USCIS Invitation for Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement(569 KB - 11/15/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 12/6/12 in-person quarterly stakeholder engagement meeting with the USCIS Asylum Division where individuals can ask questions and raise issues regarding USCIS asylum operations. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12111554.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111554.
  • USCIS ELIS Maintenance Outage Scheduled on November 17 & 18(576 KB - 11/15/2012)
    USCIS public statement announcing that the Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS) will not be available on November 17, 2012 from 5 am – 1:30 pm and on November 18, 2012 from 5 am to 7 pm (EST) due to routine maintenance to conduct system updates. AILA Doc. No. 12111547.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111547.
  • USCIS Invitation for Stakeholder Engagement on Centralized Form I-601 Filing(686 KB - 11/8/2012)
    USCIS invitation for a 11/13/12 stakeholder engagement to discuss the transition to centralized Lockbox filing of Form I-601 known as “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility”, filed by applicants outside the U.S. RSVP by 11/12/12. AILA Doc. No. 12110855.
    AILA Doc. No. 12110855.
  • USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugees and Asylees (Updated 11/6/12) (11/6/2012)
    USCIS invitation to an 11/8/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to the refugee and asylee product lines. No RSVP necessary, call-in information available in invitation. AILA Doc. No. 12101645.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101645.
  • USCIS Invitation for Stakeholder Session on Russian Adoptions(553 KB - 11/2/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 11/7/12 public stakeholder listening session concerning the pre-adoption processing provision of the U.S.-Russian Adoption Agreement, including discussions on in-country timelines associated with Russian adoptions. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12110246.
    AILA Doc. No. 12110246.
  • USCIS Announces Temporary Relief Measures for Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy(537 KB - 11/2/2012)
    USCIS announcement reminding customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy of the immigration benefits or relief that may be available to them. In addition, USCIS will extend the deadline for all RFEs and NOIDs that are due 10/26/12 through 11/26/12 for 30 days. AILA Doc. No. 12110243.
    AILA Doc. No. 12110243.
  • USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker(658 KB - 11/2/2012)
    USCIS public statement announcing the availability of a new Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. USCIS says that editions dated January 6, 2010 and later will be accepted until December 30, 2012. After this date, they will only accept the October 1, 2012 edition. AILA Doc. No. 12110241.
    AILA Doc. No. 12110241.
  • NSC Stakeholder Newsletter, October 2012(599 KB - 11/2/2012)
    NSC October 2012 stakeholder newsletter, which includes information on developments on deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), derivate refugee and asylum status, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12110263.
    AILA Doc. No. 12110263.
  • USCIS Postpones Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting(650 KB - 10/31/2012)
    USCIS announcement postponing 10/30/12 asylum division quarterly stakeholder meeting until further notice due to Hurricane Sandy. AILA Doc. No. 12101140.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101140.
  • U.S. and Taiwan Discuss Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) Process(534 KB - 10/29/2012)
    USCIS notice on the possible implementation of a Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) process that would provide Taiwan courts with information on the child’s eligibility to immigrate to the U.S. before a legal relationship between the parents and child is established. AILA Doc. No. 12102941.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102941.
  • USCIS Phone Operations Impacted by Hurricane Sandy(526 KB - 10/29/2012)
    USCIS notice that Hurricane Sandy has impacted its phone operations for Monday, October 29, 2012. Customers are encouraged to call between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm (ET). AILA Doc. No. 12102940.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102940.
  • USCIS InfoPass System Will Be Unavailable on October 27(636 KB - 10/25/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that the free InfoPass appointment scheduling system will be unavailable on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm EDT due to maintenance. AILA Doc. No. 12102552.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102552.
  • USCIS Blog on Employee Rights Toolkit (10/23/2012)
    USCIS blog on their new Employee Rights Toolkit which outlines employee rights during the employment eligibility process and contains a variety of educational materials such as E-Verify employee rights videos, informative fliers, brochures, posters and more. AILA Doc. No. 12102346.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102346.
  • USCIS FAQ on Bilateral Adoption Agreement with Russia(496 KB - 10/23/2012)
    USCIS frequently asked question (FAQ) document on “Agreement Between the United States of America & the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children” which enhances safeguards & protections for all involved in adoptions between U.S. & Russian Federation. AILA Doc. No. 12102341.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102341.
  • USCIS Blog on Telephone Scammers Posing as USCIS Employees (10/22/2012)
    USCIS blog on a telephone scam where individuals pretend to be USCIS employees and try to get people to sign up for a training course led by government officials and attempt to pressure people to pay for this course by disclosing their financial information over the phone. AILA Doc. No. 12102248.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102248.
  • USCIS Invitation for October/November 2012 ELIS Engagements(533 KB - 10/22/2012)
    USCIS invitation for October/November 2012 stakeholder engagement meetings on the first phase of USCIS’ electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS, which is designed to modernize the process for filing & adjudicating immigration benefits. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12102247.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102247.
  • USCIS Regular and Military Naturalization Form N-400 Average Cycle Time(464 KB - 10/18/2012)
    USCIS resource providing the service-wide military naturalization average cycle times by month from March 2012 to August 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12101845.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101845.
  • USCIS Invitation for Stakeholder Engagement on Russian Adoptions (Updated 10/18/12)(536 KB - 10/18/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 10/18/12 stakeholder engagement on the U.S.-Russian Adoption Agreement where subject matter experts will provide information regarding provisions of the Agreement, how the Agreement will affect processing going forward and more. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12101643.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101643.
  • USCIS/EOIR Invitation to Stakeholder Engagement on Building the Capacity of Immigrant-Serving Organizations(530 KB - 10/17/2012)
    USCIS and EOIR invitation to a stakeholder engagement on 11/1/12 in Las Vegas, NV on how to become a recognized organization or accredited representative, including an overview of basic competencies necessary to seek recognition or accreditation. RSVP info included.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101740.
  • U.S. and Russia Announce Bilateral Adoption Agreement(780 KB - 10/16/2012)
    USCIS press release on “Agreement Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children” effective 11/1/12 which enhances safeguards and protections for all involved in adoptions between the U.S. and Russian Federation. AILA Doc. No. 12101648.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101648.
  • USCIS Blog on Central I-9 Online Resource Website (10/16/2012)
    USCIS blog post announcing that the I-9 Central website is now available in Spanish. The Spanish version website, Central I-9, mirrors the English version and meets the needs of the Spanish-speaking community by answering common and complex questions about the Form I-9. AILA Doc. No. 12101647.
    AILA Doc. No. 12101647.
  • USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues (Updated 10/10/12) (10/10/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 10/11/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to the business product lines. No RSVP necessary, call-in information included. AILA Doc. No. 12091940.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091940.
  • Kathleen Stanley Appointed Chief of the USCIS Office of Transformation Coordination(493 KB - 10/9/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that Kathleen “Kath” Stanley was appointed Chief of the Office of Transformation Coordination on 10/1/12. AILA Doc. No. 12100945.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100945.
  • USCIS Announces Extension of Certain Programs(1053 KB - 10/8/2012)
    USCIS press release on the extension of E-Verify, Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Pilot Program, special immigrant visa category for non-minister special immigrant religious workers & the Conrad 30 program for J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors. AILA Doc. No. 12100840.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100840.
  • USCIS Launches Spanish-Language I-9 Central Website(608 KB - 10/4/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing the launch of a Spanish-language version of I-9 Central, an online resource center designed to provide information and assistance related to the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov, the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. AILA Doc. No. 12100433.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100433.
  • USCIS Blog on Chinese-Language Engagement on Petitioning for Immediate Relatives (10/4/2012)
    USCIS blog post on a 10/18/12 Chinese-language engagement called “How to Petition for an Immediate Relative” which will answer general questions about immigration and naturalization. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12100453.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100453.
  • Additional USCIS Data on DACA Cases Received Through 9/12/12(780 KB - 10/4/2012)
    USCIS statistics on DACA cases from 8/15/12 to 9/12/12, including the number of cases received by each lockbox, rejected by each lockbox, accepted by state of residence, and accepted by country of birth, as well as the number of biometrics appointments scheduled. AILA Doc. No. 12091449.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091449.
  • USCIS Announces New Filing Option on Behalf of Canadian TN Nonimmigrants(633 KB - 10/3/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that beginning October 1, 2012, USCIS will begin accepting the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed on behalf of Canadian citizens who are outside the United States and seeking classification as a TN nonimmigrant. AILA Doc. No. 12100343.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100343.
  • USCIS Teleconference Invite on Haiti TPS Extension(95 KB - 10/2/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 10/3/12 teleconference where USCIS will provide background information on Haiti’s TPS extension and explain who is eligible to re-register for this benefit. AILA Doc. No. 12100220.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100220.
  • FY2012 H-2B Cap Count (Updated 10/01/12) (10/1/2012)
    As of 9/28/12, USCIS receipted 29,255 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the second half of FY2012. This count includes 28,159 approved & 1,096 pending beneficiaries. H-2B cap count information for the first half of FY2013 is also available. AILA Doc. No. 11080965.
    AILA Doc. No. 11080965.
  • USCIS Workload Transfer from Service Centers to Field Operations(614 KB - 10/1/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that some work that USCIS performs at the 4 USCIS service centers (Vermont, Nebraska, Texas & California) will be transferred to a field office or the National Benefits Center (NBC) in order to balance overall workload with processing capacity. AILA Doc. No. 12100148.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100148.
  • USCIS Press Release on TPS Extension for Haiti(610 KB - 10/1/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing DHS Secretary Napolitano’s decision to extend the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Haiti for an additional 18 months and also extend the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students. AILA Doc. No. 12100145.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100145.
  • USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter September 2012 (Issue 10)(1151 KB - 9/28/2012)
    USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for September 2012 covering developments regarding new lists of E-Verify employers, Self Check, customer satisfaction, self-assessment guides and more issues. AILA Doc. No. 12092854.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092854.
  • USCIS Announces New SAVE Educational Materials(648 KB - 9/26/2012)
    USCIS public statement on a new set of plain language materials for SAVE benefit applicants, including a brochure explaining the immigration status verification process available in 18 languages. AILA Doc. No. 12092640.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092640.
  • USCIS Reminds Syrians to Register for Temporary Protected Status(636 KB - 9/25/2012)
    USCIS public statement reminding Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) that the registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is September 25, 2012, with Syria’s TPS designation remaining in effect until 9/30/13. AILA Doc. No. 12092549.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092549.
  • USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for September 2012(591 KB - 9/24/2012)
    USCIS September 2012 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter covering important highlights, including deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), the suspension of adoptions from Montenegro, naturalization/citizenship updates and more. AILA Doc. No. 12092441.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092441.
  • USCIS Extends TPS Status for Haiti(810 KB - 9/24/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing DHS Secretary Napolitano’s decision to extend the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Haiti for a 60-day re-registration period. Individuals who have not continuously resided in the U.S. since 1/12/11 will not be eligible. AILA Doc. No. 12092440.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092440.
  • USCIS Partners with City of Los Angeles to Create “Citizenship Corners” (9/21/2012)
    USCIS blog post announcing that each of the 73 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library have designated “citizenship corners” containing essential information for those looking to apply for citizenship or learn more about benefits & responsibilities of being a citizen. AILA Doc. No. 12092141.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092141.
  • USCIS Announces Chinese-Language Public Engagement(787 KB - 9/20/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a national Chinese-language engagement on how to petition for an immediate relative on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 2:00PM-3:30PM EST. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12092045.
    AILA Doc. No. 1292045.
  • USCIS and L.A. Expand Immigrant Integration Efforts to City’s Public Libraries(606 KB - 9/20/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing a new initiative between USCIS and the city of Los Angeles to provide the Los Angeles Public Library’s 73 locations with citizenship resources, such as ‘citizenship corners’ in each library, and training for library staff. AILA Doc. No. 12092043.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092043.
  • USCIS Invitation to VSC Teleconference on VAWA, T, and U Cases(537 KB - 9/21/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 9/28/12 VSC training Webex and teleconference with Q&A on I-360 VAWA cases and T & U visa cases. AILA Doc. No. 12092040.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092040.
  • USCIS Announces $5 Million for FY2012 Grant Recipients On Citizenship Day(603 KB - 9/17/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing approximately $5 million in grants designed to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. 31 immigrant-serving organizations from 21 states and D.C. will receive federal funding through September 2014. AILA Doc. No. 12091753.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091753.
  • USCIS List of 2012 Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremonies(576 KB - 9/13/2012)
    USCIS public statement with list of dates and locations of 2012 Citizenship Day naturalization ceremonies which are taking place from September 11, 2012 until September 22, 2012 at numerous locations around the country. AILA Doc. No. 12091358.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091358.
  • USCIS Blog on New ‘E-Verify Listen’ Online Forum (9/10/2012)
    USCIS blog post on the new ‘E-Verify Listens’ online forum where users can submit and discuss ideas, so that USCIS can receive feedback directly from you and your colleagues about how best to improve the E-Verify service. 12091041.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091041.
  • USCIS & LA Mayor Agree to Promote Immigrant Integration & Citizenship Awareness(568 KB - 9/7/2012)
    USCIS press release on renewal of Letter of Agreement with the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles with USCIS to strengthen & enhance local immigrant integration efforts, highlighting the unique federal and municipal roles in promoting immigrant integration. AILA Doc. No. 12090751.
    AILA Doc. No. 12090751.
  • USCIS Announces Upcoming EB-5 Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement(511 KB - 9/6/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 10/16/12 quarterly stakeholder engagement to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12090647.
    AILA Doc. No. 12090647.
  • USCIS Offers Consitution Day Resource Page on Naturalization & Citizenship (9/6/2012)
    USCIS online resource page highlighting USCIS educational resources related to the Constitution and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, in honor of Citizenship Day and Constitution Day 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12090644.
    AILA Doc. No. 12090644.
  • USCIS Invitation to Quarterly National Stakeholder Meeting(514 KB - 9/2/2012)
    USCIS Office of Public Engagement invitation for a 10/10/12 quarterly national stakeholder meeting where USCIS subject matter experts will be available to address questions and concerns on specific operational concerns, policies, and procedures. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12090240
    AILA Doc. No. 12090240.
  • USCIS Blog on Form I-9 Validity After August 31, 2012 (8/30/2012)
    USCIS blog post stating that until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that is currently online. Although the current version of Form I-9 shows an OMB control number expiration date of 8/31/12, it is still valid. AILA Doc. No. 12083044.
    AILA Doc. No. 12083044.
  • USCIS Regular and Military Naturalization Form N-400 Average Cycle Time(464 KB - 8/29/2012)
    USCIS resource providing the service-wide military naturalization average cycle times by month from January 2012 to June 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12082955.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082955.
  • USCIS Adjustment of Status Form I-485 Performance Data(846 KB - 8/29/2012)
    USCIS performance data containing numerical information on adjustment of status applications, including the number of receipts, approvals, denials, and pending cases by field office for FY2009 to June FY2012. AILA Doc. No. 12082944.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082944.
  • USCIS Invitation for TRIG Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement(503 KB - 8/28/2012)
    USCIS invitation to 9/13/12 quarterly stakeholder engagement for USCIS to provide updates and statistics regarding the Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) workload and for individual participants to raise TRIG-related questions and issues. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12082844.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082844.
  • USCIS Blog on Filing Tips for Deferred Action (8/27/2012)
    USCIS blog post on filing requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), where people will need to submit multiple forms, evidence and fees. These tips from USCIS will avoid having the request rejected or delayed because of common filing errors. AILA Doc. No. 12082745.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082745.
  • USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Student/School Issues (Updated 9/11/12) (9/11/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 9/13/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to students and schools. No RSVP necessary, call-in information included. AILA Doc. No. 12082744.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082744.
  • USCIS Offers Citizenship Resource Page Commemorating Labor Day (8/22/2012)
    USCIS online resource highlighting some of the educational resources USCIS offers for learners and teachers that are related to this important day and the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. AILA Doc. No. 12082247.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082247.
  • USCIS Approves 10,000th U Visa for FY2012(602 KB - 8/21/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing the approval of the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status, also referred to as the U visa, during FY2012. This is the third straight year USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008. AILA Doc. No. 12082143.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082143.
  • USCIS Offer New Citizenship Online Widgets(645 KB - 8/21/2012)
    USCIS public statement on new online dynamic and static widgets to highlight specific sections of the Citizenship Resource Center which will help permanent residents learn more about the naturalization process, apply for citizenship, study for the naturalization test & more. AILA Doc. No. 12082140.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082140.
  • USCIS Publishes Federal Register Notice for DACA Request Forms (8/17/2012)
    In an August 14, 2012, stakeholder call, USCIS announced that they have released updated information on requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals, including Form I-821D, I-765WS, filing addresses, fee exemption guidelines, and an updated FAQ. AILA Doc. No. 12081445.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081445.
  • USCIS Informational Video on Deferred Action for Child Arrivals Process (8/15/2012)
    USCIS informational video outlining the process to submit a request for consideration of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals initiative. AILA Doc. No. 12081577.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081577.
  • USCIS Reminder that H-2A Sheepherder Accommodation Ends 8/16/12(488 KB - 8/15/2012)
    USCIS reminder that the one-time accommodation for sheepherders providing more time to fully transition to the three-year limitation of stay requirements for the H-2A nonimmigrant classification is schedule to expire on 8/16/12. AILA Doc. No. 12081567.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081567.
  • USCIS Blog on Eligibility Requirements for Deferred Action (8/15/2012)
    USCIS blog post on deferred action as a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion and outlining the eligibility and document requirements for applicants. AILA Doc. No. 12081562.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081562.
  • USCIS Begins Accepting Requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(778 KB - 8/15/2012)
    USCIS press release on meeting its 60-day implementation date & that it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for certain people who came to the U.S. as children & meet other key guidelines. AILA Doc. No. 12081561.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081561.
  • USCIS Publishes Forms for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(720 KB - 8/14/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that they have submitted a Federal Register notice announcing new forms and instructions to allow individuals to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals from USCIS beginning 8/15/12. AILA Doc. No. 12081446.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081446.
  • Continue to Use Current Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification(634 KB - 8/13/2012)
    USCIS public statement saying that until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on the USCIS forms section and that this form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. AILA Doc. No. 12081342.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081342.
  • VSC Announces Fall Stakeholder Conference (Updated 8/10/12)(571 KB - 8/10/2012)
    VSC announces the fall stakeholder conference, which will occur on September 28, 2012, in St. Albans, VT. The event will include an Open House and a tour of the VSC. AILA Doc. No. 12080243.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080243.
  • USCIS National Customer Service Center Now Open on Saturdays(565 KB - 8/7/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that the USCIS National Customer Service Center is expanding its hours to include Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live agents will now be available Monday –Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m in each time zone. AILA Doc. No. 12080742.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080742.
  • USCIS Flowchart on Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(4333 KB - 8/3/2012)
    USCIS flowchart providing guidelines for potential applicants to determine if they meet the criteria for requesting Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. A broad overview of the filing process is also provided. AILA Doc. No. 12080364.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080364.
  • DHS Press Release on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process(600 KB - 8/3/2012)
    USCIS press release providing additional information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process during a national media call in preparation for the August 15, 2012 implementation date. AILA Doc. No. 12080362.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080362.
  • NSC Stakeholder Newsletter, August 2012(580 KB - 8/3/2012)
    NSC August 2012 stakeholder newsletter, which includes information on developments on deferred action, asylum EAD clock, expedited case review on I-90 biometric no-shows, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12080345.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080345.
  • USCIS Notice on Centralized Filing & Adjudication for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility(714 KB - 8/2/2012)
    USCIS public statement saying that individuals who mail requests to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a USCIS lockbox facility will have advantages like faster filing, shorter processing times and the ability to track the progress of an application. AILA Doc. No. 12080252.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080252.
  • USCIS Announces July/August 2012 SAVE Webinar Training Schedule(660 KB - 8/2/2012)
    USCIS schedule of free online SAVE webinars that will be offered during the months of July and August 2012, with a copy of the official SAVE webinar webpage. Additional information and instructions for participants is provided as well. AILA Doc. No. 12080246.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080246.
  • USCIS Offers 100 Civics Test Questions & Answers in 7 Languages (8/1/2012)
    USCIS online resource offering the 100 civics test questions and answers for the naturalization test in English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. AILA Doc. No. 12080148.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080148.
  • USCIS Blog on Spanish M-274 Handbook for Employers (7/31/2012)
    USCIS blog post on release of Spanish-language version of Handbook for Employers (M-274) to help find answers to questions about Form I-9, the employment eligibility verification form that employers must complete for their employees during eligibility verification process. AILA Doc. No. 12073155.
    AILA Doc. No. 12073155.
  • USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter, July 2012 (Issue 9)(775 KB - 7/31/2012)
    USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for July 2012 covering developments regarding new lists of E-Verify employers, Self Check, customer satisfaction, self-assessment guides and more issues. AILA Doc. No. 12073154.
    AILA Doc. No. 12073154.
  • USCIS EB-5 Statistics Through FY2012 Third Quarter(1030 KB - 7/27/2012)
    Updated EB-5 statistics from 2005 through 7/19/12, including statistics on receipts, approvals, and denials for Forms I-526, I-829, and I-924s. AILA Doc. No. 12072744.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072744.
  • USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues (Updated 8/7/12) (8/7/2012)
    USCIS invitation to an 8/9/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to refugees and asylees. No RSVP necessary, call-in information included. AILA Doc. No. 12072650.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072650.
  • USCIS Blog on Multilingual Resource Center (7/26/2012)
    USCIS blog post introducing a new Multilingual Resource Center that centralizes their foreign languages resources and allows those they serve to access information on the USCIS application process and many other frequently asked questions in a variety of languages. AILA Doc. No. 12072649.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072649.
  • USCIS Online Resource Gives Immigration Information in 20+ Languages(612 KB - 7/26/2012)
    USCIS press release providing certain immigration application information in over 20 languages to help ensure USCIS communicates across many cultures and reaches a broader audience, while also ensuring that customers obtain information directly from USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 12072646.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072646.
  • USCIS Online Multilingual Resource Center Now Available (7/26/2012)
    USCIS online resource serving as a hub for all USCIS materials offered in over 20 foreign languages, and also features 13 newly translated “How Do I…” guides in Chinese and other languages. AILA Doc. No. 12072644.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072644.
  • USCIS Overview of Entrepreneurs in Residence Program(1007 KB - 7/25/2012)
    USCIS overview of a new initiative called the Entrepreneurs in Residence Program which is meant to harness industry expertise from the public and private sectors that will increase the job creation potential of employment-based and high-skilled visa categories. AILA Doc. No. 12072540.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072540.
  • USCIS PowerPoint Presentation on ELIS System(3131 KB - 8/6/2012)
    USCIS PowerPoint slide presentation on the launch, usage and benefits of the first phase of their electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS. The system is designed to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 12072449.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072449.
  • USCIS Launches "E-Verify Listens" Online Platform (7/24/2012)
    USCIS online resource platform that lets employees and employers submit their ideas, discuss and refine ideas others submit, and vote for the ones that they like best; allowing people an opportunity to discuss products and services related to the E-Verify program. AILA Doc. No. 12072461.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072461.
  • USCIS PowerPoint on E-Verify Overview for Existing Users(3457 KB - 7/23/2012)
    USCIS updated PowerPoint presentation slides from July 2012 with sections on Form I-9, compliance marketing, E-Verify enhancements and more relevant topics relating to the E-Verify program. AILA Doc. No. 12072340.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072340.
  • VSC Stakeholder Newsletter, July 2012(643 KB - 7/19/2012)
    VSC July Stakeholder Newsletter, which includes information on ELIS, I-539s, SEVIS, translations, applicant name on approval documents, upgrading an I-130, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12071959.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071959.
  • USCIS Director Announces New EB-5 Program Office(483 KB - 7/18/2012)
    USCIS public statement from Director Alejandro Mayorkas announcing that USCIS will be creating a new program office to oversee their administration of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program to ensure appropriate resources and management under a single leadership structure. AILA Doc. No. 12071846.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071846.
  • Invitation for TSC/NSC Joint Fall Conference(640 KB - 8/22/2012)
    Texas Service Center (TSC) and Nebraska Service Center (NSC) joint September 2012 fall conference to provide an opportunity to meet staff and share information on asylum- and refugee-related topics through presentation and open dialogue with stakeholders. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12071845.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071845.
  • USCIS Executive Summary from 5/1/12 EB-5 Engagement (Updated 7/18/12)(608 KB - 7/18/2012)
    USCIS executive summary from the 5/1/12 EB-5 quarterly stakeholder engagement. Topics include statistics, processing times, troubled company designations, diversification, job creation, source of funds, EB-5 sunset, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12041241. AILA Doc. No. 12041241.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041241.
  • USCIS Invitation for Refugee and Asylee Follow-to-Join Engagement(511 KB - 7/17/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 8/7/12 teleconference on the Refugee & Asylee Follow-to-Join (Form I-730) pilot program that was launched overseas by USCIS & State Department in 2011 to improve customer service in processing of these important humanitarian cases. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12071740.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071740.
  • USCIS Blog on E-Verify Self-Assessment Guides (7/16/2012)
    USCIS blog post on self-assessment guides for E-Verify and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) customers to support compliant use of USCIS verification programs to make it easier for employers and benefit-granting agencies to monitor use of E-Verify & SAVE. AILA Doc. No. 12071652.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071652.
  • USCIS Cancels Live Webcast for Entrepreneurs in Residence Panel(724 KB - 7/27/2012)
    USCIS public statement announcing that they will be cancelling the live web stream portion of the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) panel discussion in Atlanta, GA on July 30, 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12071650.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071650.
  • E-Verify Self-Assessment Guide For Web Services Users(1201 KB - 7/16/2012)
    USCIS self-assessment guide with easy-to-follow checklists to help web services users to establish internal monitoring to support their compliant use of E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 12071647.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071647.
  • E-Verify Self-Assessment Guide For Direct Access Users(838 KB - 7/16/2012)
    USCIS self-assessment guide with easy-to-follow checklists to help users to establish internal monitoring to support their compliant use of E-Verify. AILA Doc. No. 12071646.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071646.
  • USCIS Poster on I-601 Provisional Waiver Process Warnings(1618 KB - 7/5/2012)
    USCIS poster reminding people that the new I-601 provisional waiver process for filing waivers of inadmissibility based on unlawful presence is currently not in effect and providing suggestions for people on how to avoid common traps until the process comes into full effect. AILA Doc. No. 12070568.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070568.
  • USCIS Fact Sheet on Deferred Action(515 KB - 7/5/2012)
    USCIS fact sheet reminding people that they are not currently accepting applications for deferred action and that USCIS is developing a process for qualified young people to request deferred action. They will implement the process within 60 days of June 15, 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12070567.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070567.
  • USCIS Q&A on EB-5 Economic Methodologies(1251 KB - 7/5/2012)
    USCIS question-and-answer document from two economists who work on EB-5 Immigrant Investor program after a 6/22/12 public engagement where people sought clarification on issues related to hotel/resort development & acquiring real estate related to EB-5 program. AILA Doc. No. 12070563.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070563.
  • USCIS Press Release on Adoptions from Montenegro(1449 KB - 7/3/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that they cannot approve a Form I-800 (Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative) filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Montenegro because there is not yet a fully functional Hague Convention process in place. AILA Doc. No. 12070353.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070353.
  • USCIS Electronic ELIS System Processes First 1,000 Cases (7/3/2012)
    USCIS blog on new electronic immigration system known as USCIS ELIS which is available for certain students & visitors who need to file a stand-alone Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) and that they have processed their first 1,000 paperless cases. AILA Doc. No. 12070343.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070343.
  • USCIS Blog on Citizenship Preparation Program (6/28/2012)
    USCIS blog posting on the Citizenship Preparation Program which helps low-level English learners help integrate into society while preparing to become new citizens. AILA Doc. No. 12062949.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062849.
  • USCIS Fact Sheet on Benefits of ELIS System(504 KB - 6/28/2012)
    USCIS fact sheet on the launch and benefits of the first phase of their electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS. The system is designed to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 12062840.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062840.
  • USCIS Asylum Division Invitation to Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting(511 KB - 6/27/2012)
    USCIS invitation to 7/26/12 quarterly stakeholder meeting for individual participants to ask questions and raise issues regarding asylum operations. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12062744.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062744.
  • USCIS Blog on E-Verify Self Check System (6/26/2012)
    USCIS blog post outlining steps for people to use the E-Verify Self Check program, which is a free system that people can use to confirm their work eligibility and make sure their employment authorization information is up to date. AILA Doc. No. 12062654.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062654.
  • NSC Stakeholder Newsletter, June 2012(676 KB - 6/25/2012)
    NSC June 2012 stakeholder newsletter, which includes information on I-601 centralization and waiver filing tips for the USCIS lockbox, World Refugee Day, an alert that the provisional I-601 waiver is not in effect, a list of upcoming NSC stakeholder calls, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12062543.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062543.
  • USCIS Blog on Spanish-Language Public Engagement (6/22/2012)
    USCIS blog post on 6/13/12 Spanish-language outreach session dedicated to underserved and difficult to reach communities, including those with limited English proficiency on a broad range of issues including citizenship, Self-Check and the I-601 provisional waiver. AILA Doc. No. 12062244.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062244.
  • USCIS Naturalizes Former Refugees to Commemorate World Refugee Day(878 KB - 6/22/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that DHS deputy secretary presided over a ceremony where 19 former refugees were naturalized during a special ceremony at the Department of State to commemorate 2012 World Refugee Day. AILA Doc. No. 12062240.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062240.
  • USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Business Issues (Updated 7/10/12) (7/10/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 7/12/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to business. No RSVP necessary, call-in information included. AILA Doc. No. 12062156.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062156.
  • Seven Ways to Connect with USCIS Online(734 KB - 6/21/2012)
    USCIS public statement announcing seven online methods to connect with USCIS and other government organizations, including USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the official web portals of the U.S. government, with helpful information about citizenship and immigration. AILA Doc. No. 12062141.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062141.
  • USCIS Blog on Filing Tips for Lockbox Facilities (6/15/2012)
    USCIS blog post on tips to help centralize intake of forms at lockbox facilities since this allows them to receive forms more quickly & process payments more efficiently & securely. Beginning on 6/4/12, overseas customers will mail Forms I-601 & 1-212 to the Phoenix Lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 12061541.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061541.
  • USCIS to Reschedule Interviews Due to San Francisco BART Fire(584 KB - 6/14/2012)
    USCIS press release on fire in BART train system on 6/14/12 and, as a result of the disruption to service, some applicants may be unable to get to San Francisco Field Office for their scheduled interviews. USCIS will automatically reschedule interviews for those affected. AILA Doc. No. 12061455.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061455.
  • USCIS Announces Schedule for First National Stakeholder Symposium(588 KB - 6/14/2012)
    USCIS schedule of events for first USCIS National Stakeholder Symposium on 6/26/12 which will include a keynote address by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and a plenary session led by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas and a series of breakout sessions with senior leadership. AILA Doc. No. 12061451.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061451.
  • USCIS Announces EB-5 Stakeholder Engagements for 2012(491 KB - 6/12/2012)
    USCIS announcement about upcoming 2012 stakeholder engagements to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12061244.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061244.
  • H-1B Cap Reached for FY2013(495 KB - 6/12/2012)
    USCIS announces that the annual limit for H-1B filings was reached as of 6/11/12. Any cap-subject applications received after that date will be rejected. AILA Doc. No. 12061242.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061242.
  • VSC Stakeholder Newsletter, June 2012(720 KB - 6/7/2012)
    VSC June Stakeholder Newsletter, which includes information on responding to an RFE/NOID, supplemental documentation, ASC notices, I-765s, G-28s, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12060749.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060749.
  • USCIS Blog on National Benefits Center Misconceptions (6/5/2012)
    USCIS blog post on the National Benefits Center whose primary mission is to prepare applications for adjudication that require an interview at a USCIS Field Office & misconceptions people have about NBC, especially related to adjustment of status & naturalization issues. AILA Doc. No. 12060553.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060553.
  • USCIS Invitation on EB-5 Engagement with Economists(516 KB - 6/5/2012)
    USCIS invitation for 6/22/12 engagement where USCIS economists will address the agency’s review of economic methodologies used in reviewing EB-5 immigrant investor cases. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12060541.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060541.
  • Comment Period Ends for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process Rule(858 KB - 6/1/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that formal public comment period closed for USCIS’ provisional unlawful presence waivers of inadmissibility for certain immediate relatives rule which proposes a new filing process for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. AILA Doc. No. 12060149.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060149.
  • USCIS FAQs on ELIS(534 KB - 6/1/2012)
    USCIS FAQs on ELIS, including information on what is ELIS, the types of benefit requests that are currently available in ELIS, questions on Form I-20, how to file and make a payment, how to use ELIS with an attorney or accredited representative, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12060147.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060147.
  • NSC Newsletter, May 2012(597 KB - 6/1/2012)
    The Nebraska Service Center released the May 2012 NSC stakeholder newsletter. Topics include an alert regarding I-140 e-filing jurisdiction changes, tips for responding to RFEs and NOIDs, a list of upcoming NSC stakeholder calls, filing tips for Form I-90, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12060146.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060146.
  • USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter May 2012 (Issue 8)(596 KB - 5/31/2012)
    USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for May 2012 covering new developments regarding E-Verify Self Check, customer satisfaction, expansion of STEM programs, temporary protected status issues and more. AILA Doc. No. 12053158.
    AILA Doc. No. 12053158.
  • USCIS PowerPoint from June-July 2012 ELIS Webinars(5849 KB - 8/6/2012)
    USCIS presentation from its June-July 2012 webinars on the first phase of USCIS ELIS. ELIS is currently available for certain students and visitors who need to file a stand-alone Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). AILA Doc. No. 12053150.
    AILA Doc. No. 12053150.
  • USCIS Blog on E-Verify Customer Satisfaction Survey (5/31/2012)
    USCIS blog post on a national customer satisfaction survey of E-Verify users - nearly 2/3 of which were small business owners –on their satisfaction with E-Verify. The questionnaire evaluated key features of E-Verify, including registration, tutorial & overall satisfaction. AILA Doc. No. 12053147.
    AILA Doc. No. 12053147.
  • USCIS Q&As from 12/7/11 National Stakeholder Engagement (Updated 5/29/12)(2324 KB - 5/29/2012)
    USCIS Q&As, agenda, and presentation for the 12/7/11 quarterly national stakeholder engagement. Topics include fee waiver statistics, citizenship pass-fail rates, Transformation, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11110449. AILA Doc. No. 11110449.
    AILA Doc. No. 11110449.
  • USCIS ‘Straight from the Source’ Newsletter for May 2012(730 KB - 5/29/2012)
    USCIS May 2012 issue of Straight from the Source newsletter covering important highlights, including the launch of ELIS, centralization of I-601’s and other important issues. AILA Doc. No. 12052945.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052945.
  • USCIS PowerPoint Presentation on E-Verify in Spanish(5546 KB - 5/29/2012)
    USCIS Spanish-language PowerPoint presentation slides with helpful resources and engagement tips on how E-Verify works, how to enroll, employer responsibilities and much more. AILA Doc. No. 12052942.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052942.
  • USCIS Invitation for Stakeholder Engagement on Centralized Form I-601 Filing(707 KB - 5/25/2012)
    USCIS invitation for a 5/31/12 stakeholder engagement to discuss the transition to centralized Lockbox filing of Form I-601 known as “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility”, filed by applicants outside the U.S. RSVP by 5/30/12. AILA Doc. No. 12052561.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052561.
  • USCIS Invitation to 6/5/12 TRIG Meeting(583 KB - 5/25/2012)
    USCIS invitation to its TRIG quarterly stakeholder meeting on 6/5/12. USCIS will provide updates and statistics regarding its TRIG workload and stakeholders will be able to raise TRIG-related questions and issues. Registration invitation included. AILA Doc. No. 12052560.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052560.
  • USCIS & Smithsonian Launch Online Citizenship Learning Tool (5/24/2012)
    USCIS web-based learning tool designed to help immigrants prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test. Designed as a self-study tool, this resource is based on the 100 civics questions & answers from which USCIS draws when administering the naturalization test. AILA Doc. No. 12052444.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052444.
  • NSC Cancels 6/14/12 Teleconference on Student and School Issues (6/6/2012)
    USCIS cancels 6/14/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to students and schools, and other issues. AILA Doc. No. 12052442.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052442.
  • USCIS Blog on New ELIS System Media Interviews (5/24/2012)
    USCIS blog post on media interviews with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas on the launch of the first phase of their electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS. The system is designed to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 12052441.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052441.
  • USCIS Invitation for First National Stakeholder Symposium(833 KB - 5/24/2012)
    USCIS invitation to its first national symposium on 6/26/12, where stakeholders will learn how strategic priorities & recent initiatives impact the diverse communities USCIS serves and to engage with agency leadership on USCIS policies & programs. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12052460.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052460.
  • USCIS Alert on Temporary Delay on I-129 Receipt Notices(636 KB - 5/23/2012)
    USCIS announcement on 5/23/12 that due to an unexpectedly high volume of I-129 petitions, it may be an additional 2 to 4 weeks before customers receive a receipt notice. Usually, customers can expect to receive their receipt notice within 30 days of delivery confirmation. AILA Doc. No. 12052353.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052353.
  • USCIS to Centralize Filing & Adjudication for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility(1067 KB - 5/23/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that beginning on 6/4/12, individuals abroad who have applied for certain visas & have been found ineligible by a consular officer will be able to mail requests to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a USCIS lockbox facility. AILA Doc. No. 12052346.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052346.
  • USCIS Fact Sheet on ELIS and the SEVIS Form I-20(1376 KB - 5/23/2012)
    USCIS fact sheet on using ELIS to electronically file the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System Form I-20, which is a certificate of eligibility for nonimmigrant student status for foreign exchange students who wish to attend an educational program in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 12052349.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052349.
  • USCIS Releases Instructions for Requesting Benefits Using ELIS(900 KB - 5/22/2012)
    May 2012 instructions USCIS Electronic Immigration System or ELIS which provides a simplified, online method for applicants, petitioners, and their attorneys or accredited representatives to submit and track electronically filed applications. AILA Doc. No. 12052256.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052256.
  • USCIS Transfers 44,000 Historical Records to National Archives(938 KB - 5/22/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing the transfer of approximately 44,000 additional alien registration records, known as “A-Files,” to the National Archives and Records Administration. AILA Doc. No. 12052250.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052250.
  • USCIS Launches Online Immigration System called ELIS(1155 KB - 5/22/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing the launch of the first phase of its electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS. The system has been created to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. AILA Doc. No. 12052244.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052244.
  • USCIS Blog on Online Engagement on Unauthorized Practice of Law (5/21/2012)
    USCIS blog post announcing a series of online engagements beginning the week of 6/11/12 and the first discussion will touch upon how to avoid immigration scams and the unauthorized practice of immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 12052151.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052151.
  • USCIS e-Request Upgrades to Add Error Reporting and Appointment Inquiries(487 KB - 5/18/2012)
    USCIS 5/11/12 alert that USCIS e-Request will allow customers to notify USCIS of typographical errors on immigration benefit documents and to inquire about missing appointment notices for I-90 and N-400 applications. AILA Doc. No. 12051845.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051845.
  • USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on the 5/22/12 Launch of ELIS(501 KB - 5/18/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 5/22/12 teleconference on the launch of the initial release of its new electronic immigration system (USCIS ELIS) on 5/22/12. The first release is available for certain students and visitors. The teleconference will include a presentation and Q&As. AILA Doc. No. 12051844.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051844.
  • USCIS Blog Explains Three Myths on Adjustment of Status Process (5/17/2012)
    USCIS blog post on three common myths including green card application (Form I-485) decisions within 180 days after your interview, when decisions on your green card are made and whether a wife must take her husband’s last name during adjustment of status process. AILA Doc. No. 12051751.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051751.
  • USCIS Press Release on Precedent P-3 Visa Petition Decision(1388 KB - 5/15/2012)
    USCIS press release on AAO binding precedent appeals decision addressing the term “culturally unique” and its significance in the adjudication of petitions for performing artists and entertainers based on a 2009 petition by Los Angeles-based Skirball Cultural Center. AILA Doc. No. 12051549.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051549.
  • USCIS Presentation from 5/9/12 Business Representatives Conference (Updated 5/11/12)(1449 KB - 5/11/2012)
    USCIS presentation, “It All Starts with You,” from 5/9/12 engagement with NSC and TSC representatives. Presentation includes filing tips, suggested order of documents when filing petitions, expedite request instructions, and more. Invitation and agenda included. AILA Doc. No. 12031666.
    AILA Doc. No. 12031666.
  • USCIS Teleconference on F, M, J Classifications & OPT(1242 KB - 7/3/2012)
    USCIS presentations from its 6/19/12 teleconference with CSC/VSC providing information and filing tips on F, M, or J classifications and Form I-765 Optional Practical Training. AILA Doc. No. 12050960.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050960.
  • USCIS Invitation to NSC Teleconference on Refugees and Asylees (Updated 5/9/12) (5/9/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 5/10/12 NSC stakeholder teleconference on issues related to refugees and asylees. No RSVP necessary, call-in information provided. AILA Doc. No. 12041846.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041846.
  • FY2013 H-1B Cap Count (Updated 6/11/12) (6/11/2012)
    USCIS announced that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the 65,000 statutory cap for FY2013 as of June 11, 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12040939.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040939.
  • USCIS Executive Summary from 4/4/12 Teleconference on Expedited Case Review Process (Updated 5/8/12)(561 KB - 5/8/2012)
    USCIS executive summary from its 4/4/12 teleconference discussing the expedited process for reviewing and correcting certain decisions resulting from specific administrative errors made by the agency. Original invitation included. AILA Doc. No. 12033050.
    AILA Doc. No. 12033050.
  • USCIS Executive Summary of 1/31/12 Processing Non-Hague Adoption Cases Teleconference (Updated 5/8/12)(560 KB - 5/8/2012)
    USCIS executive summary from 1/31/12 teleconference discussing processing changes for “grandfathering” certain orphan adoption cases when the U.S. and another country become Hague partners, specifically focusing on China and Guatemala. Original invitation included. AILA Doc. No. 12012448.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012448.
  • Revised USCIS Quarterly Stakeholder Spanish-Language Engagement (Updated 5/14/12)(1463 KB - 5/14/2012)
    USCIS revised invitation for 6/13/12 Spanish-language session as part of an ongoing series of quarterly public engagements where they will provide agency updates, discuss immigration-related topics, and answer your questions. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12050859.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050859.
  • USCIS Director Announces New Customer Service & Public Engagement Department(701 KB - 5/7/2012)
    USCIS statement from Director Alejandro Mayorkas announcing rolling over the Office of Public Engagement into a newly-named operational directorate, the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate and naming Mariela Melero as the new Associate Director of CSPE. AILA Doc. No. 12050747.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050747.
  • USCIS Update on Lautenberg Amendment Parolee Recipients(689 KB - 5/4/2012)
    USCIS statement on the Lautenberg Amendment being reinstated & that remaining 130 Lautenberg parolees are permitted to travel to U.S. by the new deadline of 9/30/12, but USCIS will no longer offer parole to individuals denied refugee status under the Lautenberg Amendment.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050478.
  • USCIS Launches Memorial Day ‘Citizenship Resource Center’ (5/4/2012)
    USCIS online resource page highlighting citizenship educational resources for learners and teachers providing the English and civics portion of the naturalization test, including test questions on several federal holidays, including Memorial Day. AILA Doc. No. 12050468.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050468.
  • USCIS Announces May/June 2012 SAVE Webinar Training Schedule(1607 KB - 5/4/2012)
    USCIS schedule of free online SAVE webinars that will be offered during the months of May and June 2012, with a copy of the official SAVE webinar webpage. Additional information and instructions for participants is provided as well. AILA Doc. No. 12050462.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050462.
  • USCIS Announces Extensions of Tenant Occupancy RFE Deadlines(480 KB - 5/4/2012)
    USCIS alert that it will contact stakeholders with RFEs related to the tenant occupancy economic methodology and provide additional time to respond. Original RFE deadlines remain in force until notice of extension has been communicated. AILA Doc. No. 12050464.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050464.
  • USCIS Announces New Facebook Page (5/3/2012)
    USCIS announcement for the public introducing their official Facebook page for the latest news, events and informational videos about our nation’s immigration history and other relevant USCIS news for the general public. AILA Doc. No. 12050341.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050341.
  • USCIS Informational Poster on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver(1036 KB - 5/2/2012)
    USCIS poster reminding people that the provisional unlawful presence waiver is not yet currently in effect, not to send an application requesting a provisional waiver and not to cancel or fail to appear at your scheduled immigration visa interview with the State Department. AILA Doc. 12050253.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050253.
  • VSC Stakeholder Newsletter, April 2012(818 KB - 5/1/2012)
    VSC April Stakeholder Newsletter, which includes information on duplicate notices, I-797C changes, RFE response submissions, CRIS, I-129 premium processing and the Lockbox, I-130s, I-824s, I-751s, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12050150.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050150.
  • USCIS Press Release on Somalia TPS Re-Designation(1418 KB - 5/1/2012)
    USCIS press release on re-designation of Somalia for temporary protected status & extending existing TPS designation from 9/18/12 to 3/17/14, allowing eligible Somali nationals to register or re-register for TPS beginning on 5/1/12 in accordance with Federal Register notice. AILA Doc. No. 12050145.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050145.
  • USCIS Releases EB-5 Statistics(525 KB - 5/1/2012)
    USCIS EB-5 statistics provided for a 5/1/12 stakeholder engagement, including information on service-wide receipts, approvals, and denials of I-526s and I-829s; the number of approved EB5 Regional Centers by fiscal year; I-924 receipts, approvals, and denials; and more. AILA Doc. No. 12050143.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050143.
  • Deadline Approaches for USCIS Citizenship & Integration Grant Program(1350 KB - 4/30/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing the 5/7/12 deadline for the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program designed to give $5 million in grants to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. AILA Doc. No. 12043047.
    AILA Doc. No. 12043047.
  • DHS to Re-Designate Somalia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months(742 KB - 4/30/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s decision to extend the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Somalia and to re-designate the country for 18 months. The official notice will be in the 5/1/12 edition of the Federal Register. AILA Doc. No. 12043046.
    AILA Doc. No. 12043046.
  • USCIS Blog on the Impact & Importance of Citizenship (4/27/2012)
    USCIS blog post by St. Albans Acting Field Office Director Keith Canney on his participation at a naturalization ceremony for 39 new citizens at the Beeman Elementary School in New Haven, Vermont and the overall importance of new citizens to the United States. AILA Doc. No. 12042746.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042746.
  • USCIS Postpones Stakeholder Engagement on ‘Temporary Need in the H-2B Context’(637 KB - 4/27/2012)
    USCIS announcement postponing the stakeholder engagement on the H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker program scheduled for May 2, 2012. USCIS will notify the public when they have identified a new date for the engagement. AILA Doc. No. 12042644.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042644.
  • USCIS Proposed Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Is Not Yet in Effect(483 KB - 4/26/2012)
    USCIS press release restating that the provisional unlawful presence waiver is not yet currently in effect. Also, they warn people of notaries & others who are not authorized to practice immigration law, who claim they can help people get a provisional waiver. AILA Doc. No. 12042641.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042641.
  • Revised USCIS Invitation on Tenant-Occupancy Economic Model Teleconference (Updated 4/26/12)(519 KB - 4/26/2012)
    USCIS revised invitation to 4/27/12 “Conversation with the USCIS Director” engagement on the use of the tenant-occupancy economic model in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The newly revised time for the engagement will be from 10:30am-12pm. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12042443.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042443.
  • USCIS Blog Post on E-Verify Privacy Issues (4/25/2012)
    USCIS blog post regarding their E-Verify privacy commitment which outlines what personal information E-Verify collects, how long that information is kept, and why E-Verify users cannot share login information. AILA Doc. No. 12042545.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042545.
  • NSC Newsletter, April 2012 (Vol. 1, Issue 1)(637 KB - 4/24/2012)
    Nebraska Service Center released the inaugural issue of it’s stakeholder newsletter for April 2012. Topics include a list of NSC product lines, background information on NSC, the upcoming May 9 business representative conference, instructions for I-131 expedites, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12042449.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042449.
  • USCIS Follow-Up Engagement on Syrian TPS(511 KB - 4/23/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 5/8/12 teleconference on TPS for Syria. This is a follow up teleconference to the 3/29/12 engagement. Registration information is included. AILA Doc. No. 12042343.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042343.
  • USCIS Offers New Civic Flash Cards in Spanish(4310 KB - 4/20/2012)
    USCIS online resource offering easy-to-use downloadable flash cards containing each of the 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers on the naturalization test in Spanish. AILA Doc. No. 12042042.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042042.
  • USCIS NCSC Not Taking Calls On Friday April 20, 2012(614 KB - 4/20/2012)
    USCIS statement saying that National Customer Service Center will not be available to receive calls about individual cases from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm EDT on 4/20/12, but their toll-free number 1-800-375-4283 will still available for general immigration questions at that time. AILA Doc. No. 12041944.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041944.
  • USCIS Vermont Service Center Teleconference on VAWA and T & U Visas(548 KB - 4/18/2012)
    Teleconference invitation from USCIS Vermont Service Center for a 5/9/12 Webex and teleconference with Q & A session to discuss I-360 VAWA cases and T & U visa cases. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12041852.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041852.
  • USCIS ‘Save The Date’ for 2012 National Stakeholder Symposium(519 KB - 4/17/2012)
    USCIS announcement about their day-long national stakeholder symposium which will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. with a plenary session led by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. Pre-registration will begin in late May 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12041753.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041753.
  • USCIS Announces Multilingual Engagement Focus Group(517 KB - 4/16/2012)
    USCIS press release on 6/14/12 focus group informing USCIS multilingual outreach strategy & other customer service initiatives intended for advocates & representatives of community-based organizations who interact with Spanish-speaking LEP communities. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12041646.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041646.
  • USCIS Announces Tactical Team for Immigrant Entrepreneurs (4/13/2012)
    USCIS blog post announcing partnership with leading American business experts to improve approaches to employment-based and high-skilled visa categories used by immigrant entrepreneurs by announcing the formation of the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) Tactical Team. AILA Doc. No. 12041347.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041347.
  • USCIS to Participate in Training Conference for Congressional Staff(488 KB - 4/13/2012)
    USCIS announcement regarding the Third Annual National Conference on Immigration and Consular Affairs, a five-day interagency seminar on immigration law and procedure for congressional staff. This event is by invitation only and is limited to staff of members of Congress. AILA Doc. No. 12041341.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041341.
  • Revised USCIS Invitation to Asylum Division Quarterly Engagement (Updated 4/12/12)(511 KB - 4/12/2012)
    USCIS invites stakeholders to a 5/8/12 quarterly engagement with the USCIS Asylum Division, which was rescheduled from the original date of 4/24/12. The new deadline to submit questions is 4/20/12. Registration information is included. AILA Doc. No. 12031667.
    AILA Doc. No. 12031667.
  • USCIS Straight from the Source for March/April 2012(716 KB - 4/12/2012)
    USCIS March/April 2012 issue of Straight from the Source covering new developments on stateside waivers, TPS designation for Syria, derivative T and U visas, congressional testimony and other important issues. AILA Doc. No. 12041242.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041242.
  • USCIS Intergovernmental Affairs Quarterly Stakeholder Teleconference Invite(493 KB - 4/11/2012)
    USCIS invitation for a 4/18/12 teleconference for stakeholders to provide updates on recent activities pertaining to SAVE, E-Verify, Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, temporary protected status for Syria, and other areas of interest. AILA Doc. No. 12041140.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041140.
  • USCIS Provides New Online Study Materials for N-400 English Test (4/10/2012)
    USCIS online resource page providing new videos, publications, and practice tests aimed at helping people prepare for the English language test portion of the Form N-400 eligibility interview. AILA Doc. No. 12041043.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041043.
  • USCIS Continues to Accept FY2013 H-1B Petitions(956 KB - 4/9/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that it will continue to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions subject to FY2013 cap. USCIS has received 17,400 H-1B petitions counting toward 65,000 cap & approximately 8,200 petitions toward 20,000 cap exemption for those with advanced degrees. AILA Doc. No. 12040943.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040943.
  • NSC Invitation to 4/12/12 Teleconference on Business Issues (Updated 4/9/12) (4/9/2012)
    NSC invitation to stakeholders for an upcoming teleconference on 4/12/12 on business issues. No RSVP necessary, call-in information provided. AILA Doc. No. 12032375.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032375.
  • USCIS Q&A on Consular Processing for T & U Derivative Visas(2660 KB - 4/6/2012)
    USCIS question-and-answer document on providing immigration relief to victims of various crimes—including domestic violence and human trafficking—by derivatively granting either T or U nonimmigrant status to affected people. AILA Doc. No. 12040653.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040653.
  • USCIS Blog on Office of Public Engagement (4/5/2012)
    USCIS blog post on opportunities to address questions and concerns about public engagements on a variety of topics, including multilingual engagements and regularly scheduled meetings with state and local government stakeholders. AILA Doc. No. 12040548.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040548.
  • USCIS Re-Grants Temporary Extension of Accommodation for H-2A Sheepherders(1052 KB - 4/5/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing extension of accommodation for H-2A workers in sheepherding industry while they transition to three-year limitation of stay requirements and require them to depart the United States by 8/6/12 for at least three months before petitioning again. AILA Doc. No. 12040540.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040540.
  • USCIS Press Release on Expedited Case Review for Some Administrative Errors(479 KB - 4/4/2012)
    USCIS press release on expedited case review process for specifically-defined administrative errors requiring corrective action where they believe that a USCIS data entry/administrative error resulted in an adverse adjudicative action. AILA Doc. No. 12040455.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040455.
  • USCIS Q&As on Extension of OPT and Cap-Gap Regulations (3/29/12)(499 KB - 4/3/2012)
    USCIS Q&As, updated 3/29/12, on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and F-1 status under cap-gap regulations that permit the automatic extension of F-1 student status for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions. AILA Doc. No. 12040341.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040341.
  • USCIS Lists 345,000 Employers Enrolled in E-Verify Nationwide (4/2/2012)
    USCIS resource providing the business name, city, state and ZIP code for 345,000+ employers and federal contractors enrolled in E-Verify through March 15, 2012. It also indicates which businesses are federal contractors and provide other information such as workforce size. AILA Doc. No. 12040251.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040251.
  • USCIS Announces Changes to Form I-797C(941 KB - 3/30/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing changes to the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, which will save the agency about $1.1 million per year. This form change will help reduce public perception that the Form I-797C demonstrates evidence of an immigration benefit or status. AILA Doc. No. 12033053.
    AILA Doc. No. 12033053.
  • USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter March 2012 (Issue 7)(751 KB - 3/30/2012)
    USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for March 2012 covering new developments regarding E-Verify Self Check, Form I-9 tips, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12033049.
    AILA Doc. No. 12033049.
  • USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility(1112 KB - 3/30/2012)
    USCIS press release on a new proposed rule in the Federal Register which would reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses, children, & parents (i.e. immediate relatives) who must obtain an immigrant visa abroad to become lawful permanent residents. AILA Doc. No. 12033044.
    AILA Doc. No. 12033044.
  • USCIS Issues Q&A on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers(502 KB - 3/30/2012)
    USCIS Q&A document on common questions dealing with new process for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for and receive a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility while still in the United States. AILA Doc. No. 12033043.
    AILA Doc. No. 12033043.
  • USCIS Press Release on Syria TPS Designation(943 KB - 3/29/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the U.S. may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective March 29, 2012 and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 12032945.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032945.
  • USCIS to Accept H-1Bs for FY2013 Beginning 4/2/12(487 KB - 3/27/2012)
    USCIS announcement that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY2013 cap on 4/2/12. Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee. USCIS will not rely on postmarks. AILA Doc. No. 12032758.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032758.
  • USCIS Invitation to 3/29/12 Teleconference on TPS for Syria (Updated 3/29/12)(495 KB - 3/29/2012)
    USCIS invites stakeholders to a 3/29/12 teleconference on TPS and other relief measures available to Syrian nationals in the U.S. Registration information included in invitation. AILA Doc. No. 12032757.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032757.
  • USCIS Announcement on TPS for Syria(71 KB - 3/23/2012)
    USCIS statement announcing 18-month designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). USCIS will publish a Federal Register notice shortly with additional guidance on registration and filing of TPS applications. Registration period is not open yet. AILA Doc. No. 12032320.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032320.
  • USCIS Blog on $5 Million Citizenship & Integration Grant Program (3/21/2012)
    Acting USCIS Office of Citizenship Chief Laura Patching blogs about the 2012 Citizenship & Integration Grant program which provides $5 million in competitive grant funding to expand high quality citizenship preparation services for permanent residents. AILA Doc. No. 12032164.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032164.
  • USCIS Transcript from 3/15/12 Press Call Discussing 2012 Strategic Priorities and Initiatives(514 KB - 3/20/2012)
    USCIS transcript from the 3/15/12 press conference with USCIS Director Mayorkas discussing strategic priorities and initiatives for 2012. Topics include stateside I-601 processing, E-Verify, EB-5, L visa standards, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12032039.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032039.
  • USCIS Releases 2012 Strategic Priorities(1930 KB - 3/13/2012)
    USCIS public statement on 2012 department priority initiatives to help safeguard our nation’s security, uphold the integrity of the immigration system, and carry forward our country’s proud tradition as a land of hope and opportunity. AILA Doc. No. 12031349.
    AILA Doc. No. 12031349.
  • USCIS Updated Q&As on the H-1B Employer-Employee Relationship(82 KB - 3/12/2012)
    USCIS Q&As, updated on 3/12/12, provide information on establishing an H-1B employer-employee relationship. New questions include information on end-client documentation and establishing an employer-employee relationship in the consulting or staffing company context. AILA Doc. No. 12031220.
    AILA Doc. No. 12031220.
  • USCIS Teleconference Invitation on E-Verify for Mariana Islands (3/7/2012)
    USCIS invitation for three March 2012 webinars to inform employers and workers residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) about Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and also provide a brief review of E-Verify. Call-in information provided. AILA Doc. No. 12030765.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030765.
  • USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans(1128 KB - 3/5/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning March 10, 2012, and ending September 9, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 12030545.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030545.
  • USCIS Returns to Original I-797 Receipt & Approval Mailing Process(793 KB - 3/5/2012)
    USCIS alert announcing resumption of sending original I-797 receipt & approval notices to attorney or accredited representative listed on Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, and copies to applicant or petitioner. AILA Doc. No. 12030549.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030549.
  • USCIS Invites Stakeholders to Joint CSC/VSC Stakeholder Engagement(85 KB - 3/3/2012)
    USCIS invitation to stakeholders to a 4/5/12 joint CSC/VSC stakeholder engagement at CSC. Leadership from SCOPS and directors from all four USCIS Service Centers will be in attendance. RSVP by 3/28/12. AILA Doc. No. 12030320.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030320.
  • USCIS Teleconference Invitation on I-601 Centralized Lockbox Filing(247 KB - 3/2/2012)
    USCIS invitation for a 3/9/12 teleconference to discuss the transition to centralized Lockbox filing of Form I-601 filed by applicants outside the United States. RSVP by 3/8/12. AILA Doc. No. 12030269.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030269.
  • USCIS Teleconference Invitation on 2012 Priorities with Director Mayorkas(250 KB - 3/2/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 3/15/12 national stakeholder teleconference meeting with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the agency’s 2012 priorities. RSVP by 3/14/12. AILA Doc. No. 12030262.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030262.
  • USCIS Q&A from 4/10/12 Quarterly National Stakeholder Engagement (Updated 10/10/12)(518 KB - 10/10/2012)
    USCIS Q&As from the 4/10/12 quarterly national stakeholder engagement with USCIS’s position on EAD eligibility while Form I-601 is on appeal and the procedure for police clearances in INA 319(b) naturalization cases. AILA Doc. No. 12030165.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030165.
  • USCIS Invitation to TRIG Stakeholder Meeting(510 KB - 2/24/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 3/20/12 stakeholder meeting on terrorist-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG), including updates and statistics regarding the TRIG workload and questions and issues from individual participants. RSVP by 3/16/12. AILA Doc. No. 12022446.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022446.
  • VSC Stakeholder Newsletter, February 2012(422 KB - 2/24/2012)
    The VSC offers the first Stakeholder Newsletter, which includes guidance on expedite requests, TPS, NCSC calls on Os & Ps, RFEs, I-130s, I-765s, G-28s, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12022464.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022464.
  • USCIS Executive Summary from 2/22/12 Entrepreneurs in Residence Information Summit(634 KB - 4/24/2012)
    USCIS executive summary from the 2/22/12 information summit launching the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) Initiative. Principal themes included legitimacy and organizational structure of startups, specialty occupations, training and culture at USCIS, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12022364.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022364.
  • USCIS Says I-601 Provisional Waiver Not in Effect(50 KB - 2/22/2012)
    USCIS press release stating that I-601 provisional waivers for immediate relatives U.S. citizens are not in effect yet and will not be available to potential applicants until USCIS publishes a final rule in the Federal Register specifying the effective date. AILA Doc. No. 12022265.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022265.
  • USCIS Live Webcast on Immigration and Entrepreneurship (2/22/2012)
    Live USCIS online webcast panel discussion at 12pm EST on 2/22/12 with industry experts who will have the opportunity to provide strategic thinking on USCIS policies & practices related to immigrant entrepreneurs & share their business expertise with the agency. AILA Doc. No. 12022261.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022261.
  • USCIS Statement on EB-5 Tenant Occupancy Methodology(42 KB - 2/21/2012)
    USCIS statement on stakeholder questions about the adjudication of petitions that for purposes of the job creation requirement have utilized what has been commonly termed a “tenant-occupancy” methodology. AILA Doc. No. 12022160.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022160.
  • Congressional Testimony from USCIS Director Mayorkas on Immigration Benefits Adjudication(114 KB - 2/16/2012)
    Press release on congressional testimony from USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas before House Committee on Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy & Enforcement for a 2/15/12 hearing entitled “Safeguarding the Integrity of the Immigration Benefits Adjudication Process.” AILA Doc. No. 12021670.
    AILA Doc. No. 12021670.
  • USCIS Filing Tips for N Forms(371 KB - 2/15/2012)
    USCIS’s Lockbox provides filing tips for Forms N-600, N-600K, and N-336, to help stakeholders ensure that applications are properly accepted at the Lockbox facility. AILA Doc. No. 12021549.
    AILA Doc. No. 12021549.
  • USCIS Announces Expansion of E-Verify's Self Check(238 KB - 2/15/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that USCIS’s Self Check, the free online service of E-Verify, is now available throughout the U.S. The goal of national availability was completed ahead of schedule. AILA Doc. No. 12021562.
    AILA Doc. No. 12021562.
  • USCIS Presentation from 2/9/12 E-Verify Self Check Teleconference (Updated 2/15/12)(996 KB - 2/15/2012)
    USCIS presentation from the 2/9/12 teleconference for national stakeholders to discuss the expansion of the E-Verify ‘Self Check’ program to all 50 states. AILA Doc. No. 12020163.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020163.
  • USCIS Director Mayorkas Statement on Citizenship & Integration Grant Program Funding(515 KB - 2/13/2012)
    A public statement from USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas on the 2012 funding for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, with a one-time investment to fund the grant program in 2012, with a two-year period of performance, without raising fees for the time being. AILA Doc. No. 12021346.
    AILA Doc. No. 12021346.
  • NSC Invitation to 2/9/12 Teleconference on Refugee and Asylee Issues (Updated 2/8/12) (2/8/2012)
    NSC invitation to stakeholders for an upcoming teleconference on 2/9/12 on refugee and asylee issues. No RSVP necessary, call-in information provided. AILA Doc. No. 12011865.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011865.
  • USCIS January 2012 EDIS Bulletin(509 KB - 2/3/2012)
    USCIS External Data Interface Standards (EDIS) Bulletin for January 2012, which includes a note that the timeframe for Transformation has been revised. AILA Doc. No. 12020348.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020348.
  • USCIS Press Release on Adoptions from Vietnam(253 KB - 2/3/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that it cannot approve a Form I-800 (Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative) filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Vietnam. AILA Doc. No. 12020360.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020360.
  • USCIS Presentation for Teleconference on Consular Notification Process (Updated 2/1/12)(532 KB - 2/1/2012)
    USCIS presentation for the 2/1/12 teleconference with stakeholders on the consular notification process for immigrant and non-immigrant approvals as related to visa issuance. Original invitation and call-in information included. AILA Doc. No. 12010560.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010560.
  • USCIS Announces Entrepreneurs in Residence Information Summit(90 KB - 1/31/2012)
    USCIS invitation to stakeholders for a 2/22/12 information summit on the launch of the Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative in Silicon Valley, CA. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. AILA Doc. No. 12013170.
    AILA Doc. No. 12013170.
  • USCIS E-Verify Connection Newsletter, January 2012 (Issue 6)(206 KB - 1/31/2012)
    USCIS E-Verify Connection newsletter for January 2012 covering new developments regarding I-9 forms, launching a new E-Verify Employee Rights Video and more. AILA Doc. No. 12013166.
    AILA Doc. No. 12013166.
  • USCIS Releases Streamlined Process for VIBE Submissions(286 KB - 1/26/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing a new streamlined online process for certain USCIS petitioners and other U.S. government customers seeking to submit information about their organizations into USCIS's Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) database. AILA Doc. No. 12012690.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012690.
  • USCIS Issues Q&A Document on VIBE Business Validation Tool(572 KB - 1/24/2012)
    USCIS Questions and Answers document from 1/24/12 discussing the web-based Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) online tool designed to enhance USCIS’s adjudications of certain employment-based immigration petitions. AILA Doc. No. 12012447.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012447.
  • USCIS Invitation for Teleconference on E-Verify Program(94 KB - 1/26/2012)
    USCIS invitation for a 2/13/12 teleconference to discuss a potential Final Nonconfirmation Review (FNC) process for E-Verify program. Event originally scheduled for 2/2/12. RSVP by 2/9/12. AILA Doc. No. 12012336.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012336.
  • USCIS Executive Summary for 1/23/12 EB-5 Teleconference (Updated 5/9/2012)(923 KB - 5/9/2012)
    USCIS executive summary, agenda, and PowerPoint from the 1/23/12 teleconference on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program, focusing on EB-5 issues of concern for state governments and an overview of state government’s role in the program. Original invitation included. AILA Doc. No. 11121965.
    AILA Doc. No. 11121965.
  • USCIS Announces New Office Opening in Queens, New York(477 KB - 1/23/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing the opening of a new USCIS office in Queens, New York. AILA Doc. No. 12012344.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012344.
  • USCIS Press Conference Transcript on Unlawful Presence Waiver Processing(296 KB - 1/20/2012)
    Transcript of 1/6/12 USCIS press conference with Director Alejandro Mayorkas regarding a proposed regulatory change in the processing of Waivers of Inadmissibility to reduce the time that US citizens are separated from their spouses and children under certain circumstances. AILA Doc. No. 12012060.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012060.
  • USCIS Postpones Engagement to Discuss 2011 Accomplishments and 2012 Priorities (Updated 1/20/12)(318 KB - 1/20/2012)
    USCIS alert to stakeholders regarding the postponement of the 1/24/12 engagement with Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss USCIS’s accomplishments for 2011 and 2012 priorities. AILA Doc. No. 11122326.
    AILA Doc. No. 11122326.
  • USCIS Executive Summary from Business Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Teleconference (Updated 1/19/12)(178 KB - 1/19/2012)
    USCIS executive summary from the 8/11/11 teleconference discussing issues of importance to immigrant entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and those who represent such parties. AILA Doc. No. 11080237.
    AILA Doc. No. 11080237.
  • USCIS Announces 58 Countries Eligible for H-2A & H-2B Participation(65 KB - 1/17/2012)
    USCIS press release identifying 58 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year. Each country’s designation is valid for one year from the date of publication. AILA Doc. No. 12011766.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011766.
  • USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on Evaluation of Evidence for Form I-140 (Updated 1/13/12)(265 KB - 1/13/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 1/18/12 teleconference on the analysis that USCIS officers use when evaluating evidence submitted in support of an alien of extraordinary ability petition. RSVP by 1/17/12. In person option added. Additional information is listed on the invitation. AILA Doc. No. 11122226.
    AILA Doc. No. 11122226.
  • USCIS Blog Posts Video on T & U Visas for Human Trafficking Prevention Month (1/12/2012)
    USCIS Beacon Blog post educating individuals about human trafficking with a short video highlighting the stories of two trafficking survivors and the role that the T and U visas played in their path to freedom. AILA Doc. No. 12011264.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011264.
  • USCIS Extends TPS for Salvadorans(253 KB - 1/11/2012)
    USCIS press release stating that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning March 10, 2012, and ending September 9, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 12011162.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011162.
  • USCIS Issues Q&A on Proposed Stateside Processing for I-601 Waivers(71 KB - 1/10/2012)
    USCIS Questions and Answers on proposed changes that would allow certain I-601 waivers to be processed in the U.S. The Q&A addresses when the proposed process would be implemented, who the proposed process would affect, what would happen at the consular interview, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12011065.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011065.
  • USCIS Announces January/February 2012 SAVE Webinar Training Schedule(960 KB - 1/9/2012)
    USCIS flyer providing the dates and topics of free SAVE webinars that will be offered during the months of January & February 2012, with a copy of the official SAVE webinar webpage. Additional information and instructions for participants in a webinar is provided as well. AILA Doc. No. 12010948.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010948.
  • USCIS InfoPass System Unavailable January 7 for Maintenance(234 KB - 1/6/2012)
    USCIS press release announcing that the InfoPass appointment scheduling system will be unavailable Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST due to maintenance. AILA Doc. No. 12010664.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010664.
  • USCIS Invitation to Teleconference on I-601 Notice of Intent(265 KB - 1/6/2012)
    USCIS invitation to a 1/10/12 teleconference on the Federal Registry Notice of Intent to streamline the process of filing Form I-601. Invitation includes registration information. AILA Doc. No. 12010661.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010661.
  • USCIS Invitation to a Conversation on EB-5 Program with USCIS Director Mayorkas(56 KB - 1/5/2012)
    USCIS invitation to 1/12/12 “Conversations with the Director” teleconference with Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and the draft policy memorandum published on November 9, 2011. AILA Doc. No. 12010570.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010570.
  • USCIS Warning Regarding Scam Targeting Bhutanese Refugees (1/5/2012)
    USCIS warning from the Office of Refugee Resettlement of a new telephone scam targeting Bhutanese refugees. AILA Doc. No. 12010564.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010564.
  • USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting Minutes and Invitation (1/26/12)(553 KB - 1/5/2012)
    USCIS Asylum Division minutes from its 1/26/12 quarterly stakeholder meeting. Topics include asylum division personnel and training updates, unaccompanied children, the asylum clock, E-Verify, HQ review, statistics, and more. AILA Doc. No. 12010563.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010563.
  • USCIS Announces Changes to Stand-Alone I-130 Filing Locations (Updated 01/03/12)(44 KB - 1/3/2012)
    USCIS announcement stating that domestic petitioners will mail stand-alone I-130 applications to either the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox, effective January 1, 2012. There are no changes to filing locations when submitting an I-130 with an I-485. AILA Doc. No. 11122749.
    AILA Doc. No. 11122749.
 
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