2008

Blog Posts in 2008

  • USCIS Announces more than 100,000 Employers now Using E-Verify

    E-VERIFY Strengthening the Employment Eligibility Document Review Process for the Nation’s Employers · E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. U.S. Citizenship and ...
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  • Form I-90 Processing and Adjudication

    Processing and adjudication of Form I-90 is now going to be overseen by the National Benefits Center (NBC). There are only two exceptions to the I-90 processing at the NBC: 1) if the applicant chose option b, which states that a Green Card was never received by the applicant, on Form I-90 as the reason for filing or 2) if the applicant chose option d, which states that the card was issued with ...
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  • USCIS Increases Period of Stay for Trade-NAFTA Professional Workers from Canada and Mexico

    Office of Communications U.S. Citizenship And Immigration USCIS Update WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the maximum period of time a Trade-NAFTA (TN) professional worker from Canada or Mexico may remain in the United States before seeking readmission or obtaining an extension of stay. This final rule changes the initial period of admission for TN workers ...
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  • N-400 Naturalization Application Expired on 10/31/2008, Still Valid

    The latest edition of N-400 application has expired on October 31, 2008. However, because a new edition has not been released to date, the USCIS has said that applicants may submit naturalization applications on any useable edition of Form N-400 until further notice.
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  • 7 Countries Admitted into Visa Waiver Program

    The White House President George W. Bush For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary October 17, 2008 President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program Rose Garden 11:13 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, ...
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  • USCIS on EADs Pending Adjudication for more than 90 days

    Homeland Security CIS Ombudsman Updates These periodic updates will share information on current trends and issues to assist individuals and employers in resolving problems with USCIS. 2007 Summer Surge A Year Later: Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Processing Delays Pursuant to 8 CFR § 274a.13, USCIS must adjudicate EAD applications within 90 days from the date of USCIS receipt of the ...
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  • EOIR Fact Sheet on FOIA Request Filings

    U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Office of the Director 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2600 Falls Church, Virginia 22041 FACT SHEET Contact: Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (703) 305-0289 Fax: (703) 605-0365 Internet: www.usdoj.gov/eoir October 9, 2008 How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request with EOIR To file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ...
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  • Instructions from DOS re DV-2010 Program

    Federal Register: September 30, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 190)] [Notices] [Page 56879-56887] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr30se08-109] --------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6379] Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2010) Visa Program AGENCY: Department of State. ACTION: Notice. ...
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  • Rule to Streamline Issuance on Nonimmigrant Visas to HIV Positive Applicant

    Fact Sheet: Streamlined Process Announced for Otherwise Eligible HIV-Positive Individuals to Enter the United States The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the publication of a final rule that will streamline the issuance of certain short-term non-immigrant visas to people infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) who are otherwise qualified to enter the United ...
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  • Immigration Law Firm, Fragomen Sues Department Of Labor

    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, the largest Immigration law firm in the United States, has sued the US Department of Labor. The lawsuit comes after the Department of Labor had ordered an audit of permanent green cards that were filed by Fragomen. The audit was ordered after the DOL found that Fragomen lawyers may have been advising their clients in regard to US workers who appeared potentially ...
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  • USCIS Changes Vaccination Requirements for I-485 Applications

    Office of Communications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS Update July 24, 2008 USCIS CHANGES VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS TO ADJUST STATUS TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today a revised list of vaccines required for applicants seeking to adjust status to become legal permanent residents. This revision follows guidance ...
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  • Zoster Vaccine Shortage

    The Zoster vaccine, a new vaccine that, beginning July 01, 2008, is required for all applicants who are age 60 or older, is currently unavailable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed the USCIS that due to shipping delays by the manufacturer, the vaccines will be temporarily unavailable. The Zoster vaccination is listed on the revised edition of Form I-693, Report of ...
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  • USCIS to Start Issuing 2-Year EADs

    On Monday, June 09, 2008 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Michael Chertoff, announced that the USCIS will begin issuing Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) with a validity of two years instead of one year, later this month. This will be for all applicants with I-485 applications (Application for U.S. Legal Permanent Residence) that are expected to be pending for more than ...
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  • USCIS Clarifies Language in Forms I-751

    USCIS Update June 5, 2008 Current Notice May Be Interpreted as USCIS Granting Approval for Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it will revise language in transfer notices received by petitioners who filed a Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (Form I-751). The current notice includes language that may cause ...
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  • USCIS FAQs on Intercountry Adoption

    Office of Communications Intercountry Adoptions USCIS has received many questions related to the new Hague intercountry adoption process and the orphan adoption process since the implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention on April 1, 2008. Q: I obtained a full and final adoption of a child in a Hague Convention Country prior to April 1, 2008, but did not file a Form I-600A or Form I-600 prior ...
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