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  • No Eyeglasses in Visa Photographs (Effective November 1, 2016)

    The U.S. Department of State recently updated the photo requirements for visa applications. Previously, eyeglasses did not need to be removed when taking a visa or passport photograph as long as they were not causing a glare. However, starting from November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. The other requirements remain the same: 2 x 2 inches in size, taken in the last ...
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  • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...
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  • Neufeld Memo on 1-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Operations Directorate Washington, DC 20529-2110 I See Immigration and Naturalization Service Memorandum, "Filing a Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement Prior to Final Termination of the Marriage," dated April 10, 2003. 2 A CPR who is separated from the petitioning spouse, or has initiated divorce or ...
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  • USCIS Releases Immigration Q&As for Members of Armed Forces and Their Families

    Immigration Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their Families Background U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers immigration services and resources specifically for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who are stationed in the United States and abroad. USCIS established a military assistance team to ensure that the military community receives quick ...
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  • USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009. Information for Completing and Submitting an FY 2010 H-1 B Cap Case

    Questions and Answers March 20, 2009 USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009 Information for Completing and Submitting an FY 2010 H-1B Cap Case Introduction U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, 2009 subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap. The following are frequently asked ...
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  • Clarification Regarding H-2B Petitions Filed by Certain Associations on Behalf of Their Members

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to clarify to associations and their members certain regulatory requirements for filing petitions for H-2B classification on behalf of foreign workers. We are issuing this clarification so that the public can be better informed of filing requirements and avoid unnecessary denials of individual petitions that may be otherwise ...
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  • NSC Liaison Teleconference on 4/23/09

    On April 23, 2009 the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) in a teleconference with AILA discussed the “Other” (miscellaneous) product line, which includes Asylee/Refugee matters; I-730s; leftover I-130, I-751 and I-129s; I-817s; etc. According to the NSC reports, they are on schedule with their projected processing goals by September 30, 2009. All I-131s and I-765s are being processed as soon as they ...
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  • Aytes Memo on Processing Delays for EADs as Response to CIS Ombudsman

    Adhere to regulations that state USCIS shall issue EADs within 90 days, or issue interim EADs, to prevent unnecessary loss of employment. Expeditiously provide information to the public stating the cause of EAD processing delays and how the delays will be addressed. Ensure USCIS provide consistent guidance to the public regarding EAD applications pending more than 90 days via the National Customer ...
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  • July 3, 2009 H-1B Cap Count

    As of July 3, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed with USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
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  • US Senate Imposes Conditions on H-1B Hiring in Economics Stimulus Bill

    The United States Senate has adopted, by voice vote, a new amendment to the Economic Stimulus bill that may affect many H-1B employers and employees. This new amendment, Amendment 306, which was cosponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has restrictions for H-1B employers who will be receiving money under the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). According to the ...
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  • Neufeld Memo Provides Guidance on H-2A and H-2B Cases

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Domestic Operations Washington, D.C. 20529-2010 HQ 70/6.2.8 AD 09-14 June 24, 2009 Memorandum TO: Field Leadership FROM: Donald Neufeld /s/ Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations SUBJECT: Publication of the final rules: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker and H-2B Nonagricultural Temporary Worker Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker Petitions

    July 20, 2009 USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing Service for R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker Visa Classification WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective today, it will resume Premium Processing Service for nonimmigrant religious worker petitions filed by certain R-1 petitioners. Only those petitioners who have successfully passed an ...
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  • Changing Status from H-1B, L-1, TN, etc. after Lay Off

    If you are currently working on an H-1B visa, L-1, TN and/or other USCIS issued work permit and there is a strong possibility that you may be terminated or laid off, our law firm can assist you to stay in the US in a different status. If you would like us to assist you, please get in touch with our law firm before you receive your last pay slip so that we can change your status to Tourist (B-2), ...
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  • CSC Specifies Required Documentation to Confirm H-1B Beneficiary has Completed Requisite Degree Requirements

    The CSC Liaison Committee requested the CSC to confirm what documentation was considered adequate to demonstrate that an H-1B beneficiary has completed the requisite degree requirements. The CSC stated the following: We will accept the following so long as the degree requirements were completed prior to filing: A final transcript; OR A letter from the Registrar; OR A letter executed by the person ...
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  • USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing Service

    USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing Service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker WASHINGTON�USCIS announced today that effective June 29, 2009, it will resume Premium Processing Service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, in accordance with 8 CFR 103.2(f)(2). After an evaluation of its I-140 backlog reduction efforts and increased I-140 adjudicative ...
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  • USCIS Update on Advance Parole for Travel Abroad

    USCIS Update USCIS Reminds Applicants for Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Legalization, and TPS Beneficiaries to Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad WASHINGTON � U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds individuals that they must obtain Advance Parole from USCIS before traveling abroad if they have: � been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS); � a pending application ...
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  • ICE launches initiative to step-up audits of businesses' employment records

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is launching a bold, new audit initiative today by issuing Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses nationwide – which is more than ICE issued throughout all of last fiscal year. The notices alert business owners that ICE will be inspecting their hiring records to determine whether or not they are complying with employment ...
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  • Neufeld Memo dated 12/10/08 Extends Validity of Civil Surgeon Endorsements for Adjustment of Status Applicants

    A memo from Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations, USCIS, dated December 10, 2008, temporarily extends the validity of medical certifications on Form I-693 for adjustment of status applicants. Content of memo is given below: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dec 10, 2008 TO: Field Leadership FROM: Donald ...
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  • USCIS memo on H/L Visa holders entering the US on Advance Parole

    U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service HQADJ 70/ 2.8.6, 2.8.12, 10.18 AD 00-03 May 16, 2000 MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL DIRECTORS SERVICE CENTER DIRECTORS DISTRICT DIRECTORS OFFICERS IN CHARGE ASYLUM DIRECTORS PORT DIRECTORS FROM: MICHAEL D. CRONIN ACTING ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER OFFICE OF PROGRAMS SUBJECT: AFM Update: Revision of March 14, 2000 Dual Intent Memorandum. This ...
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  • The Office of Foreign Labor Certification releasese Q&A's on Delays

    OFLC issues Q&A's regarding delays in the issuance of the prevailing wage determinations and H-1B Labor Condition Applications; information on alternative sources for obtaining a prevailing wage in support of an H-1B application. Visit the website for more details: http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PWD_FAQ_Backlog.pdf
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  • August 14, 2009 H-1B Cap Count

    As of August 14, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been received by USCIS and counted towards the H-1B cap. Approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory ...
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  • H and L Non-Immigrant Visa Interviews Start Up Again

    The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India has resumed interviews in Mumbai for H and L visas. The Consulate opened the appointment schedule on August 26, 2011. The first interview appointments were available from September 06, 2011. All interviews will be held at the Lincoln House Consulate Building, 78, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, India. Please visit VFS, US Consulate scheduling partner at ...
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  • AAO Remands for 212(e) Waiver Recommendation

    The AAO found that the applicant’s U.S. citizen spouse would suffer exceptional hardship whether he relocated to Pakistan, or if he were to remain in the U.S. without the applicant for two years.
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  • F-1 Students at California Community Colleges Have Trouble Maintaining Status

    Include at least one course (three credit hours) per term requiring physical presence at the college; Permit counting more than one online course toward meeting the full course of study requirement, as opposed to the current maximum identified in the regulations; Not count conditions described in the previous two bullets toward limits otherwise placed on reduced course load.
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  • USCIS holds EB-5 Immigrant Investor Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement

    The USCIS Office of Public Engagement held a stakeholders meeting to discuss current USCIS policy and practice for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.
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