Family-Based Immigrant Visa: Who Qualifies?
The Us Congress, By Conferring Permanent Residence Eligibility Upon Certain Family-Based Groups, Has Properly Recognized The Importance Of Family Unification In American Immigration Law. The Family-Based Immigration Falls Under Two Basic Categories: Unlimited (Immediate Relatives Of U.S. Citizens) And Limited (The "Preference" Categories). Approximately 500,000 Family-Based Immigrant Visas Are Available Each Year. Family Based Immigration Has Many Benefits For Us Citizens Or Permanent Residents That Want To Be Reunited With Family, Be It A Spouse And Children, A Newly Adopted Child, Or Brothers And Sisters. The Closeness Of The Relationship Will Determine If The Foreign National Can Be Sponsored Under The Family Based Categories, And If They Can How Long It Will Take For Them To Get The Immigrant Visa.

Infopass Takes Texas Into Its Stride
Continuing Its National Effort To Implement Infopass In All 22 District Offices Around The Country, Including All 34 Suboffices By Early September 2004, Uscis Has Formally Launched The Internetbased Appointment System Infopass To Residents Of The Houston Area. Infopass Is Offered In 12 Languages Including: Arabic, Chinese, Creole, French, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian, And Vietnamese. Uscis Plans To Add Additional Languages In The Future.

Uscis Continues Suspension Of Premium Processing Service For Religious Workers
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That The Suspension Of Premium Processing Service For Religious Worker (R1) Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions Will Continue At Least Until January 7, 2009. A Previous Sixmonth Suspension Was Announced On January 4, 2008.

Backlog Will Be Eliminated By 2006, Says Dhs Secretary Ridge
That Hard Work Is Paying Important Dividends And Director Aguirre's Backlog Reduction Plan Is Not Only Working, But Is Ahead Of Schedule. We Fully Expect To Meet Our Goal Of Having The Backlog Down To Zero By 2006.

House Judiciary To Conduct Series Of Immigration Hearings
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman, John Conyers, Jr. (Dmi), And Chairwoman Of The Subcommittee On Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, And International Law, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Dca), Announced That The Oversight Hearing On The H2b Program Will Be The First In A Series Of Immigration Hearings. The Subcommittee And The Full Committee Will Conduct Several Hearings On This Issue In The Coming Weeks

When I Am Supposed To Apply For Advanced Parole?
I Filled The I-130 The G-325 And 230. Gave Marriage Certificate; Copies Of Passport And Etc. I Am Waiting For The Interview Date. When I Am Supposed To Apply For The Advanced Parole Form? Norma

U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Grant Exceeding $758,000 To Assist Trade-Affected Workers In Massachusetts
The U.S. Department Of Labor Today Announced A $758,714 Grant To Assist Approximately 170 Workers Affected By Ongoing Layoffs At The Alcatel-Lucent Plant In North Andover, Mass.

A Rendezvous With India: Immigration Seminar In New Delhi
This Is The First Of The Series Of Articles On Our Recent Seminars And Workshops In Various Cities Of India. This Article Contains Excerpts From Our Attorney's Diaries Regarding His Travel Experiences During His Visit To New Delhi, The Capital Of India.

"Know Before You Visit" - Cbp's Tips For Visitors To The U.S.
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Today Launched A Traveler Awareness Campaign To Inform The Millions Of Visitors Who Will Travel To The United States This Holiday Season. For A Speedy And Trouble Free Entry, Cbp Has Provided Tips On Proper Documentation And U.S. Entry Requirements And Procedures.

Illinois Law Prohibiting The Use Of Everify Further Suspended
The State Of Illinois Has Agreed To Delay Until April 15, 2008 The Implementation Of A New Law That Would Prohibit Employers From Using The Federal Government's Everify Employment Eligibility Verification System. The Law Was To Become Effective On January 1, 2008.

Uscis Announces A Proposal To Increase Periods Of Stay For Tn Professional Workers From Canada Or Mexico
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Is Publishing A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (Nprm) To Increase The Maximum Amount Of Time A Tradenafta (Tn) Professional Worker From Canada Or Mexico Can Remain In The United States Before Seeking Readmission Or Obtaining An Extension Of Stay. The Proposal Will Extend The Maximum Period Of Admission For Tn Workers From One Year To Three Years, The Same Term That Uscis Currently May Grant To H1b Specialty Occupation Workers.

I-797E Late
I Was Hoping That Someone On This Site Could Help Me With A Question. I Submitted The I 751 Paperwork For My Wife A While Back And A Few Weeks Ago We Recieved The I 797 E Request For More Evidence. The Date On The I797 E Action Letter Said The Paperwork Needed To Be Submitted By December 16....

President Signs Omnibus Appropriations Act; Uscis To Implement The New Law
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That President Bush Has Signed The Omnibus Appropriations Act For Fy 2005, Which Contains Provisions Affecting The H1b And L Nonimmigrant Visa Categories. Both The H1b And L Programs Allow U.S. Employers To Sponsor Temporary Foreign Workers.

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney Issues New Instructions For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Canada (Cimc) Minister Jason Kenney Has Announced The Canadian Government&Rsquo;S Plan For Immigration In 2009.&Nbsp; He Stated That Between 240,000 And 265,000 New Permanent Residents Will Be Welcomed To Canada In 2009; Up To 156,000 Of Them In The Economic Category.

Ice Arrests 42 Illegal Aliens Working At Dulles International Airport
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Arrested 42 Men Illegally Present In The Country At Dulles International Airport As Part Of A Critical Infrastructure Protection (Cip) Operation. Ice Agents, With Support Of Airport Security Agencies, Arrested The Illegal Aliens Just Inside The Airport Grounds At A Checkpoint Established To Verify The Identity And Immigration Status Of Workers Entering A Service Gate.

Know The Difference Between &Cedil;Visa&Cedil; And &Cedil;Status&Cedil;
It Has Become Vitally Important For All Foreign Nationals Coming To The U.S. To Maintain Their Status At All Times. In Order To Maintain Legal Status While In The U.S., You Must Understand The Difference Between The Two Legal Terms - `Visa' And `Status'.

Uscis Revises Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Has Revised Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record. The Revision Was Necessitated By Changes To The Tuberculosis (Tb) Component Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention's Technical Instructions For Civil Surgeons. This Revised Form (Edition Date 04/02/08) Must Be Used For Any Medical Examination Completed On Or After May 1, 2008. Previous Editions Of The Form I693 May Not Be Used On Or After That Date.

Dhs Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints From International Visitors At At Orlando International Airport
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today That It Has Begun Collecting Additional Fingerprints From International Visitors Arriving At Orlando International Airport (Orlando). The Change Is Part Of The Department's Upgrade From Two To 10Fingerprint Collection To Enhance Security And Facilitate Legitimate Travel By More Accurately And Efficiently Establishing And Verifying Visitors' Identities.

Uscis Informs The Public That New Passport Card Is Acceptable For Employment Eligibility Verification
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Is Informing The Public That The New U.S. Passport Card May Be Used In The Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) Process.

Aos Interview - H1b Cancelled Without Prejudice
After Aos Interview, Io Has Cancelled(Without Prejudice) H1b/H4b And Mentioned That We Are On Intent Immigrant Status, Hence We Dont Need It. My Ead/Advance Payrole Are Expired. What Is My Current Status? What Are My Options For Renewing Ead And Advance Payrole, Is It Safe To Do So At This Stage...

New Uscis Photo Rule From Today
Beginning Today, All Uscis Office Will Begin Accepting Only Passport Style Photographs. This Will Complete The Public Rollout Of The New Uscis Photograph Standard. A Six Calendar Day Grace Period For Acceptance Of _ Profile Photographs After September 1 Has Been Allowed.

Extension Of Optional Training Program For Qualified Nonimmigrant F1 Students
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Released An Interim Final Rule On April 4, 2008, Extending The Period Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) From 12 To 29 Months For Qualified F1 Nonimmigrant Students. The Extension Is Available To F1 Students With A Degree In Science, Technology, Engineering, Or Mathematics (Stem) Who Are Employed By Businesses Enrolled In The Everify Program.

Passport Requirements For Air Travel
Starting January 23Rd, 2007, The Citizens Of The United States, Canada, Mexico, And Bermuda Will Be Now Required To Present A Passport To Enter The United States While Arriving By Air From Any Part Of The Western Hemisphere.

Uscis To Issue Twoyear Employment Authorization Documents
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That Beginning On June 30, 2008 It Will Issue Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) Valid For Two Years.

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney Issues New Instructions For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Canada (Cimc) Minister Jason Kenney Has Announced The Canadian Government&Rsquo;S Plan For Immigration In 2009.&Nbsp; He Stated That Between 240,000 And 265,000 New Permanent Residents Will Be Welcomed To Canada In 2009; Up To 156,000 Of Them In The Economic Category.

Uscis Harlingen Office Closes Due To Hurricane Dolly
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Harlingen Office Located At 1717 Zoy Street, Has Closed Due To Hurricane Dolly. Individuals With A Scheduled Appointment For July 22, And 23, Were Seen Today.

Uscis To Welcome More Than 28000 Citizens
More Than 28,000 Men, Women And Children From Throughout The United States Will Raise Their Right Hands And Become America's Newest Citizens During Special Citizenship Day Ceremonies.

Dhs Grants Real Id Extensions To All Jurisdictions
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Granted Real Id Extensions To All 56 U.S. Jurisdictions, Ensuring That Driver's Licenses And Id Cards Across The Country Will Achieve A Higher Security Standard, And That All Will Continue To Be Acceptable For Official Purposes After The May 11, 2008 Deadline Mandated By Congress In The Real Id Act Of 2005.

Australia Prices Itself Out Of The Property Market
Australian Immigration News Australia Prices Itself Out Of The Property Market. For Others Dreaming Of Australia, It Is Not Just The Long Haul That Has Deterred People Who Live Abroad From Picking Up Property In Australia. Despite Being A Huge Country With A Small Population, Prices Are Steep. In The Latest Annual Demographia Survey Of Housing Afford [...]

Dhs Travel Tips For Arriving Students & Exchange Visitors
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Issued Important Reminders To Assist The Estimated 200,000 Foreign Students And Exchange Visitors Expected To Arrive In The United States For The Spring Semester.