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.

Uscis Q&A: New Background Check Policy
Recently Uscis Announced A New Background Check Policy, Where Certain Cases, Including Adjustment Of Status Cases With Pending Name Check Will Be Adjudicated After 180 Days Regardless Of The Fact That The Name Check Is Unresolved. This Is In Response To The Large Volume Of Petitions That Have Been Pending For An Unusually Long Time And Have Resulted In Numerous Lawsuits Against Uscis And Fbi. This New Policy Promises To Finally Resolve The Huge Backlog Of Approvable Cases That Have Not Been Adjudicated Due To The Name Check Portion Of The Background Check. Some Of These Cases Have Been Pending For A Number Of Years And Number Into Thousands.

Uscis Announces Enhancements To Everify Program
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today Improvements To The Everify Employment Authorization Program That Will Reduce An Already Low Mismatch Rate, While Also Streamlining And Increasing The Effectiveness Of The Overall Program.

Uscis To Close Havana Office Due To Hurricane Ike
The Uscis Announced Today That Its Havana Field Office, Located At Located At: Calzada E/ L Y M, Vedado, C. Havana, Cuba Due To The Hurricane Ike. The Office Will Remain Closed Until Wednesday, Sept. 10. But The Uscis At The Same Time Is Being Generous To All Its Customers Who Are Evacuated From Their Homes, By Rescheduling All Appointments Until A Time When It Is Safe To Resume Operations.

Uscis Fact Sheet On Child Citizenship Act Of 2000
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Has Released A Fact Sheet On The Child Citizenship Act Of 2000. The Fact Sheet Contains Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Relating To Acquisition Of Citizenship By Certain Foreignborn Children.

New Rule Proposed To Streamline H2a Procedures
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today A Series Of Proposed Rule Changes That Will Provide Employers With More Streamlined Procedures For Hiring Workers Under The H2a Program. The Proposed Rule Is Published In Today's Federal Register.

I130 Visa
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Ins Processing Times Update (December 6, 2006)
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Get Ready! Dhs Gears Up To Prepare You For Emergency
Throughout The Month Of September, Hundreds Of Activities Are Planned Across The Country To Highlight The Importance Of Individual Emergency Preparedness. "National Preparedness Month Will Give Everyone An Opportunity To Work Toward A Better Prepared America," Said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Into Almost The Last Leg Of My Travel Workshop In Chennai
This Month's In Focus Section Will Journey You Through Yet Another Exciting Day In Our Attorney's Travelogue: Chennai, Our Second Immigration Workshop In The Immigration Events Series Last Year.

Dos Exempts Families Of Injured Workers From Niv Fee
The Department Of State Has Published An Interim Rule Amending The Schedule Of Fees For Consular Services To Include An Exemption From The Nonimmigrant Visa Application Processing Fee For Family Members Traveling To The United States For The Funeral Or Burial Of A U.S. Government Employee Killed In The Line Of Duty Or To Visit A U.S. Government Employee Critically Injured In The Line Of Duty.

Update On Overseas I130 Filing
The Public Notice Posted By Uscis For Overseas Petitioners To File Their I130s With The California Service Center And The Vermont Service Center Was Pulled On 26Th January 2007, Shortly After It Was Posted. The Companion I130 Forms Entry Page Was Pulled On 29Th January 2007. The Revised Filing Instructions For Overseas Petitioners Are Not In Effect As Of Now.

&Cedil;Know Before You Go&Cedil; - Cbp Reminds Travelers Of Top10 Most Seized Items
The Cbp Baltimore Released The Top10 List Of Inadmissible Items To Provide Travelers A Sense Of The Prohibited Items That Cbp Officers Seize Most Often. The Director Of Cbp's Baltimore Field Operations Office, Mr. Michael Lovejoy Said, `Travelers Should Take Extraordinary Care To Learn As Much As They Can To Prepare For Their Foreign Destination, We'd Like Them To Exercise The Same Level Of Care To Prepare For Their Return Trip Home.'

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

Dhs To Begin Biometric Exit Pilot As Part Of Usvisit Program
As A Part Of The Border Management System Introduced At Airports And Seaports Earlier This Year, The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That It Will Pilot And Evaluate Usvisit Automated Biometric Exit Procedures For Foreign Visitors. Biometric Technology - Digital Finger Scans And Digital Photographs - Helps Make Usvisit Simple And Effective.

Uscis Revises Filing Instructions For Petition For Alien Relative
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Revised The Filing Instructions For The Petition For Alien Relative (Form I130). Effective Immediately, All Petitioners Filing Standalone Form I130s Must File Their Petitions With The Chicago Lockbox Instead Of A Uscis Service Center.

The 3 To 10 Year Illegal Immigration Penalty
Hi, I Have A Question About This Rule. I Have A Friend Who Immigrated Here From South America When He Was About 13. He Came Here Legally, Im Not Sure With What Type Of Visa Though. It Expired And I Guess He Was Then Here Illegally For About 4 Years. After That He Someone Got Everything In Order...

Dol Publishes Final Perm Regulation
The U.S. Department Of Labor Finally Published The Much Awaited Regulation For The Permanent Foreign Labor Certification (Perm) Program. The Perm Program Helps Meet Workforce Needs When There Are No Available American Workers To Fill An Available Job.

Uscis Welcomes More Than 39,000 New Citizens During Constitution Week And Citizenship Day
More Than 39,000 Individuals Will Become New Citizens Of The United States This Week During Special Ceremonies Hosted By U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) To Recognize Constitution Week. The Naturalization Ceremonies Held September 17 Through September 23 Commemorate The Signing Of The U.S. Constitution On September 17, 1787. The Naturalization Ceremonies Are Scheduled For Citizenship Day, September 17 For As Few As 20 Citizenship Applicants In St. Albans, Vermont, To As Many As 3,000 Applicants At Fenway Park In Boston.

Apply For Third Country Visa At The Border
Foreign Nationals, Or Third Country Nationals (Tcn), Often Prefer To Travel To Canada Or Mexico To Apply For Nonimmigrant Visas Because Of The Obvious Convenience.

Filing Instructions For Petition For Alien Relative Revised
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Revised The Filing Instructions For The Petition For Alien Relative (Form I130). Effective Immediately, All Petitioners Filing Standalone Form I130s Must File Their Petitions With The Chicago Lockbox Instead Of A Uscis Service Center. A Uscis Update Was Issued On Nov. 30, 2007, Encouraging Petitioners To File With The Chicago Lockbox While The Form Was Being Revised.

A B-2 Filing For I-130/Aos
Hi! I Have Gone Through So Many Websites, With So Many Different Answers To My Question. Is It Legal To Apply For An I-130/I-485 If You Are In The Us On A B-2/B-1 And Married To A Usc, With No Fraudulent Intent? If So, Do I Just File And Let Fate Take Its Course At The Interview? Is There Anybody...

Uscis Carries Out Random Selection Process For H1b Petitions
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Conducted The Computergenerated Random Selection Processes On H1b Petitions, To Select Which H1b Petitions For Fiscal Year 2009 (Fy 2009) Would Continue To Full Adjudication. If Approved These H1b Petitions Will Be Eligible To Receive An H1b Visa Number.

Green Cards Get A New Look
The Uscis Has Made Minor Changes To The Look Of The Permanent Resident Card (Form I551) Commonly Known As The "Green Card". The New Permanent Resident Card Now Features The Dhs Seal On The Front And Prominently Mentions The "Department Of Homeland Security" On The Back.

Uscis Interim Rule On Eads
The Uscis Announced An Interim Rule Establishing Ead Validity Periods Based On Certain Criteria. The Rule Also Removes Current Regulatory Language Limiting Ead Validity Periods To Oneyear Increments For Certain Classes Of Aliens Who Are Required To Apply For Employment Authorization.

Dhs Announces Pretravel Authorization Program For U.S.Bound Travelers From Visa Waiver Countries
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today The Interim Final Rule For The Electronic System For Travel Authorization (Esta), A New Online System That Is Part Of The Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) And Is Required By The Implementing Recommendations Of The 9/11 Commission Act Of 2007.

Uscis Proposes Changes To Improve The H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced On August 15, 2008 A Series Of Proposed Rule Changes That Will Streamline Procedures For Hiring Workers Under The H-2B Program. These Changes Are Being Proposed In Further Fulfillment Of The Commitment Made By The Administration Last August, After The Failure Of Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, To Review And Improve Visa Programs For Temporary Workers On H-2B Using Existing Authorities. The Proposed Rule, Which Has Been Sent To The Federal Register, Supplements The Extensive Reforms Of The H-2B Program Already Proposed By The Department Of Labor In Its Proposed Rule Published On May 22.

Special Foia Processing Track For Individuals Appearing Before An Immigration Judge
Effective 30Th March, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Improve Its Processing Of Freedom Of Information Act (Foia) Requests From The General Public By Establishing A Third Processing Track For Individuals Appearing Before An Immigration Court. Currently, A Large Portion Of Foia Requests Are Submitted By Individuals Who Have Received A Notice To Appear For A Hearing Before An Immigration Judge Or By Such Individuals' Attorneys Or Representatives. Uscis Will Be Able To Provide The Public With More Expeditious Service By Creating An Additional Processing Track And Thereby Improve Customer Satisfaction.

Dol Publishes Final Perm Regulation
The U.S. Department Of Labor Finally Published The Much Awaited Regulation For The Permanent Foreign Labor Certification (Perm) Program. The Perm Program Helps Meet Workforce Needs When There Are No Available American Workers To Fill An Available Job.

Dos Releases List Of 20042005 U.S. Fulbright Grantees
The U.S. Department Of State Has Released The Official List Of U.S. Fulbright Student Grantees For The 20042005 Academic Year. This Year, Under The Nation's Premier Exchange Program, 1,099 American Students Have Been Awarded Fulbright Grants To Study And Conduct Research In More Than 110 Countries Throughout The World.