New Age Requirement For Partners Of Settled Migrants In The Uk
According To New Rules Which Came Into Effect On 27 November 2008, The Minimum Age At Which A Spouse Can Join Their Migrant Partner In The Uk Has Been Raised From 18 To 21 For Both Parties....

Qunatico Hosts Allmilitary Naturalization Ceremony
Thirtynine Activeduty Service Members Representing All Five Branches Of The U.S. Military Became Citizens During A Special Military Naturalization Ceremony Held On Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Language In Form I751 Transfer Notices Sent To Petitioners
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. The Current Notice Includes Language That May Cause Petitioners To Believe Their Cases Have Been Approved.

Dhs Announces Enhancements In Aviation Security & Travel Screening
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Announced Improvements Aimed At Strengthening Aviation Security While Decreasing The Hassle Factor For Travelers. Among The Key Improvements, Dhs Is Providing Airlines More Flexibility To Allow Passengers To Check In Remotely Who Have Been Unable To Do So Because They Have A Name Similar To Someone On A Watch List. The Department Also Unveiled The Checkpoint Evolution Prototype, Which Will Begin Full Operation At Baltimorewashington International Airport (Bwi) Today. Each Airline Will Now Be Able To Create A System To Verify And Securely Store A Passenger's Date Of Birth To Clear Up Watch List Misidentifications. By Voluntarily Providing This Limited Biographical Data To An Airline And Verifying That Information Once At The Ticket Counter, Travelers That Were Previously Inconvenienced On Every Trip Will Now Be Able To Checkin Online Or At Remote Kiosks.

Dos Reminds Posts Of Student & Exchange Visitor Processing Policies
The Us Department Of State Has Sent A Cable Reminding The Diplomatic And Consular Posts Of Several Important Visa Processing Policies Relating To Students And Exchange Visitors To Ensure That Applications For These Categories Of Visas Are Handled In The Most Expeditious Way. The Cable Reminds That F, M Or J Visa Holders Will Not Be Admitted To The Us Until A Date Thirty Days Or Less Prior To The Beginning Of Their Program Date, Or Start Date, As Given On Form I20 (For F Or M Visas) Or Ds2019 (For J Visas).

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.

Obtaining A Social Security Number
A Social Security Number (Ssn) Issued By Social Security Administration, Is A Number Issued To Citizens, Permanent Residents, Temporary (Working) Residents And Foreign Citizens In The United States. It Is Generally Needed For Employment Purposes.

Dhs Announces 12Month Extension Of Tps For Nationals Of Burundi
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced A 12Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of Burundi Until November 2, 2005. Under This Extension, Those Who Have Already Been Granted Tps Are Eligible To Live And Work In The United States For An Additional Year And Continue To Maintain Their Status.

Dhs Announces Redesignation Of Liberia Tps
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Announced The Redesignation Of Temporary Protected Status For Nationals Of Liberia Until October 1, 2005. Under This Redesignation, Nationals Of Liberia (Or Aliens Having No Nationality Who Last Habitually Resided In Liberia) May Be Eligible To Live And Work In The United States For An Additional Year.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (Ainp) Cuts Red Tape For H1b Category

The Strategic Recruitment Stream Of The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (Ainp) Fast-Tracks The Permanent Residency Applications Of Migrants Who Have Been Working For At Least One Year In The United States On An H1b Visa* In An Occupation That Is In High Demand In Alberta.&Nbsp; No Canadian Job Offer Is Required For This Category.

Dhs Adopts Facial Recognition Standard
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Announced The Adoption Of Its First Biometric Facial Recognition Standard. The Standard Is Designed To Be Consistent With International Standards For Biometrics Used In Such Applications As Travel Documents.

The Show Is Over; Uscis Reaches H1b Cap
The Uscis Has Received Enough H1b Petitions To Meet This Year's Congressionally Mandated Cap Of 65,000 Workers. After Today, Uscis Will Not Accept Any New H1b Petitions For Firsttime Employment Subject To The Fy 2004 Annual Cap.

Update On Pending Fbi Name Checks And Projected Naturalization Processing Times
The Dhs And The Uscis' Ombudsman Announced A Significant Decline In The Number Of Pending Fbi Name Checks For Individuals Seeking Immigration Benefits In The United States. Fbi Name Checks, One Of Several Security Screening Tools Used By The Uscis, Have Delayed The Adjudication Of Benefits For Many Thousands Of Applicants. The Uscis Ombudsman Had Identified Fbi Name Check Delays As One Of The Major Hurdles To Improved Customer Service At Uscis In His 2008 And 2007 Annual Reports To Congress.

Biometric Identification Technology Operational Nationwide
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) In A Joint Effort With The Department Of Justice (Doj) Announced Today That Integrated Tenprint Biometric Identification Technology Is Operating In Every U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Border Patrol Station Throughout The Country.

Uscis Announces Public Meeting On Regional Centers And Eb5 Investor Program
Uscis Has Announced A Public Informational Meeting On The Immigration Investor Pilot Program And Regional Centers On September 17, 2004. Persons Interested In Attending The Meeting Have Been Requested To Email Their Rsvp To Confirm Their Attendance By No Later Than August 30, 2004.

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.

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.

Preliminary Numbers Of H1b Cap Filings For Fy 2009 Released
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced A Preliminary Number Of Nearly 163,000 H1b Petitions Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. It Is Notable That More Than 31,200 Of Those Petitions Were For The Advanced Degree Category.

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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.

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.

Philippines Now The Largest Source Country For Canadian Immigrants

China Has Been The Top Source Country Of Immigrants For Years, But Now The Philippines Has Taken Over The Top Spot For Immigrants And Temporary Workers (Combined).&Nbsp; 19,064 Permanent Residents And 15,254 Temporary Workers From The Philippines Arrived In Canada In 2007.&Nbsp; Aside From Americans, More Filipinos Arrived In Canada As Temporary Foreign Workers Than Any Other Nationality.

U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service
Members And Certain Veterans Of The U.S. Armed Forces Are Eligible To Apply For United States Citizenship Under Special Provisions Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (Ina). In Addition, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Streamlined The Application And Naturalization Process For Military Personnel And Those Who Recently Discharged. Generally, The Qualifying Service For The U.S. Citizenship Is In One Of The Following Branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Certain Reserve Components Of The National Guard And The Selected Reserve Of The Ready Reserve.

Asylum Officers&Cedil; Libido And Lust Leads Him To Conviction
The Justice Department Today Announced That A Federal Jury In Los Angeles Convicted Thomas A. Powell Jr., An Immigration And Naturalization Service Asylum Officer, On Corruption And Civil Rights Charges. Powell Was Convicted Of Using His Power As An Asylum Officer To Victimize Two Chinese Women In 2000.

Dhs Announces Customer Service Improvements To Entry Process For International Travelers
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today The Launch Of Three Initiatives - The Global Entry Pilot Program, The Passenger Service Program, And An Expanded Model Ports Initiative - Intended To Strengthen Customer Service At U.S. Ports Of Entry.

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.

Joint Statement By Dos Senior Coordinator For Iraqi Refugee Issues Ambassador James Foley And Dhs Senior Advisor For Iraqi Refugees Lori Scialabba
The U.S. Departments Of State (Dos) And Homeland Security (Dhs) Are Pleased To Announce That They Have Successfully Achieved The Goal Of Admitting More Than 12,000 Iraqi Refugees To The United States Through The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program During Fiscal Year (Fy) 2008.

Uscis To Permanently Close Its Tijuana Field Office On July 3, 2008
U. S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced It Will Permanently Close Its Field Office In Tijuana, Mexico On July 3, 2008. To Prepare, The Tijuana Field Office Will Stop Accepting The Following Applications And Transfer Responsibility After The Dates Listed Below:

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Visa Waiver Program Agreement Signed With Korea
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Today A Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Memorandum Of Understanding (Mou) With Korean Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Trade Yu Myunghwan. The Security Enhancements Outlined In The Agreement Puts Korea On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Potential Designation As A Vwp Member As Early As Later This Year.