Englishspeaking Applicants Can Now Apply At Other Consulates
Effective December 4, 2006, Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants Who Speak Fluent English Can Now Apply For A Nonimmigrant Visa At The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi Or The U.S. Consulates In Chennai Or Mumbai.

A Rendezvous With India: Immigration Seminar In Pune
Bringing To You The Second Article From Our Attorney's Diary On Our Recent Seminars And Workshops In Various Cities In India. This Article Contains Exciting Anecdotes From His Travel Experiences And Stay In Pune.

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

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.

Cap Count For H1b And H2b Workers For Fiscal Year 2009
The Word "Cap" Used In This Update Refers To Annual Numerical Limitations Set By Congress On Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications, E.G., H1b And H2b. Caps Control The Number Of Workers That Can Be Issued A Visa In A Given Fiscal Year To Enter The United States Pursuant To A Particular Nonimmigrant Classification. Caps Also Control The Number Of Aliens Already In The United States That May Be Authorized To Change Status To A Capsubject Classification.

Uscis Hosts Military Naturalization In Korea
Approximately 20 Activeduty Service Members Took The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest U.S. Citizens During A Special Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremony On October 14, 2004 In Seoul, South Korea.

Cbp Launches New Phase Of National Public Education Campaign - Reminded Travelers To Prepare For Upcoming Changes To Cross-Border Document Requirements
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security's Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Announced Today That It Will Launch The Next Phase Of A National Television, Print And Online Advertising Campaign During The National Football League C Season Kickoff Game, To Educate The Public About New Travel Document Requirements That Will Go Into Effect On June 1, 2009 Under The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (Whti).

Uscis Atlanta Office Moves To A New Location
Effective February 20, 2007, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Move The Atlanta Field Office To A New Location. The New Office Will Open To The Public On Wednesday, February 21, 2007.

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.

Need Information About G4 Visa
Hi All, I Need Information About G4 Visa. Which Documents Are Required For Apply G4 Visa? What Is Ability For Applying For G4 Visa? When Can One Apply G4 Visa? How Much Time It Will Take To Process G4 Visa? Thanks In Advance

Infopass Comes To Colorado
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Formally Opened The Internetbased Appointment System To Residents Of The Colorado Area. Traditionally, Customers Would Begin Lining Up Outside Uscis District Offices At Dawn To Speak To An Immigration Information Officer. Uscis Director Eduardo Aguirre Predicts That Infopass Will Ultimately Mean The End Of Having Waiting In Line Altogether.

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.

&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.'

Update On Processing Petitions For Nonimmigrant Victims Of Criminal Activity
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That, Until Further Notice, It Will Not Terminate Interim Relief For Aliens Who Have Not Yet Filed For U Nonimmigrant Status, Except In Those Cases Where Uscis Is Aware Of Adverse Factors. Uscis Will Continue To Accept Petitions For U Nonimmigrant Status At Any Time. It Is To Be Recalled That The Uscis Had Announced On Sept. 5, 2007 The Publication Of An Interim Final Rule Granting Immigrant Benefits To Certain Victims Of Crimes Who Assist Government Officials In Investigating Or Prosecuting The Criminal Activity. That Rule Was Effective Oct. 17, 2007 And Established Procedures For Applicants Seeking U Nonimmigrant Status, One Of Which Encouraged Aliens Who Had Been Granted Interim Relief To Petition For U Nonimmigrant Status Prior To Apr. 13, 2008 (180 Days From The Effective Date Of The Rule). The Rule States That Uscis Will Terminate Interim Relief For Aliens Who Fail To Petition For The "U" Classification Within The 180Day Time Period.

Eoir Notifies Final Rule On 212(C) Relief
The Executive Office For Immigration Review Published A Final Rule Regarding Section 212(C) Relief For Aliens With Certain Criminal Convictions Before April 1,1997.

Dhs Announces 18Month Extension Of Tps For El Salvador
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Announced An 18Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of El Salvador Until September 9, 2006.

Samenfink Heads Cbp&Cedil;S Modernization Office
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Has Announced The Appointment Of 26Year Cbp Veteran Louis Samenfink As Executive Director Of The Agency's Modernization Office.

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...

Dol Announces Mailing Addresses For Perm Applications
The Employment And Training Administration (Eta) Of The Department Of Labor (Dol) Has Issued A Notice To Announce The Mailing Addresses For Employers That Choose To File Applications By Mail Under The New Permanent Foreign Labor Certification Program (Perm).

Uscis Settles Kaplan Class Action
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Entered Into A Settlement Agreement In A National Class Action, Kaplan, Et Al. V. Chertoff, Et Al., Cv 065304, Which Was Filed In The U.S. District Court For The Eastern District Of Pennsylvania

Uscis Naturalizes First Military Spouse Overseas
Zita Chouchan, The Spouse Of A Member Of The U.S. Military Recited The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest Citizen Of The United States Yesterday At The U.S. Consulate In Frankfurt, Germany. This Was The First Overseas Naturalization Ceremony For A Military Spouse.

I130 No Longer Accepted At U.S. Consulates
Effective Immediately, The Immediate Relative Petition (I130) Must Be Filed With The Uscis Office Responsible For The Petitioner's Place Of Residence. Consular Offices At U.S. Embassies And Consulates Are No Longer Authorized To Accept I130s, Although They Will Continue To Provide Guidance To American Citizen Petitioners And Their Family Members.

Dhs Expands Authority To Collect Biometric Data For Usvisit
Dhs Has Notified An Interim Rule Expanding Usvisit Program To 50 Most Highly Trafficked Land Border Ports Of Entry And Defining The Population Of Aliens Who Are Required To Provide Biometric Identifiers And Other Information Under Usvisit Program.

Uscis Announces A Reduction In Naturalization Processing Times
Uscis Has Released The Following Statement, Indicating That Their Efforts Have Been Paying Off And That The Processing Times For Naturalization Applications Have Improved By A Couple Of Months. The Processing Times Still Remain Very Long, Even After The Projected Reductions In Wait Times And We Can Only Hope That These Will Reduce As Uscis Catches Up With The Backlog Caused By The Unprecedented Volume Of Filings Last Year.

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.

Eoir Press Release On Final Rule Implementing St. Cyr Decision
The Attorney General Published A Final Rule In The Federal Register Establishing Procedures For Eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (Lprs) With Certain Criminal Convictions Obtained By Plea Agreements Prior To April 1, 1997, To Apply For Relief From Deportation Or Removal Under Former Section 212(C) Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (Ina). This Rule Becomes Effective On October 28, 2004.

Uscis Clarifies Fee Exemption Eligibility For The Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Remind Its Customers That The Fee For An Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601) Is Always Required. Uscis Has Received Numerous Applications Filed Without The Appropriate Fee Due To An Incorrect Interpretation Of The Regulations.

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.

Are You Ready For The New Naturalization Test?

America's New Naturalization Test Comes Into Effect On October 1, 2008. The Redesigned Test Was First Introduced On September 27, 2007 To Help The New Applicants Get Familiarized With The Test.

Do You Need To Take The New Test?

Not Every One Needs To Sit For The New Test On October 1St. There Guidelines For Who Needs To Take Which Test Are As Below:

  1. If You Have Applied Already Or Planning To Apply Before October 1St And Have Your Naturalization Interview Scheduled Before October 1, 2008 As Well, You Will Take The Current Test.
  2. If You Have Applied Already Or Planning To Apply Before October 1St But Are Scheduled A Naturalization Interview Date That Falls After October 1, 2008, You Have The Option To Take Either The Current Test Or The New Test.
  3. If You Apply After October 1, 2008, You Will Take The New Test.
  4. Regardless Of When You Apply, If The Nationalization Interview Is Scheduled After October 1, 2009, You Will Definitely Have To Take The New Test.  

What's New?   

The Current Test Consists Of Mainly Two Subjects - Civics & Written English Test. The New Test Will Have A Few Added Components Making It As Below:

  1. History & Government Test
  2. Reading Vocabulary Test
  3. Writing Vocabulary Test

In The New Test, Questions Will Deal With The American Constitution, Law, Politics, History As Well As The Rights And Responsibilities Of Citizens. Many Questions Will Also Be Phrased To Allow For A Range Of Answers E.G. Mention One Of The Rights To Give The Applicant A Fair Chance.   

Test Procedures

Writing Tests Will Be Conducted By Uscis Officers Who Will Dictate To The Applicant (Sentences And Words Will Be From The Standardized Test). Applicants Will Have To Write At Least One Out Of Three Sentences Correctly On A Form With Blank Lines.

Reading Test Will Be Conducted By Uscis Officers Who Will Ask The Will Use Sentence(S) That Appear On One Of The Standardized Test Forms And Will Ask The Applicant To Read The Sentence(S), Which Are Constructed From Words Included On The English Reading Vocabulary List. The Applicant Must Read 1 Sentence Out Of 3 Correctly (Same As The Current Test).

Information Of The Redesigned Test:
    Scoring Guidelines For English Test

Consular Application Ir-1 Spouse Filing
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