U.S. And U.K. Border Agencies Exchange Passenger Information To Protect Borders
The U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Uscbp) Entered Into A Joint Agreement With The United Kingdom Border Agency (Ukba) In Washington, D.C., To Strengthen The Countries' Borders By Sharing Information On People Who May Present A Threat - Including Illegal Immigrants, Smugglers And Foreign Criminals - Before They Even Arrive. The Agreement Will Strengthen The Capability Of The U.S. And The U.K. To Verify Travel Documents, Detect False Identities, Determine Admissibility, Carry Out Customs Purposes And Identify Persons Traveling Between The Countries Who May Pose A Security Risk. The Exchange Of Information Between Ntc And The Jboc Will Serve Both Enforcement And Facilitation Interests Of Both Nations. The Agreement Also Will Improve Communication Between The Two Agencies When A Person Is Denied Entry And Returned To The Traveler's Country Of Origin.

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.

Biometrics Appointment Letter Consolidated Into One Notice For Aos Applicants
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That Effective Today It Will Begin Consolidating Biometrics Collection When Employmentbased Adjustment Of Status Applications And Employment Authorization Requests Are Filed At The Same Time At One Of The Service Centers.

Dhs Realigns Twic Compliance Date
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That The Final Compliance Date For The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (Twic) Program Will Be April 15, 2009, Which Reflects A Realignment Of The Sept. 25, 2008 Compliance Date Set In The Final Rule. The Seven Month Extension Is A Direct Result Of Collaboration With Port Officials And Industry, And Realigns The Enrollment Period With The Original Intent Of The Twic Final Rule.

Uscis Announces New Special Immigrant Visa For Certain Iraqis
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced Guidelines For A New Special Immigrant Visa For Certain Iraqi Nationals Who Worked For, Or Were Contractors Of The United States Government In Iraq For At Least One Year After March 20, 2003.

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.

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).

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.

Q & A: Uscis Announces 18-Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status For Nationals Of Sudan
The Uscis Released The Q & A Regarding The Extension Of The Temporary Protected Status For The Nationals Of Sudan People Having No Nationality Who Last Habitually Resided In Sudan. The Extension Will Last 18 Months, Through May 2, 2010. This Extension Does Not Apply To Citizens Of Sudan Who Entered The United States After Oct. 7, 2004. Certain Nationals Of Sudan Who Have Not Previously Applied For Tps May Be Able To Apply Under The Late Initial Registration Process.

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 Signs Visa Waiver Program Agreements With Estonia And Latvia
U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Memoranda Of Understanding (Mou) With Estonian Minister Of Internal Affairs Juri Pihl In Tallinn, Estonia, And With Latvian Minister Of Foreign Affairs Maris Riekstins In Riga, Latvia. The Agreements Outline Security Enhancements That Put Both Countries On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Possible Designation As Vwp Members Later This Year.

Common H1b Errors Leading To Rejections And Denials
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Released A Statement Showing The Common Errors Leading To Petition Rejections Or Denials. This Is A List Of The Most Frequently Seen And Easily Cured Mistakes.

Important Changes And Clarifications For The H1b Application Process
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Issued Clarifying Regulations Today, Explaining How Exactly The H1b Application Process Will Be Handled This Year. Some Important Changes Have Been Announced To The Process, Including The Benefit Of Having Five Business Days To File The Petition Even If The Cap Runs Out On The First Day, Prohibition On Filing Of Multiple Petitions By The Same Employer For The Same Employee, Explanation Of The Master's Cap And A Clarification On The Premium Processing Rules.

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.

Switzerland Becomes The 25Th Signatory To The Schengen Agreement
On 12 December, Switzerland Added Its Name To The List Of Countries That Have Adopted The Schengen Agreement And In Doing So Became The 25Th Member Of The Group, Which Has No Border Controls For People Passing Between Member States And A Single External Border....

Uscis To Offer Premium Processing For Certain Form I140 Petitions: Service Begins June 16, 2008
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That On June 16, 2008, It Will Begin Accepting Premium Processing Service Requests For Forms I140 (Immigrant Petition For Alien Worker) Filed On Behalf Of Certain Alien Workers Who Are Nearing The End Of Their Sixth Year In H1b Nonimmigrant Status.

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.

U.S. Department Of Labor Initiates Supervised Recruitment Of Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Immigration Law Firm
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced That It Has Begun Placing Pending Permanent Labor Certification Applications (Lca) Filed By The Cohen & Grigsby Law Firm Into Department-Supervised Recruitment. Supervised Recruitment Requires The Employer To Receive Advance Approval From The Dol For All Recruitment Efforts To Ensure That U.S. Workers Are Fully Considered For Available Positions.

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.

Canada Work Permits For American And Mexican Professionals Extended To 3 Years

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney Recently Announced The Expansion Of The North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) Temporary Work Permit Program, Making It Easier For Canadian Employers To Hire And Retain These Foreign Workers.&Nbsp; Under The Nafta Program, Workers Will Now Be Granted Temporary Work Permits Of Three Years In Duration.&Nbsp; Previously, These Work Permits Had To Be Renewed Every Year.

Cbp Gets Another Weapon In Its Armor; Expedited Removal Authorization
The Cbp Has Been Granted The Power To Place Certain Aliens In Expedited Removal Proceedings. The Dhs Believes That This Step Will Enhance National Security And Public Safety By Facilitating Prompt Immigration Determinations And Enable Dhs To Deal More Effectively With Large Volume Of Persons Seeking Illegal Entry Into The Us.

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 To Terminate Fingerprint Contract With Dleas
On October 1, 2004, Uscis Will Terminate Its Contract With Designated Law Enforcement Agencies (Dleas), Where Some Immigrants In Rural Locations Have Gone For Fingerprint Services. The Dlea Contract Is Ending As Uscis Strives To Meet New Biometric Standards, Including The Ability To Take And Store Electronic Fingerprints, Photographs And Signatures.

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 [...]

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.

Uscis Establishes Genealogy Program
Customers Can Now Turn To U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) For Help In Researching Their Family's Immigration History Through The Agency's New Genealogy Program.

Bush Okays Biometric Passport Deadline Extension
The United States Has Extended The Deadline By An Year For Visafree Countries To Start Issuing Passports With Biometric Indicators, Carrying Digitally Encoded Records Of The Bearer, Which Can Be Scanned By A Computer. According To The Programme, Citizens From 27 Countries Can Travel To The United States Without Visas, But Must Carry A Passport With Biometric Indicators. The Extension Of The Deadline Will Give These Countries Time Until October 26, 2005 To Issue New Passports.

30Day Notice Of Information Collection Under Review: Form I824, Application For Action On An Approved Application Or Petition
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Submitted The Following Information Collection Request To The Office Of Management And Budget (Omb) For Review And Clearance In Accordance With The Paperwork Reduction Act Of 1995. The Information Collection Was Previously Published In The Federal Register On March 4 2008, At 73 Fr 11655 Allowing For A 60Day Public Comment Period. Uscis Did Not Receive Any Comments For This Information Collection.

Greek Passport Holders Urged To Seek New Passports
Australian Immigration News Greek Passport Holders Urged To Seek New Passports Added: (Sun Mar 11 2007) Minister For Immigration And Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone Has Urged All People Holding Greek Passports Issued Before January 1, 2006, To Contact The Greek Embassy Or Consulate Urgently To Secure New Passports If They Wish To Travel In [...]

H-1B1, A Feasible Alternative To H-1B For Chileans And Singaporeans
On September 3, 2003, President George W. Bush Signed Into Law Free Trade Agreements (Ftas) With Singapore And Chile Which Then Created A New Class Of Non-Immigrant Work Visa For Singaporean And Chilean Citizens: The H-1B1. With The Limitations On The H-1B Visa Category, Particularly The 65,000 Cap On New H-1B Visas Each Fiscal Year, The H-1B1 Has Subsequently Become One Of The Feasible Alternatives To The H-1B Visa. In This Article We Will Explore The H-1B1 Visa, A Visa Category Available To Citizens Of Singapore And Chile.