First Us Military Naturalization Ceremony Overseas

Events In Germany, Afghanistan, And Iraq Culminate First Overseas Ceremonies

Washington, Dc – Today, 28 Active-Duty Service Members Took The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest U.S. Citizens During A Special Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremony On The Vogelweh Airbase In Kaiserslautern, Germany. The Vogelweh Ceremony Culminates The First Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremonies Conducted By The United States Federal Government.

Joining The Service Members And Their Families To Celebrate The Swearing In Was U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Director Eduardo Aguirre. Earlier In The Week, Director Aguirre Naturalized 17 Service Members On The Bagram Air Force Base In Afghanistan And 34 Service Members On Camp Victory South In Iraq.

“Today, We Welcomed As New Citizens Men And Women Who Had Pledged To Protect America’S Freedom,” Said Director Aguirre. “Thousands Of Immigrant Troops Are Making Extraordinary Sacrifices For America. There Is No More Fitting Way For A Grateful Nation To Demonstrate Its Appreciation Than Through Granting Qualified Service Members The Privilege Of U.S. Citizenship As Quickly As Possible, To Carry Out Their Dream Of Becoming Americans.”

Last November, President Bush Signed The National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2004. The Act Amended Portions Of The Immigration And Nationality Act To Allow For Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremonies. Before October 1, 2004, Military Service Members Could Only Naturalize While Physically Within The United States.
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Changes Proposed For New H-2B Program

On August 20Th, 2008 The United States Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Agency Made Two Announcements That Will Have Huge Impacts On The H-2B Immigration - First To Withdraw The 2005-Issued Proposed Rule Changes To H-2B Program, And The Second To Introduce The New Proposed Changes To H-2B Program.

The Proposed Changes For H-2B Program Put Forward In January 2005 Had Suggested Making Procedural Change Such As Eliminating The Temporary Labor Certification Requirement. Today's Announcement In Effect Means That Uscis Will Abandon That Approach. Instead The New Rule Proposes A Two-Tier System, While Retaining The Current Procedural Requirements. However, India's Past Record As A Country That Has Refused To "Repatriate Its Nationals" May Cost It Heavily Under The New Rules.

The H-2B Non-Immigrant Temporary Worker Program Allows Us Employers To Bring Foreign Nationals To America To Fill Non-Agricultural Temporary Jobs For Which Us Workers Are Not Available.

Significant Proposed Changes

Let's Quickly Take A Look At What The New Two-Tier System Will Mean For The H-2B Program. According To Uscis Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen, The New Changes Will Include

  • Allowances Will Be Made In The Regulation To Allow Employers To Petition For Unnamed Foreign Employees
  • The Current Limit Of 6 Months Time That An H-2B Worker Needs To Spend Outside Of Us Between His H-2B Status Expiration And Re-Eligibility To Apply Under H Or L Status Will Be Reduced To Three Months
  • Employers Will Be Required To Provide Attestations On The Scope Of The H-2B Employment, Its Use Of Recruiters And On The Fact That The Recruiter Did Not Receive Any Fee From The Beneficiary.
  • An Approved Temporary Labor Certification Will Be Made The Mandatory Pre-Requirement For Filing An H-2B Petition
  • Once The Temporary Labor Certification Is Approved, The Employment Start Date Mentioned On It Cannot Be Changed For Any Reason
  • Employers Will Be Required To Notify Dhs Of No-Shows, Fired Or Absconding Employees
  • The Definition Of "Temporary Employment" Will Be More Clearly Defined To Eliminate The Need To Cite "Extraordinary Circumstances" When An Employment Requirement Is For More Then One Year, But Less Then Three.
  • H-2B Approvals Will No Longer Be Granted To Petitioners From Countries Which Are Blacklisted For Consistently Refusing And Unreasonably Delaying Repatriation Of Their Nationals
  • A Land-Border Exit System Will Be Establish, Under Which A H-2B Worker Admitted Through A Port Of Entry Participating In The Program Must Also Depart Only Through A Port Of Entry In The Program.

India Worried About Changes?

India Is Certainly Worried About These Changes As Along With China And Iran, It Is Among The Eight Countries That Have Been Blacklisted As Countries That Are Determined To Be Consistently Refusing Or Unreasonably Delaying Repatriation Of Workers Under Deportation Orders. As We Mentioned Above, The New Rule Proposes To Not To Grant H-2B Approvals To Petitioners From These Countries. If The Rule Goes Through As It Is, India Will Be Hard Pressed To Get Out That List. As Of Now, Indian Nationals Form A Large Percentage Of H-2B Petitioners Each Year.

The Proposed Rule Change Is Now On Its 30-Day Public Trial, Where The People Are Invited For Submitting Comments. Once Public Comments Are Received And Reviewed, Uscis Will Finalize And Publish The Rule With An Effective Date. We Urge Our Readers To Take The Time To Comment On This Law And Make Sure The New Rules Are Just And Fair To All.

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.

Uscis Announces Extension Of Stay For Some Foreign Students
Certain Academic Foreign Students Can Remain In U.S. Until H1b Petitions Are Decided. The Extension Of The Grace Period Allows Affected Foreign Students To Remain In Country And Avoid The Inconvenience Of Returning Home Only To Travel Back To The United States In The Near Future Foreign Students Qualify For The Extended Grace Period Only If Their Prospective Employer Has Timely Filed An H1b Petition On The Student's Behalf Before July 30, 2004 With Requested Employment Start Date Of October 1, 2004.

Oops! I Overstayed My Visa
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Direct Mail Program Adds Forms I-800 And I-800A
The Uscis Announced Publication Of A Federal Register Notice That Expands Its Direct Mail Program To Include Form I 800, Petition To Classify Convention Adoptee As An Immediate Relative, And Form I 800A, Application For Determination Of Suitability To Adopt A Child From A Convention Country. Applicants Were Previously Required To File At A Uscis Field Office With Jurisdiction Over Their Place Of Residence. The Direct Mail Program Allows Uscis To Process Applications More Efficiently By Eliminating Duplicative Work, Maximizing Staff Productivity, And Introducing Better Information Management Tools.

Uscis Fact Sheet On Military Naturalizations
Members Of Certain Branches Of U.S. Armed Forces May Apply For Citizenship Under Special Provisions Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (Ina).

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.

Uscis Reminds Customers To Use Correct Edition Of Form I-765 To Request Employment Authorization
The Uscis Reminds Its Customers To Use The Correct Version Of The Application For Employment Authorization (Form I-765) Dated 05/27/08. The Edition Date Appears In The Lower Right Hand Corner Of The Form As "Form I-765 (Rev. 05/27/08) N". Submission Of An Earlier Version Of Form I-765 May Result In Rejection Of The Application. The Main Purpose Of The Form I-765 Is To Allow Certain Aliens In The United States To Request Employment Authorization And An Employment Authorization Document (Ead).

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.

Enhancements To Student And Exchange Visitor Program Announced
The U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Has Announced Today That It Has Significantly Enhanced The Student And Exchange Visitor Program (Sevp) And, For The First Time, Is Proposing To Raise Fees To Support The Improvements.

Ins Officer Wrote In My Passport At Interview: A#....... I:485 Pending F16 Sec.245
Any Idea What This Means?

Joint Plan By Uscis And Fbi To Eliminate Of Fbi Name Checks
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (Fbi) Today Announced A Joint Plan To Eliminate The Backlog Of Name Checks Pending With The Fbi. Uscis And The Fbi Established A Series Of Milestones Prioritizing Work Based On The Age Of The Pending Name Check. The Fbi Has Already Eliminated All Name Check Cases Pending More Than Four Years.

Eoir Notifies Persons Eligible For Full Asylum Benefits For Fy 2004
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Beyond Arrival.
Arrived In The U.S.! There Are Many Things You Need To Do Right After Getting Off The Plane Than Just Grab Your Luggage. We Bring To You An Insight Of What Happens Once You Have Landed Safely In The U.S.

Dhs Grants Real Id Extensions To All Jurisdictions
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Sevis Fee Payment Now Possible In Your Local Currency
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Uscis Modifies Application For Employment Authorization
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Uscis Releases New Edition Of Form I9
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Image Program Launched By Ice In Puerto Rico
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