Uscis Salutes America&Cedil;S Newest Citizens

This Week, 235 Military Service Members From 54 Countries Became The Newest Citizens Of The United States During Two Special Naturalization Ceremonies In Iraq And Kuwait. The Ceremonies Were Hosted By U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis).

"These Men And Women Are Guardians Of Freedom And Democracy," Said Jonathan Scharfen, Uscis' Acting Director. "Their Service In Support Of Operation Iraqi Freedom Has Contributed To The Strength And Well-Being Of Our Nation - A Nation They Can Now Truly Call Their Own."

Uscis Immigration Officials Volunteer To Travel To Combat Theaters To Conduct Naturalization Interviews And Hold Citizenship Ceremonies For Members Of The U.S. Military. Their Tireless Work, In Several Cases Up Until The Last Possible Moment, Ensured That 192 Service Members Recited The Oath Of Allegiance During A Ceremony At Camp Victory In Baghdad, Iraq. Later In The Week, Uscis Officials Also Naturalized 20 Service Members At Camp Arifjan In Kuwait.

The National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2004 Amended Portions Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (Ina) To Allow For Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremonies. In October 2004, Uscis Hosted The First Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremonies For 17 Service Members On Bagram Air Force Base In Afghanistan And 34 Service Members On Camp Victory In Iraq. During That Time And Since, Uscis Has Naturalized More Than 5,650 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen And Marines During Ceremonies In Afghanistan, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, South Korea, Spain, The United Kingdom And In The Pacific Aboard The Uss Kitty Hawk.

Uscis And The Department Of Defense Work Together To Ensure The Service Members And Their Families Have Accurate And Up-To-Date Information About Immigration Services And Benefits.
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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.

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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.

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