Athletes and Entertainers ("P")
 

The P1 classification applies to a foreign national coming to the US temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance.

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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.

Dhs Proposes To Establish Biometric Exit Procedures At All U.S Air And Sea Ports Of Departure
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking That Will Establish Biometric Exit Procedures At All U.S Air And Sea Ports Of Departure. The Majority Of Nonu.S. Citizens Are Already Required To Submit Digital Fingerprints And A Digital Photograph For Admission Into The Country. The Usvisit Exit Proposal Would Require Nonu.S. Citizens Who Provide Biometric Identifiers For Admission To Also Provide Digital Fingerprints When Departing The Country From Any Air Or Sea Ports Of Departure.

Dos Cable On Visa Waiver Program
The U.S. Department Of State Has Issued A Cable Reminding All The Embassies And Consular Posts Of The Two Key Dates - September 30, When Vwp Travelers Will Be Enrolled In Usvisit; And October 26, As Of When Vwp Travelers Must Present A Valid Machinereadable Passport (Mrp) Or U.S. Visa For Admission To The U.S.

New Uscis Photo Rule From Today
Beginning Today, All Uscis Office Will Begin Accepting Only Passport Style Photographs. This Will Complete The Public Rollout Of The New Uscis Photograph Standard. A Six Calendar Day Grace Period For Acceptance Of _ Profile Photographs After September 1 Has Been Allowed.

House Judiciary To Conduct Series Of Immigration Hearings
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman, John Conyers, Jr. (Dmi), And Chairwoman Of The Subcommittee On Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, And International Law, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Dca), Announced That The Oversight Hearing On The H2b Program Will Be The First In A Series Of Immigration Hearings. The Subcommittee And The Full Committee Will Conduct Several Hearings On This Issue In The Coming Weeks

Minister Kenney Delivers On Irb Promise
Jason Kenney, Canadian Minister Of Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism, Has Announced The Appointment To The Immigration And Refugee Board (Irb) Of A Leading Figure In The Indo-Canadian Community In Vancouver....

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney Issues New Instructions For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Canada (Cimc) Minister Jason Kenney Has Announced The Canadian Government&Rsquo;S Plan For Immigration In 2009.&Nbsp; He Stated That Between 240,000 And 265,000 New Permanent Residents Will Be Welcomed To Canada In 2009; Up To 156,000 Of Them In The Economic Category.

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.

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.

Consular Application Ir-1 Spouse Filing
I Live In Israel. Does Any One Knows How Long It Takes Since Filing Until Getting The First Interview? How Long Until Getting The Stamp On The Passport With The Ir-1? I Need An Advanced Parole Permit? When To File It? Norma

Uscis Revises Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Has Revised Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record. The Revision Was Necessitated By Changes To The Tuberculosis (Tb) Component Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention's Technical Instructions For Civil Surgeons. This Revised Form (Edition Date 04/02/08) Must Be Used For Any Medical Examination Completed On Or After May 1, 2008. Previous Editions Of The Form I693 May Not Be Used On Or After That Date.

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.

Eoir Requires 9Digit Alien Registration Numbers
The Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Announced Today That, Effective July 21, 2008, Documents Filed With Eoir's Immigration Courts And The Board Of Immigration Appeals (Bia) Should Indicate 9Digit Alien Registration Numbers (A Numbers). For Cases With A 9Digit A Number, All Digits Must Be Provided. For Cases With An 8Digit A Number, A Zero (0) Must Be Inserted Before The 8 Digits. For Example, A######## Should Be Provided As A0########. No Document Filings Will Be Rejected In The Foreseeable Future For Mistakenly Failing To Do So.

Naturalization Case Processing Time Updated By Uscis
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Will Finish More Than One Million Naturalization Cases During Fiscal Year 2008 - Far Exceeding The Number Of Cases Completed Last Year. This Update Comes Following A Thorough Analysis Of The Work Completed During The Last Six Months.

Uscis Continues Suspension Of Premium Processing Service For Religious Workers
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That The Suspension Of Premium Processing Service For Religious Worker (R1) Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions Will Continue At Least Until January 7, 2009. A Previous Sixmonth Suspension Was Announced On January 4, 2008.

&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.'

Uscis Houston Office Remains Closed Due To Hurricane Ike
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That Its Houston Office At 126 North Point Will Remain Closed For Business Today And Tomorrow (Sept. 15-16). Additionally, All Three Local Application Support Centers As Well As The Houston Asylum Office (See Locations Below) Will Remain Closed Until Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Eoir Declares Bia Pro Bono Project As Successful
An Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Evaluation Of The Board Of Immigration Appeals (Bia) Pro Bono Project Indicates That The Project Has Been Successful In Increasing The Level And Quality Of "Pro Bono" (Free Of Charge) Representation For "Respondents" (Persons In Immigration Removal Proceedings) Who Appeal Their Cases To The Bia.

Uscis Tips To Avoid Common Efiling Mistakes
The Uscis Issued Information On How To Avoid Common Efiling Mistakes.

Iraqi Refugees Can Now Seek Asylum In The U.S.
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And The U.S. Department Of State (Dos) Have Been Committed To Streamlining The Process For Admitting Iraqi Refugees To The U.S. While At The Same Time Ensuring The Highest Level Of Security. Starting In May 2007, Dhs And Dos Have Worked Cooperatively To Administer The Overseas Component Of The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (Usrap).