Spouse of U.S Citizen ("K-3")

The K3 visa for spouse of a US citizen and K4 visa for the spouse's children were created to reduce the separation between a US citizen and his or her foreign spouse while waiting abroad for an immigrant visa. The K3 and K4 visas allows the foreign spouse and his or her children to enter the United States as nonimmigrant, reunite with their family here, and then apply for permanent resident status (Green Card) while in the United States.

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Uscis To Issue Twoyear Employment Authorization Documents
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That Beginning On June 30, 2008 It Will Issue Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) Valid For Two Years.

Uscis Extends Validity Period Of Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) For Refugees
In An Effort To Provide Better Customer Service To Refugees, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Recently Announced That It Would Extend The Validity Of Initial Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) For Refugees To Two Years After Arrival In The United States. Previous Policy Required Renewal Of The Employment Authorization Document (Ead) After One Year.

Infopass Launched In Upstate New York And New Jersey
Uscis Formally Opened Internetbased Appointment System To The Residents Of Upstate New York And New Jersey. This Launch Is Part Of A National Effort To Implement Infopass In All 33 Uscis Districts By Early September 2004. With Infopass, The Public Can Go Online To Schedule A Date And Time To Meet With An Immigration Information Officer, Avoiding The Need To Wait In Line.

What&Cedil;S Next After Marriage On Fiance Visa
Hi, I Recently Got Married To A Usc On A Fiancee Visa And My Questions Are: A) Is There A Timeframe By When My Husband Should File The Green Card Petition For Me? B) Should We File In Form I-130 And Wait For It To Be Approved Before We File In Form I-485 Or Can We Just File Both At The Same...

Cbp To Issue New Frequent Traveler Cards
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Announced It Will Issue New Cards For Current Secure Electronic Network For Travelers Rapid Inspection Members Starting Today And Members Should Be Receiving Them Within The Next Week.

Uscis Permits F1 Students Opportunity To Request Change Of Status
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Would Allow F1 Students Who Are The Beneficiaries Of Selected H1b Petitions For Fiscal Year (Fy) 2009 To Request A Change Of Status In Lieu Of Consular Notification.

Highlights Of Interim Final Rule On Opt Extension
Interim Final Rule On Opt Extension

Fact Sheet: Iraqi Refugee Processing
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (Usrap) Is An Inter-Agency Effort Involving A Number Of Governmental And Non-Governmental Partners, Both Overseas And Domestically, Whose Mission Is To Resettle Refugees In The United States. The U.S. Department Of State's (Dos) Bureau Of Population, Refugees And Migration (Prm) Has Overall Management Responsibility For The Usrap And Has The Lead In Proposing Admissions Numbers And Processing Priorities. Within The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs), U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Responsibility For Interviewing Refugee Applicants And Adjudicating Applications For Refugee Status. Through Its Cooperative Agreements With Overseas Processing Entities (Ope), Prm Handles The Intake Of Refugee Referrals From The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (Unhcr) And U.S. Embassies, Certain Non-Governmental Organizations (Ngos), The Prescreening Of Cases And The Out-Processing Of Individuals For Travel To The United States.

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.

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).

Indian Consulates May Take Longer To Process Certain B1 & F1 Visas
A Limited Number Of Students, Scholars And Business Persons Involved In Highlevel Scientific Fields May Need To Have Their Visa Application Referred To The Department Of State For Additional Processing Before The Embassy May Issue A Visa. In Most Cases, This Process Takes Between Four To Six Weeks, Although It Sometimes Takes Longer.

Uscis Hosts Military Naturalization In Tokyo
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 18, 2004 At The U.S. Embassy In Tokyo, Japan.

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....

Dhs Signs Visa Waiver Program Interim Declaration With Bulgaria
U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Today A Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Interim Declaration With Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin. The Security Enhancements Outlined In The Declaration Continues Bulgaria's Progress On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Possible Designation As A Vwp Member.

Cbp Announces Staggering Arrest Numbers Using New Antiterror Technology
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Today Announced That Biometric Identification Technology Is Fully Operational Within All 136 Border Patrol Stations. From October 1, 2003 Through August 31, 2004, Cbp Border Patrol Agents Have Arrested: 138 Homicide Suspects; 67 Kidnapping Suspects; 226 Sexual Assault Suspects; 431 Robbery Suspects; 2,342 Suspects For Assaults Of Other Types; And 4,801 Involved With Dangerous Narcotics As A Direct Result Of Iafis Technology.

Dhs Announces Expanded Border Control Plans
Department Of Homeland Security Announced Plans To Expand Control Of The United States Borders Through Increased Use Of Immigration Laws To Combat Illegal Entry Between The Ports Of Entry While Facilitating Travel For Legitimate Mexican Visitors.

Uscis Announces Relocation Of Arlington Office
The Washington District's Arlington Office Will Move To A New Location On Friday November 26, 2004. In Preparation For That Move, The Office Currently Located At 4420 North Fairfax Drive Will Close To The Public On Tuesday, November 23 And Will Remain Closed Through Monday, November 29.

Asylum Officers&Cedil; Libido And Lust Leads Him To Conviction
The Justice Department Today Announced That A Federal Jury In Los Angeles Convicted Thomas A. Powell Jr., An Immigration And Naturalization Service Asylum Officer, On Corruption And Civil Rights Charges. Powell Was Convicted Of Using His Power As An Asylum Officer To Victimize Two Chinese Women In 2000.

Uscis Releases 2003 Statistical Yearbook
The Office Of Immigration Statistics Has Published The 2003 Uscis Yearbook Of Immigration Statistics Providing Information And Statistics On Migrants Who Apply For Different Legal Statuses As Well As Immigration Law Enforcement Activities.

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.