Tips for Treaty traders ("E-1") and Investors ("E-2") - State Department
 

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides nonimmigrant visa status for a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation who is coming to the United States to carry on substantial trade, including trade in services or technology, principally between the United States and the treaty country, or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested, or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.

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Actuaries And Plant Pathologists Included Under Nafta
The Department Of Homeland Security Has Published A Final Rule Amending The Department's Regulations By Adding Actuaries And Plant Pathologists To Appendix 1603.D.1 Of The North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) And By Modifying The Licensure Requirements For Canadian Citizens Seeking Admission To The United States As "Trade Nafta" (Tn) Nonimmigrant Aliens. This Final Rule Is Effective November 12, 2004

Uscis Extends Validity Of Liberian Eads
Termination Of The Tps Designation For Liberia Is Effective October 24, 2004, Sixty (60) Days After The August 25, 2004 Termination Notice. Accordingly, Uscis Has Extended Until October 24, 2004 The Validity Of Form I688b Employment Authorization Documents Issued To Liberian Tps Beneficiaries That Bear An Expiration Date Of October 1, 2004

Two Categories Of Special Immigrant Religious Workers To Expire On October 1
It's Like A Reminder From The Uscis For All Its Customers That Authorization For The Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program Will Expire On Oct. 1, 2008. The Uscis Even Said That The Individuals Applying To Serve In The Two Non-Minister Categories Of The Program Must Either Adjust Their Status To Permanent Residence Or Apply For, And Be Admitted With, An Immigrant Visa Before Oct. 1, 2008. The Two Expiring Categories Are Special Immigrant Religious Workers In Professional Or Non-Professional Capacities Within A Religious Vocation Or Occupation. The Expiration Date Also Applies To The Accompanying Spouses And Children Of These Workers. Special Immigrant Religious Workers Entering The United States Solely To Carry On The Vocation Of A Minister Of A Religious Denomination Are Not Impacted By The Expiration Date.

Family-Based Immigrant Visa: Who Qualifies?
The Us Congress, By Conferring Permanent Residence Eligibility Upon Certain Family-Based Groups, Has Properly Recognized The Importance Of Family Unification In American Immigration Law. The Family-Based Immigration Falls Under Two Basic Categories: Unlimited (Immediate Relatives Of U.S. Citizens) And Limited (The "Preference" Categories). Approximately 500,000 Family-Based Immigrant Visas Are Available Each Year. Family Based Immigration Has Many Benefits For Us Citizens Or Permanent Residents That Want To Be Reunited With Family, Be It A Spouse And Children, A Newly Adopted Child, Or Brothers And Sisters. The Closeness Of The Relationship Will Determine If The Foreign National Can Be Sponsored Under The Family Based Categories, And If They Can How Long It Will Take For Them To Get The Immigrant Visa.

Uscis Announces A Reduction In Naturalization Processing Times
Uscis Has Released The Following Statement, Indicating That Their Efforts Have Been Paying Off And That The Processing Times For Naturalization Applications Have Improved By A Couple Of Months. The Processing Times Still Remain Very Long, Even After The Projected Reductions In Wait Times And We Can Only Hope That These Will Reduce As Uscis Catches Up With The Backlog Caused By The Unprecedented Volume Of Filings Last Year.

Uscis Centralizes Initial Naturalization Application Processing
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today It Has Centralized Initial Processing Of All Applications For Naturalization (Form400) At Its National Benefits Center In Missouri. This Change Is Part Of The Uscis Initiative To Increase The Efficiency Of Case Management And Improve Customer Service.

Uscis Updates Naturalization Processing Times At Local Offices
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Released The Projected Times For Local Offices To Complete Processing Of Applications For Citizenship From Individuals Who Filed During The Summer Of 2007. Last July, Uscis Received 460,000 Applications For Naturalization. That Was Three Times The Record For Any Previous Month. For The Year, Uscis Received 1.4 Million Naturalization Applications, Almost Double The Normal Annual Volume.

Uscis Notifies H1b Processing Procedure
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Notified The Procedure For Processing H1b Petitions For New Employment, Which Are Subject To The H1b Cap, And Filed By Employers Seeking To Employ H1b Aliens On Or Before September 30, 2005.

Ice Arrests 42 Illegal Aliens Working At Dulles International Airport
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Arrested 42 Men Illegally Present In The Country At Dulles International Airport As Part Of A Critical Infrastructure Protection (Cip) Operation. Ice Agents, With Support Of Airport Security Agencies, Arrested The Illegal Aliens Just Inside The Airport Grounds At A Checkpoint Established To Verify The Identity And Immigration Status Of Workers Entering A Service Gate.

Uscis Salutes America&Cedil;S Newest Citizens
The Uscis Hosted Two Special Naturalization Ceremonies In Iraq And Kuwait This Week Under Which 235 Military Service Members From 54 Countries Became The Newest Citizens Of The United States. 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.

Infopass Expansion Continues, Boston Included
The Uscis Has Formally Launched The Internetbased Appointment System Infopass To Residents Of The Massachusetts Area. 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. Infopass First Debuted In Miami Last Year And Has Eliminated The Lines In That Office Completely.

U.S. Consulate, Chennai Reschedules Feb 2 Appointments
The Chennai Consulate In India Has Moved All Appointments On 2 February, 2007 To 6 February, 2007 Or 13 February, 2007. To Simplify The Rescheduling, All L1 And L2 Visa Applicants Have Been Rescheduled For 6 February, 2007 And All Other Applicants Have Been Rescheduled To 13 February, 2007.

A B-2 Filing For I-130/Aos
Hi! I Have Gone Through So Many Websites, With So Many Different Answers To My Question. Is It Legal To Apply For An I-130/I-485 If You Are In The Us On A B-2/B-1 And Married To A Usc, With No Fraudulent Intent? If So, Do I Just File And Let Fate Take Its Course At The Interview? Is There Anybody...

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 Harlingen Office Closes Due To Hurricane Dolly
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Harlingen Office Located At 1717 Zoy Street, Has Closed Due To Hurricane Dolly. Individuals With A Scheduled Appointment For July 22, And 23, Were Seen Today.

Uscis Advises Petitioners Overseas Not To Refile I130
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Advised All Those Who Filed A Petition For Alien Relative, (Form I130) With A U.S. Embassy Or Consulate Since July 2006 That They Do Not Need To Refile The Petition And That The Uscis Is Working With The Department Of State To Process Those Petitions. U.S. Citizens Who Live Abroad May Continue To File New Petitions With A Nearby Uscis International Office.

Uscis Releases Updated Employer Information Bulletin
The Office Of Business Liaison Under The Uscis Has Released An Updated Employer Information Bulletin On The Services Of Its Office. The Primary Function Of Office Of Business Liaison Is To Educate The United States Business/Employer Community On Employmentrelated Immigration Matters.

Illinois Law Prohibiting The Use Of Everify Further Suspended
The State Of Illinois Has Agreed To Delay Until April 15, 2008 The Implementation Of A New Law That Would Prohibit Employers From Using The Federal Government's Everify Employment Eligibility Verification System. The Law Was To Become Effective On January 1, 2008.

The 3 To 10 Year Illegal Immigration Penalty
Hi, I Have A Question About This Rule. I Have A Friend Who Immigrated Here From South America When He Was About 13. He Came Here Legally, Im Not Sure With What Type Of Visa Though. It Expired And I Guess He Was Then Here Illegally For About 4 Years. After That He Someone Got Everything In Order...

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.