The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is
reopening the public comment period until November 16, 2007, on a proposed rule
for special immigrant (SR/SD) and nonimmigrant (R-1)
religious worker visa classifications. The notice extending the comment period
is published in Federal Register.
In addition, the Federal Register notice informs the public that USCIS will consider
comments received between the close of the original comment period (June 25, 2007)
and November 16, 2007.
The USCIS reopened the record to give interested persons additional time to review
and comment on the proposed rule that highlights steps to eliminate fraud in the
religious worker program and streamlines the process for legitimate petitioners.
Key revisions to the proposal, originally published in an April 25, 2007 Federal
Register notice, include an across-the-board petition requirement allowing USCIS
to verify both the legitimacy of the petitioner and the job offer before a visa
is issued or the worker is admitted to the United States, and a reduction in the
initial period of admission for a non-immigrant from three years to one.