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New Mailing Address Format for USCIS National Capitol Region Offices
December 03, 2008
The USCIS, on December 03, 2008 announced a new address format for offices within the National Capital Region (NCR), affecting all USCIS headquarters offices, the Arlington Asylum Office, and the Washington District Office. In order to ensure the timely delivery of USCIS mail, correspondence addressed to the affected offices should list a unique mailstop and corresponding ZIP code + 4 number. The mail will be delivered to each office according to the mailstop and ZIP code + 4 number provided.
Renewed Hope for US Retirement Visa
November 27, 2008
Estate agents in the United States hope that the impending change of government will help to generate renewed enthusiasm for the 'Silver Card', a US retirement visa, which would allow foreigners to spend their retirement in the U.S. Whilst close neighbors such as Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize have a variety of programmes designed to encourage international pensioners to settle and buy homes there, the U.S. offers no simple path for a foreign citizen to retire to destinations such as Florida or California.
CBP Offers International Travel Tips for Holiday Season
November 26, 2008
As it would be ‘holiday season in US’ it’s obviously going to be a busy time for international travel. It is very crucial that the travelers take dual care and precautions while travelling in and out of US. Thus, keeping this in view, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is providing key travel tips to help international travelers prepare for this busy holiday season.
Sierra Vista Woman Gets Prison for Hiring Illegal Immigrants
November 26, 2008
If you think one can deceive the US Immigration authorities, then think again. Recently a Sierra Vista woman has been sentenced to two months in federal prison and 12 months house arrest for her role in employing illegal immigrants at a construction company. Carol Hill pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants for profit and knowingly hiring at least 10 illegal immigrants within a 12-month period.
Janet Napolitano Set to Become Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security
November 24, 2008
Janet Napolitano, the governor of Arizona, is expected to be named US secretary of Homeland Security by the Obama administration. Janet Napolitano has gained a reputation as a tough enforcer, as being the first Arizona state governor to ask the National Guard to protect its 600 km border with Mexico. Janet Napolitano has shown sensitivity to other immigration issues in this politically complex state and has opposed most measures that would seek to punish illegal immigrants who were already living and working there. Janet Napolitano vetoed several bills including one that would have required the police to arrest people in the state illegally and another, in 2005 that would have seen an end to, in-state tuition aid to students in the country illegally. Nonetheless, Janet Napolitano is 2 years into her second term of office in a Republican dominated state and her approval rating is well over 70%.
EOIR responds to Sacramento Bee article
October 19, 2004
The Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice has criticized the article published by Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper based at Sacramento, CA. In a letter written to the Editor of the daily, EOIR observes that the article has created erroneous conclusion.
Various US Consulates Require Use of DS-160
November 21, 2008
Some US Consulates abroad are requiring the use of the DS-160 form. For Non-Immigrant Visas, the Consulates in Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Montreal, and Vancouver require the DS-160 online form. As of November 24, 2008, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong will require the use of the DS-160 form for petition based applicants (H, L, O, P, and Q visas).
US Immigrant Groups To March the Day after Obama Takes Control
November 14, 2008
The Immigrant rights organizations in the United States have planned a major march in Washington on 21 January, 2009, the day after Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th US president. Some 30 organizations, representing tens of millions of immigrants, will work together to demonstrate their case for immigration reform and remind Barack Obama of one of the policy issues so central to his campaign and which helped secure a large Hispanic vote. Of 10 million Hispanic votes cast, two thirds were for Obama. According to Salas, reform legislation should begin "in the first 100 days" of Obama's term.
Bush’s Administration had Striking Effects on US Immigration
November 10, 2008
According to US authorities, in the last year the government arrested and deported record numbers of illegal immigrants whilst in the same period it naturalized a record number of new Americans. With figures of 350,000 and more than 1 million respectively, George Bush’s administration officials consider these to be great accomplishments within a system that President-elect Barack Obama calls "broken and overwhelmed”.” We are seeing the kinds of results that the country hasn't seen for many years," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last month. These enhancements led to a dramatic increase in the number of arrests of both illegal immigrants and the employers who hired them, as well as decreases in the amount of time it takes to process immigration applications.
Obama’s Kenyan half-aunt, an illegal in Boston, to Fight US Deportation Order
November 10, 2008
Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned. According to reports, the paternal aunt of President-elect, Barack Obama, is to fight a US Government move to deport her to her native Kenya. Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir was first ordered to leave the United States in 2004 after her request for political asylum was rejected. Since then she has been living in a public housing estate in Boston from where she fled to Cleveland, Ohio. Just few days before the November 4 election, her immigration status and relationship to Mr. Obama were first revealed by the press.

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