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USCIS Redesigns Certificate of Naturalization to Enhance Security
October 25, 2010
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas has announced the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) with new security features that will reduce fraud—part of USCIS’ ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system. The redesigned certificate features the naturalization candidate’s digitized photo and signature embedded into the document. The background also features a color-shifting ink pattern that is difficult to reproduce. USCIS is now using a more secure printing process that renders the certificate more tamper-proof.
USCIS Received 42,800 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Till Date
October 20, 2010
As of October 15, 2010, USCIS received 42,800 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 15,700 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS Received 40,600 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Till Date
October 5, 2010
As of October 1, 2010, USCIS received 40,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 14,900 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS Update the H-1B Cap Count
September 28, 2010
As of September 24, 2010, USCIS received 39,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 14,400 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
H-1B Cap Count Comes to 38,300
September 21, 2010
As of September 17, 2010, USCIS received 38,300 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 14,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
H-1B Cap Count Increases to 37,400
September 13, 2010
As of September 10, 2010, USCIS received 37,400 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 13,700 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS Naturalizes More Members of U.S. Military in South Korea than in Any Year Since 2004
September 10, 2010
USCIS in a naturalization ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, naturalized 55 noncitizen members of the U.S. military and 17 military spouses who were born in 30 counties: Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, Dominica, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Palau, the Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam. The special ceremony marked a milestone for USCIS, with 196 members of the military becoming U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea this year, more than in any other year since the inception of the overseas naturalization program in 2004.
Effects of Invalid Puerto Rico Birth Certificates on the Form I-9 Process
September 9, 2010
On July 1, 2010, the Vital Statistics Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico began issuing new, more secure certified copies of birth certificates to U.S. citizens born in Puerto Rico because of a new Puerto Rico birth certificate law. After Sept. 30, 2010, all certified copies of birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010, will become invalid. This new law does not affect the U.S. citizenship status of individuals born in Puerto Rico. It only affects the validity of certified copies of Puerto Rico birth certificates.
H-1B Cap-count Increased to 36,600
September 3, 2010
As of September 3, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 36,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 13,400 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
Slight Increase in H-1B Filings This Week
August 31, 2010
As of August 27, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 34,900 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 13,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.

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