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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.
USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase
August 18, 2010
On Aug. 13, 2010, President Obama signed a, which contains provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. The law requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after Aug. 14, 2010, and will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2014.
USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
August 3, 2010
USCIS on August 3, 2010 announced a change in filing location instructions and addresses for the Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) (Form I-129F). Beginning Aug. 3, 2010 all Form I-129F petitions being filed by a U.S. citizen on behalf of a fiancé(e) or spouse must be submitted to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility. The Vermont and California Service Centers will forward incorrectly filed petitions to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox for a period of 45 days until Sept. 17, 2010. After Sept. 17, 2010, petitions and fees submitted at the Service Centers will be returned to the applicant, with a note advising them of the correct filing location.
Non-immigrant and Immigrant Visa Fees Increases from July 13, 2010
July 1, 2010
On June 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of State published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule includes fees for non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes will take effect on July 13, 2010, 15 days after publication in the Federal Register.
USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
May 25, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has revised the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or Form I-766, to incorporate the addition of a machine-readable zone on the back of the card.
USCIS to Redesign Green Card
May 11, 2010
USCIS announced that beginning May 11, 2010, it will issue all Permanent Resident Card—commonly known as Green Cards in the new, more secure format. Recipients of the redesigned card will include those newly approved for lawful permanent residency, as well as those who have sought a renewal or replacement card.
USCIS Announces Revised Forms I-600 and I-600A
April 1, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has published new versions of the Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, Form I-600 and the Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, Form I-600A.

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