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USCIS Reminder: New Application and Petition Fees Go Into Effect on Nov. 23, 2010
October 28, 2010
USCIS has announced a final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions. The final rule follows a period of public comment on a proposed version of the rule, which USCIS published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2010. The final rule will increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but will not increase the fee for the naturalization application. The rule will also reduce fees for six individual applications and petitions and will expand the availability of fee waivers to new categories. The new fees will go into effect from November 23, 2010.
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 Proposes Revisions to Form N-426
May 4, 2009
USCIS proposed revisions to Form N-426 which is used to verify the military or naval service of individuals applying for naturalization based on their service in the U.S. armed forces.
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.

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