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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.
Filing Location Changes for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
March 22, 2010
USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Travel Document (Form I-131). The change of filing location is part of an overall effort to transition the intake of some USCIS forms from USCIS local offices and Service Centers to USCIS Lockbox facilities. Beginning March 19, 2010 applicants will file their applications at the USCIS Vermont Service Center or at one of the USCIS Lockbox facilities.
USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Provide Approved Labor Condition Applications (LCA)
March 10, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will not extend the period in which it temporarily accepted H-1B petitions filed with uncertified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). As of March 10, 2010, USCIS will reject any H-1B petition filed without an LCA certified by DOL.
USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Immigration Benefits Available
March 10, 2010
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals upon request.
Special Citizenship Ceremony at Historic Justice Department Building
March 3, 2010
USCIS, on March 1 welcomed 50 new citizens at a special citizenship ceremony at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice’s Great Hall. Each year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants choose to become American citizens by taking the Oath of Allegiance at naturalization ceremonies across the United States and overseas. USCIS provides the citizenship statics from the year 1907 to 2010.
USCIS Provides Additional Information Regarding the Employ American Workers Act (EAWA) to Employers Filing H-1B Petitions
February 8, 2010
USCIS today provides additional guidance regarding the Employ American Workers Act (EAWA) to employers seeking to file H-1B petitions. The EAWA was enacted to ensure that companies that receive funding under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act do not displace U.S. workers. Under this legislation, any company that has received covered funding and seeks to hire new H-1B workers is considered an “H-1B dependent employer.” An H-1B dependent employer must make additional statements to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding the recruitment and non-displacement of U.S. workers when filing a Labor Condition Application (LCA).
USCIS to Issue Revised Approval Notices for Certain Forms I-129 and I-539
February 3, 2010
USCIS is alerting customers of certain Notices of Approval (Forms I-797) issued between Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, 2010, with incorrect or missing information. The form types impacted are Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129) and Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). USCIS has started mailing new approval notices with corrected information to affected I-129 petitioners and I-539 applicants. Petitioners and applicants who received incomplete or incorrect approval notices should not attempt to use them.
USCIS to Reissue Advance Parole Documents
January 27, 2010
USCIS announced that it will reissue Advance Parole documents (Form I-512) in response to documents that were mailed to applicants with an incorrect issue date of January 5, 1990. All affected documents have been identified and USCIS will automatically reissue documents to individuals who have received a document with the incorrect issue date.
Frequently Asked Questions for Form DS-160, the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application
January 24, 2010
All U.S. consulates and embassies will soon require nonimmigrant visa applicants to use Form DS-160, the Department of State’s fully electronic nonimmigrant visa application, instead of Form DS-156, the paper-based application. Considering this, the Department of State (DOS) has released frequently asked questions about using the DS-160 online application.

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