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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.
Nationals of 39 Countries Can Participate in H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs
January 20, 2010
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the DHS Secretary, in consultation with Department of State (DOS) Secretary has identified 39 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year. Renewed every year, this notice will allow U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve petitions for H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant status for nationals of countries listed therein.
Q&A: USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum on Establishing the "Employee-Employer Relationship" in H-1B Petitions
January 16, 2010
USCIS Associate Director of Service Center Operations, Mr. Donald Neufeld issued a memorandum to adjudication officers clarifying the requirements to establish an employer-employee relationship to qualify for the H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ classification. The memorandum addresses scenarios involving independent contractors, self-employed beneficiaries, and beneficiaries placed at third-party worksites. USCIS has released few questions and answers, in addition to clarify the requirements for a valid employer-employee relationship.
USCIS Memorandum on Establishing the Employee-Employer Relationship in H-1B Petitions
January 14, 2010
USCIS Associate Director of Service Center Operations, Mr. Donald Neufeld issued a memorandum to adjudication officers clarifying the requirements to establish an employer-employee relationship to qualify for the H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ classification. The memorandum addresses scenarios involving independent contractors, self-employed beneficiaries, and beneficiaries placed at third-party worksites.
USCIS Grants One-Time Accommodation for Sheepherders in H-2A Status
January 2, 2010
USCIS, on December 31, 2009 announced that it would allow H-2A workers in the sheepherding industry more time to fully transition to the three-year limitation of stay requirements under the USCIS’ final rule that became effective on Jan. 17, 2009. USCIS is making the one-time accommodation in deference to the industry’s prior exemption from the 3-year limitation. This exemption does not impact other H-2A categories.
H-1B Cap for FY2010 Has Been Reached
December 22, 2009
USCIS informed that, as of December 21, 2009, it has received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY2010 that are received after December 21, 2009.

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