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USCIS Naturalized 98 New Citizens in Japan
September 19, 2009
USCIS on September 18, 2009, held a special naturalization ceremony for 98 new citizens at Bangkok, Japan. This was the biggest naturalization ceremony as the largest number of spouses where naturalized in one ceremony outside the United States. 98 new citizens including 40 spouses and 02 children of members of U.S. armed forces recited the oath of allegiance.
Interim EADs Provided for Nationals of El Salvador
September 16, 2009
USCIS announced that interim Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) will be issued to Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who have not yet received a final action on their re-registration applications and whose re-registration applications have been pending for more than 90 days. Initially, the expiration date for Salvadoran EADs was March 9, 2009. USCIS automatically extended this EAD validity period to September 9, 2009. Issuance of the interim EADs will allow TPS beneficiaries to continue working while USCIS completes the processing of their re-registration applications.
USCIS Proposes E-2 Investor Program for the CNMI
September 14, 2009
USCIS published a proposed rule in the Sept. 14, 2009 Federal Register that would recognize a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) E-2 investor visa classification. This proposed special status of E-2 investors would allow eligible CNMI investors to remain in the CNMI for the duration of the transition period under E-2 CNMI Investor status, and to exit and enter the CNMI with valid E-2 CNMI Investor visas.
Latest Update on FY2010 H-1B Count
September 4, 2009
As of August 28, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 45,100 H-1B cap subject petitions and 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS continues to accept both H-1B cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
Federal Contractors Required to Use E-Verify Beginning Sept. 8, 2009
September 1, 2009
Effective September 8, 2009, federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to use the E-Verify system to verify their employees' eligibility to work in the United States.
Clarification Regarding H-2B Petitions Filed by Certain Associations on Behalf of Their Members
August 29, 2009
USCIS would like to clarify to associations and their members certain regulatory requirements for filing petitions for H-2B visa classification on behalf of foreign workers. USCIS issued this clarification so that the public can be better informed of filing requirements and avoid unnecessary denials of individual H-2B petitions that may be otherwise approvable.
Expiration Date of Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
August 27, 2009
USCIS announced that OMB has extended its approval of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form to August 31, 2012. An amended version of the Form I-9 is available. Employers may use either the current form or the new one with a revision date of August 7, 2009.
USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Count for Fiscal Year 2010
August 19, 2009
USCIS updated the count of H-1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2010. USCIS has received approximately 45,000 H-1B cap subject petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap exemption petitions till date.
USCIS Reminds Special Immigrant Religious Workers to File Adjustment of Status Application Before August End
August 14, 2009
USCIS issued a reminder for special immigrant religious workers having a pending or approved Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, (Form I-360), to file their Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, (Form I-485), on or before Aug. 31, 2009. USCIS will reject Form I-485 applications submitted on or after Sept. 1, 2009, because an immigrant visa will not be immediately available, as required by INA 245(a).
H-1B Remains Available While H-2B for FY 2010 May Go Off Soon
August 11, 2009
USCIS has updated the count of H-1B and H-2B visa petitions received and counted towards the respective caps for the fiscal year 2010 employment. While the number of H-1B visa petitions remains unchanged, USCIS has informed that it has received 8,974 H-2B visa petitions for the first half of FY 2010. It has approved 8,183 petitions and only 791 petitions are pending.

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