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USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum on EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
June 19, 2009
USCIS on June 19, 2009 issued a guidance memorandum that provides USCIS adjudication officers with instructions related to the timing of job creation and the meaning of “full-time” positions in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The guidance memorandum update to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), clarifies that for purposes of the Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (Form I-526) adjudication and the job creation requirements, USCIS will consider the two-year period to begin six months after the adjudication of the Form I-526.
Electronic Passports Required for Travelers On Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
June 17, 2009
CBP issued a reminder that effective July 1, 2009; all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) emergency or temporary passports must be electronic passports (e-Passports) to be eligible for travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
USCIS Releases Q&As on the Applicability of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
June 15, 2009
On June 15, 2009, USCIS released frequently asked questions and answers providing guidance on the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), which explain the general requirements.
USCIS Update: H-1B Still Available for Fiscal Year 2010 Employment
June 11, 2009
USCIS has updated the count of H-1B petitions towards the fiscal year 2010 program. As of June 5, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 44,400 H-1B cap subject petitions and 20,000 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.
Two American Soldiers Become U.S. Citizens at First USCIS Naturalization Ceremony Ever Held in Latin America
June 10, 2009
Two American soldiers become US Citizens at first USCIS naturalization ceremony ever held in Latin America. The U.S. Embassy, on June 9, 2009 hosted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) first naturalization ceremony ever held in Latin America.
USCIS Issues Revised Information Collection on Form I-907
June 6, 2009
USCIS published a revised information collection on Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until July 6, 2009.
DHS Implements US-VISIT Exit Pilot Program in Detroit and Atlanta
June 4, 2009
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on June 5, 2009, issued an announcement regarding implementation of the US-VISIT exit pilot program at air ports of entry in Detroit, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia.
Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Use E-Verify System Delayed
June 3, 2009
Implementation of the final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-Verify system has been delayed until September 8, 2009.
USCIS to Begin Transferring Historical A-Files to the National Archives
June 3, 2009
USCIS announced that it will begin transferring historical A-Files to the National Archives for permanent retention. An A-file will be transferred to National Archives custody 100 years from the individual’s date of birth. Archival processing of approximately 135,000 files could be completed by next summer and available for public access.
USCIS Announced Delay in Permanent Resident Card Production
June 1, 2009
USCIS, on May 29, 2009 announced the possible delay in the production of permanent resident cards as it is in the process of upgrading its permanent resident card production equipment.

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