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Optional Processing Worksheet for FY 2010 H-1B Filings
March 20, 2009
The USCIS has released an optional worksheet to assist H-1B petitioners submit an H-1B petition. Though you are not required to submit this worksheet to USCIS, this worksheet gives you an idea on filing an H-1B petition.
USCIS Announces $1.2 Million Citizenship Grant Program
March 12, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that a competitive grant program is being offered through Grants.gov for a $1.2 million grant program to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents.
USCIS Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2009 Citizenship Grant Program
March 12, 2009
Through the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009, Congress created the Fiscal Year 2009 Citizenship Grant Program. This competitive grant program provides approximately $1.2 million of federal funding—in the form of 12 $100,000 individual awards—to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs).
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program Extended
March 12, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program has been extended through September 30, 2009 due to signing of the Fiscal 2009 Omnibus Bill.
CBP in Los Angeles Offers International Travel Tips for Spring Breakers
March 10, 2009
In anticipation of the spring break travel season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provides a few travel tips, if you are traveling abroad, returning home or visiting the United States or its Territories. When arriving from an international flight travelers are advised to be prepared for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Have all documents completely filled out and ready to present to the CBP officers, this will expedite the process.
USCIS Adds Passport Data in E-Verify Process for Foreign-Born Citizens
March 04, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) incorporation of Department of State (DOS) passport data into the E-Verify employment authorization program is reducing the incidences of mismatches among foreign-born citizens. A September 2007 E-Verify program evaluation found that foreign-born citizens were more likely to receive mismatches, known as Tentative Non-confirmations (TNCs), than U.S.-born citizens. Passport number checking capability for citizens providing a U.S. passport as Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification form) identification improves an already thriving program.
USCIS Revises Policy on Long-Pending FBI Name Checks
March 04, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, working in close partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the backlog for FBI name checks pending more than six months has been eliminated. This is the fourth milestone met by the agency as part of its joint plan with the FBI to completely eliminate the backlog of pending name checks. Just 16 months ago, more than 349,000 name checks were pending; of that, nearly 150,000 had been pending for more than six months. All USCIS requests pending for six months or more as of February 28, 2009, have now been responded to by the FBI’s National Name Check Program (NNCP).
USCIS Naturalization Ceremony Held in Japan – First Child Becomes a U.S. Citizen Overseas
February 27, 2009
The USCIS held a naturalization ceremony in the Chapel of Hope, Japan on February 27, 2009. Martin Miles Ulsano, age 7, the child of a member of the U.S. Navy, recited the Oath of Allegiance at a Naturalization ceremony and became the newest citizen of the United States, and the first child naturalized overseas.
Fact Sheet: Premium Processing Service for Certain Form I-140 Petitions Begins March 2, 2009
February 25, 2009
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a Fact Sheet that will expand Premium Processing Service for designated Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. USCIS will accept Form I-907 either together with the Form I-140 petition or after the filing of the Form I-140 petition through the mail or delivery service only. E-filing for Form I-907 will not be available.
Premium Processing Service Expanded for Certain Form I-140 Petitions
February 24, 2009
USCIS will expand Premium Processing Service for certain Forms I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) to include alien beneficiaries who have reached, or are reaching, their limitation of stay in H-1B nonimmigrant status. USCIS will accept Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service) for alien worker petitions filed on behalf of alien beneficiaries, beginning March 2.

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