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USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009
March 20, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap on April 1, 2009. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of the petition; not the date that the petition is postmarked.
USCIS Announces H-1B Requirements for Companies that Received TARP Funding
March 20, 2009
USCIS on March 20, 2009, has announced additional requirements for employers, who receive funds through TARP or under section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act (covered funding), before they may hire a foreign national to work in the H-1B specialty occupation category. The new Employ American Workers Act, (EAWA), signed into law by President Obama as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was enacted to ensure that companies receiving covered funding do not displace U.S. workers.
USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-129 and Instructions
March 20, 2009
USCIS on March 20, 2009 posted an updated version of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and instructions to its website. The revised form includes a question regarding whether the employer has been the recipient of TARP funding in the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. The form and instructions have a revision date of 3/11/09. Previous editions are being accepted.
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.
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.
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 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).
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).

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