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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.
Sunset Date to Affect Regional Center Proposals Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program
February 19, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers that the applicable provisions of immigration law concerning the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program (Pilot Program) will expire at midnight on March 06, 2009. The sunset date affects all Regional Center Proposals and certain Forms I-526, Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneurs and Forms I-485, Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, affiliated with Regional Centers relying on “indirect” job creation analyses. USCIS will continue to receive, process, and adjudicate as many Regional Center affiliated Forms I-526 and Forms I-485 as possible until the close of business on March 06, 2009, the scheduled sunset date.
USCIS New Orleans Office Will Be Closed February 24
February 15, 2009
The USCIS announced that the New Orleans, Louisiana Field Office will be closed on February 24, 2009 for Mardi Gras.
E-Verify Tool to Counter Hiring of Illegal Immigrants in the US
February 12, 2009
The requirement that federal contractors utilize E-Verify has been delayed once again. The argument for this delay is to allow the Obama administration time to review this requirement. The purpose of E-Verify is to crackdown on federal contractors who hire illegal immigrants. The Bush Administration had initially stated that this requirement would come into effect on January 15, 2009; however, due to a lawsuit filed by the US Chamber of Commerce regarding this very requirement, the implementation of the requirement was delayed until February 20, 2009.
USCIS Fact Sheet on Iraqi Refugee Processing
February 11, 2009
The USCIS, on February 11, 2009, released a Fact Sheet on Iraqi Refugee Processing, which provides a detailed overview of Iraqi refugee processing for both Iraqi citizens who are currently in US and outside US. The Fact Sheet includes contact information for the IOM in Jordan and Egypt, information on special immigrant visas, and data on Iraqi applicants to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

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