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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.
USCIS Announces the Status of Cambodian Adoptions
February 11, 2009
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today clarified its inability to approve any Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed for a child to be adopted from Cambodia. Also, the Department of State (DOS) has advised USCIS that that Cambodia is not currently meeting its obligations under The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). As a result, DOS consular officers cannot issue the required Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Declaration and thus the USCIS is unable to approve any Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, filed for a child to be adopted from Cambodia at this time.
USCIS Urges H-2A and H-2B Petitioners to Use the New Form I-129
February 04, 2009
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remind employers who participate in the H-2A agricultural temporary worker program and the H-2B nonagricultural temporary worker program to use the new Form I-129, “Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker,” which contains the H Classification Supplement
Non-Minister Category of Special Immigrant Religious Workers to Expire On March 6, 2009
February 04, 2009
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remind its customers that authorization for the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program will expire on March 6, 2009. Individuals applying under the non-minister category of the program, including family members, must either adjust status to permanent resident or be admitted with an immigrant visa before March 6, 2009.
TPS Reminder to Nationals of El Salvador
October 12, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today reminded nationals of El Salvador eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file a reregistration application by October 22, 2007.
Naturalization Process for the Military
February 03, 2009
The USCIS, on February 03, 2009, released a fact sheet summarizing the naturalization process for members of the US armed forces. The factsheet also include the naturalization statistics for the FY 2009. USCIS recognize the important sacrifice made by non-U.S. citizen members of the US armed forces and their families, and thus is committed to process their Naturalization for their service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and certain components of the National Guard and the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.
New I-9 Regulation Postponed
January 30, 2009
The USCIS has postponed the implementation of a new I-9 Regulation that would streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process and prohibit employers from accepting expired documents for I-9 purposes. The regulation was set to take effect on February 2, 2009 but will be delayed until April 3, 2009.

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