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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.
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.
New I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form to Take Effect February 02, 2009
January 28, 2009
The USCIS has issued a new edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new I-9 form, Employment Eligibility Verification will take effect on February 2, 2009 and should not be used before that date. Until February 2, employers should continue to use the June 5, 2007 edition of the form
E-Verify for Federal Contractors to be Further Postponed
January 27, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the implementation of the regulation requiring certain federal contractors to use E-Verify will be postponed from January 15, 2009 to February 20, 2009. The E-Verify regulation that was scheduled to take effect on January 15th requires certain federal contractors to use internet-based E-Verify system to verify the work eligibility of their employees.
Changes to H-2B Applications Filed After January 18, 2009
January 21, 2009
On December 19, 2008, the Office of the Federal Register published the Final Rule on H2B Temporary Non-agricultural Employment. The Final Rule takes effect January 18, 2009. Certain aspects of the Final Rule will allow for a transition period. The Employment Security Department of Washington State provides guidance on changes to the H2B program resulting from the December 19, 2008 final rule on Labor Certification for H2Bs
USCIS Releases Revised I-9 Form
January 19, 2009
The USCIS announced that it has submitted an interim final rule that will streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. The interim rule on Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) eliminates Forms I-688, I-688A, and I-688B from List A. The current version of the Form I-9 will no longer be valid as of 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
USCIS Offices in Washington, D.C. to Close for Two Federal Holidays
January 13, 2009
The USCIS announced that its headquarters, field offices, asylum offices, and Application Support Centers (ASCs) in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will be closed January 17 through January 20, 2009 for two federal holidays.

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