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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.
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Second Half of Fiscal Year 2009
January 08, 2009
The USCIS, on January 08, 2009, announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H2B cap for the second half of Fiscal Year 2009. USCIS will reject the H2B visa petitions for new workers seeking employment start dates prior to October 1, 2009 that arrive after Jan. 7, 2009. If deemed necessary, USCIS may apply a computer-generated random selection process to all the H2B visa petitions that are subject to the cap and received on Jan. 7, 2009 in order to select the number of H2B visa petitions needed to meet the cap.
100,000 Employers Use E-Verify Program
January 08, 2009
The USCIS, January 08, 2009, announced that more than 100,000 employers have signed up to participate in E-Verify, a free, easy to use online system that equips participating employers with the tools to quickly and effectively verify the employment eligibility of newly-hired employees. E-Verify is the best means available to the employers for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security Numbers (SSN). E-Verify assists employers in maintaining a legal workforce and protects jobs for authorized U.S. workers.
USCIS Announces New Filing Location for EB-5 Petitions
January 8, 2009
The USCIS released the advance copy of their notice announcing the requirement that petitions and applications related to the Alien Entrepreneur (EB5) immigrant classification, and Regional Center Proposals under the EB5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, must be filed at the California Service Center (CSC). This Notice is effective January 26, 2009 for the filing of Forms I-526, I-829, and Forms I-485 based on an approved Form I-526.

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