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H2B Cap for the Second Half of the Fiscal Year to Reach Soon
December 29, 2008
The USCIS updated the count of H2B petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the second half of the fiscal year 2009. As of December 29, 2008, 29,702 H2B Visa petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009. Out of the total 29, 702 H2B Visa Petitions, 15,764 beneficiaries have been approved while 13, 938 are pending.
USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program for the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400)
December 23, 2008
The USCIS, on December 23, 2008, announced that it is revising the Direct Mail Program for the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400). The notice of this addition is effective on Jan. 22, 2009. The notice advises the public to file non-military N-400s with the appropriate Lockbox facilities and provides a 30-day transition period after the effective date for USCIS service centers to forward N-400 applications received at their facilities to the appropriate Lockbox location.
The Latest H-2B Count
December 23, 2008
The USCIS updated the count of H-2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap for the second half of the fiscal year 2009. As of December 19, 2008, 27,111 visa petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009.
Q & As: USCIS to Streamline H-2B Visa Procedures
December 18, 2008
The USCIS has released the set of Q & As immediately after their announcement about streamlining the H-2B visa procedure. The Final Rule on streamlining the H-2B visa procedures will facilitate the process by which employers hire workers to participate in the H-2B visa program.
USCIS to Streamline H-2B Visa Procedures
December 18, 2008
The USCIS, on December 18, 2008, announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register a Final Rule that will change the requirements affecting H-2B beneficiaries and their employers. The Final Rule will facilitate the process by which employers hire workers to participate in the H-2B visa program.
Americanization Movement for the 21st Century: A Report to the President of the US from the Task Force on New Americans
December 17, 2008
The recent report entitled, “Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century: A Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on New Americans” is the result of more than two years of research by the Task Force on New Americans into immigrant integration efforts across all sectors of society in the United States. The report provides an overview of successful integration initiatives observed in many sectors and prescribes recommendations to launch a coordinated national campaign to promote the assimilation of immigrants into American civic culture.
Latest Update: H-2B Count for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2009
December 15, 2008
The USCIS, on December 15, 2008, updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap for the second half of the Fiscal Year 2009. As of December 15, 2008, 18,367 H-2B petitions have been counted towards the H-2B cap of 33,000 for the second half of FY 2009.
USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) Process
December 12, 2008
The USCIS, on December 12, 2008, announced that it has submitted an interim final rule that will streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. The employers must now use the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and to re-verify any employee with expiring employment authorization beginning 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. The current version of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) (dated 06/05/2007) will no longer be valid as of 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Q and As: USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) Process
December 12, 2008
The USCIS has released a set of Questions and Answers, pertaining to its announced about the interim final rule to streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. The employers must now use the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and to re-verify any employee with expiring employment authorization beginning 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. The current version of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) (dated 06/05/2007) will no longer be valid as of 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
EADs Extended for Eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries
December 12, 2008
The USCIS on December 12, 2008, announced an automatic extension of the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries for six months through Sept. 9, 2009. This will allow sufficient time for eligible TPS beneficiaries to re-register and receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) without any lapse in employment authorization.

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