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H-2B Availability for Second Half of FY 2009
December 05, 2008
The USCIS has begun to provide processing statistics for H-2B petitions for temporary nonagricultural employment in the second half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. As of December 1, 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received H-2B filings for 12,371 beneficiaries. Of these, 6,276 H-2B cases have been approved, and 6,095 are pending. Though the H-2B cap is 33,000 for the second half of the fiscal year, USCIS estimates that applications for at least 50,000 cap-subject beneficiaries will be needed to reach the half-year cap.
H-2B Count for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2009
December 03, 2008
The USCIS, on December 3, 2008 has updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap. As of December 1, 2008, 12,371 petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009.
Deadline for the Diversity Visa Lottery 2010 Is Approaching
November 26, 2008
The DV-2010 Lottery online entry ends at Noon EST on December 1, 2008.
Q & As on TPS Re-Registration Period Extension for Honduran and Nicaraguan
November 25, 2008
The USCIS has released a set of Questions and Answers pertaining to its announcement on Nov. 21, 2008, that it had extended the deadline for the re-registration period for Honduran and Nicaraguan Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries through Dec. 30, 2008. USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) held by Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals in current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status from Jan. 5, 2009 through July 5, 2009.
USCIS Publishes Final Rule for Religious Worker Visa Classifications
November 21, 2008
The USCIS on November 21, 2008 announced that it will make significant revisions to the special immigrant and nonimmigrant (R-1) religious worker visa classification regulations. The final rule on R-1 religious worker visa category will ensure the integrity of the religious worker visa program by establishing a requirement that employers submit a formal petition for temporary religious workers, and by providing for increased inspections, evaluations, verifications, and compliance reviews of religious organizations. The rule also fulfills the recent Congressional mandate to issue final regulations to eliminate or reduce fraud in the religious worker program. The rule on R-1 religious worker visa category also reduces the initial period of admission for a nonimmigrant from three years to a period of up to 30 months. The final rule has been transmitted to the Federal Register and will become effective immediately after publication.
H-2B Cap Count for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2009
November 21, 2008
The USCIS On November 24, 2008, updated the count of H-2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap on the USCIS website. As of November 21, 2008, 10,265 petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009.
Q & As on Final Rule for Religious Worker Visa Classifications
November 21, 2008
The USCIS has released a set of Questions and Answers pertaining to its announcement on November 21, 2008 that it will make significant revisions to the special immigrant and nonimmigrant (R-1) religious worker visa classification regulations. The final rule on R-1 religious worker visa category will ensure the integrity of the religious worker program while streamlining the process for legitimate petitioners.
Temporary Protected Status Re-Registration Period Extended for Nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua
November 21, 2008
The USCIS on November 21, 2008, announced an extension to the re-registration period for nationals of Nicaragua and Honduras who have been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and are now eligible to re-register and maintain their status an additional 18 months. Initially, the 60-day re-registration period for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua began Oct. 1, 2008 and ended on Dec. 1, 2008, which is now being extended through Dec. 30, 2008. Additionally, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for eligible Honduran and Nicaraguan Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries for 6 months through July 5, 2009. This will allow sufficient time for eligible Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register and receive an EAD without any lapse in employment authorization.
USCIS Awards Contracts for Training Services
November 20, 2008
The USCIS on November 20, 2008, announced the award of three contracts to provide residential training services for agency employees. The USCIS’ selected vendors will provide support for residential training in campus-like environments in Texas and Virginia, including comprehensive services, lodging, meals, equipment, and transportation. USCIS will provide the instructors. The USCIS Academy Training Center, which offers the basic training curriculum for new USCIS immigration officers and other immigration training courses, will be supported by two vendors, the American Airlines Training and Conference Center and the Idearc Hotel and Conference Center, both located in Dallas, Texas. The third contract was awarded to the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va., which will host supervisory and related professional development training.
USCIS Provides Processing Update on Hague Adoptions
November 19, 2008
In recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding prospective adoptive parents to submit complete application and petition packages for international adoptions under the Hague Adoption Convention to ensure timely processing. Since April 1, 2008, the NBC has received more than 1,300 applications and petitions for Hague Adoption. The NBC provides end-to-end processing for applications and petitions relating to Hague Adoption, and USCIS has found that a majority of cases are incomplete, requiring prospective adoptive parents to submit additional information after they filed their initial Hague Adoption application or petition. In an effort to speed up this part of the process, the NBC is working with adoption agency representatives to identify the necessary requirements for an initial Hague Adoption application.

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