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USCIS Welcomes More Than 39,000 New Citizens during Constitution Week and Citizenship Day
September 17, 2008
More than 39,000 individuals will become new citizens of the United States this week during special ceremonies hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to recognize Constitution Week. The naturalization ceremonies held September 17 through September 23 commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Naturalization ceremonies are scheduled for Citizenship Day, September 17 for as few as 20 citizenship applicants in St. Albans, Vermont, to as many as 3,000 applicants at Fenway Park in Boston.
CGFNS New India Pilot Project
September 16, 2008
CGFNS International and AHED Global Healthcare, Inc., a global continuing education provider, recently announced the rollout of a pilot project in India for the CGFNS Assessment of General Knowledge (CGFNS-AGNK) Examination. The pilot rollout in India focuses on enhancing the employability of nurses within India and in other non-US countries. The test does NOT substitute for the State Nursing Council Examination required for licensure in India. The test will be used by schools of nursing and healthcare systems in India as a screening mechanism for measuring fundamental nursing knowledge and predicting work success for pre or post-licensed nurses.
USCIS Houston Office Remains Closed Due to Hurricane Ike
September 15, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that its Houston office at 126 North point will remain closed for business today and tomorrow (Sept. 15-16). Additionally, all three local Application Support Centers as well as the Houston Asylum Office (see locations below) will remain closed until Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Joint Statement by DOS Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugee Issues Ambassador James Foley and DHS Senior Advisor for Iraqi Refugees Lori Scialabba
September 12, 2008
The U.S. Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) are pleased to announce that they have successfully achieved the goal of admitting more than 12,000 Iraqi refugees to the United States through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program during fiscal year (FY) 2008.
Fact Sheet: Iraqi Refugee Processing
September 12, 2008
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is an inter-agency effort involving a number of governmental and non-governmental partners, both overseas and domestically, whose mission is to resettle refugees in the United States. The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has overall management responsibility for the USRAP and has the lead in proposing admissions numbers and processing priorities. Within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has responsibility for interviewing refugee applicants and adjudicating applications for refugee status. Through its cooperative agreements with Overseas Processing Entities (OPE), PRM handles the intake of refugee referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and U.S. embassies, certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the prescreening of cases and the out-processing of individuals for travel to the United States.
Update on Pending FBI Name Checks and Projected Naturalization Processing Times
September 9, 2008
The DHS and the USCIS’ Ombudsman announced a significant decline in the number of pending FBI name checks for individuals seeking immigration benefits in the United States. FBI name checks, one of several security screening tools used by the USCIS, have delayed the adjudication of benefits for many thousands of applicants. The USCIS Ombudsman had identified FBI name check delays as one of the major hurdles to improved customer service at USCIS in his 2008 and 2007 Annual Reports to Congress.
USCIS to Close Havana Office Due to Hurricane Ike
September 08, 2008
The USCIS announced today that its Havana field office, located at located at: Calzada e/ L y M, Vedado, C. Havana, Cuba due to the Hurricane Ike. The office will remain closed until Wednesday, Sept. 10. but the USCIS at the same time is being generous to all its customers who are evacuated from their homes, by rescheduling all appointments until a time when it is safe to resume operations.
USCIS Salutes America's Newest Citizens
September 04, 2008
The USCIS hosted two special Naturalization ceremonies in Iraq and Kuwait this week under which 235 military service members from 54 countries became the newest citizens of the United States. USCIS immigration officials volunteer to travel to combat theaters to conduct naturalization interviews and hold citizenship ceremonies for members of the U.S. military. Their tireless work, in several cases up until the last possible moment, ensured that 192 service members recited the Oath of Allegiance during a ceremony at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. Later in the week, USCIS officials also naturalized 20 service members at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.
USCIS Redesigned the Naturalization Test
September 2, 2008
In the interest of creating a more standardized, fair, and meaningful naturalization process, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently completed a multi-year redesign of the Naturalization test. The revised test, with an emphasis on the fundamental concepts of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of US Citizenship, will help encourage citizenship applicants to learn and identify with the basic values we all share as Americans.
CGFNS International Partners with AHEd Global Healthcare to Deliver Assessment of Nursing Knowledge as a Pilot Project in India
September 2, 2008
The CGFNS International, with its 30 years of experience testing international nurses, and AHEd Global Healthcare, Inc. (AGH) (a subsidiary of American Higher Education, Inc.), a global continuing education provider today announced the rollout of a pilot project in India for the CGFNS Assessment of General Nursing Knowledge (CGFNS-AGNK) examination. The CGFNS-AGNK test is an internationally validated exam developed to determine nurses’ capacity to apply their knowledge in the delivery of effective patient care. The CGFNS-AGNK will be used by schools of nursing and healthcare systems in India as a screening mechanism for measuring fundamental nursing knowledge and predicting work success for pre or post-licensed nurses.

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