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18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Nationals of El Salvador
September 24, 2008
The USCIS announced that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador through Sep. 9, 2010. The extension will make those who have already been granted TPS eligible to re-register and maintain their status for an additional 18 months. The extension of TPS for El Salvador is effective Mar. 10, 2009 and will remain in effect through Sep. 9, 2010. Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible following the start of the 90-day re-registration period. TPS beneficiaries must submit the Application for Temporary Protected Status Form I-821 without the application fee and the Application for Employment Authorization Form I-765 in order to reregister for TPS.
USCIS Reminds Customers of Program Flexibilities
September 24, 2008
The USCIS realizes that unexpected events in a personís home country can sometimes affect their travel or other plans. Thus the USCIS are initiating their services in a way to keep flexibilities for the convenience of the people. Foreigners in the US on a visitorís visa may request for the extension of their stay or change of their status if the unexpected events in their home country delay their travel; even the students either on F-1 or M-1 visa may request for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) on the similar grounds. Not limited to this, the non-immigrant visitors affected by unexpected events in their home country may request expedited processing of their applications or petition.
Two Categories of Special Immigrant Religious Workers to Expire on October 1
September 19, 2008
Itís like a reminder from the USCIS for all its customers that authorization for the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program will expire on Oct. 1, 2008. The USCIS even said that the individuals applying to serve in the two non-minister categories of the program must either adjust their Status to permanent residence or apply for, and be admitted with, an immigrant visa before Oct. 1, 2008. The two expiring categories are special immigrant religious workers in professional or non-professional capacities within a religious vocation or occupation. The expiration date also applies to the accompanying spouses and children of these workers. Special immigrant religious workers entering the United States solely to carry on the vocation of a minister of a religious denomination are not impacted by the expiration date.
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 Stateís (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 USCISí 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.

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