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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.
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.
USCIS Makes Preparations Ahead of Hurricane Gustav
August 29, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing to temporarily close offices, if necessary, along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in the projected path of Hurricane Gustav. If an office is closed, or our customers are evacuated from their homes, USCIS will automatically reschedule all appointments until a time when it is safe to resume operations.
USCIS Revises Filing Instructions for Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence
August 25, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on August 25, 2008 announced that it has revised the filing instructions for the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (Form I-751). Effective immediately, all petitioners filing a Form I-751 must file with the California or Vermont Service Center, depending on the state in which they reside.
USCIS Reminds Customers to Use Correct Edition of Form I-765 to Request Employment Authorization
August 18, 2008
The USCIS reminds its customers to use the correct version of the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) dated 05/27/08. The edition date appears in the lower right hand corner of the form as “Form I-765 (Rev. 05/27/08) N". Submission of an earlier version of Form I-765 may result in rejection of the application. The main purpose of the Form I-765 is to allow certain aliens in the United States to request employment authorization and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
USCIS Proposes Changes to Improve the H-2B Temporary Non-agricultural Worker Program
August 15, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 15, 2008 a series of proposed rule changes that will streamline procedures for hiring workers under the H-2B program. These changes are being proposed in further fulfillment of the commitment made by the Administration last August, after the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, to review and improve visa programs for temporary workers on H-2B using existing authorities. The proposed rule, which has been sent to the Federal Register, supplements the extensive reforms of the H-2B program already proposed by the Department of Labor in its proposed rule published on May 22.

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