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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.
USCIS Announces 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Nationals of Sudan
August 15, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Sudan through May 2, 2010. The extension will offer those who have already been granted TPS an opportunity to re-register and maintain their status for an additional 18 months. TPS does not apply to Sudanese nationals who entered the United States after Oct. 4, 2007.
Q & A: USCIS Announces 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Nationals of Sudan
August 14, 2008
The USCIS released the Q & A regarding the extension of the Temporary Protected Status for the nationals of Sudan people having no nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan. The extension will last 18 months, through May 2, 2010. This extension does not apply to citizens of Sudan who entered the United States after Oct. 7, 2004. Certain nationals of Sudan who have not previously applied for TPS may be able to apply under the late initial registration process.
USCIS Establishes Genealogy Program
August 13, 2008
Customers can now turn to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for help in researching their family’s immigration history through the agency’s new Genealogy Program.
Zoster Vaccine Shortage
August 12, 2008
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have informed USCIS that the Zoster vaccine, which is one of the new vaccination requirements effective July 1, 2008 for the applicants age 60 and older, is currently unavailable due to shipping delays by the manufacturer. The Zoster vaccine is even listed on the revised edition of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (06/05/08 edition date). Until further notice from the CDC, one has to be aware that a Form I-693 may be accepted if it is only missing the zoster vaccine. Civil surgeons may notate it on the form as “vaccine not available”.
USCIS Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times
August 11, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it continues to make steady progress in reducing the significant number of naturalization applications it received last year. USCIS now anticipates naturalization application processing will average 10-12 months nationally by the end of September 2008 – a substantial improvement from its estimated average processing time of 16-18 months first announced last year.

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