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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.
USCIS Informs the Public that New Passport Card is Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification
August 8, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is informing the public that the new U.S. Passport Card may be used in the Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9) process.
USCIS in Los Angeles Reaches Out to Its Customers Affected by Earthquake and Aftershocks
July 30, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Los Angeles is taking several proactive measures to reach customers and employees affected by the earthquake and aftershocks. The safety of our customers and employees comes first and foremost.
USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2009
July 30, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 30, 2008 that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2009 (FY2009). USCIS is hereby notifying the public that July 29, 2008 is the “final receipt date” for new H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to April 1, 2009. The “final receipt date” is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the limit of 33,000 H-2B workers for the first half of FY2009.
USCIS Changes Vaccination Requirements for Adjustment of Status Applicants
July 24, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today a revised list of vaccines required for applicants seeking for the Adjustment of Status to become legal permanent residents. This revision follows guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
USCIS Harlingen Office Closes Due to Hurricane Dolly
July 22, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Harlingen Office located at 1717 Zoy Street, has closed due to Hurricane Dolly. Individuals with a scheduled appointment for July 22, and 23, were seen today.
USCIS Clarifies Fee Exemption Eligibility for the Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Form I601)
July 21, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remind its customers that the fee for an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Form I601) is always required. USCIS has received numerous applications filed without the appropriate fee due to an incorrect interpretation of the regulations.
EB2 Immigrant Visa Cutoff Dates for India and China
July 18, 2008
As per the Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for August 2008, cutoff dates for the employmentbased second preference (EB2) category for India and China will advance more than two years, to June 1, 2006. Also in August, the employmentbased third preference (EB3) subcategory for "other workers" will become unavailable worldwide, but is expected to resume availability with a January 1, 2003 cutoff date in October of this year. All the other employmentbased immigrant visa categories will remain unchanged in August, 2008.
Fact Sheet: Iraqi Refugee Processing
July 15, 2008
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is an interagency partnership of many governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGO), 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. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for interviewing refugee applicants and adjudicating applications for refugee status. Through its cooperative agreements with overseas processing entities, PRM handles the intake of refugee referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and U.S. embassies, certain NGOs, the prescreening of cases and the outprocessing of individuals for travel to the United States.

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