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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 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 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.
USCIS Extends Validity Period of Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for Refugees
July 11, 2008
In an effort to provide better customer service to refugees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it would extend the validity of initial Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for refugees to two years after arrival in the United States. Previous policy required renewal of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after one year.
USCIS Reverts to Prior Edition of Form I9
July 10, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has withdrawn the June 16, 2008 version of the Form I9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and has reinstated the use of the June 5, 2008 version. The USCIS is now directing employers to use the June 5, 2007 version, which has been updated with a new expiration date of June 30, 2009. Other than the revision date, there are no differences between the two versions.
USCIS Continues Suspension of Premium Processing Service for Religious Workers
July 9, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the suspension of premium processing service for religious worker (R1) nonimmigrant visa petitions will continue at least until January 7, 2009. A previous sixmonth suspension was announced on January 4, 2008.

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