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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.
USCIS Biometric Changes for Reentry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents
July 8, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have issued revised instructions for USCIS Form I131, Application for Travel Document. The instructions include changes effective March 5, 2008 that require applicants for reentry permits and refugee travel documents to provide biometrics (e.g., fingerprints and photographs) at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) for background and security checks and to meet requirements for secure travel and entry documents containing biometric identifiers.
USCIS Announces New Special Immigrant Visa for Certain Iraqis
July 8, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced guidelines for a new special immigrant visa for certain Iraqi nationals who worked for, or were contractors of the United States government in Iraq for at least one year after March 20, 2003.
H2B Cap Count Updated
July 3, 2008
The word "Cap" used in this Update refers to annual numerical limitations set by Congress on certain nonimmigrant visa classifications, e.g., H1B and H2B. Caps control the number of workers that can be issued a visa in a given fiscal year to enter the United States pursuant to a particular nonimmigrant classification. Caps also control the number of aliens already in the United States that may be authorized to change status to a capsubject classification.

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