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USCIS reminds employers of automatic extension of certain TPS–based EADs
February 09, 2005
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reminded employers of the automatic extension of the validity of Honduran and Nicaraguan TPSbased EADs for six months, from January 5, 2005 until July 5, 2005.
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.
USCIS Launches Online Service to Check Status of FOIA Requests
June 30, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched the online FOIA Request Status Check service providing customers a quick and secure way to check the status of requests they have made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
USCIS Revises Instructions on Where to Submit Applications Previously Processed by Its Tijuana Field Office
June 27, 2008
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today revised its instructions on where to submit applications previously processed by its Tijuana Field Office. The Tijuana Field Office is closing on July 3, 2008 and to prepare, the agency stopped accepting the following applications and transferred responsibilities as reflected below.
Cap Count for H1B and H2B Workers for Fiscal Year 2009
June 26, 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.
Fact Sheet: Iraqi Refugee Processing
June 23, 2008
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is an interagency effort involving a number of governmental and nongovernmental partners, 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. Within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has responsibility for interviewing refugee applicants and adjudicating applications for refugee status. Through its cooperative agreements with Overseas Processing Entities (OPE), PRM handles the intake of refugee referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and U.S. embassies, certain nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the prescreening of cases and the outprocessing of individuals for travel to the United States.
USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I9
June 23, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated version of Form I9, the employment eligibility verification form. The June 5, 2007 edition of the form is set to expire on June 30, 2008 and is replaced by the new form dated June 16, 2008. The new version contains no substantive changes from the previous edition.
USCIS To Permanently Close Its Tijuana Field Office On July 3, 2008
June 18, 2008
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will permanently close its field office in Tijuana, Mexico on July 3, 2008. To prepare, the Tijuana Field Office will stop accepting the following applications and transfer responsibility after the dates listed below:

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