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USCIS announces reduction in backlog for immigration benefits processing
November 10, 2004
By completing more than 600,000 more cases than were received in the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2004, USCIS announced that the backlog has declined for the processing of immigration benefits such as work authorization, permanent residency, and naturalization.
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:
USCIS To Permanently Close Its Hong Kong Field Office On August 29, 2008
June 18, 2008
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will permanently close its field office in Hong Kong on August 29, 2008. To prepare, the Hong Kong Field Office will stop accepting the following applications and transfer responsibility after the dates listed below:
USCIS to Issue TwoYear Employment Authorization Documents
June 12, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that beginning on June 30, 2008 it will issue Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) valid for two years.
USCIS to Offer Premium Processing for Certain Form I140 Petitions: Service Begins June 16, 2008
June 11, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that on June 16, 2008, it will begin accepting Premium Processing Service requests for Forms I140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) filed on behalf of certain alien workers who are nearing the end of their sixth year in H1B nonimmigrant status.
Language in Form I751 Transfer Notices Sent to Petitioners
June 05, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it will revise language in transfer notices received by petitioners who filed a Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. The current notice includes language that may cause petitioners to believe their cases have been approved.
USCIS Centralizes Initial Naturalization Application Processing
June 5, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it has centralized initial processing of all applications for naturalization (Form400) at its National Benefits Center in Missouri. This change is part of the USCIS initiative to increase the efficiency of case management and improve customer service.

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