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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.
30Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Form I824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition
June 02, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on March 4 2008, at 73 FR 11655 allowing for a 60day public comment period. USCIS did not receive any comments for this information collection.
USCIS Moves Lockbox to New Site in Chicago
May 30, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) moved the agency Lockbox to a new location in Chicago on May 28. While the Post Office Box address is the same, the move changes the address for deliveries by private couriers (nonUSPS).
USCIS Naturalizes First Military Spouse Overseas
May 30, 2008
Zita Chouchan, the spouse of a member of the U.S. military recited the Oath of Allegiance and became the newest citizen of the United States yesterday at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. This was the first overseas naturalization ceremony for a military spouse.
USCIS Clarifies EVerify Requirement for STEM OPT Extension for F1 students
May 28, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that F1 students who are applying for a 17month extension of optional practical training (OPT) on the basis of a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field must have a job or job offer from an employer that is enrolled and in good standing in the EVerify employment eligibility verification program at the site where the student will be employed. If the STEM graduate is employed by more than one employer, all of the graduate's employers must comply with the EVerify requirement.
USCIS Modifies Application for Temporary Protected Status Previous Versions of Form I821 Will Be Accepted Until June 26, 2008
May 28, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has revised the Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I821). The agency is publishing a notice in today’s Federal Register to inform the public that the new form becomes effective on June 27, 2008.

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