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Iraqi Refugees can now seek asylum in the U.S.
May 15, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have been committed to streamlining the process for admitting Iraqi refugees to the U.S. while at the same time ensuring the highest level of security. Starting in May 2007, DHS and DOS have worked cooperatively to administer the overseas component of the U.S. refugee admissions program (USRAP).
USCIS Settles Kaplan Class Action
May 15, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has entered into a settlement agreement in a national class action, Kaplan, et al. v. Chertoff, et al., CV 065304, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
USCIS Settles Kaplan Class Action
May 6, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has entered into a settlement agreement in a national class action, Kaplan, et al. v. Chertoff, et al., CV 065304, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
USCIS Issues Revised Guidance on Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
May 6, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today issued guidance that will modify its earlier interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) which permits applicants for certain immigration benefits to retain classification as a child even if he or she has reached the age of 21.
USCIS Announces a Proposal to Increase Periods of Stay for TN Professional Workers from Canada or Mexico
May 5, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to increase the maximum amount of time a TradeNAFTA (TN) professional worker from Canada or Mexico can remain in the United States before seeking readmission or obtaining an extension of stay. The proposal will extend the maximum period of admission for TN workers from one year to three years, the same term that USCIS currently may grant to H1B specialty occupation workers.
USCIS Announces Enhancements to EVerify Program
May 5, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today improvements to the EVerify employment authorization program that will reduce an already low mismatch rate, while also streamlining and increasing the effectiveness of the overall program.
USCIS Revises Form I693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
April 29, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has revised Form I693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The revision was necessitated by changes to the Tuberculosis (TB) Component of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. This revised form (edition date 04/02/08) must be used for any medical examination completed on or after May 1, 2008. Previous editions of the Form I693 may not be used on or after that date.
USCIS Modifies Application for Employment Authorization
April 24, 2008
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has revised Form I765, Application for Employment Authorization. The form now includes additional eligibility codes.
USCIS Updates Naturalization Processing Times at Local Offices
April 22, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the projected times for local offices to complete processing of applications for citizenship from individuals who filed during the summer of 2007. Last July, USCIS received 460,000 applications for Naturalization. That was three times the record for any previous month. For the year, USCIS received 1.4 million naturalization applications, almost double the normal annual volume.
USCIS Permits F1 Students Opportunity to Request Change of Status
April 18, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it would allow F1 students who are the beneficiaries of selected H1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2009 to request a change of status in lieu of consular notification.

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