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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 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 Prevention’s 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.
USCIS Carries Out Random Selection Process for H1B Petitions
April 14, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today conducted the computergenerated random selection processes on H1B petitions, to select which H1B petitions for fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009) would continue to full adjudication. If approved these H1B petitions will be eligible to receive an H1B visa number.
Update on Processing Petitions for Nonimmigrant Victims of Criminal Activity
April 10, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, until further notice, it will not terminate interim relief for aliens who have not yet filed for U nonimmigrant status, except in those cases where USCIS is aware of adverse factors. USCIS will continue to accept petitions for U nonimmigrant status at any time. It is to be recalled that the USCIS had announced on Sept. 5, 2007 the publication of an interim final rule granting immigrant benefits to certain victims of crimes who assist government officials in investigating or prosecuting the criminal activity. That rule was effective Oct. 17, 2007 and established procedures for applicants seeking U nonimmigrant status, one of which encouraged aliens who had been granted interim relief to petition for U nonimmigrant status prior to Apr. 13, 2008 (180 days from the effective date of the rule). The rule states that USCIS will terminate interim relief for aliens who fail to petition for the “U” classification within the 180day time period.
Preliminary Numbers of H1B Cap Filings for FY 2009 Released
April 10, 2008
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a preliminary number of nearly 163,000 H1B petitions received during the filing period ending on April 7, 2008. It is notable that more than 31,200 of those petitions were for the advanced degree category.

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