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Service Center and Lockbox Receipting Update
December 03, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that applicants are experiencing delays in receiving notices of receipt due to the fact that processing of fee payments and entry of cases into its tracking system was behind schedule due to the tremendous increase in the number of applications filed. It added that it was working hard to deal with the increased volume.
Revised Filing Instructions for Petition for Alien Relative
November 30, 2007
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising the filing instructions for the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I130). Effective Dec. 3, 2007, all applicants filing standalone Form I130s are encouraged to file their petitions with the Chicago Lockbox instead of a USCIS Service Center.
Reminder to Nationals of Burundi to Reregister for TPS
November 28, 2007
With just one month to go, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reminded nationals of Burundi eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file a reregistration application for TPS by the closing date of December 28th, 2007. Failure to file a TPS reregistration application by December 28th will result in the withdrawal of TPS benefits, including employment authorization and protection from removal from the United States.
USCIS Centralizes Filing for H2A Petitions
November 09, 2007
In a Federal Register notice published today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) declared that, it will only accept H2A (temporary/seasonal agricultural worker) petitions mailed or delivered to its California Service Center, effective December 10, 2007. The notice informs the public to use the following addresses
Employment Eligibility Verification Form I9 Revised
November 07, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I9) is now available for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I9 for each employee hired in the United States.
Readmissions Simplified for Certain H and L Nonimmigrants with Pending Permanent Residence Applications
November 02, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a final rule in the Federal Register to streamline the readmission of certain H and L nonimmigrants who have applied for adjustment of status to become permanent residents. The rule removes the requirement that such persons present a receipt notice (Form I797, Notice of Action) for their adjustment applications when returning to the United States from travel abroad.
USCIS Reopens Comment Period on Proposed Rule for Religious Worker Visa Classifications
November 01, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is reopening the public comment period until November 16, 2007, on a proposed rule for special immigrant (SR/SD) and nonimmigrant (R1) religious worker visa classifications. The notice extending the comment period is published in Federal Register.
TPS Terminated for Nationals of Burundi as of May 2, 2008
October 29, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Burundi; the designation, however, will remain in effect through May 1, 2009. After reviewing country conditions and consulting with the appropriate Government agencies, the Secretary of Homeland Security, determined that conditions in Burundi no longer support the TPS designation and is therefore terminating the designation.
Fact Sheet for Naturalization through Military Service
October 24, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a fact sheet stating that members and certain veterans of the U.S. armed forces are eligible to apply for United States citizenship under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Centralized Filing Location for the H2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Program
October 17, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced a new customer service initiative to improve the H2A (temporary/seasonal agricultural worker) petition process.

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