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Comment Period Closed for Proposed Rule to Replace Permanent Resident Cards Without Expiration Date
December 13, 2007
The USCIS published a proposed regulation on August 22, 2007, in the Federal Register that, when implemented, would require lawful permanent residents to replace permanent resident cards (Form I551) with no expiration date. The USCIS accepted public comments on this proposal for 30 days until September 21, 2007, and is currently reviewing the 298 comments received during the public comment period.
Updated Guide for New Immigrants
December 11, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released an updated version of Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. This popular booklet includes essential information to help newly arrived immigrants settle into the United States.
Expansion of Immigration Officer Training Capacity
December 05, 2007
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the integration of three new stateoftheart training facilities into the USCIS Academy aimed at building a workforce and immigration service suited for the 21st century.
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.

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