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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.
Guatemalan Adoption Processing Procedures Revised
October 11, 2007
Effective from October 15, 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will place a ceiling on the number of initial orphan petition submissions in Guatemala. Under the new procedures, USCIS will accept only one initial application packet to adopt a child from Guatemala (Form I600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative) per prospective adoptive parent, attorney, or representative, per appointment.
USCIS Issues Interim Rule for Adopted Children under the Hague Convention.
October 04, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the publication of an interim rule in the Federal Register to establish new administrative procedures for the immigration of children who are adopted by U.S. citizens and who come from countries that are parties to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
H2B Cap Reached for First Half of FY2008
October 02, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2008 (FY2008). USCIS has notified the public that September 27, 2007 is the “final receipt date” for new H2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to April 1, 2008.
New Naturalization Test Announced
September 27, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the 100 questions and answers that comprise the civics component of the new naturalization test. USCIS will administer this new test to citizenship applicants beginning in October 2008.
USCIS Exercises Authority to Exempt Certain Persons Who Provided Material Support under Duress
September 26, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on September 6, 2007, issued a memorandum to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which authorizes USCIS, in consultation with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to implement the DHS Secretary’s discretionary authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to exempt from the material support inadmissibility provision certain individuals who provided material support under duress to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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