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Celebrating Citizenship Day / Constitution Week 2007
September 14, 2007
The week beginning September 17 is Constitution Week. Each year the President signs a proclamation declaring September 17 as Citizenship Day and the start of Constitution Week and calls upon all citizens of the United States to rededicate themselves to their country and the principles upon which it was founded.
23,000 New Citizens during Constitution Week
September 14, 2007
More than 23,000 men and women across the country will become United States citizens next week during naturalization ceremonies hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to commemorate Citizenship Day and Constitution Week.
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) Provided to Liberians
September 12, 2007
Today, President George W. Bush issued a Memorandum directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, to defer the enforced departure for 18 months, until March 31, 2009, of any qualified Liberian national (or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia) who is currently present in the United States and who is under a grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as of September 30, 2007.
Certifying the U Nonimmigrant Status
September 5, 2007
An alien victim of criminal activity may file for U Nonimmigrant Status status set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse because of the activity and who also are willing to assist law enforcement agencies or government officials in the investigation of that activity.
New Rule Published for Nonimmigrant Victims of Criminal Activity
September 5, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it would publish an interim rule that grants temporary immigration benefits to certain victims of crimes who assist government officials in investigating or prosecuting the criminal activity. It can be summed up that Uvisas will provide temporary immigration benefits to victims who help law enforcement.
Update on Service Center and Lockbox Receipting
August 24, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of applications filed, which has resulted in a front log of cases awaiting dataentry. USCIS is putting in every effort to deal with the delay.
TPS Designation for El Salvador Nationals Extended Until March 9, 2009
August 21, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced the publication of a Federal Register notice extending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador until March 9, 2009. It is to be noted that there are approximately 234,000 nationals of El Salvador (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in El Salvador) who may be eligible to reregister their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).
Update on Service Center and Lockbox Receipting
August 17, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of applications filed, which has resulted in a front log of cases awaiting dataentry. USCIS is putting in every effort to deal with the delay.
USCIS Announces Change to Guatemalan Intercountry Adoption
August 6, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala will now require results of a second DNA test from the biological parent before they will issue an immigrant visa for the adopted child.
USCIS Apply Changes to Assist Prospective Adoptive Parents
August 6, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now permitting prospective adoptive parents to receive one nocharge extension of the approved Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition (Form I600A) if they have not already submitted a petition (Form I600) to classify an orphan as an immediate relative. It is known that the USCIS on July 30, 2007 implemented several changes benefiting prospective adoptive parents who experience delays finalizing their adoptions.

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