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USCIS Discontinues Use of Prepaid Mailers to Issue Notices and Documents
July 23, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has advised the public that as of July 30, 2007, USCIS’ Service Centers will only accept “prepaid mailers” for Refugee Travel documents and Reentry Permits given their high rate of expedited handling. USCIS has, for some time, allowed the public to enclose “prepaid mailers” in connection with applications or petitions filed with USCIS.
USCIS Announces Revised Processing for I485 Applications
July 17, 2007
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, beginning immediately, it will accept employmentbased applications to adjust status (Form I 485) filed by aliens whose priority dates are current under the July Visa Bulletin, No. 107. USCIS will accept applications filed not later than August 17, 2007.
USCIS Launches Transformation Pilot Program
July 17, 2007
A first of its kind pilot program to test the webbased information management tool known as the Secure Information Management Service (SIMS) was launched by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS deployed SIMS on July 5, 2007, to process intercountry adoption applications domestically in Memphis, Tennessee and Newark, New Jersey, and internationally in Frankfurt, Germany; Bangkok, Thailand; and Mexico City, Mexico.
USCIS Issues Correction of Previous Guidance Concerning Form I140
July 14, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept labor certification substitution requests in the context of Form I140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, filings that it receives on Monday, July 16, 2007. USCIS previously announced, on May 24, 2007, that it would reject all labor certification substitution requests filed on or after the effective date of the Department of Labor (DOL) substitutions regulation, which is July 16, 2007.
USCIS Provides Service Center Receipting Update
July 14, 2007
In an attempt to give its customers accurate information about current receipting times and service level commitments, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is providing the following projections concerning fee receipting and data entry processing of cases currently at USCIS Service Centers as well as the anticipated in timecompliance dates at each site.
California Service Center Starts Issuing Delayed Form I797 Approval Notices
July 11, 2007
The USCIS has announced that it has resolved the systems problems creating delays in Form I797 notice issuance from the California Service Center (CSC) that had been previously announced to the public. It also added that CSC is in the process of generating and mailing the delayed approval notices and affected customers should expect delivery by July 20, 2007.
Hondurans and Nicaraguans Eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) get a Reminder from USCIS
July 11, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today reminded the Hondurans and Nicaraguans eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file a reregistration application for TPS by the closing date of July 30, 2007. There are approximately 78,000 Honduran nationals and 4,000 Nicaraguan nationals (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras or Nicaragua respectively) who may be eligible for reregistration. With less than three weeks remaining, the USCIS has informed that failure to file a TPS reregistration application by July 30, will result in the withdrawal of TPS benefits, including employment authorization and protection from removal from the United States. From May 29 to July 10, 33,416 Hondurans and 1,667 Nicaraguans have filed TPS reregistration applications.
USCIS Provides Service Center Receipting Update
July 09, 2007
In an attempt to give its customers accurate information about current receipting times and service level commitments, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is providing the following projections concerning fee receipting and data entry processing of cases currently at USCIS Service Centers as well as the anticipated in timecompliance dates at each site.
New Fee Schedule Effective from July 30, 2007
June 30, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminded its customers that the agency’s new fee schedule is effective from July 30, 2007. They have also said that applications or petitions postmarked or otherwise filed on or after that date must include the new fee.
Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing Service for Form I140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
June 27, 2007
From July 2nd, 2007, the USCIS is temporarily suspending Premium Processing Service for Form I140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) in accordance with 8 CFR103.2 (f) (2). USCIS anticipates a substantial increase in the number of petitioning employers that will file Form I140 petitions requesting Premium Processing Service as of July 2, 2007. This is due to pent up demand for preference visa categories for which visas will become available according to the Department of State July 2007 Visa Bulletin. The volume of Form I140 petitions filed that request Premium Process Service is projected to exceed USCIS’ capacity to provide the Premium Process Service according to the Premium Process Service program guidelines.

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