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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.
USCIS issues Service Center Receipting Update
June 22, 2007
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is putting in efforts to give its customers accurate information about current receipting times and service level commitments. It 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.
Modifications to Participation Requirement in DORA Pilot Program
June 21, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Immigrant applicants in the Dallas, El Paso and Oklahoma City areas, will no longer be required to participate in a pilot program that uses alternate filing procedures to process permanent residence or adjustment of status applications.
Naturalization through Military Service
June 21, 2007
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). In addition, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has streamlined the application and naturalization process for military personnel serving on activeduty or recently discharged. Generally, qualifying service is in one of the following branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, certain reserve components of the National Guard and the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.
New Direct Filing Instructions for Forms I129F, I131, I140, I360, I485, I765, and I907
June 21, 2007
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced new “Direct Filing” instructions for additional immigration forms that were transitioned last year into the BiSpecialization initiative. “Direct Filing” is the process by which USCIS requires customers to file their petitions and applications with the service center that will process the filings, based on the place of temporary employment or place of residence. USCIS customers can expect that the center where they file will also generate the receipt notice and complete the adjudication. This is a streamlining of the BiSpecialization process which previously required the filing of applications and petitions at one centralized location and that were subsequently distributed to another service center for issuance of a receipt notice and final case processing.
USCIS continues Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing Service for Religious Workers (R1) Nonimmigrant Visa Classification
June 19, 2007
It is a well known fact that on November 28, 2006, USCIS temporarily suspended Premium Processing Service for Aliens in a Religious Occupation which is filed on Form I129, along with the Q1 and R1 Classifications Supplement. The USCIS announced that additional time is needed to assess whether it is possible to provide premium processing services for Religious Worker petitions. USCIS is therefore extending the suspension for another 6 months, with an expiration date of December 18, 2007. This is being done because USCIS’ first and foremost mission is to ensure integrity in the adjudications process.
Task Force on New Americans reports FirstYear Initiatives
June 12, 2007
The Task Force on New Americans introduced four new interagency initiatives to help immigrants assimilate. The Task Force announced three major projects to help legal immigrants embrace the common core of American civic culture, learn English, and fully become American, in addition to launching WelcometoUSA.gov, the federal government’s official website for new immigrants.
Task force on New Americans
June 12, 2007
The Task Force on New Americans is an interagency effort to help immigrants learn English, embrace the common core of American civic culture and fully become American, it’s created by President George W. Bush in June 2006. The Task Force works to develop a more cooperative federal approach to assimilation, one of the five pillars of the President’s comprehensive immigration reform plan.
USCIS advises Public regarding Immigration Fraud and Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation
June 01, 2007
The USCIS has issued a notice to inform the public that although the U.S. Senate is debating and considering immigration legislation (S.1348), that bill has not passed into law. Legislation must be passed by both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President, before it becomes law.

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