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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.
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.

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