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Articles Tagged: USCIS

TPS Registration Deadline for Syrian Nationals

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Secretary Napolitano has announced that Syrian nationals are now eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This action by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in response to chaotic and violent upheaval and the current deteriorating situation in Syria. The TPS designation for Syria is effective for eighteen months – from […]

Anticipation: Prosecutorial Discretion – What happens next?

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Is ICE trying to implement prosecutorial discretion which I thought had always been exercised and a prerogative or is this a “show and tell” display to meet a mandate? Specifically, ICE’s efforts have been focused on a pilot program in two cities for illegal immigrants whose cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Baltimore Immigration […]

18-Month Extension and Re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

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This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is both extending the existing designation of Haiti for temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months from July 23, 2011 through January 22, 2013, and redesignating Haiti for TPS for 18 months, effective July 23, 2011 through January 22, 2013. The extension allows current eligible […]

USCIS Proposes Significant Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing to Help America Win the Future

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Actions Will Streamline Program Designed to Create Jobs WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today proposed significant enhancements to the administration of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program, commonly referred to as the EB-5 Program—transforming the intake and review process for immigrant investors as part of the Obama administration’s continued commitment to improve the legal immigration […]

Summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)

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Below is a summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions: FB1ROW, China and India move backwards by eight (8) months to May 1, 2004.  FB1 Mexico moves forward by two (2) weeks to February 15, 1993. FB1 Philippines moves forward by three and a half (3.5) months to April 1, […]

Proposed Electronic System for H-IB Eliminating Submission of Petitions

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USCIS is publishing a proposed rule that could save U.S. businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations.  This at least is what they are saying. The proposed electronic system would minimize administrative burdens […]

Advance Parole and Employment Authorization Card All in One for Adjustment Applicants

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On February 11, the USCIS began issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but includes text that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” (See photo of the new […]

HELP HAITI ACT OF 2010 – IMPLEMENTED ON DECEMBER 9, 2010

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented the Help HAITI Act of 2010 in order to give legal permanent resident status to Haitian orphans who were paroled into the US under the Haitian Orphan Parole Program after January 12, 2010.    A special humanitarian parole policy was implemented on December 9, for […]

WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG TO GET A RECEIPT NOTICE?

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has recently inquired with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as to why it has been taking so long to get Receipt Notices for applications lately.   The Service has responded by stating the reasons for the delays and ways of dealing with these technical issues.  When applications are […]