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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 […]

What is the New I-485 Adjustment of Status Fee for a Child Under 14?

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The new filing fees go into effect on November 23, 2010   AILA is aware that the USCIS Fact Sheet does not list the filing fee for a child under 14 years of age. However, the Federal Register notice announcing the new filing fees indicate that where the child under the age of 14 is applying […]

USCIS Texas Service Special Pilot Initiative for employment-based I-485

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                                                                                            An email address EBUPDATE.Tsc@dhs.gov has been provided to notify TSC when an applicant is eligible for porting under AC21.  This pertains ONLY to applicants whose I-485’s have been 1)      pending for over 180 days 2)      eligible for AC21 porting Letters must include Alien number ( A#), old and new employer’s names, copy of new […]

USCIS GRANTS $7.8 MILLION FOR CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION PROGRAMS

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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be giving grants of almost $8 million to organizations that prepare immigrants for the citizenship process. Last year, USCIS only awarded $1.2 million to 13 organizations that help to prepare immigrants for citizenship.  This year, however, USCIS is awarding $7.8 million to 75 […]