Chinese Tourist And Business Travelers Have Reason To Cheer
Beginning January 15, 2005, Eligible Chinese Nationals Who Wish To Visit The United States Temporarily For Business (B1) Or Tourism (B2) Will Be Issued Visas That Are Valid For 12 Months And Multiple Entries.

Eoir Notifies Final Rule On 212(C) Relief
The Executive Office For Immigration Review Published A Final Rule Regarding Section 212(C) Relief For Aliens With Certain Criminal Convictions Before April 1,1997.

Preliminary Numbers Of H1b Cap Filings For Fy 2009 Released
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced A Preliminary Number Of Nearly 163,000 H1b Petitions Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. It Is Notable That More Than 31,200 Of Those Petitions Were For The Advanced Degree Category.

Uscis Reminds Employers Of Automatic Extension Of Certain Tps-Based Eads
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Has Reminded Employers Of The Automatic Extension Of The Validity Of Honduran And Nicaraguan Tpsbased Eads For Six Months, From January 5, 2005 Until July 5, 2005.

Bcis Officially Changes To Uscis
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Notified In The Federal Register That It Has Changed The Name Of The Bureau Of Citizenship And Immigration Services To U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis).

Enter Us Without A Visa
The Visa Waiver Program Allows Foreign Nationals From Certain Designated Countries To Enter The U.S. For A Period Of Up To 90 Days As A Visitor For Business Or Pleasure Without Obtaining A Visa.

Dhs Updates Entry And Exit Ports For Usvisit
Dhs Has Issued A Notice Identifying Six New Ports Of Entry For Inclusion In The Usvisit Program At Air And Sea Ports. This Notice Also Deletes Two Ports Of Entry That Were Inadvertently Included In The January 5, 2004 Notice Identifying Air And Sea Ports Of Entry Under Usvisit. The Notice Also Deletes Two Ports That Were Included Inadvertently In The Exit Pilot Programs Announced On August 3, 2004 At 69 Fr 46556, Replacing Those Ports With Two Airports To Maintain The Full Number Of Fifteen Exit Pilot Programs.

U.S.Canada Commit To Provide Security, Prosperity And Freedom Along The Border
Secretary Of U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, At A Joint Press Conference With Deputy Prime Minister Anne Mclellan, Announced Plans To Launch The Nexus Air Pilot Project At Vancouver International Airport, Establish Fifteenth Integrated Border Enforcement Team (Ibet) And Initiate Various Other Measures To Assert Their Equal Commitment To The Principles Of Security, Prosperity And Freedom.

Dol Announces More Than $22 Million In Aid To Louisiana For Recovery From Hurricane Gustav
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Announced A $22,200,000 Grant To The State Of Louisiana To Fund Approximately 4,000 Temporary Jobs For Cleanup And Recovery Efforts Following Hurricane Gustav. This $22 Million Emergency Grant Is Designed To Fund 4,000 Jobs For Workers To Help Louisiana Communities Recover From Hurricane Gustav Damage. The Grant, Awarded To The Louisiana Workforce Commission, Will Provide Funding For Temporary Employment On Projects For The Cleanup, Demolition, Repair, Renovation And Reconstruction Of Destroyed Structures And Public Lands Within The Affected Communities.

Uscis Updates Naturalization Processing Times At Local Offices
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Released The Projected Times For Local Offices To Complete Processing Of Applications For Citizenship From Individuals Who Filed During The Summer Of 2007. Last July, Uscis Received 460,000 Applications For Naturalization. That Was Three Times The Record For Any Previous Month. For The Year, Uscis Received 1.4 Million Naturalization Applications, Almost Double The Normal Annual Volume.

Infopass Comes To Colorado
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Formally Opened The Internetbased Appointment System To Residents Of The Colorado Area. Traditionally, Customers Would Begin Lining Up Outside Uscis District Offices At Dawn To Speak To An Immigration Information Officer. Uscis Director Eduardo Aguirre Predicts That Infopass Will Ultimately Mean The End Of Having Waiting In Line Altogether.

Uscis Clarifies Everify Requirement For Stem Opt Extension For F1 Students
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That F1 Students Who Are Applying For A 17Month Extension Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) On The Basis Of A Degree In A Science, Technology, Engineering Or Mathematics (Stem) Field Must Have A Job Or Job Offer From An Employer That Is Enrolled And In Good Standing In The Everify Employment Eligibility Verification Program At The Site Where The Student Will Be Employed. If The Stem Graduate Is Employed By More Than One Employer, All Of The Graduate's Employers Must Comply With The Everify Requirement.

Asylum Officers&Cedil; Libido And Lust Leads Him To Conviction
The Justice Department Today Announced That A Federal Jury In Los Angeles Convicted Thomas A. Powell Jr., An Immigration And Naturalization Service Asylum Officer, On Corruption And Civil Rights Charges. Powell Was Convicted Of Using His Power As An Asylum Officer To Victimize Two Chinese Women In 2000.

Uscis Memorandum On Child Status Protection Act
On August 6, 2002, The Child Status Protection Act (Cspa) Was Signed Into Law. The Cspa Amends The Immigration And Nationality Act (Act) By Permitting Certain Aliens To Retain Classification As A "Child" Under The Act, Even If He Or She Has Reached The Age Of 21.

Australian And New Zealand Greek Youths To Compete In Adelaide's Pan- Hellenic Games In 2007
Australian Immigration News Australian And New Zealand Greek Youths To Compete In Adelaide's Pan- Hellenic Games In 2007 The Goals Of The Event Are To Promote The Eternal Ideas Of The Olympic Spirit And To Strengthen The Ties Amongst The Greek Community. The Games Will Include Events In Track And Field, Swimming, Weightlifting, Taekwondo, Tennis, Gymnastics, And [...]

Can I-485 Be Filed While I-130 Is Pending?
I Came To The Us On A B-2 Visa. Got Married Here And My Wife Filed For I-130. So Far Haven't Even Received The Notice Of Action. I Wanted To Ask If We Could File The I-485 While The I-130 Is Pending? I Know We Should Have Filed Concurrently But Didnt Realize It At The Time. Appreciate The Help!

Apply For Third Country Visa At The Border
Foreign Nationals, Or Third Country Nationals (Tcn), Often Prefer To Travel To Canada Or Mexico To Apply For Nonimmigrant Visas Because Of The Obvious Convenience.

Dhs Announces 18Month Tps Extension For Honduras And Nicaragua
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced An 18Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of Honduras And Nicaragua Until July 5, 2006.

Two New Bills Propose H-1B Hike
Though He Tried And Failed Last Year, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates&Rsquo; Plea For H1b Quota Hike Seems To Have Appealed To The Politicians In The Pre-Election Mode This Year. Two Bills Have Been Introduced, One By U.S. House Of Representatives Democrat On The Science And Technology Committee Which Gates Had Addressed And Another By A House Republican. Both Bills Propose To Raise The H1b Quota By 2008.

H1b Is A Visa Category That Allows Us Employers To Bring In Aliens With At Least A Bachelors Degree And Specialized Skills To Work In Special Occupations (Programmers, Scientists Etc). As Of Now, The H1b Cap Is At 65,000, And In Addition There Exists A H1b Masters Quota For Aliens With Advanced Degrees From U.S. Schools, Which Stands At 20000. So, Altogether 85,000 Visas.

The First Bill, The Innovation Employment Act, Proposes To Hike The Quota To 130,000 For 2008 And Take It Up To 180,000 If Necessary In The Preceding Year. Sponsored By Democrat Gabrielle Giffords (Az) The Bill Also Proposes Exemption For All Foreigners Who Has A Master's Or Doctorate From A U.S. University In Math, Science, Engineering, And Other Technology Fields. In Addition, Another 20,000 Visas Are Being Proposed For Foreigners Who Have Similar Degrees From Institutions Outside The United States.

The Second Bill Was Proposed By Lamar Smith, A Ranking Member Of House Judiciary Committee From Texas. The Bill, Called The Strengthening United States Technology And Innovation Now (Or Sustain) Act, Proposes To Raise The Visa Cap To 195,000.

Why The Hike?

Both Bills Follow Bill Gates&Rsquo; Plea, Which Is Echoed By Many Other Technology Companies, Which Pointed To A Visa Shortage Crisis. These Companies Argue That They Are Facing Severe Shortage Of Specialized Workers As There Aren&Rsquo;T Many Qualified Americans. Countering Some Of The Usual Criticism Faced By H1b, Gates Stated In His Addresses That By Hiring H-1B Workers Microsoft Is Actually Preventing Jobs From Being Moved Offshore And Also Creating More Jobs For American Programmers And Engineers&Rsquo; Junior Level.

The Demand For H1b Has Also Far Exceeded The Quota In The Last Few Years, Culminating In A Unprecedented 150,000 Applications Received By Uscis On The Very First Day In 2007.

Us Programmers Highly Critical Of Bill

The H-1B Program Has Always Received Lots Of Criticism From Americans Programmers, Who Believe That There Is No Actual Shortage Of Workers In Us And The Technology Companies Are Misusing The H1b Program To Hire Low Paid Workers. Us Workers Also Feel That The H1b Program Depress The Wages And Are Displacing Qualified Domestic Workers. With Us Facing Probable Recession And The Recent Job Cuts Are Also Lending Credentials To These Fears.

Additionally, As A Large Chunk Of H1bs Are Grabbed By The Indian Firms Lately, Many Us Workers Believe The Current H-1B Program Does Not Support U.S. Businesses. Microsoft And Intel Are The Two Us Based Companies That Largely Apply For H1bs.

New H-1B Bills Can Reform Current Program?

It Has Been Alleged That Many Consultancy Firms Are Acting As Recruitment Agencies, Hiring H-1B Workers And Them Allowing Them To Find Job With Other Foreign Companies.

The Innovation Employment Act, If Passed Will Put A Stop To This Practice. The Bill Proposes To Enforce That Clause That H1bs Workers Are Employed Directly By A Company I.E. H-1B Visa Holders Cannot Do Third Party Consulting.

In Addition, This Bill Also Proposes To Stop Employers From Bringing Foreign Workers Here To Just To Train And Then Sending Them Back To The Offshore Branches.
But Let&Rsquo;S Not Forget, These Bills Have Been Just Introduced And Not Even Passed The Committee Level. The H1b Application Start Date For 2008-2009 Is April 1St. It's Highly Unlikely That Either Bill Will Be Passed Before That.

American Police Records - How To Get Them?
Can Any One Let Me Know How I Get: The American Police Records. Where I Ask For It? How I Ask For It? How Long It Takes? How Much It Cost? Or I Wait For The Fingerprinting Process? Norma

Uscis Announces Reduction In Backlog For Immigration Benefits Processing
By Completing More Than 600,000 More Cases Than Were Received In The First Three Quarters Of Fiscal Year 2004, Uscis Announced That The Backlog Has Declined For The Processing Of Immigration Benefits Such As Work Authorization, Permanent Residency, And Naturalization.

163,000 Apply For Fy 2009 H-1B Before Cap Closed
163,000 Apply For Fy 2009 H-1B Before Cap Closed

U.S. Department Of Labor Auditing All Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Major Immigration Law Firm
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced That It Has Begun Auditing All Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Attorneys At Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy Llp.

Revised Filing Instructions For Petition For Alien Relative
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Is Revising The Filing Instructions For The Petition For Alien Relative (Form I130). Effective Dec. 3, 2007, All Applicants Filing Standalone Form I130s Are Encouraged To File Their Petitions With The Chicago Lockbox Instead Of A Uscis Service Center.

First Us Military Naturalization Ceremony Overseas
28 Activeduty Service Members Took The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest U.S. Citizens During A Special Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremony On The Vogelweh Airbase In Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Re-Entry Permits Now To Require Biometrics

All Lawful Permanent Residents Of Us Age Through 14 To 79 Applying For Re-Entry Permit And Individuals Applying For Refugee Travel Document Will Now Be Required To Provide Biometrics I.E. Finger Prints And Photographs At A UscisApplicationSupportCenter (&Ldquo;Asc&Rdquo;) For Background And Security Checks.

Why Biometric?&Nbsp;

Uscis Has Stated That Biometrics Is Not Only Vital To The Security Of The Immigration Process, It Also In Compliance With Congressional Mandates For Issuance Of Secure Documents. According Uscis, The Biometric Information Will Be A Big Deterrent To Frauds.&Nbsp;

What Is A Re-Entry Permit?

A Re-Entry Permit Allows A Permanent Resident To Re-Enter The United States Without Having To Obtain A Returning Resident Visa. Re-Entry Permits Are Generally Applied For When The Resident Plans To Stay Outside Of The United States For Six Months Or More. For Refugees, A Refugee Travel Document Is Issued Instead And They Must Have This Document In Order To Re-Enter The United States After Any Travel Abroad.

How Does It Work?

As Per The New Instruction, Once The Uscis Receives The Form I-131 Filed By Any Resident, The Agency Will Mail The Asc Appointment Notice Along With The Receipt. To Speed Up The Process, Applicants Are Allowed So Enclose Pre-Paid Express Mailers With The Form I-131. By Sending Two Such Mailers, Applicants Can Ensure That Both The Biometrics Appointment Schedule As Well As The Approved Re-Entry Permit Or Refugee Travel Document Will Reach Faster Then Traditional Mail. In This Case, The Applicant Is Required To Mention The Reason For Needing The Expedited Service.&Nbsp;

This Revised Instruction For The Form I-131, Application For Travel Document Came Into Effective On March 5, 2008. The Changes Will Likely To Cause Delay For Those Individuals Who Had Plans To Travel Abroad In The Recent Future As Applicants Will Be Scheduled For A Biometric Appointment Only After They Submit Form I-131.

Bcis Officially Changes To Uscis
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Notified In The Federal Register That It Has Changed The Name Of The Bureau Of Citizenship And Immigration Services To U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis).

Joint Statement By Dos Senior Coordinator For Iraqi Refugee Issues Ambassador James Foley And Dhs Senior Advisor For Iraqi Refugees Lori Scialabba
The U.S. Departments Of State (Dos) And Homeland Security (Dhs) Are Pleased To Announce That They Have Successfully Achieved The Goal Of Admitting More Than 12,000 Iraqi Refugees To The United States Through The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program During Fiscal Year (Fy) 2008.

Preliminary Numbers Of H1b Cap Filings For Fy 2009 Released
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced A Preliminary Number Of Nearly 163,000 H1b Petitions Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. It Is Notable That More Than 31,200 Of Those Petitions Were For The Advanced Degree Category.

Q & A: Changes To The Tuberculosis And Vaccination Requirements For Adjustment Of Status
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today A Revised List Of Vaccines Required For Applicants Seeking For The Adjustment Of Status To Become Legal Permanent Residents. This Revision Follows Guidance From The Department Of Health And Human Services, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (Cdc).