Nova Scotia Launches Immigrant Small Business Financing

Recent Immigrants To The Province Of Nova Scotia Who Wish To Establish Their Own Businesses Will Soon Have Access To Funding Support From The Provincial Credit Unions.&Nbsp; The Immigrant Small Business Financing Program Can Offer Immigrants Who Have Lived In Nova Scotia For Less Than Five Years Up To $150,000 To Help Start, Expand, Or Buy A Small Business.

Important Changes And Clarifications For The H1b Application Process
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Issued Clarifying Regulations Today, Explaining How Exactly The H1b Application Process Will Be Handled This Year. Some Important Changes Have Been Announced To The Process, Including The Benefit Of Having Five Business Days To File The Petition Even If The Cap Runs Out On The First Day, Prohibition On Filing Of Multiple Petitions By The Same Employer For The Same Employee, Explanation Of The Master's Cap And A Clarification On The Premium Processing Rules.

Uscis Announces Enhancements To Everify Program
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today Improvements To The Everify Employment Authorization Program That Will Reduce An Already Low Mismatch Rate, While Also Streamlining And Increasing The Effectiveness Of The Overall Program.

Dhs Travel Tips For Arriving Students & Exchange Visitors
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Issued Important Reminders To Assist The Estimated 200,000 Foreign Students And Exchange Visitors Expected To Arrive In The United States For The Spring Semester.

April 2008 Visa Bulletin: Eb-2 Available For India

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The April 2008 Visa Bulletin, Released By The U.S. Department Of State (Dos), Finally Shed A Few Rays Of Sunshine On The Eb-2 Applicants From India As The Category Became Available Albeit With A Cut-Off Date Around 2003. The Eb2 Cutoff Dates For China Have Again Moved Forward. Continuing Its Forward Trend From The March Bulletin, Eb-3 Dates Have Moved Forward By A Few Months For All Countries. Even The Unskilled Visa Category Shows Forward Movement After A Long Time. The April Visa Bulletin Will Come Into Effect From April 1, 2008.

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According To The Bulletin, Eb-2 Numbers Have Been Made Available For India This April As The Dos Felt That The Current Demand For Visa Slots Has Comparatively Slowed Down. Consequently, It All Depends On How Many Applications Are Made In April, As To Whether The Category Will Remain Available The Coming Months.

Ins Processing Times Update (December 6, 2006)
View The Latest Ins Processing Times - California Service Center.&Nbsp;

Ice Arrests 42 Illegal Aliens Working At Dulles International Airport
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Arrested 42 Men Illegally Present In The Country At Dulles International Airport As Part Of A Critical Infrastructure Protection (Cip) Operation. Ice Agents, With Support Of Airport Security Agencies, Arrested The Illegal Aliens Just Inside The Airport Grounds At A Checkpoint Established To Verify The Identity And Immigration Status Of Workers Entering A Service Gate.

Uscis Announces Fy 2005 H1b Petition Filing Status
Uscis Has Announced That It Has Received 45,900 H1b Petitions That Will Count Against The Congressionallymandated Cap For Fiscal Year 2005 (October 1, 2004 Through September 30, 2005). The Limit In Fiscal Year 2005 Is 65,000.

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.

Bush Okays Biometric Passport Deadline Extension
The United States Has Extended The Deadline By An Year For Visafree Countries To Start Issuing Passports With Biometric Indicators, Carrying Digitally Encoded Records Of The Bearer, Which Can Be Scanned By A Computer. According To The Programme, Citizens From 27 Countries Can Travel To The United States Without Visas, But Must Carry A Passport With Biometric Indicators. The Extension Of The Deadline Will Give These Countries Time Until October 26, 2005 To Issue New Passports.

Uscis Interim Rule On Eads
The Uscis Announced An Interim Rule Establishing Ead Validity Periods Based On Certain Criteria. The Rule Also Removes Current Regulatory Language Limiting Ead Validity Periods To Oneyear Increments For Certain Classes Of Aliens Who Are Required To Apply For Employment Authorization.

Illinois Law Prohibiting The Use Of Everify Further Suspended
The State Of Illinois Has Agreed To Delay Until April 15, 2008 The Implementation Of A New Law That Would Prohibit Employers From Using The Federal Government's Everify Employment Eligibility Verification System. The Law Was To Become Effective On January 1, 2008.

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.

Student Visa While I-130 Pending
Hello Everybody I Have A Couple Of Questions.... My Mother Filed An I-130 For Me In Summer 2006 When I Was Under 21...Ive Turned 21 A Couple Of Months Ago...How Should Inform Uscis About This? And From What Ive Found Here And There The O21 Unmarried Child Is The First Prefrence...Does This...

Uscis Naturalization Test Redesign
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Is Revising The Naturalization Test To Create A Test And Testing Process That Is Standardized, Fair And Meaningful In Order To Maintain Consistency Between Offices.

Dhs To Begin Biometric Exit Pilot As Part Of Usvisit Program
As A Part Of The Border Management System Introduced At Airports And Seaports Earlier This Year, The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That It Will Pilot And Evaluate Usvisit Automated Biometric Exit Procedures For Foreign Visitors. Biometric Technology - Digital Finger Scans And Digital Photographs - Helps Make Usvisit Simple And Effective.

New Section Added To Immigration To Australia Website - Specifically For Greek Immigration To Australia
Australian Immigration News New Section Added To Immigration To Australia Website - Specifically For Greek Immigration To Australia Immigration 2 Australia Has Been Launched As An Essential Guide To Help The Increasing Number Of People Thinking Of Australian Immigration. The Web Site Provides Information On Australian Visas, Information On Finding Australian Jobs, Somewhere To Live And The [...]

Uscis Announces Fy 2005 H2b Processing
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Has Received H2b Petitions For 33,153 Beneficiaries Counting Against The Statutory Visa Cap For Fiscal Year 2005 (October 1, 2004 Through September 30, 2005). The Fiscal Year 2005 Statutory Visa Cap Is 66,000.

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney Issues New Instructions For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Canada (Cimc) Minister Jason Kenney Has Announced The Canadian Government&Rsquo;S Plan For Immigration In 2009.&Nbsp; He Stated That Between 240,000 And 265,000 New Permanent Residents Will Be Welcomed To Canada In 2009; Up To 156,000 Of Them In The Economic Category.

Uscis Memo On Eligibility For Naturalization For Battered Spouses And Children
U.S. Citizen And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Released A Memo Clarifying That Individuals Who Obtained Lawful Permanent Residence By Reason Of An Approved Waiver Of The Joint Filing Requirement Under Section 216(C)(4)(C) Of The Ina Are Also Eligible To Apply For Naturalization Under Section 319(A).

Uscis To Terminate Fingerprint Contract With Dleas
On October 1, 2004, Uscis Will Terminate Its Contract With Designated Law Enforcement Agencies (Dleas), Where Some Immigrants In Rural Locations Have Gone For Fingerprint Services. The Dlea Contract Is Ending As Uscis Strives To Meet New Biometric Standards, Including The Ability To Take And Store Electronic Fingerprints, Photographs And Signatures.

U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service
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) Have Streamlined The Application And Naturalization Process For Military Personnel And Those Who Recently Discharged. Generally, The Qualifying Service For The U.S. Citizenship 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.

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.

Joint Announcement From The Dos And Dhs On Passport Card Production
The U.S. Department Of State (Dos) And The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today That The New U.S. Passport Card Is In Full Production And Is Now Being Distributed. The Passport Card Is A Convenient, Walletsized Document For Land And Sea Travel Between The United States And Mexico, Canada, The Caribbean, And Bermuda. It Is Not Valid For International Travel By Air.

Uscis To Issue Twoyear Employment Authorization Documents
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That Beginning On June 30, 2008 It Will Issue Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) Valid For Two Years.

Final Rule On Consular Interviews For Niv Applicants
Effective December 18, 2006, The Rule Amends Guidance To Consular Offices For The Waiver Of Personal Appearance Of Applicants For Nonimmigrant Visas. The Regulations Continue To Permit Exemptions From The Interview Requirements Of Persons In A1, A2, C2, C3, G1, G2, G3 G4, Nato 1, Nato2, Nato3, Nato4, Nato5, Or Nato 6 Classifications, And Applicants For Diplomatic Or Officials Visas.

Cbp In San Diego Reminds Border Crossers To Anticipate More Traffic At Area Ports When School Year Begins
The Cbp Officials Reminds The Members Of The Traveling Public To Expect To See More Cars And Pedestrians At Area Border Crossings In The Coming Days As The Summer Break For Thousands Of Area Students Comes To An End. Large Numbers Of Students Who Attend Classes At Various Private And Public Schools And Colleges In San Diego Commute From Mexico To The U.S. On A Daily Basis. This Increase In Traffic, Especially During The Traditionally Busy Morning Commute, Can Result In Longer Than Normal Crossing Times. Being Prepared For The Inspection Process By Having Documents Ready For The Cbp Officer, Declaring All Items Acquired In Mexico, And Ending Cell Phone Conversations Before Arriving At The Inspection Station Can Also Reduce Wait Times.

Uscis To Permanently Close Its Hong Kong Field Office On August 29, 2008
U. S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced It Will Permanently Close Its Field Office In Hong Kong On August 29, 2008. To Prepare, The Hong Kong Field Office Will Stop Accepting The Following Applications And Transfer Responsibility After The Dates Listed Below:

Uscis Extends Validity Of Expiring Medical Certifications I693
In A Recent Memorandum, Uscis Has Once Again Renewed Their Policy To Extend The Validity Of The Civil Surgeon's Endorsement On Form I693 For Cases That Have Been Pending For Longer Than A Year. Generally, The Endorsement On Form I693 Is Valid For One Year And This Form Is Concurrently Filed With Adjustment Of Status Applications. However Due To Various Backlog Issues, Some Of These Applications Remain Pending For Longer Than The One Year Period. If Uscis Did Not Provide This Extension Then Petitioners Would Be Forced To Undergo Another Examination And Submit A New Form I693 To Uscis After The Already Submitted Medical Examination Form Expires After One Year.

Dos Update On Green Card Lottery Registrations
The U.S. Department Of State Announced That Over 6.4 Million Entries For The 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Were Received During The Twomonth Electronic Registration Period, From October 4, 2006, Through December 3, 2006.