Oops! I Overstayed My Visa
Overstaying Your Time In The U.S. Is No Longer Overlooked. The Issue Of Overstaying While On A Nonimmigrant Visa Has Been Getting Serious Attention In Recent Years.

Qunatico Hosts Allmilitary Naturalization Ceremony
Thirtynine Activeduty Service Members Representing All Five Branches Of The U.S. Military Became Citizens During A Special Military Naturalization Ceremony Held On Marine Corps Base Quantico.

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.

Advance Parole: A Condition Prerequisite For Travel Abroad
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Service (Uscis) Has Made It Mandatory For Applicants Undergoing Adjustment Of Status To Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad.

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.

U.S. Consulate, Chennai Reschedules Feb 2 Appointments
The Chennai Consulate In India Has Moved All Appointments On 2 February, 2007 To 6 February, 2007 Or 13 February, 2007. To Simplify The Rescheduling, All L1 And L2 Visa Applicants Have Been Rescheduled For 6 February, 2007 And All Other Applicants Have Been Rescheduled To 13 February, 2007.

Uscis Continues Suspension Of Premium Processing Service For Religious Workers
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That The Suspension Of Premium Processing Service For Religious Worker (R1) Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions Will Continue At Least Until January 7, 2009. A Previous Sixmonth Suspension Was Announced On January 4, 2008.

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.

New Blood For Australian Migration Review Tribunal
The Australian Minister For Immigration And Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, Has Announced The Appointment Of Five Senior Members To The Migration Review Tribunal (Mrt)...

Uscis Salutes America&Cedil;S Newest Citizens
The Uscis Hosted Two Special Naturalization Ceremonies In Iraq And Kuwait This Week Under Which 235 Military Service Members From 54 Countries Became The Newest Citizens Of The United States. Uscis Immigration Officials Volunteer To Travel To Combat Theaters To Conduct Naturalization Interviews And Hold Citizenship Ceremonies For Members Of The U.S. Military. Their Tireless Work, In Several Cases Up Until The Last Possible Moment, Ensured That 192 Service Members Recited The Oath Of Allegiance During A Ceremony At Camp Victory In Baghdad, Iraq. Later In The Week, Uscis Officials Also Naturalized 20 Service Members At Camp Arifjan In Kuwait.

Congress Passes L1 And H1b Reform Law
The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Was Approved By Both The House And Senate On November 20, 2004. The Bill Introduces Many Changes In The Existing Provisions Relating To Work Visas, Such As: Restoration Of Oneyear Experience Requirement For L1 Blanket Entrants; Reinstitution Of H1b Fee And H1b Dependent Attestations, Introduction Of A New Antifraud Fee On L1s And H1bs; And Opening Up More H1bs For Certain Applicants.

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 Introduces Online Change Of Address
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Launched A New Webbased Service Allowing Uscis Customers To Submit Change Of Address Information Online.

Province Of Saskatchewan Investing In Immigrant Settlement

The Saskatchewan Minister Of Advanced Education, Employment, And Labour, Rob Norris, Recently Announced That $2.59 Million Has Been Allocated To Support Immigrant Service Providers Across The Province.&Nbsp;

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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&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-4 (Special Immigrants)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-5 (Immigrant Investors)

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Predictions

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.

Biometrics Appointment Letter Consolidated Into One Notice For Aos Applicants
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That Effective Today It Will Begin Consolidating Biometrics Collection When Employmentbased Adjustment Of Status Applications And Employment Authorization Requests Are Filed At The Same Time At One Of The Service Centers.

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.

Uscis Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Continues To Make Steady Progress In Reducing The Significant Number Of Naturalization Applications It Received Last Year. Uscis Now Anticipates Naturalization Application Processing Will Average 10-12 Months Nationally By The End Of September 2008 - A Substantial Improvement From Its Estimated Average Processing Time Of 16-18 Months First Announced Last Year.

Ins Officer Wrote In My Passport At Interview: A#....... I:485 Pending F16 Sec.245
Any Idea What This Means?

U.S. Department Of Labor Awards $250,000 To Develop Strategic Economic Growth Plans For Western Kentucky
The U.S. Department Of Labor Today Announced A $250,000 Regional Innovation Grant To A Nine-County Area Of Western Kentucky And One County In Tennessee To Establish Plans For Promoting Economic Growth.

Cbp Announces Border Patrol Academy
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner Announced Today That The Border Patrol Academy Will Be Consolidated In A State Of The Art Training Facility Located In Artesia, New Mexico. Currently, New Border Patrol Agents Are Trained In Two Different Locations In Georgia And South Carolina.

Common H1b Errors Leading To Rejections And Denials
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Released A Statement Showing The Common Errors Leading To Petition Rejections Or Denials. This Is A List Of The Most Frequently Seen And Easily Cured Mistakes.

Dhs Under Secretary Discusses Us Visit Expansion
Dhs Under Secretary Has Stressed That "One Of Our Highest Priorities At Us Visit Is To Make Sure That The United States Continues To Be A Welcoming Nation And That Travelers Continue To Come To The United States, Whether For Business, Vacation Or Study.

Sevis Ramps Up For Fall Semester; 220,000 Students Expected
(Cbp) Commissioner (Dhs) Today Marked The Start Of The Second Year Of The Student And Exchange Visitor Information System (Sevis), A Nationwide Registration Program For International Visitors, With A Welcoming Event Today At Dulles International Airport For Some Of The 220,000 Foreign Students And Exchange Visitors Expected To Arrive In The United States This Fall.

Dos Invites Public Comments On J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application
The Department Of State Has Published A Notice Inviting Comments From The Public Concerning The Proposed Collection Of Information In Ds3035, J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application, In Accordance With The Paperwork Reduction Act Of 1995, Preceding Submission To Office Of Management And Budget (Omb) For Approval.

Infopass Expansion Continues, Boston Included
The Uscis Has Formally Launched The Internetbased Appointment System Infopass To Residents Of The Massachusetts Area. With Infopass, The Public Can Go Online To Schedule A Date And Time To Meet With An Immigration Information Officer, Avoiding The Need To Wait In Line. Infopass First Debuted In Miami Last Year And Has Eliminated The Lines In That Office Completely.

Uscis To Close Havana Office Due To Hurricane Ike
The Uscis Announced Today That Its Havana Field Office, Located At Located At: Calzada E/ L Y M, Vedado, C. Havana, Cuba Due To The Hurricane Ike. The Office Will Remain Closed Until Wednesday, Sept. 10. But The Uscis At The Same Time Is Being Generous To All Its Customers Who Are Evacuated From Their Homes, By Rescheduling All Appointments Until A Time When It Is Safe To Resume Operations.

Obtaining A Social Security Number
A Social Security Number (Ssn) Issued By Social Security Administration, Is A Number Issued To Citizens, Permanent Residents, Temporary (Working) Residents And Foreign Citizens In The United States. It Is Generally Needed For Employment Purposes.

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.

Dhs To Upgrade Homeland Security Information Network
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today That It Is Taking Steps To Enhance Its Homeland Security Information Network (Hsin). Known As Hsin Next Generation (Nextgen), The Enhancement Will Provide A Secure And Trusted National Platform For Sensitive But Unclassified (Sbu) Information Sharing And Collaboration Between Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, Private Sector, And International Partners.