Philippines Now The Largest Source Country For Canadian Immigrants

China Has Been The Top Source Country Of Immigrants For Years, But Now The Philippines Has Taken Over The Top Spot For Immigrants And Temporary Workers (Combined).&Nbsp; 19,064 Permanent Residents And 15,254 Temporary Workers From The Philippines Arrived In Canada In 2007.&Nbsp; Aside From Americans, More Filipinos Arrived In Canada As Temporary Foreign Workers Than Any Other Nationality.

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.

Biometric Identification Technology Operational Nationwide
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) In A Joint Effort With The Department Of Justice (Doj) Announced Today That Integrated Tenprint Biometric Identification Technology Is Operating In Every U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Border Patrol Station Throughout The Country.

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.

Uscis To Revise Filing Instructions For Petition To Remove Conditions On Residence
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Soon Be Revising The Filing Instructions For The Petition To Remove Conditions On Residence (Form I751) To Require Filing At The California Or Vermont Service Centers, Where All Forms I751 Are Currently Adjudicated. The Adjudication Functions For These Petitions Have Already Been Assigned To These Locations In Anticipation Of This Change. Therefore, All Petitioners Filing A Form I751 Are Requested To File The Petition With The California Or Vermont Service Centers, Depending On The State In Which They Reside.

Extension Of Optional Training Program For Qualified Nonimmigrant F1 Students
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Released An Interim Final Rule On April 4, 2008, Extending The Period Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) From 12 To 29 Months For Qualified F1 Nonimmigrant Students. The Extension Is Available To F1 Students With A Degree In Science, Technology, Engineering, Or Mathematics (Stem) Who Are Employed By Businesses Enrolled In The Everify Program.

Infopass Launched In Upstate New York And New Jersey
Uscis Formally Opened Internetbased Appointment System To The Residents Of Upstate New York And New Jersey. This Launch Is Part Of A National Effort To Implement Infopass In All 33 Uscis Districts By Early September 2004. 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.

A Rendezvous With India: The Journey Continues
This Month We Finalize Our Attorneys' Travelogue Describing Their Journey Through India That We Started In Last Month's Newsletter. As You Probably Already Know, During These Events, The Visapro Legal Team Traveled To Five Different Cities In India To Present Substantive And Comprehensive Information On Business Immigration Issues To A Wideranging Audience.

President Signs Omnibus Appropriations Act; Uscis To Implement The New Law
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That President Bush Has Signed The Omnibus Appropriations Act For Fy 2005, Which Contains Provisions Affecting The H1b And L Nonimmigrant Visa Categories. Both The H1b And L Programs Allow U.S. Employers To Sponsor Temporary Foreign Workers.

Cbp Launches New Phase Of National Public Education Campaign - Reminded Travelers To Prepare For Upcoming Changes To Cross-Border Document Requirements
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security's Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Announced Today That It Will Launch The Next Phase Of A National Television, Print And Online Advertising Campaign During The National Football League C Season Kickoff Game, To Educate The Public About New Travel Document Requirements That Will Go Into Effect On June 1, 2009 Under The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (Whti).

Greek Passport Holders Urged To Seek New Passports
Australian Immigration News Greek Passport Holders Urged To Seek New Passports Added: (Sun Mar 11 2007) Minister For Immigration And Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone Has Urged All People Holding Greek Passports Issued Before January 1, 2006, To Contact The Greek Embassy Or Consulate Urgently To Secure New Passports If They Wish To Travel In [...]

Uscis Releases 2003 Statistical Yearbook
The Office Of Immigration Statistics Has Published The 2003 Uscis Yearbook Of Immigration Statistics Providing Information And Statistics On Migrants Who Apply For Different Legal Statuses As Well As Immigration Law Enforcement Activities.

Uscis Lists Accomplishments, Requests $1.85 Billion In Fy 2006 Budget
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services, In A Press Release, Listed Out Its Accomplishments In Fy 2005 And Requested $1.854 Billion In The Fy 2006 Budget, An Increase Of $79 Million Over The Last Financial Year. The Amount Includes $100 Million For It Backlog Initiative.

Sevis Fee Payment Begins Today
Beginning Today, Students, Scholars And Exchange Visitors From Abroad Whose Schools Or Programs Are Approved In Sevis Will Be Required To Pay The Appropriate Fee - In Most Cases, $100 Prior To Obtaining Their Visas.

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

Need Advice. Please Reply!
Hi Everybody! My Question Is: I Am A Canadian Citizen. Me And My Husband (Usc) Got Married 2002. Applied For I-130 And Was Approved 2004. My Husband Is In The Us Army And Was Stationed In Germany (2003 To 2008) So We Moved There. We Came Back Here In The Us Jan. 2008 And At The Airport The Officer...

Uscis Releases New Edition Of Form I9
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Released An Updated Version Of Form I9, The Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The June 5, 2007 Edition Of The Form Is Set To Expire On June 30, 2008 And Is Replaced By The New Form Dated June 16, 2008. The New Version Contains No Substantive Changes From The Previous Edition.

Dos Reminds Posts Of Student & Exchange Visitor Processing Policies
The Us Department Of State Has Sent A Cable Reminding The Diplomatic And Consular Posts Of Several Important Visa Processing Policies Relating To Students And Exchange Visitors To Ensure That Applications For These Categories Of Visas Are Handled In The Most Expeditious Way. The Cable Reminds That F, M Or J Visa Holders Will Not Be Admitted To The Us Until A Date Thirty Days Or Less Prior To The Beginning Of Their Program Date, Or Start Date, As Given On Form I20 (For F Or M Visas) Or Ds2019 (For J Visas).

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!

Dhs Rectifies Omission Of Jacksonville From Usvisit
Dhs Has Amended The List Of Ports That Was Published On August 20, 2004 To Include The Jacksonville Sea Port. On August 20, 2004, The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Published A Notice In The Federal Register Adding Certain Ports To, And Deleting Certain Ports From, Inclusion In The Usvisit Program. In This Notice, The Jacksonville Sea Port In Jacksonville, Florida Was Inadvertently Deleted.

Uscis Modifies Application For Temporary Protected Status (Tds)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Has Revised The Application For Temporary Protected Status (Form I821). The Agency Is Publishing A Notice In Today's Federal Register To Inform The Public That The New Form Becomes Effective On June 27, 2008.

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.

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.

Tips For U.S. Citizens And Permanent Residents Traveling Internationally.
U.S. Citizens And Green Card Holders Vacationing Abroad This Holiday Season Can Make Their Own Travel Easier By Reading The Tips On International Travel Provided By U.S. Customs Border Protection (Cbp) In 'Know Before You Go' Available At Cbp's Web Site.

I130 Visa
Hi Everyone Im Married To A Moroccan For 1 1/2 Yreas Now. We Were Married In April O7. It Has Been A Very Hard And Long Road For Us. We Frist Did The I129f, And We Waitted And The In Spet O6 The Conculate In Casablauca Set Him For His Interview Which Was In Oct06. I Was There Visiting. When They...

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.

Uscis To Permanently Close Its Tijuana Field Office On July 3, 2008
U. S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced It Will Permanently Close Its Field Office In Tijuana, Mexico On July 3, 2008. To Prepare, The Tijuana Field Office Will Stop Accepting The Following Applications And Transfer Responsibility After The Dates Listed Below:

Actuaries And Plant Pathologists Included Under Nafta
The Department Of Homeland Security Has Published A Final Rule Amending The Department's Regulations By Adding Actuaries And Plant Pathologists To Appendix 1603.D.1 Of The North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) And By Modifying The Licensure Requirements For Canadian Citizens Seeking Admission To The United States As "Trade Nafta" (Tn) Nonimmigrant Aliens. This Final Rule Is Effective November 12, 2004

Naturalization Case Processing Time Updated By Uscis
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Will Finish More Than One Million Naturalization Cases During Fiscal Year 2008 - Far Exceeding The Number Of Cases Completed Last Year. This Update Comes Following A Thorough Analysis Of The Work Completed During The Last Six Months.

Uscis Redesigned The Naturalization Test
In The Interest Of Creating A More Standardized, Fair, And Meaningful Naturalization Process, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Recently Completed A Multi-Year Redesign Of The Naturalization Test. The Revised Test, With An Emphasis On The Fundamental Concepts Of American Democracy And The Rights And Responsibilities Of Us Citizenship, Will Help Encourage Citizenship Applicants To Learn And Identify With The Basic Values We All Share As Americans.