Uscis Hosts Military Naturalization In Tokyo
Approximately 20 Activeduty Service Members Took The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest U.S. Citizens During A Special Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremony On October 18, 2004 At The U.S. Embassy In Tokyo, Japan.

Zoster Vaccine Shortage
The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (Cdc) Have Informed Uscis That The Zoster Vaccine, Which Is One Of The New Vaccination Requirements Effective July 1, 2008 For The Applicants Age 60 And Older, Is Currently Unavailable Due To Shipping Delays By The Manufacturer. The Zoster Vaccine Is Even Listed On The Revised Edition Of Form I-693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record (06/05/08 Edition Date). Until Further Notice From The Cdc, One Has To Be Aware That A Form I-693 May Be Accepted If It Is Only Missing The Zoster Vaccine. Civil Surgeons May Notate It On The Form As "Vaccine Not Available".

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.

Dos Exempts Families Of Injured Workers From Niv Fee
The Department Of State Has Published An Interim Rule Amending The Schedule Of Fees For Consular Services To Include An Exemption From The Nonimmigrant Visa Application Processing Fee For Family Members Traveling To The United States For The Funeral Or Burial Of A U.S. Government Employee Killed In The Line Of Duty Or To Visit A U.S. Government Employee Critically Injured In The Line Of Duty.

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.

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.

Usaid Announces Business Transformation Results Report
The United States Agency For International Development (Usaid) Released A Report On Its Business Transformation Achievements On August 9, 2004 In Parallel To A Government Wide Release Of Similar Reports By Each Cabinet Department

Uscis Reaches H2b Cap For First Half Of Fiscal Year 2007
Uscis Has Announced That It Has Received A Sufficient Number Of Petitions To Reach The Congressionally Mandated H2b Cap For The First Six Months Of Fiscal Year 2007.

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.

Uscis Proposes Changes To Improve The H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced On August 15, 2008 A Series Of Proposed Rule Changes That Will Streamline Procedures For Hiring Workers Under The H-2B Program. These Changes Are Being Proposed In Further Fulfillment Of The Commitment Made By The Administration Last August, After The Failure Of Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, To Review And Improve Visa Programs For Temporary Workers On H-2B Using Existing Authorities. The Proposed Rule, Which Has Been Sent To The Federal Register, Supplements The Extensive Reforms Of The H-2B Program Already Proposed By The Department Of Labor In Its Proposed Rule Published On May 22.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

U.S. And U.K. Border Agencies Exchange Passenger Information To Protect Borders
The U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Uscbp) Entered Into A Joint Agreement With The United Kingdom Border Agency (Ukba) In Washington, D.C., To Strengthen The Countries' Borders By Sharing Information On People Who May Present A Threat - Including Illegal Immigrants, Smugglers And Foreign Criminals - Before They Even Arrive. The Agreement Will Strengthen The Capability Of The U.S. And The U.K. To Verify Travel Documents, Detect False Identities, Determine Admissibility, Carry Out Customs Purposes And Identify Persons Traveling Between The Countries Who May Pose A Security Risk. The Exchange Of Information Between Ntc And The Jboc Will Serve Both Enforcement And Facilitation Interests Of Both Nations. The Agreement Also Will Improve Communication Between The Two Agencies When A Person Is Denied Entry And Returned To The Traveler's Country Of Origin.

Need Information For G4
Hi There, I Have Few Questions Regarding G4 Visa. 1) What Documents Are Required? 2) What Is Eligibility? 3) Is There Any Chances To File Green Card On G4 Visa? 4) What Are The Other Benefits Other Than No Tax? 5) What Is Processing Time? 6) Can I Sponsor My Parents ?

Operator Of English Language Schools Charged For Allegedly Running Visa Fraud Scheme
In A Startling Discovery By U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice), A Beverly Hills Man Who Operates Two Schools That Teach English To Foreign Students Was Arrested On Federal Charges For Allegedly Running A Visa Fraud Scheme That Allowed Foreign Nationals From Around The World To Obtain Student Visas To Enter The United States, Even Though They Had No Intention Of Attending The Schools Or Were Fraudulently Trying To Remain In The United States.

Dhs Announces 18Month Extension Of Tps For El Salvador
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Announced An 18Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of El Salvador Until September 9, 2006.

Are You Ready For The New Naturalization Test?

America's New Naturalization Test Comes Into Effect On October 1, 2008. The Redesigned Test Was First Introduced On September 27, 2007 To Help The New Applicants Get Familiarized With The Test.

Do You Need To Take The New Test?

Not Every One Needs To Sit For The New Test On October 1St. There Guidelines For Who Needs To Take Which Test Are As Below:

  1. If You Have Applied Already Or Planning To Apply Before October 1St And Have Your Naturalization Interview Scheduled Before October 1, 2008 As Well, You Will Take The Current Test.
  2. If You Have Applied Already Or Planning To Apply Before October 1St But Are Scheduled A Naturalization Interview Date That Falls After October 1, 2008, You Have The Option To Take Either The Current Test Or The New Test.
  3. If You Apply After October 1, 2008, You Will Take The New Test.
  4. Regardless Of When You Apply, If The Nationalization Interview Is Scheduled After October 1, 2009, You Will Definitely Have To Take The New Test.  

What's New?   

The Current Test Consists Of Mainly Two Subjects - Civics & Written English Test. The New Test Will Have A Few Added Components Making It As Below:

  1. History & Government Test
  2. Reading Vocabulary Test
  3. Writing Vocabulary Test

In The New Test, Questions Will Deal With The American Constitution, Law, Politics, History As Well As The Rights And Responsibilities Of Citizens. Many Questions Will Also Be Phrased To Allow For A Range Of Answers E.G. Mention One Of The Rights To Give The Applicant A Fair Chance.   

Test Procedures

Writing Tests Will Be Conducted By Uscis Officers Who Will Dictate To The Applicant (Sentences And Words Will Be From The Standardized Test). Applicants Will Have To Write At Least One Out Of Three Sentences Correctly On A Form With Blank Lines.

Reading Test Will Be Conducted By Uscis Officers Who Will Ask The Will Use Sentence(S) That Appear On One Of The Standardized Test Forms And Will Ask The Applicant To Read The Sentence(S), Which Are Constructed From Words Included On The English Reading Vocabulary List. The Applicant Must Read 1 Sentence Out Of 3 Correctly (Same As The Current Test).

Information Of The Redesigned Test:
    Faq
    Scoring Guidelines For English Test

Dos Cable On Visa Waiver Program
The U.S. Department Of State Has Issued A Cable Reminding All The Embassies And Consular Posts Of The Two Key Dates - September 30, When Vwp Travelers Will Be Enrolled In Usvisit; And October 26, As Of When Vwp Travelers Must Present A Valid Machinereadable Passport (Mrp) Or U.S. Visa For Admission To The U.S.

Update On Overseas I130 Filing
The Public Notice Posted By Uscis For Overseas Petitioners To File Their I130s With The California Service Center And The Vermont Service Center Was Pulled On 26Th January 2007, Shortly After It Was Posted. The Companion I130 Forms Entry Page Was Pulled On 29Th January 2007. The Revised Filing Instructions For Overseas Petitioners Are Not In Effect As Of Now.

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.

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 [...]

Uscis Invites Public Comments On Information Collection In Fiance(E) Petitions
Uscis Has Published A Notice Inviting Comments From The Public And Affected Agencies Concerning The Proposed Collection Of Information In Petitions For Alien Fiance (Form I129f), For Review And Clearance In Accordance With The Paperwork Reduction Act Of 1995.

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

Ask The Uscis For A Fee Waiver
Generally, The Uscis Has Discretion To Waive The Filing Fees For An Application, Petition, Motion Or Request If The Applicant Establishes That He Is Unable To Pay The Fee.

H1b Random Selection Completed On April 14
H1b Random Selection Completed On April 14

Uscis To Increase Immigration Filing Fees
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Proposed A Fee Structure For The Fiscal Year 2008/2009. The Increase In Actual Costs To Applicants And Petitioners Will Be Only 66 Percent.