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.

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.

Dol Notifies Interim Final Rule On H1b1 Labor Condition Applications
The U.S. Department Of Labor Has Issued An Interim Rule With Request For Comments Regarding The New H1b1 Visa Category Applicable To Nationals Of Chile And Singapore. The Employers Seeking To Temporarily Employ Foreign Professionals In Specialty Occupations Through H1b1 Visas Must File A Labor Attestation With The Department Of Labor.

Announcement Of Higher Fines For Immigration Violations
On Friday, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey Announced Higher Civil Fines Against Employers Who Violate Federal Immigration Laws. The Announcement Was Made In A Joint Briefing Today With Secretary Of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff About Newly Enacted Border Security Reforms Put In Place By The Departments Of Justice And Homeland Security. Under The New Rule, Which Was Approved By Attorney General Mukasey And Secretary Chertoff, Civil Fines Will Increase By As Much As $5,000. The New Rule Will Take Effect On March 27, 2008, And Will Be Published In The Federal Register Early This Week.

Uscis Welcomes More Than 39,000 New Citizens During Constitution Week And Citizenship Day
More Than 39,000 Individuals Will Become New Citizens Of The United States This Week During Special Ceremonies Hosted By U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) To Recognize Constitution Week. The Naturalization Ceremonies Held September 17 Through September 23 Commemorate The Signing Of The U.S. Constitution On September 17, 1787. The Naturalization Ceremonies Are Scheduled For Citizenship Day, September 17 For As Few As 20 Citizenship Applicants In St. Albans, Vermont, To As Many As 3,000 Applicants At Fenway Park In Boston.

Ice Means Business; Reports Record Alien Removals
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Has Announced That The Removal Of Criminal And Other Illegal Aliens From The United States Reached Record Levels, With 157,281 Aliens Removed In Fiscal Year 2004. In Addition, Ice Recorded A Sizable Increase In Apprehensions Under A New Program Specifically Targeting Fugitive Aliens.

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 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 Harlingen Office Closes Due To Hurricane Dolly
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Harlingen Office Located At 1717 Zoy Street, Has Closed Due To Hurricane Dolly. Individuals With A Scheduled Appointment For July 22, And 23, Were Seen Today.

Dol Unveils Email Subscription Service
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced A New Effort To Expand Website Usage With The Introduction Of An Email Subscription Management System. The New Email Subscription Service Will Allow Citizens To Subscribe To Receive Updates By Email When Specific Information They Are Interested In Changes. The Email Update Includes A Direct Link To The Page Of Interest.

Uscis Changes Vaccination Requirements For Adjustment Of Status Applicants
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).

Opt Extension For Highly Skilled Foreign Students
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Has Today Released An Interim Final Rule Extending The Period Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) From 12 To 29 Months For Qualified F1 Nonimmigrant Students. The Extension Will Be Available To F1 Students With A Degree In Science, Technology, Engineering, Or Mathematics Who Are Employed By Businesses Enrolled In The Everify Program.

Ice Launches First Northern Border Air Marine Branch
The Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Launched A New Initiative To Maximize Security Along The U.S.Canada Border. The Bellingham Air And Marine Branch (Amb) Is The First Of Five Planned Facilities To Augment Dhs Northern Border Security Capabilities With Air And Marine Law Enforcement, Surveillance And Airspace Security Authorities.

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.

Dhs Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints From International Visitors At At Orlando International Airport
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today That It Has Begun Collecting Additional Fingerprints From International Visitors Arriving At Orlando International Airport (Orlando). The Change Is Part Of The Department's Upgrade From Two To 10Fingerprint Collection To Enhance Security And Facilitate Legitimate Travel By More Accurately And Efficiently Establishing And Verifying Visitors' Identities.

Dos Releases List Of 20042005 U.S. Fulbright Grantees
The U.S. Department Of State Has Released The Official List Of U.S. Fulbright Student Grantees For The 20042005 Academic Year. This Year, Under The Nation's Premier Exchange Program, 1,099 American Students Have Been Awarded Fulbright Grants To Study And Conduct Research In More Than 110 Countries Throughout The World.

Cgfns New India Pilot Project
Cgfns International And Ahed Global Healthcare, Inc., A Global Continuing Education Provider, Recently Announced The Rollout Of A Pilot Project In India For The Cgfns Assessment Of General Knowledge (Cgfns-Agnk) Examination. The Pilot Rollout In India Focuses On Enhancing The Employability Of Nurses Within India And In Other Non-Us Countries. The Test Does Not Substitute For The State Nursing Council Examination Required For Licensure In India. The Test Will Be Used By Schools Of Nursing And Healthcare Systems In India As A Screening Mechanism For Measuring Fundamental Nursing Knowledge And Predicting Work Success For Pre Or Post-Licensed Nurses.

U.S. Labor Department Proposes Rules On Investment Advice Exemption For 401(K) Plans And Iras
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Announced Publication Of Two Proposed Rules Under The Pension Protection Act (Ppa) To Make Investment Advice More Accessible For Millions Of Americans In 401(K) Type Plans And Individual Retirement Accounts (Iras). The U.S. Secretary Of Labor, Elaine L. Chao Believes That These Proposals Would Give Workers Greater Access To Investment Advice So That They Are Better Equipped To Manage And Monitor Their 401(K) Plans And Individual Retirement Accounts.

Uscis Revises Instructions On Where To Submit Applications Previously Processed By Its Tijuana Field Office
U. S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Revised Its Instructions On Where To Submit Applications Previously Processed By Its Tijuana Field Office. The Tijuana Field Office Is Closing On July 3, 2008 And To Prepare, The Agency Stopped Accepting The Following Applications And Transferred Responsibilities As Reflected Below.

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.

Us: Sarah Palin Silent On Immigration Issues
Republican Presidential Hopeful John Mccain Surprised America By Announcing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As His Vice-Presidential Running Mate - A Virtual Unknown In Us Politics. Since Then, Mccain's Campaign Has Kept The Press From Interviewing Palin; Her Stance On A Number Of Issues Is Unknown. This Especially Includes Immigration - A Hot Topic In Today's American Political Landscape.

Dhs Announces Customer Service Improvements To Entry Process For International Travelers
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today The Launch Of Three Initiatives - The Global Entry Pilot Program, The Passenger Service Program, And An Expanded Model Ports Initiative - Intended To Strengthen Customer Service At U.S. Ports Of Entry.

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.

Cgfns New India Pilot Project
Cgfns International And Ahed Global Healthcare, Inc., A Global Continuing Education Provider, Recently Announced The Rollout Of A Pilot Project In India For The Cgfns Assessment Of General Knowledge (Cgfns-Agnk) Examination. The Pilot Rollout In India Focuses On Enhancing The Employability Of Nurses Within India And In Other Non-Us Countries. The Test Does Not Substitute For The State Nursing Council Examination Required For Licensure In India. The Test Will Be Used By Schools Of Nursing And Healthcare Systems In India As A Screening Mechanism For Measuring Fundamental Nursing Knowledge And Predicting Work Success For Pre Or Post-Licensed Nurses.

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 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:

Update On Pending Fbi Name Checks And Projected Naturalization Processing Times
The Dhs And The Uscis' Ombudsman Announced A Significant Decline In The Number Of Pending Fbi Name Checks For Individuals Seeking Immigration Benefits In The United States. Fbi Name Checks, One Of Several Security Screening Tools Used By The Uscis, Have Delayed The Adjudication Of Benefits For Many Thousands Of Applicants. The Uscis Ombudsman Had Identified Fbi Name Check Delays As One Of The Major Hurdles To Improved Customer Service At Uscis In His 2008 And 2007 Annual Reports To Congress.

Uscis Permits F1 Students Opportunity To Request Change Of Status
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Would Allow F1 Students Who Are The Beneficiaries Of Selected H1b Petitions For Fiscal Year (Fy) 2009 To Request A Change Of Status In Lieu Of Consular Notification.

Uscis Revises Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Has Revised Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record. The Revision Was Necessitated By Changes To The Tuberculosis (Tb) Component Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention's Technical Instructions For Civil Surgeons. This Revised Form (Edition Date 04/02/08) Must Be Used For Any Medical Examination Completed On Or After May 1, 2008. Previous Editions Of The Form I693 May Not Be Used On Or After That Date.

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