Immigration To Australia Increasing Amongst Uk Pensioners Wanting Better Weather And Lifestyle.
Australian Immigration News Immigration To Australia Increasing Amongst Uk Pensioners Wanting Better Weather And Lifestyle. Australia Has Been Announced As The Most Popular Retirement Destination For Scottish Pensioners With Almost 95,000 Now Claiming Their Pensions Abroad, Up By A Third In The Past Decade. The Second And Third Most Popular Destinations For Retiring Abroad Being Ireland And [...]

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.

Uscis Makes Preparations Ahead Of Hurricane Gustav
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Is Preparing To Temporarily Close Offices, If Necessary, Along The Gulf Of Mexico Coastline In The Projected Path Of Hurricane Gustav. If An Office Is Closed, Or Our Customers Are Evacuated From Their Homes, Uscis Will Automatically Reschedule All Appointments Until A Time When It Is Safe To Resume Operations.

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.

Dhs Announces Redesignation Of Liberia Tps
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Announced The Redesignation Of Temporary Protected Status For Nationals Of Liberia Until October 1, 2005. Under This Redesignation, Nationals Of Liberia (Or Aliens Having No Nationality Who Last Habitually Resided In Liberia) May Be Eligible To Live And Work In The United States For An Additional Year.

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.

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.

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.

Dos Launches New Website In Spanish Language
The U.S. Department Of State Launched Spanish.State.Gov, A New Website For Spanishspeaking Members Of The U.S. And International Public. The Site Features A Selection Of Information From The Department's Englishlanguage Site At Www.State.Gov

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 Extends Validity Of Liberian Eads
Termination Of The Tps Designation For Liberia Is Effective October 24, 2004, Sixty (60) Days After The August 25, 2004 Termination Notice. Accordingly, Uscis Has Extended Until October 24, 2004 The Validity Of Form I688b Employment Authorization Documents Issued To Liberian Tps Beneficiaries That Bear An Expiration Date Of October 1, 2004

Visa Waiver Program Agreement Signed With Korea
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Today A Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Memorandum Of Understanding (Mou) With Korean Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Trade Yu Myunghwan. The Security Enhancements Outlined In The Agreement Puts Korea On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Potential Designation As A Vwp Member As Early As Later This Year.

Infopass Leap Continues; 27 Cities Covered
Infopass Continues Spreading Like Wildfire And Has Stretched Its Reach To 27 Cities Across The Us. Uscic Plans To Implement Infopass In All 33 Uscis District Offices In The Country, Including All 34 Suboffices By Early September 2004. Uscis Director Eduardo Aguirre Predicts That Infopass Will Ultimately Mean The End Of Having Waiting In Line Altogether.

Uscis Extends Validity Period Of Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) For Refugees
In An Effort To Provide Better Customer Service To Refugees, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Recently Announced That It Would Extend The Validity Of Initial Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) For Refugees To Two Years After Arrival In The United States. Previous Policy Required Renewal Of The Employment Authorization Document (Ead) After One Year.

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.

Eoir Notifies Persons Eligible For Full Asylum Benefits For Fy 2004
The Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Has Notified Those Individuals In The United States With Conditional Grants Of Asylum Based On Resistance To A Coercive Population Control Program (Cpc) Who Now Are Fully Eligible For All Asylum Benefits.

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.

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.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (Ainp) Cuts Red Tape For H1b Category

The Strategic Recruitment Stream Of The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (Ainp) Fast-Tracks The Permanent Residency Applications Of Migrants Who Have Been Working For At Least One Year In The United States On An H1b Visa* In An Occupation That Is In High Demand In Alberta.&Nbsp; No Canadian Job Offer Is Required For This Category.

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.

Dol Announces Mailing Addresses For Perm Applications
The Employment And Training Administration (Eta) Of The Department Of Labor (Dol) Has Issued A Notice To Announce The Mailing Addresses For Employers That Choose To File Applications By Mail Under The New Permanent Foreign Labor Certification Program (Perm).

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

Uscis Revises Filing Instructions For Petition For Alien Relative
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Revised The Filing Instructions For The Petition For Alien Relative (Form I130). Effective Immediately, All Petitioners Filing Standalone Form I130s Must File Their Petitions With The Chicago Lockbox Instead Of A Uscis Service Center.

Reminder To Nationals Of Burundi To Reregister For Tps
With Just One Month To Go, The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Reminded Nationals Of Burundi Eligible For Temporary Protected Status (Tps) To File A Reregistration Application For Tps By The Closing Date Of December 28Th, 2007. Failure To File A Tps Reregistration Application By December 28Th Will Result In The Withdrawal Of Tps Benefits, Including Employment Authorization And Protection From Removal From The United States.

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.

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.

Alternatives To H1b: E3 Visa Australians In Specialty Occupations
In May 2005, The United States Created A New Nonimmigrant Visa Category Available Only To Australian Citizens (As Well As Their Spouses And Children). Known As E3, It Allows Australian Nationals To Accept Employment In "Specialty Occupations" In The Us.

Uscis Fact Sheet On Military Naturalizations
Members Of Certain Branches Of U.S. Armed Forces May Apply For Citizenship Under Special Provisions Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (Ina).

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

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.