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.

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.

"Adit" Stamps To Be Continued
Until Further Notice, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Continue The Practice Of Issuing "Adit" Stamps. An "Adit" Stamp Is Added To A Passport Or An Arrivaldeparture Record (I94) As Proof Of Temporary Residency.

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.

Direct Mail Program Expanded For Forms I485, I765 And I131
The Uscis Is Expanding Its Direct Mail Program To Provide That Certain Filings Of Form I485, Application To Register Permanent Resident Or Adjust Status; Form I765, Application For Employment Authorization; And Form I131, Application For Travel Document Be Filed At A Designated Chicago, Illinois Lockbox Facility For Initial Processing.

Uscis Houston Office Remains Closed Due To Hurricane Ike
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That Its Houston Office At 126 North Point Will Remain Closed For Business Today And Tomorrow (Sept. 15-16). Additionally, All Three Local Application Support Centers As Well As The Houston Asylum Office (See Locations Below) Will Remain Closed Until Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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.

President Nominates Michael Chertoff As Dhs Secretary
The President Has Announced The Nomination Of Judge Michael Chertoff To Be The Secretary Of Homeland Security. Michael Chertoff Has Been A Judge On The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit. His Nomination Must Be Approved By The Senate.

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 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.

Dhs Adopts Facial Recognition Standard
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Announced The Adoption Of Its First Biometric Facial Recognition Standard. The Standard Is Designed To Be Consistent With International Standards For Biometrics Used In Such Applications As Travel Documents.

Supplemental Proposed Rule With Employer Guidance Regarding Nomatch Letters
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Released Today A Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking For The Nomatch Rule Previously Issued On August 15, 2007. This Rulemaking Addresses Three Issues Cited In A Decision Of The U.S. District Court For The Northern District Of California Enjoining The August 2007 Nomatch Rule. This Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking Provides A More Detailed Analysis Of How Dhs Developed The Nomatch Policy And Will Help Responsible Employers Ensure That They Are Not Employing Unauthorized Workers.

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. Immigration Changes Photo Requirement Rule
The Uscis Has Announced A Change In The Photo Requirements For All Applicants. The New Rule Replaces The Requirement From A Threequarter Face Position To A Standard, Full Frontal Face Position To Take Effect August 2, 2004.

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.

Dhs Designates Everify As Employment Eligibility Verification System For All Federal Contractors
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Designated Everify, Operated By U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) In Partnership With The Social Security Administration, As The Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System That All Federal Contractors Must Use As Required By Executive Order 12989, As Amended. Everify Is A Free Internetbased System That Allows Enrolled Employers To Confirm The Legal Status Of New Hires Within Seconds.

Cgfns International Partners With Ahed Global Healthcare To Deliver Assessment Of Nursing Knowledge As A Pilot Project In India
The Cgfns International, With Its 30 Years Of Experience Testing International Nurses, And Ahed Global Healthcare, Inc. (Agh) (A Subsidiary Of American Higher Education, Inc.), A Global Continuing Education Provider Today Announced The Rollout Of A Pilot Project In India For The Cgfns Assessment Of General Nursing Knowledge (Cgfns-Agnk) Examination. The Cgfns-Agnk Test Is An Internationally Validated Exam Developed To Determine Nurses' Capacity To Apply Their Knowledge In The Delivery Of Effective Patient Care. The Cgfns-Agnk 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.

Tsc Pilots New Adjustment Processing System
In An Effort To Streamline The Adjudications Procedures, Texas Service Center (Tsc) Started The "Plus Pilot" Program For Adjudicating Concurrentlyfiled Adjustment Of Status Application Packets. Until Recently, Each Form In A Typical Aos Packet Was Separated And Sent To A Different Officer For A Preliminary Name Check And Adjudication. This Often Caused Confusion And Led To Lost Documentation And Delays In Processing.

Passport Requirements For Air Travel
Starting January 23Rd, 2007, The Citizens Of The United States, Canada, Mexico, And Bermuda Will Be Now Required To Present A Passport To Enter The United States While Arriving By Air From Any Part Of The Western Hemisphere.

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.

Uscis Establishes Genealogy Program
Customers Can Now Turn To U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) For Help In Researching Their Family's Immigration History Through The Agency's New Genealogy Program.

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.

Infopass Comes To Colorado
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Formally Opened The Internetbased Appointment System To Residents Of The Colorado Area. Traditionally, Customers Would Begin Lining Up Outside Uscis District Offices At Dawn To Speak To An Immigration Information Officer. Uscis Director Eduardo Aguirre Predicts That Infopass Will Ultimately Mean The End Of Having Waiting In Line Altogether.

Q & A: Changes To The Tuberculosis And Vaccination Requirements For Adjustment Of Status
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).

President Authorizes 70,000 Refugee Admissions During Fy 2005
The Admission Of Up To 70,000 Refugees To The United States During Fy 2005 Is Justified By Humanitarian Concerns Or Is Otherwise In The National Interest, Says The Presidential Determination.

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.

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.

20 New Citizens From 13 Countries Take Oath Of Citizenship
Uscis Director Administered The Oath Of Allegiance To 20 New U.S. Citizens, From 13 Countries Around The World, In An Openair Ceremony On Angel Island In San Francisco Bay.

Dhs Announces Pretravel Authorization Program For U.S.Bound Travelers From Visa Waiver Countries
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today The Interim Final Rule For The Electronic System For Travel Authorization (Esta), A New Online System That Is Part Of The Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) And Is Required By The Implementing Recommendations Of The 9/11 Commission Act Of 2007.

Dhs Realigns Twic Compliance Date
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That The Final Compliance Date For The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (Twic) Program Will Be April 15, 2009, Which Reflects A Realignment Of The Sept. 25, 2008 Compliance Date Set In The Final Rule. The Seven Month Extension Is A Direct Result Of Collaboration With Port Officials And Industry, And Realigns The Enrollment Period With The Original Intent Of The Twic Final Rule.