Uscis Naturalizes First Military Spouse Overseas
Zita Chouchan, The Spouse Of A Member Of The U.S. Military Recited The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest Citizen Of The United States Yesterday At The U.S. Consulate In Frankfurt, Germany. This Was The First Overseas Naturalization Ceremony For A Military Spouse.

Dhs Announces Expanded Border Control Plans
Department Of Homeland Security Announced Plans To Expand Control Of The United States Borders Through Increased Use Of Immigration Laws To Combat Illegal Entry Between The Ports Of Entry While Facilitating Travel For Legitimate Mexican Visitors.

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.

Ice Arrests 59 At Northern Virginia Resort After I9 Inspection
As Part Of Ongoing Efforts To Secure Our Nation's Borders Through The Discharge Of Interior Law Enforcement Missions, U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Agents Executed An Enforcement Action At The Luxurious Northern Virginia Resort.

Valentine's Day Gift For Indians, U.S. Adjusts Consular Exchange Rate
Effective Monday February 14, 2005, The United States Consular Sections In India Will Adjust The Consular Exchange Rate From Us$1 = Rs. 46 To Us$1 = Rs. 44, Reducing Rupee Denominated Costs Of Applying For Visas, Passports, And Other Consular Services.

A Rendezvous With India: Immigration Seminar In New Delhi
This Is The First Of The Series Of Articles On Our Recent Seminars And Workshops In Various Cities Of India. This Article Contains Excerpts From Our Attorney's Diaries Regarding His Travel Experiences During His Visit To New Delhi, The Capital Of India.

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

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

Uscis Issues Revised Guidance On Child Status Protection Act (Cspa)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Today Issued Guidance That Will Modify Its Earlier Interpretation Of The Child Status Protection Act (Cspa) Which Permits Applicants For Certain Immigration Benefits To Retain Classification As A Child Even If He Or She Has Reached The Age Of 21.

Cap Count For H1b And H2b Workers For Fiscal Year 2009
The Word "Cap" Used In This Update Refers To Annual Numerical Limitations Set By Congress On Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications, E.G., H1b And H2b. Caps Control The Number Of Workers That Can Be Issued A Visa In A Given Fiscal Year To Enter The United States Pursuant To A Particular Nonimmigrant Classification. Caps Also Control The Number Of Aliens Already In The United States That May Be Authorized To Change Status To A Capsubject Classification.

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.

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.

Dui During "Change Of Status" Period???
Hi. I Applied For The Change Of Status On September 26 And Received A Receipt A Few Days Later That Says The Uscis Received My Documents. The Bad News Is That On November 1, I Got Dui When I Was Returning From A Halloween Party. My Breath Score Was 0.09. They Put Me In Jail And Said...

Dhs Under Secretary Discusses Us Visit Expansion
Dhs Under Secretary Has Stressed That "One Of Our Highest Priorities At Us Visit Is To Make Sure That The United States Continues To Be A Welcoming Nation And That Travelers Continue To Come To The United States, Whether For Business, Vacation Or Study.

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 Reverts To Prior Edition Of Form I9
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Service (Uscis) Has Withdrawn The June 16, 2008 Version Of The Form I9, Employment Eligibility Verification, And Has Reinstated The Use Of The June 5, 2008 Version. The Uscis Is Now Directing Employers To Use The June 5, 2007 Version, Which Has Been Updated With A New Expiration Date Of June 30, 2009. Other Than The Revision Date, There Are No Differences Between The Two Versions.

Usvisit Test Entry Procedures At Land Ports From Midnovember
Usvisit Will Begin A Test Of Entry Procedures At Land Ports Of Entry In The Secondary Inspection Area Starting In Midnovember. Initial Testing Will Begin At Land Ports Of Entry In Douglas, Arizona, Port Huron, Michigan, And Laredo, Texas.

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.

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.

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 Naturalizes First Military Spouse Overseas
Zita Chouchan, The Spouse Of A Member Of The U.S. Military Recited The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest Citizen Of The United States Yesterday At The U.S. Consulate In Frankfurt, Germany. This Was The First Overseas Naturalization Ceremony For A Military Spouse.

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.

Cbp Officers Directed To Enforce Law With Common Sense On Visa Waiver Overstayers
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner Announced Today New Discretion For Cbp Officers To Grant Norisk Travelers Who Overstayed Under The Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) On A Prior Visit A Onetime Parole. The Use Of Discretion By Cbp Supervisors Will Avoid The Detention And Handcuffing Which Commissioner Bonner Said Was "Inappropriate" For Minor Violations Of The Visa Waiver Program.

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.

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 Clarifies Everify Requirement For Stem Opt Extension For F1 Students
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That F1 Students Who Are Applying For A 17Month Extension Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) On The Basis Of A Degree In A Science, Technology, Engineering Or Mathematics (Stem) Field Must Have A Job Or Job Offer From An Employer That Is Enrolled And In Good Standing In The Everify Employment Eligibility Verification Program At The Site Where The Student Will Be Employed. If The Stem Graduate Is Employed By More Than One Employer, All Of The Graduate's Employers Must Comply With The Everify Requirement.

U.S. Department Of Labor Requests Comments On Proposed Rules For Priority Of Service For Veterans
The U.S. Department Of Labor's Veterans' Employment And Training Service (Vets) Today Announced The Publication Of A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking On Priority Of Service For Veterans And Eligible Spouses. Priority Of Service Is An Important Acknowledgment Of The Sacrifices Of The Men And Women Who Have Served In The U.S. Armed Forces. The Proposed Regulations Apply To "Any Workforce Preparation, Development Or Delivery Program Or Service That Is Directly Funded, In Whole Or In Part, By The Department Of Labor," As Provided By The Jobs For Veterans Act (P.L. 107-288), Enacted In 2002.

Uscis Centralizes Initial Naturalization Application Processing
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today It Has Centralized Initial Processing Of All Applications For Naturalization (Form400) At Its National Benefits Center In Missouri. This Change Is Part Of The Uscis Initiative To Increase The Efficiency Of Case Management And Improve Customer Service.

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

H1b Cap Reached For Fy 2009
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Has Received Enough H1b Petitions To Meet The Congressionally Mandated Cap For Fiscal Year 2009. The Uscis Has Also Received More Than 20,000 H1b Petitions Filed On Behalf Of Persons Exempt From The Cap Under The "Advanced Degree" Exemption. Before Running The Random Selection Process, Uscis Will Complete Initial Data Entry For All Filings Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. Due To The High Number Of Petitions, Uscis Is Not Yet Able To Announce The Precise Day On Which It Will Conduct The Random Selection Process.