Dos Update On Green Card Lottery Registrations
The U.S. Department Of State Announced That Over 6.4 Million Entries For The 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Were Received During The Twomonth Electronic Registration Period, From October 4, 2006, Through December 3, 2006.

Dos Invites Public Comments On J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application
The Department Of State Has Published A Notice Inviting Comments From The Public Concerning The Proposed Collection Of Information In Ds3035, J Visa Waiver Recommendation Application, In Accordance With The Paperwork Reduction Act Of 1995, Preceding Submission To Office Of Management And Budget (Omb) For Approval.

Dhs Signs Visa Waiver Program Agreements With Estonia And Latvia
U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Memoranda Of Understanding (Mou) With Estonian Minister Of Internal Affairs Juri Pihl In Tallinn, Estonia, And With Latvian Minister Of Foreign Affairs Maris Riekstins In Riga, Latvia. The Agreements Outline Security Enhancements That Put Both Countries On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Possible Designation As Vwp Members Later This Year.

Student Visa While I-130 Pending
Hello Everybody I Have A Couple Of Questions.... My Mother Filed An I-130 For Me In Summer 2006 When I Was Under 21...Ive Turned 21 A Couple Of Months Ago...How Should Inform Uscis About This? And From What Ive Found Here And There The O21 Unmarried Child Is The First Prefrence...Does This...

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 Atlanta Office Moves To A New Location
Effective February 20, 2007, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Move The Atlanta Field Office To A New Location. The New Office Will Open To The Public On Wednesday, February 21, 2007.

Infopass Takes Texas Into Its Stride
Continuing Its National Effort To Implement Infopass In All 22 District Offices Around The Country, Including All 34 Suboffices By Early September 2004, Uscis Has Formally Launched The Internetbased Appointment System Infopass To Residents Of The Houston Area. Infopass Is Offered In 12 Languages Including: Arabic, Chinese, Creole, French, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian, And Vietnamese. Uscis Plans To Add Additional Languages In The Future.

Aos Interview - H1b Cancelled Without Prejudice
After Aos Interview, Io Has Cancelled(Without Prejudice) H1b/H4b And Mentioned That We Are On Intent Immigrant Status, Hence We Dont Need It. My Ead/Advance Payrole Are Expired. What Is My Current Status? What Are My Options For Renewing Ead And Advance Payrole, Is It Safe To Do So At This Stage...

Travelogue: Immigration Workshop In Bangalore
This Month's In Focus Section Will Journey You Through Yet Another Exciting Day In Our Attorney's Travelogue: Bangalore, Our First Immigration Workshop In The Immigration Events Series Last Year.

Uscis Releases Updated Employer Information Bulletin
The Office Of Business Liaison Under The Uscis Has Released An Updated Employer Information Bulletin On The Services Of Its Office. The Primary Function Of Office Of Business Liaison Is To Educate The United States Business/Employer Community On Employmentrelated Immigration Matters.

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.

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.

30Day Notice Of Information Collection Under Review: Form I824, Application For Action On An Approved Application Or Petition
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Submitted The Following Information Collection Request To The Office Of Management And Budget (Omb) For Review And Clearance In Accordance With The Paperwork Reduction Act Of 1995. The Information Collection Was Previously Published In The Federal Register On March 4 2008, At 73 Fr 11655 Allowing For A 60Day Public Comment Period. Uscis Did Not Receive Any Comments For This Information Collection.

I-797E Late
I Was Hoping That Someone On This Site Could Help Me With A Question. I Submitted The I 751 Paperwork For My Wife A While Back And A Few Weeks Ago We Recieved The I 797 E Request For More Evidence. The Date On The I797 E Action Letter Said The Paperwork Needed To Be Submitted By December 16....

Immigration Court Practice Manual Is Effective July 1
The Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Reminds Parties Appearing In Immigration Court That Beginning On July 1, 2008, The Immigration Court Practice Manual Will Be Effective Nationwide, And The Local Operating Procedures For Immigration Courts Will No Longer Be Used. The Practice Manual Is Available On Eoir's Website At Http://Www.Usdoj.Gov/Eoir/.

Uscis To Reissue Rfe For Special Immigrant Religious Workers
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Realized Recently That Some Requests For Evidence (Rfes) Were Issued To Petitioners For Special Immigrant Religious Workers (Form I360) And These Did Not Take Into Account The Supporting Evidence That Was Included With The Petition.

Dhs Updates Entry And Exit Ports For Usvisit
Dhs Has Issued A Notice Identifying Six New Ports Of Entry For Inclusion In The Usvisit Program At Air And Sea Ports. This Notice Also Deletes Two Ports Of Entry That Were Inadvertently Included In The January 5, 2004 Notice Identifying Air And Sea Ports Of Entry Under Usvisit. The Notice Also Deletes Two Ports That Were Included Inadvertently In The Exit Pilot Programs Announced On August 3, 2004 At 69 Fr 46556, Replacing Those Ports With Two Airports To Maintain The Full Number Of Fifteen Exit Pilot Programs.

Us Opens Four New Immigration Facilities In Florida
The Us Citizenship And Immigration Services Is Opening Four New Immigration Facilities In South Florida To Replace The One That It Currently Operates....

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.

Re-Entry Permits Now To Require Biometrics

All Lawful Permanent Residents Of Us Age Through 14 To 79 Applying For Re-Entry Permit And Individuals Applying For Refugee Travel Document Will Now Be Required To Provide Biometrics I.E. Finger Prints And Photographs At A UscisApplicationSupportCenter (&Ldquo;Asc&Rdquo;) For Background And Security Checks.

Why Biometric?&Nbsp;

Uscis Has Stated That Biometrics Is Not Only Vital To The Security Of The Immigration Process, It Also In Compliance With Congressional Mandates For Issuance Of Secure Documents. According Uscis, The Biometric Information Will Be A Big Deterrent To Frauds.&Nbsp;

What Is A Re-Entry Permit?

A Re-Entry Permit Allows A Permanent Resident To Re-Enter The United States Without Having To Obtain A Returning Resident Visa. Re-Entry Permits Are Generally Applied For When The Resident Plans To Stay Outside Of The United States For Six Months Or More. For Refugees, A Refugee Travel Document Is Issued Instead And They Must Have This Document In Order To Re-Enter The United States After Any Travel Abroad.

How Does It Work?

As Per The New Instruction, Once The Uscis Receives The Form I-131 Filed By Any Resident, The Agency Will Mail The Asc Appointment Notice Along With The Receipt. To Speed Up The Process, Applicants Are Allowed So Enclose Pre-Paid Express Mailers With The Form I-131. By Sending Two Such Mailers, Applicants Can Ensure That Both The Biometrics Appointment Schedule As Well As The Approved Re-Entry Permit Or Refugee Travel Document Will Reach Faster Then Traditional Mail. In This Case, The Applicant Is Required To Mention The Reason For Needing The Expedited Service.&Nbsp;

This Revised Instruction For The Form I-131, Application For Travel Document Came Into Effective On March 5, 2008. The Changes Will Likely To Cause Delay For Those Individuals Who Had Plans To Travel Abroad In The Recent Future As Applicants Will Be Scheduled For A Biometric Appointment Only After They Submit Form I-131.

U.S. Department Of Labor Initiates Supervised Recruitment Of Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Immigration Law Firm
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced That It Has Begun Placing Pending Permanent Labor Certification Applications (Lca) Filed By The Cohen & Grigsby Law Firm Into Department-Supervised Recruitment. Supervised Recruitment Requires The Employer To Receive Advance Approval From The Dol For All Recruitment Efforts To Ensure That U.S. Workers Are Fully Considered For Available Positions.

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

Dol Issues Guidance On H2b Visas
The Department Of Labor Has Issued Supplemental Guidance For Labor Certification Process For Temporary Employment Of Nonimmigrant Workers In The Us (H2b Workers), Fy 2005.

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.

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.

Dhs Signs Visa Waiver Program Agreements With Estonia And Latvia
U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Memoranda Of Understanding (Mou) With Estonian Minister Of Internal Affairs Juri Pihl In Tallinn, Estonia, And With Latvian Minister Of Foreign Affairs Maris Riekstins In Riga, Latvia. The Agreements Outline Security Enhancements That Put Both Countries On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Possible Designation As Vwp Members Later This Year.

The 3 To 10 Year Illegal Immigration Penalty
Hi, I Have A Question About This Rule. I Have A Friend Who Immigrated Here From South America When He Was About 13. He Came Here Legally, Im Not Sure With What Type Of Visa Though. It Expired And I Guess He Was Then Here Illegally For About 4 Years. After That He Someone Got Everything In Order...

A Rendezvous With India: The Journey Continues
This Month We Finalize Our Attorneys' Travelogue Describing Their Journey Through India That We Started In Last Month's Newsletter. As You Probably Already Know, During These Events, The Visapro Legal Team Traveled To Five Different Cities In India To Present Substantive And Comprehensive Information On Business Immigration Issues To A Wideranging Audience.

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.

Uscis Clarifies Fee Exemption Eligibility For The Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Remind Its Customers That The Fee For An Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601) Is Always Required. Uscis Has Received Numerous Applications Filed Without The Appropriate Fee Due To An Incorrect Interpretation Of The Regulations.