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Immigration: USCIS Announces New Employment Authorization Document

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 @ 1:52 PM

As part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, the state-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new documents will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. USCIS begins issuing the new EADs today October 24, 2011 and will begin using the redesigned certificates on Oct. 30. The agency anticipates that more than 1 million people will receive the new documents over the next year. 

"These enhanced documents are more secure than ever," said Director Mayorkas. "They advance our efforts to safeguard against fraud and protect the integrity of the immigration system."

The new features of the EAD will better equip workers, employers and law enforcement officials to recognize the card as definitive proof of authorization to work in the United States. 

USCIS worked closely with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory to incorporate technology and tactile features in order to deter fraud and facilitate card authentication.                 

EAD Card Specimen

Additionally, USCIS employs a new and more secure printing process for its redesigned Certificate of Citizenship that renders the certificate more tamper-proof. 

Although the look and feel of the documents is new, the manner in which an applicant applies for and receives them will not change. USCIS will replace EADs already in circulation as individuals apply for their renewal or replacement. All previously issued EADs remain valid until the expiration date printed on the card. Previously issued Certificates of Citizenship remain valid indefinitely.

Immigration | USCIS Enhancing Customer Experience

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Aug 04, 2010 @ 4:58 PM

USCISWASHINGTON -  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces today the launch of new web features designed to expand users’ access to their case information. As part of USCIS’s commitment to improve customer service, these enhancements include a new online inquiry tool and tailored case status information, as well as new features for Spanish-speaking customers available at USCIS.gov/espanol.

"We are committed to improving access to case status information and enhancing customer service through these innovative online features," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.  "Expanding services to our Spanish-speaking customers is in response to public feedback and our desire to meet the needs of those we serve."

Customers will now be able to submit an electronic inquiry directly to a USCIS Field Office or Service Center to request case status information if their Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90) or Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) is outside the posted processing times. This electronic inquiry system should reduce the need for customers to make InfoPass appointments to speak with USCIS representatives in person. Additionally, once the electronic inquiry is received, USCIS now commits to a 15-day customer response, reduced from the previous commitment to respond within 30 days. 

Customers can now elect to receive e-mail updates about their case status in Spanish. They may also change their address online in Spanish. These expanded online options will enable USCIS to better interact with the Spanish-speaking segment of the public that it serves.

USCIS continues to advance its customer service enhancements through improved and expanded online services. Last summer, at the direction of President Obama, USCIS completely redesigned USCIS.gov, incorporating both internal and external stakeholder feedback. The redesign of USCIS.gov included the creation of the agency’s first ever Spanish language website.

USCIS strives to be at the forefront of providing improved customer service through one of the most visited websites in the federal government. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit www.uscis.gov.

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USCIS Director Mayorkas Confirms E-Verify Changes Coming

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 @ 4:20 PM
As part of an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, Alejandro Mayorkas the newly minted Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sounded alarm bells on Monday over the possible expiration of a program used to verify the legal status of workers in the country.  The E-Verify program is set to expire at the end of this month unless Congress reauthorizes it.  This is significant because the USCIS is already considering changes in E-Verify on the assumption Congress eventually will pass comprehensive immigration reform that would give legal status to millions of undocumented workers in the country. This raises questions about how the agency can handle the anticipated rise in inquiries to check a worker's immigration status against Homeland Security Department and Social Security Administration databases.  Read more in Chris Strohm's article, Official:  E-Verify Changes are int the works appearing in Congress Daily.

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