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USCIS Seeks Comment on Revised I-9 Form

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 2:47 PM
 Today, March 27, 2012 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The public is invited to comment on the revisions until May 29, 2012.

Key revisions to the form include:

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58 Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Feb 01, 2012 @ 4:25 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, has identified 58 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing eligible countries . Each country’s designation is valid for one year from the date of publication.

The H-2A Visa and H-2B Visa programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs and temporary nonagricultural jobs, respectively. USCIS generally may only approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs. USCIS may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

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Easier Path to Green Card for Some Illegal Immigrants Announced

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

The Obama Administration announced today January 6th that it would pass legislation facilitating a path to a Green Card for some illegal immigrants. 

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services-Going Paperless?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 3:18 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in the post-development testing phase of a new system that will transform its paper-based agency into an electronic, online organization.  This is an unprecedented step for the world’s largest and most complex immigration system.  To view USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) – you can log in to this informational video

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If there is a Government shutdown-No hearings at EOIR Houston and El Paso on Non detained Cases

Posted by Karen Pollak on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 @ 9:35 AM

AILA advises that the federal government has begun advanced preparations for a possible shutdown as Democrats and Republicans continue negotiating over a spending package to fund the government after Friday night.  EOIR Houston informs that if no deal is reached Friday evening, the downtown immigration court personnel will not show up to work.   While the building will open, the court personnel will not show up to work until an agreement is reached.  In such event, all cases will be rescheduled.  Please note, the Courts handling detained cases WILL NOT CLOSE.

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Immigration | USCIS Enhancing Customer Experience

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

WASHINGTON -  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.

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USCIS Expands Payment Options at All Domestic Offices

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 @ 10:20 AM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that beginning October 1, 2010, domestic offices and U.S. territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, will no longer accept cash payment.  Eliminating the acceptance of cash will reduce USCIS operating costs.  As an alternative to cash, our customers may pay using checks (including personal checks), money orders, and credit cards.  Checks and money orders must be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Processing of your application will not be affected by the use of an alternative payment method.

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USCIS Publishes First-Ever Proposed Fee Waiver Form

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 @ 10:53 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed for the first time a standardized fee waiver form in an effort to provide relief for financially disadvantaged individuals seeking immigration benefits.  USCIS has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the proposed form – Form I-912, Request for Individual Fee Waiver.

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H-1B Visa Count (July 16, 2010)

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 @ 12:59 PM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (July 16, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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H-1B Cap Count (July 2, 2010)

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jul 07, 2010 @ 5:41 PM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (July 2, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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