DOS Advises USCIS That Visa Numbers are Exhausted for FY2010

In correspondence dated September 15, 2010, the Department of State advised USCIS that nearly all visa number allocations for fiscal year 2010 have been used. Specifically, all family preference category, and employment based second, third and most fourth preference category visa number requests have reached the annual allocation limits set by statute. The Department points …

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USCIS Raises Filing Fees Effective November 23, 2010

In Notice published in the Federal Register on September 23, 2010, USCIS issued its Final Rule increasing filing fees for most petition and application filings. The fees – according to USCIS – increase by a weighted average of 10 percent ; establish 3 new fees covering USCIS costs related to processing the Regional Center Designation …

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July, 2010 Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin for July 2010 Number 22 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during July. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports …

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DHS adopts new dynamic and flexible security steps to protect the flying public

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on April 2, 2010 that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures for all air carriers with international …

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H-1B Petition Filings for Fiscal Year 2011 Continue

USCIS continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY2011) cap. USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 general cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree or higher education exemption. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions …

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USCIS to issue new permanent resident cards that are actually green

The USCIS will soon issue a redesigned green card that will actually be green. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card—commonly known as the “Green Card”—to incorporate several major new security features. The Green Card redesign is the latest advance in USCIS’s ongoing efforts to deter …

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ICE releases guidance in investigating U.S. citizenship claims

A recently released memorandum dated November 19, 2009 superseded a prior memorandum issued on November 6, 2008 that provided guidance in investigating claims of U.S. citizenship. The more recent guidance was intended to ensure that claims to U.S. citizenship receive immediate and careful investigation and analysis. While performing their duties, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …

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