Immigration Blog

USCIS Reminds Japanese Nationals Affected by Disaster of Immigration Benefits

USCIS has offered several extraordinary benefits to Japanese nationals affected by the earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disasters that began last month. Extensions of status, certain grants of parole, expedited processing of forms and petitions and assistance to stranded LPRs who have lost their immigration documentation. To see an overview of these benefits, click the link below. USCIS News Release

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Department of Justice issued do’s and don’ts for employers on Social Security Number “no-match” letters

The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices recently issued the following do’s and don’ts for employers on Social Security Number “no-match” letters. These are letters issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to employers stating that information supplied to the SSA does not match SSA records. DO: Recognize that name/SSN no-matches can result because of simple administrative errors. Check the reported no-match information against your personnel records. Inform the […]

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Certificates of Naturalization Redesigned for Enhanced Security

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced that a newly redesigned Naturalization Certificate with heightened security features will be distributed to over half of a million new citizens next year. The inclusion of digitalized photos, embedded signatures and new ink patterns on the Certificates will make them difficult to reproduce, thus aiding in the increased integrity of the immigration system. Read More.

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ICE Memo Discourages Actions at Sensitive Locations

A memo from Julie Myers, the Assistant Secretary at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has recently been posted to the USCIS web site. In the memo, dated July 3, 2008, Ms. Myers informs all special agents and field office directors to “refrain from conducting enforcement actions or investigative activities at or near sensitive community locations such as schools, places of worship, and funerals or other religious ceremonies.”  The memo also discusses an exception to this […]

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USCIS Adjusted Immigration Fees Take Effect This Month

Beginning November 23rd, overall fees for USCIS immigration benefits will experience an increase of ten percent, with naturalization applications undergoing no change and the fees for six individual applications experiencing a decrease. The fee adjustment ruling comes after an assessment of USCIS budgets and recovery of costs. This fee review, by law, is required to take place every two years.  Click Here to read full article and see a revised schedule of fees.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Mandate Concerning Immigrant Religious Workers

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned an injunction allowing special immigrant religious workers to file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, concurrently with the Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. See Ruiz-Diaz v. USA, No. 09-35734 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2010) On November 8, 2010, USCIS stopped accepting adjustment of status applications filed concurrently with or based on pending I-360 petitions from persons seeking classification as special immigrant religious […]

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