USCIS Stakeholder Engagement for Workers, Aug. 7, 2014

USCIS Programs and Resources for Workers, Thursday, August 7, 2014, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Eastern) "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern) to share information...

House Testimony of USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez

July 29, 2014 : "... Today, I would like to take this opportunity of my first appearance before you to provide an overview of key accomplishments and initiatives USCIS has undertaken and also give you an overview of some of the key challenges I believe we currently face. Each of the actions we are...

USCIS Posts DACA Toolkit

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is pleased to share with you its new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit for Community Partners . The toolkit includes: DACA program overview “How Do I Request Consideration of DACA?” customer guide Tip sheet ...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July 9. In his written testimony, available at http...

DACA Renewal Process Telecon Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern)

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the DACA renewal process. On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a revised Form I-821D...

USCIS FOIA Stakeholder Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014,1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program. During this engagement, representatives from the USCIS...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Humanitarian Assistance for Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in U.S. On August 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced relief measures available to nationals in the United States from those West African countries caught in the throes of the Ebola outbreak. Immigration...

USCIS on Customer Service

"Prior to the issuance of this guidance, USCIS has not had consolidated guidance defining expectations for customer service. This guidance, contained in Volume 1 of the Policy Manual, is intended to be comprehensive and controlling and replaces the customer service guidance found in Chapter 2 of...

Lucas Guttentag Joins USCIS as Senior Counselor to Director Rodriguez

"Stanford Law School’s Lucas Guttentag began serving the Obama administration today as Senior Counselor to the recently confirmed Director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), Leon Rodriguez. USCIS is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “I’m honored...

USCIS Policy Manual Updates

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USCIS Telecon: H-1B Filing Tips and Religious Workers Engagement - Oct. 9, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference with the California and Vermont Service Centers on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Eastern). Please note that this engagement was previously scheduled for Thursday,...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Housing and Employment Department Issues New Guidelines on U Visas | On September 10, 2014, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a directive expanding the grounds for which it will provide certifications to noncitizens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The Department...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

USCIS Asylum Division Documents, Updated Sept. 26, 2014

Statistical Documents Syria FY14 Minors FY14 Cumulative NACARA - April, May, June 2014 Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear FY14 Affirmative Asylum - April, May, June 2014 Memos Changes to CF an RF Cases Requiring QA Review Guidance on Immediate Family Member in Credible Fear ...

Some Biometric Appointment Notices Issued in Error

"Recently USCIS erroneously scheduled some customers for more than one Application Support Center (ASC) biometric appointment (Form I-797C). If you have already attended an ASC biometric appointment, and received a second appointment notice for the same application type, please call the National...

Oct. 15th USCIS Webinar: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to...

USCIS 'Listening Session' on P-1A Athletes, Oct. 15, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder listening session on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 2–3 p.m. (Eastern) regarding the P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete nonimmigrant visa classification. During this listening session, stakeholders...

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

"Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote...

USCIS to Post RFP for Millions of EADs, Green Cards

"USCIS Contracting will be posting a solicitation for the requirement of Card Stock used by the USCIS Document Management Division. The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

That's One Expensive Cut of Meat

When you pay your bill at a restaurant, you are paying for the food, the employees' wages, the real estate, taxes, and more. But when you settle up at Fogo de Chao, you are also paying for lawyers, judges and bureaucrats to fight over the visa for a chef from Brazil . In 2010 the Brazilian steakhouse...

USCIS Expands Definitions of “Mother” and “Parent” to Include Gestational Mothers Using ART

"USCIS issued a new policy ( PA-2014-009 ) clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and...

Advance Copy of USCIS Final Rule: Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue correspondence, notices of decisions, and documents evidencing lawful status in the United States to an applicant, petitioner, attorney, or accredited...

USCIS Final Rule: Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue correspondence, notices of decisions, and documents evidencing lawful status in the United States to an applicant, petitioner, attorney, or accredited...

USCIS Interim Memo: New T-6 Nonimmigrant Category

"The INA allows a principal T nonimmigrant (the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons, or T-1) to request derivative status for certain family members. ... Section 1221 of VAWA 2013 expanded the derivative category based on present danger of retaliation to include children (adult or...