USCIS Policy Alert: Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual relating to changes of dates of birth and names per court orders. Background USCIS recognizes that the dates of birth of children born abroad are not always accurately recorded in the countries...

Snapshot: USCIS/AILA Meeting re ELIS

"On April 9, 2014, the Office of Transformation Coordination (OTC), in collaboration with the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate (CSPED), conducted its Transformation Liaison Committee Meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). USCIS provided updates on USCIS...

DACA Renewal Engagement This Thursday, June 26, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thursday, June 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA). On June 5 , 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a...

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

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

USCIS Meeting Notes; Asylum Division; NHL vs. VSC

1. Q&A from the USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Tuesday, January, 28, 2014 . 2. Q&A from the National Hockey League (NHL) and Vermont Service Center Meeting, June 27, 2014 .

Three New USCIS Interim Memos for Comment

- Guidance on Evaluating Claims of “Extraordinary Circumstances” for Late Filings When the Applicant Must Have Sought to Acquire Lawful Permanent Residence Within One Year of Visa Availability Pursuant to the Child Status Protection Act - June 6, 2014 (Posted: 06-27-2014; Comment period ends...

Leon Rodriguez Sworn In As USCIS Director

"Leon Rodriguez was sworn in today as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a ceremony at USCIS headquarters. Rodriguez, born in Brooklyn, and raised in Miami, comes to USCIS with a broad legal background and will lead the nearly 18,000 employee agency charged...

Webinar July 16, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. During...

Interim USCIS Memo on Adoptions: PM-602-0103, June 30, 2014

Guidance on the Implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 in Intercountry Adoption Adjudications This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on the implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation...

Characteristics of Individuals Requesting and Approved for DACA: USCIS

"Existing data currently published by USCIS for DACA provides statistics on program operations (e.g., number of receipts accepted, rejected and approved, etc.). In contrast, this data table release disseminates information on the characteristics of DACA requestors in a manner which sufficiently...

Exception to the Two-Year Custody and Two-Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children: USCIS Policy Memo

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in adjudicating Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, filed by a self-petitioning adopted child, when the adopted child has been battered or abused." -...

USCIS Computer System Slower Than Old-Fashioned Paper-Pushing

"After six years of development, a new automated system for processing immigration forms takes twice as long as processing applications by hand, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog. The $1.7 billion information technology project, called Transformation, began under a...

Click 150 Times If You 'Like' ELIS

"USCIS’ IT systems do not fully provide the functionality needed to support its mission. For example, as part of its Transformation program, USCIS created ELIS, an electronic immigration system. The aim of ELIS is to provide a more efficient and higher quality adjudication process. However...

USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting: Aug. 11, 2014

:U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder engagement on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss new developments within the Asylum Division. The purpose of this engagement is for the Asylum Division to provide...

USCIS Policy Memo: Adjudication of H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions. Specifically, this PM assists U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in determining whether or not a nursing position meets the definition of a specialty occupation."...

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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