USCIS Modifies Intercountry Adoption Procedures

Children, birthparents and prospective adoptive parent(s) will have greater protections under the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption convention), effective April 1, 2008. New safeguards administered by U.S. Citizenhsip and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Hague include the creation of new forms and improved, centralized...
read more

USCIS Modified Intercountry Adoption Procedures

Children, birthparents and prospective adoptive parent(s) will have greater protections under the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption convention), effective April 1, 2008. New safeguards administered by U.S. Citizenhsip and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Hague include the creation of new forms and improved, centralized...
read more

USCIS Q/A on New FBI Name Check Policy

We reported in a prior post that the USCIS, under a new policy, will adjudicate I-485 adjustment applications (if the priority date is current) even if the FBI name check is pending. USCIS recently issued a few Question and Answers about this new policy. Here are a few that readers of this web site will find particularly interesting.   Q – How many applications for lawful...
read more

DOS Releases April 2008 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State recently released its April 2008 Visa Bulletin. The good news in the bulletin is that Employment-Based Category Two (EB2) is no longer ‘unavailable’ for Indian nationals. The cut-off date in that category for Indian nationals is now December 1, 2003.  To view the entire April 2008 Visa Bulletin, please go to the Processing Times link on the home...
read more

USCIS Announces Biometric Changes for Re-Entry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents

USCIS issued revised instructions for USCIS Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. The instructions, which became effective March 5, 2008, require that applicants for re-entry permits and refugee travel documents provide biometrics (e.g., fingerprints and photographs) at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) for background and security checks.  USCIS will notify applicants...
read more