New Citizenship Rules for Canada Effective April 17, 2009

Our law firm does not directly handle immigration to Canada, but this was newsworthy enough to report since many of our Canadian clients would find it helpful.  A new law will come into effect on April 17, 2009 amending the Canadian Citizenship Act. The new law will give Canadian citizenship to certain individuals who lost it and to others who will be recognized as citizens...
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What Happens to Your Immigration Status if You Are Laid Off?

These are tough times.  The country is in a recession and some people are losing their jobs.  If a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident is laid off, they need to worry about paying their bills and finding another job.  When a non-immigrant worker is laid off, they have more than just a job and bills to worry about – they need to worry about their immigration status and...
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USCIS Changes Filing Address for EB-5 Investor Cases

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that petitions and applications related to the Alien Entrepreneur (EB-5) immigrant classifications and Regional Center Proposals under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program must be filed at the California Service Center (CSC). A Federal Register  notice announcing the change was published on Jan. 9, 2009. Currently,...
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Reminder: Visa Waiver Travelers Must Obtain ESTA Approval Prior to Travel

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a statement reminding travelers from all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries that they are now required to obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States. This requirement, effective January 12, 2009, applies to all eligible citizens or nationals traveling under the...
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USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program for N-400 Naturalization

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is revising the Direct Mail Program for the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400).   The notice of this addition is effective on Jan. 22, 2009.   The notice advises the public to file non-military N-400s with the appropriate Lockbox facilities and provides a 30-day transition period after the effective...
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