USCIS Extends and Re-designates Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the country’s current TPS designation for 18 months—through Jan. 22, 2013. Haitian nationals who do not have TPS or a pending TPS application may begin filing immediately, and must file no later than Nov. 15, 2011. Individuals who already have Haiti TPS must...
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USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Count

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B cap count as of May 20, 2011. Here are the most recent cap numbers: 1) Regular H-1B Cap: 12,300 and 2) U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 8,500. The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000 and the Advanced Degree cap is set at 20,000. We will monitor these numbers in the coming months and provide routine updates for our readers....
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USCIS Improves Document Delivery Through Secure Mail Initiative

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has fully implemented the Secure Mail Initiative (SMI), which uses U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to deliver certain immigration documents in a safe, secure and timely manner. Made possible by a partnership between USCIS and the USPS, the SMI enables USCIS to confirm delivery of permanent resident cards and...
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USCIS Centralizes I-130 Filings

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  announced that effective Aug. 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file a Petition for an Alien Relative (Form I-130) with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. Under the new regulation, published today in the Federal Register, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices may file a Petition...
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Tri-Valley University President Indicted

A federal grand jury here has indicted the president of a Pleasanton, Calif., university on 33-criminal counts, charging her with an array of violations, including visa fraud, money laundering and alien harboring, as a result of a two-year investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Tri-Valley University President Susan Xiao-Ping...
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