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USCIS Changes Look and Feel of Notice of Action Forms (Form I-797C)

Posted: April 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: National News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  is changing the look of its receipt and approval notices (form I-797C).  These forms do not carry any immigration benefit or status.  As such, they will now be printed on plain bond paper to reduce the perception that they signify a change in immigration status.  In addition, by changing to bond paper, USCIS has estimated that it will save $1.1 million per year.

The change went into effect on Monday April 2, 2012.

New Look of USCIS Form I-797C

Click here to read more about the change in the look of Form I-797C on the USCIS website.


USCIS Blog on Preparing Individuals for the Citizenship Test

Posted: September 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: National News | Tags: | No Comments »

USCIS Beacon blog post provides information and an overview of the process for individuals who are preparing to take the naturalization test, including what to expect during the interview, how to prepare and self-test, retesting, and more.


USCIS INITIATIVES FOR ENREPRENEURS (AND SOME BIG PREMIUM PROCESSING NEWS)

Posted: August 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, National News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

The USCIS issued the following press release about its new initiatives for entrepreneurs:  http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20110802-napolitano-startup-job-creation-initiatives.shtm

The USCIS issued a Q&A addressing how an entrepreneur can qualify for an EB-2 green card as an advanced degreed professional or alien with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences or business and explains how PERM Labor Certification can be avoided if the applicant qualifies for a National Interest Waiver: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/template.PRINT/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=93da6b814ba81310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=6abe6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

The USCIS issued a Q&A about an earlier issued Memorandum on Establishing the “Employee-Employer Relationship” in H-1B Petitions: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/template.PRINT/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=3d015869c9326210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=6abe6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

At this point, the released documents do not reveal much new policy, but they may be a sign of a new willingness by USCIS to consider employment creators and others who benefit the economy in a newer, more favorable light in immigration applications.

Some highlights of the released documents are:

1.      The press releases indicates that USCIS will complement these FAQs with internal training on the unique characteristics of entrepreneurial enterprises and startup companies and incorporate input from the upcoming stakeholder engagements

2.      The Q&A on employee-employer relationships indicates that such a relationship may be established even of the sponsored worker owns the employer “if the facts show that there is a right to control by the petitioner over the employment of the beneficiary, then a valid employer-employee relationship may be established. For example, if the petitioner provides evidence that there is a separate Board of Directors which has the ability to hire, fire, pay, supervise or otherwise control the beneficiary, the petitioner may be able to establish an employer-employee relationship with the beneficiary.”

3.      The press release indicates that USCIS is developing a phased plan to roll out the EB-5 enhancements proposed in May (including Premium Processing) and is poised to begin implementing the first of these enhancements within 30 days.

4.      The press release indicates that USCIS has announced the expansion of its Premium Processing Service to immigrant petitions for multinational executives and managers (often referred to as “E13”). The Premium Processing Service allows employers to expedite processing of their petitions, absent evidentiary deficiencies, fraud or national security concerns.