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USCIS Continues Service Improvements

Continuing a heavy emphasis on the development of self-help tools, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has relaunched InfoPass. The revamped version of the online scheduling system for USCIS office appointments joins other agency customer service enhancements with an improved site design and increased functionality. Calling the improved InfoPass a “refresh,” a release on the …

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Spotlight on Immigrant Verification Systems

The underlying system used to authenticate immigrant status— the Verification Information System (VIS)– came into the spotlight in June with both celebration and criticism. Implemented to determine eligibility in both social programs and well as in work verification, VIS is used in both the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program as well as in …

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Economics a Top Issue for Hispanics

As economic disparities between Hispanics and the general population have long existed, it’s unsurprising that the topics of money and finance track as top issues among the Latino segment. According to recent published research, Pew Research Center reports the economy– and the highly-correlated issues of education and jobs– are priority issues for Hispanics as a …

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Limits Reached on Special Mexican Immigrant EB-4 Visas

Mexico has reached its congressionally-mandated EB-4 visa limit for fiscal year 2016, which ends on September 30. This means that beginning July 1, 2016 Mexican applicants who filed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant on January 1, 2010, will not be able to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust immigration status until …

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USCIS Clarifies CW-1 Visa Guidance

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued additional guidance for employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in their applications for temporary permission to employ nonimmigrant workers who can’t otherwise work under other nonimmigrant categories Following the agency’s May 20 announcement that it had received a sufficient number of petitions …

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USCIS Expands Virtual Assistant with Spanish Capabilities

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to expand its user friendliness with the launch of Spanish-language capabilities within “Emma,” the agency’s virtual assistant that allows users to quickly find accurate information around immigration questions. The service is designed to expedite general information requests that can be provided through the web. The Spanish-language version of …

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Task Force on New Americans Connects in Michigan

With a strong history of taking in immigrants and refugees, the city of Dearborn, Michigan was the location for the seventh Regional Convening for the Task Force on New Americans, which is an effort designed to promote immigrant and refugee citizenship and integration developed by President Obama in 2014. The New Americans task force convening, …

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