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Citizenship and Integration Grants Deadline Nears

The opportunity for organizations focused around immigration efforts to apply for grant funds from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) closes April 22. The two types of grants, valued at $10 million in total, are geared specifically toward immigrant assimilation and naturalization instruction. The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, administered by USCIS, is designed to …

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USCIS Revises Naturalization Application Form

Implementing public comments to improve the application for naturalization required for full U.S. citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has published a new edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The changes in the new edition of the form is intended to streamline the paperwork process for customers and to also implement language improvements …

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FY 2017 H-1B Process Moves Ahead

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) initiated a computer-generated random selection process– a lottery– to meet the caps for fiscal year (FY) 2017. In sum, USCIS received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which concluded in under 10 days. As expected, USCIS acceptance of the petitions was short-lived. The agency began acceptance …

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Pew Explores Political Immigration Divide

Democrats and Republicans appear to remain miles apart in their views around the impact of immigration on the United States. According to the Pew Research Center’s Campaign Exposes Fissures Over Issues, Values and How Life Has Changed in the U.S. report, Democrats are still more likely than Republicans to hold favorable views on issues surrounding …

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Mobilizing USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service continues its focus on customer service with the introduction of a website mobile design. The site, which was introduced at the end of February, adds access and functionality to mobile and tablet users. According to a USCIS release on the mobile design, the introduction of the news site correlates to …

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Elections Impact Civics Testing Answers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) reminds immigrants preparing to naturalize as U.S. citizens that the correct answers on the U.S. history and government (civics) test can change with federal and state elections. Because of this, current knowledge about elected representatives is a critical component to test preparation. When immigrants from around the world want …

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DHS Advises SEVIS Accuracy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds foreign-born students living in the United States for academic or vocational education to maintain up-to-date records within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in order to maintain status as a student. Current records means more efficient communication among all parties involved– students, their schools and officials …

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West African Countries Win TPS Extension

As conditions in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to present challenges in the wake of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status to beneficiaries for an additional six months. The extension, which also applies to beneficiaries’ Employment …

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H-2B Cap Reached for First Half of FY 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached its threshold for H-2B visa petitions for  workers requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2016. Most petitions submitted after March 15 are rejected by the agency. H-2B visas, which are awarded to seasonal or temporary workers in nonagricultural jobs, has a congressionally-mandated cap of 66,000 workers …

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Short Window Forecast for Coveted H-1B Petitions

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa petition rush is set to begin soon as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will begin accepting the documents on April 1. The highly-coveted H-1B visas, which are awarded to foreign workers in specialty occupations, are expected to reach the congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 within the first five days …

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