U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on amending its regulations governing when and how USCIS will 1) correspond with, 2) issue a notice of decision to, or 3) provide documents to an applicant, petitioner, or requester, and/or an attorney of record or accredited representative. USCIS is in the process of updating Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, to reflect the changes in this rule.

You can view the revised forms at www.regulations.gov in Docket ID USCIS-2008-0037.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy (PA-2014-009) redefining “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS) collaborated in the development of this policy. USCIS and DOS concluded that the term “mother” and “parent” under the INA includes any mother who:

  • Gave birth to the child, and
  • Was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the relevant jurisdiction.

Under this new policy, a mother who meets this definition but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will:

  • Be able to petition for her child based on their relationship
  • Be eligible to have her child petition for her based on their relationship
  • Be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements are met.

Read more on the update here.

According to a draft contract posted online earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is searching for a vendor to provide enough cardstock to print millions of work permits and permanent resident cards, also known as green cards. The Associated Press reports that the contract calls for a company with the capacity to print as many as 34 million green cards over five years, roughly double the current volume. Details about President Obama’s impending immigration plan remain unclear, but the head of USCIS, which will be responsible for instituting many of the reforms, said Tuesday that the agency will be prepared. “We’re going to be ready,” Rodríguez told NBC News.

Read the full story here.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that, starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe and legal migration from Haiti to the U.S.

Read the full story here.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced the launch of myE-Verify, a new website designed for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts and access new features for identity protection. For added security, myE-Verify introduces the following new services:

  • myE-Verify accounts – Allows employees and job seekers to set up free and secure personal accounts to manage the use of their information in E-Verify and Self Check through the available myE-Verify features.
  • Self Lock – Allows individuals to lock their social security numbers to prevent unauthorized or fraudulent use within E-Verify. Users can proactively protect their identities from being used by others to illegally gain employment. Self Lock is available only to myE-Verify account holders.
  • myResources – A section of the myE-Verify site that contains information in multi-media formats to educate employees about their rights as well as responsibilities of employers in the employment eligibility verification process.

myE-Verify accounts and Self Lock will initially be accessible only to individuals in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.  In future releases, USCIS will extend myE-Verify services across the country, with plans for additional features focused on employees and job seekers.

E-Verify is the free web-based service from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security used by nearly 550,000 employers to verify the employment eligibility of persons they hire. For more information on E-Verify, visit the www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is aware that some duplicate biometrics notices have been issued and has provided guidance on how to handle such cases here.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow up to 13,999 nonimmigrants for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. Under the CW-1 program, now in effect until Dec. 31, 2019, employers in the CNMI can apply for temporary permission to employ foreign nationals who are ineligible for any existing employment-based nonimmigrant category under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Read the full announcement here.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Sept. 17th by holding special naturalization ceremonies across the country. This week, we welcome more than 27,000 new citizens in more than 160 ceremonies.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Sudan for an additional 18 months, effective Nov. 3, 2014, through May 2, 2016. Current Sudanese beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from Sept. 2, 2014, through Nov. 3, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day period begins.

Read the full report here.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) customers whose petitions or applications are processed at a USCIS Service Center or the National Benefits Center and who wish to receive certain documents by overnight delivery service must include a valid prepaid air bill or shipping label with their filing. This option is ONLY available for receiving advance parole documents, re-entry permits and refugee travel documents from certain USCIS facilities.

To ensure your overnight delivery requests are not delayed, please remember to:

  • Include a valid prepaid air bill or shipping label when you submit your application, petition or response to a request for evidence. Providing a prepaid shipping label directly from the delivery service is the best way to avoid delivery errors. You will not need to write in an account number if you use a shipping label.
  • Enter your name in both the “to” and “from” fields on the air bill or shipping label.
  • Never list USCIS as the sender and do not mark “bill to sender.”
  • Pay all delivery costs in advance, and include the prepaid air bill or shipping label with your submission.

USCIS will not honor shipping labels sent after the initial filing. You should be aware that using a prepaid air bill or shipping label does not speed up adjudication and will not always result in faster delivery of the notice.  If the delivery costs are not paid in full, or if you do not choose to send us a prepaid air bill or shipping label, USCIS will send the documents to you by regular U.S. mail.

For more information, go here.