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.

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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.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces it is open to enabling J-2 dependents to be employed while in H-4 status, but does not agree that J-2 derivatives may change to any nonimmigrant status.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Vermont Service Center (VSC) announces Laura Zuchowski as their new permanent Director.

Leon Rodriguez was sworn in Wednesday June 9, 2014 as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a ceremony at USCIS headquarters. Rodriguez comes to USCIS with a broad legal background and will lead the nearly 18,000 employee agency responsible for administering the nation’s immigration and naturalization system.

Read the full story here.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reminds members that beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Lori Scialabba will help USCIS celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday by welcoming approximately 9,000 new U.S. citizens during more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country this week.

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On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Leon Rodriguez, who currently serves as Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office for Civil Rights, to be the new Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In light of the policy change, effective June 1, 2014, limiting the validity period of medical examinations to one year from the date that USCIS receives the form, the USCIS National Benefits Center instructs that Form I-693 should be submitted one of three ways: together with Form I-485, after filing Form I-485, or in person at an interview at a USCIS field office, if an interview is required.