U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that Director León Rodríguez and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed a letter of agreement to begin a partnership to strengthen citizenship education and awareness efforts. The agreement will remain in effect until December 2017. “Our partnership with Atlanta will strengthen local efforts to help aspiring citizens find the information and resources needed to succeed during the naturalization process,” said Rodríguez. “USCIS is proud to join forces with Mayor Reed to expand citizenship education and awareness efforts and to support permanent residents as they consider the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.”

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched an enhanced tool to find local doctors authorized to perform medical examinations for green card applicants. The improved Find a Doctor locator lets you enter your address or ZIP code to search for a doctor based on distance. You can also look up directions and find local transportation as well as a helpful checklist of what to bring to your doctor visit.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that it will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, on April 27, 2015. USCIS first announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the grace period for using prior versions of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative to Friday, May 15. USCIS issued the new, revised version of Form G-28 on March 6, 2015 (edition date: 03/04/2015). As we transition to the new form, USCIS is allowing applicants to continue using previous versions of Form G-28. You can find the edition date at the bottom of any page of the Form G-28. We encourage you to start using the new version of the form as soon as possible to benefit from the new options that were added.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that it has received enough H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the cap for FY2016. USCIS will complete initial intake before it conducts the lottery, but due to the high number of petitions, it is not yet able to announce when the lottery will occur.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to inform stakeholders about the proper action to take if cap-subject filings for fiscal year 2016 (FY16) H-1B petitions are mishandled by delivery services. If a petitioner filed an FY16 H-1B cap petition in a timely manner, but received notification from the delivery service that suggests that there may be a delay or damage to the package, the petitioner may file a second H-1B petition with a new fee payment and the following:

  • An explanation why a second petition is being filed, with supporting evidence, such as the notice from the delivery service; and
  • A request to withdraw the first petition filed for the FY16 H-1B cap.

Petitioners who do not include these items will be considered to have submitted duplicate filings. USCIS reminds employers that it will deny or revoke multiple or duplicative petitions filed by an employer, in the same fiscal year, for the same H-1B worker and will not refund the filing fees.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. March 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2015.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The program will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Applications are due by May 15.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that Form I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card is now available in the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). USCIS ELIS is an online, account-based system that allows you to submit and view certain immigration benefit requests and receive electronic notification of decisions and real-time case status updates.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new edition of Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Status. You may begin using the revised Form I-407 today. The current edition is dated 02/26/2015 and USCIS will not accept previous form editions.

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