Q&A: Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Liberians

On March 19, 2010 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) automatically extended employment authorization for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through Sept. 30, 2010—following President Obama’s announcement today of his decision to extend DED through September 30, 2011, for qualified Liberians and those persons without nationality who … Continue reading

Q&A: Fiscal Year 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

In Fiscal Year 2010, the USCIS Office of Citizenship is offering two competitive funding opportunities for organizations preparing lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for citizenship. The Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program (DHS-10-CIS-010-003) will provide grants of up to $100,000 to strengthen locally-based citizenship service providers.  The Citizenship and Integration … Continue reading

DHS Unveils Initiatives to Enhance E-Verify

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas to announce a trio of initiatives to strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify system. These initiatives include a new agreement with the Department of Justice that will streamline the … Continue reading

USCIS Centralizes Processing of Orphan Adoptions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that on April 1, 2010, it is centralizing processing and adjudication of all new orphan (Non-Hague) petitions with the agency’s specialized adoptions team in Missouri. Prospective adoptive parents will continue to file their Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative (Form I … Continue reading

Humanitarian Parole Fact Sheet

Humanitarian parole enables an otherwise inadmissible individual to enter the United States temporarily due to urgent humanitarian reasons. Parole is not intended to be used to avoid regular visa-issuing procedures or to bypass immigration procedures. Parole does not confer any permanent immigration status, but does enable a recipient to apply … Continue reading

USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Immigration Benefits Available

In light of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals upon request. USCIS understands that a natural catastrophe can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status. Temporary relief measures available … Continue reading

USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Provide Approved LCAs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will not extend the period in which it temporarily accepted H-1B petitions filed with uncertified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). Due to processing delays associated with Department of Labor’s (DOL) “iCERT” system, USCIS responded to requests from the public and temporarily … Continue reading