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Law Extends Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program
May 4, 2009 - USCIS advises its customers that Public Law 111-9, signed by President Obama on March 20, 2009, extends the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program through Sept. 29, 2009. The program had expired on March 6, 2009.

USCIS Issues Information on H1N1 Flu Preparations

April 27, 2009 - You have all no doubt seen press reports of the H1N1 flu outbreak.

All USCIS offices, except Mexico, remain open for business. Customers should plan to attend all previously scheduled appointments, interviews and ceremonies unless they are feeling ill.

If you are feeling ill, please contact the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 to reschedule. If you are scheduled for an Asylum interview, please see further information at the above link.

USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program for the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90)
Applicants to File Supporting Documentation with Applications to Lockbox in Phoenix

USCIS Updates Count of FY2010 H-1B Petition Filings
May 4, 2009- Receipts remain relatively unchanged for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program. USCIS has received approximately 42,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap. The agency continues to accept petitions subject to the general cap.

USCIS Reminds all U.S. Employers of Requirements to Use Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 — USCIS issued a reminder that the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 02/02/09), goes into effect today for all U.S. employers.

USCIS Announces New Requirements for Hiring H-1B Foreign Workers
March 20, 2009 - USCIS announces additional requirements for employers, who receive funds through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) before they may hire a foreign national to work in the H-1B specialty occupation category.

USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009
March 20, 2009 - USCIS announces that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2010 cap on April 1, 2009. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of the petition, not the postmark date.

USCIS and FBI Achieve Interim Backlog Elimination Goals
March 20, 2009 - USCIS Acting Deputy Director Mike Aytes writes in the DHS Leadership Journal about USCIS' progress in meeting interim goals in efforts to eliminate the backlog in FBI namechecks.

USCIS Announces $1.2 Million Citizenship Grant Program
March 12, 2009 - USCIS announced today that a competitive grant program is being offered through for a $1.2 million grant program to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents.

USCIS Meets Another Milestone in Eliminating FBI Name Check Backlogs
March 4, 2009 - USCIS announced today that, working in close partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the backlog for FBI name checks pending more than six months has been eliminated.

USCIS Publishes Final Rule for Religious Worker Visa Classifications
November 21, 2008 - USCIS announced that it will make significant revisions to the special immigrant and nonimmigrant (R-1) religious worker visa classification regulations.

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