Friday, November 1, 2013

More Immigration News From USCIS

New USCIS Website: As we had posted earlier on Facebook and Twitter, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of the agency’s redesigned website available in both English and Spanish. The redesigned website provides customers with a simplified and more user-friendly experience.

“This redesign demonstrates our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of service we provide,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “Throughout the past year, we have evaluated traffic on the website and listened to valuable feedback from users. Today’s launch is the result of that effort and we are confident the public will find an improved online experience.”

The USCIS website incorporates current best practices while introducing a new content management system that will improve functionality and allow for continued enhancements. Some of the improvements to the new website include better navigation menus, a tools section that helps customers complete common electronic transactions, and a more prominent search bar that produces improved results.

The home page also displays a more prominent rotating banner that highlights timely information and introduces alerts that provide important news and other customer notifications at-a-glance. In response to stakeholder feedback, USCIS has also streamlined the change of address online tool to provide an easier, more efficient process for customers.

The new and improved USCIS website is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Web strategy to use a common content management system and consolidate the Department’s public websites. The agency plans further enhancements in the coming months.

USCIS first redesigned its website in September 2009, fulfilling the Obama administration’s commitment to offer enhanced navigation tools for the public to access immigration information and review case status.


Infosys to pay around $34 Million in fines for visa violations:

Infosys, the giant Indian technology outsourcing company, has agreed to pay $34 million in a civil settlement. After an investigation of more than two years, prosecutors on Wednesday will unveil the settlement as well as its accusations that Infosys “knowingly and unlawfully” brought Indian workers into the United States on business visitor visas since 2008, which avoided the higher costs and delays of a longer-term employment visa the workers should have had.


Tips for Foreign Nationals in the United States Impacted by Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters in Their Home Country 

If you are a foreign national in the United States who has been affected by civil unrest, a severe natural disaster or other extreme situation in your home country, the available options for which you may apply include:
  • A change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States;
  • Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and relatives of lawful permanent residents whose priority dates are current; and
  • Expedited employment authorization where appropriate.

Revised Form I-526 and Form I-824 Reminder

Recently, USCIS has made changes to various forms and revised versions are now available for use. We would like to remind you that previous versions of the forms listed below will no longer be accepted after the dates noted below.

  • Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur  
  • Form I-824, Application for Action on An Approved Application or Petition

Please be sure to visit to ensure that the Form you are submitting is the most current version available.

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