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2006 News

December 2006
12/5/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that as of November 28, 2006 (the final receipt date), it will no longer accept applications for H-2B workers requesting employment start dates prior to April 1, 2007 because the H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2007 has been reached. It will continue to accept applications for new H-2B workers seeking employment start dates on or after April 1, 2007, as long as these applications are accompanied by a valid temporary labor certification. Please refer to the USCIS Press Release for further information.

 
November 2006
11/30/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release in which it gave further details on the new naturalization exam to be implemented throughout the country in 2008. Beginning in 2007, the test will be administered in a pilot program in certain cities, including Boston, to volunteer applicants. Attached to the Press Release are sample pilot questions for the new naturalization test.

 
11/13/06 In a Boston Globe article published today, the Boston Globe reported that Boston will be one of the first cities to offer a new naturalization test in a pilot program. According to the article, the new test will cover broad Constitutional issues, as opposed to the specific facts about U.S. history and government which are currently tested. The projected date for the implementation of the new test throughout the United States is sometime in 2008.
 
11/08/06

In a further expansion of its Premium Processing Service, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that beginning November 13, 2006, it would accept Premium Processing requests for Forms I-140 (Petitions for Alien Worker) filed in the EB-1 category for aliens with extraordinary ability. Premium Processing Service guarantees processing within 15 days for a $1000 fee, or the fee is refundable.

 
September 2006
9/22/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an expansion of the Premium Processing Service to certain immigrant employment-based categories, including EB-1 (outstanding professors and researchers); EB-2 (members of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability not seeking a national interest waiver); and EB-3 categories (unskilled workers requiring less than two years of training or experience only). Premium Processing Service guarantees processing within 15 days for a $1000 fee, or the fee is refundable.

 
9/19/06

The U.S. Department of State announced that it will begin accepting applications for the 2008 Diversity Lottery ("DV Lottery") Program beginning on Wednesday, October 4, 2006, and that the Program will run through Sunday, December 3, 2006. To be eligible for entry into the DV Lottery Program, an individual must be a native of a qualifying country and must meet certain other education or work experience requirements. For further information, please visit the Registration instructions online.

 
9/18/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will terminate the designation of the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for Liberia effective October 1, 2007 (see attached USCIS announcement). Please contact Dyson Law, P.C. if your TPS for Liberia is ending and you wish to discuss alternative strategies for your immigration situation.

 
July 2006
7/26/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today the extension of the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for nationals of Somalia for an additional 18-month period, to March 17, 2008 (see attached USCIS announcement). The 60-day registration period will be announced shortly. All nationals of Somalia should contact Dyson Law, P.C. for more information on re-registering for this important benefit.

 
June 2006
6/15/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today the final details of the extension of the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for citizens of El Salvador to September 9, 2007 (see attached USCIS announcement). The 60-day registration period will take place from July 3, 2006 to September 1, 2006. All citizens of El Salvador should contact Dyson Law, P.C. for more information on re-registering for this important benefit.

 
6/1/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the H-1B cap has been reached for Fiscal Year 2007, for employment beginning October 1, 2006. Please refer to the USCIS Press Release for further information.

Please note that H-1B visas are still available for those individuals who are exempt from the H-1B cap (for instance, those who have received a Master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution). Please contact Dyson Law, P.C. to discuss your individual case.

   
May 2006
5/16/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued its latest count of available H-1B and H-2B visas for Fiscal Year 2007. Please contact Dyson Law, P.C. as soon as possible about your case. IMPORTANT: Because there are only a limited number of H-1Bs available per fiscal year, it is important to get your application in well ahead of time.

   
5/16/06 In his address to the nation last night, President Bush unveiled his plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Key points include the introduction of a temporary guest worker program, enforced border security and a path to citizenship for those illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for many years. Please refer to the attached article for more information.
   
5/15/06 President Bush will address the nation tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Time to give his plan on immigration reform. Part of his plan includes the use of National Guard Troops to secure the borders. Please refer to the attached article for more information.
   
5/01/06

Thousands rallied across the United States today in support of immigrant rights. In Massachusetts, immigrants found various ways of promoting this cause.

 
April 2006
4/30/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued its latest count of available H-1B and H-2B visas for Fiscal Year 2007. Please contact Dyson Law, P.C. as soon as possible about your case. IMPORTANT: Because there are only a limited number of H-1Bs available per fiscal year, it is important to get your application in well ahead of time.

   
4/6/06 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the H-2B cap has been reached for the second half of Fiscal Year 2006. Please refer to the attached Press Release for further information.
 
February 2006
2/23/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today the extension of the Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") program for citizens of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 12-month period. The period will expire on September 9, 2007 (for El Salvadorans) and July 5, 2007 (for Hondurans and Nicaraguans) (see attached USCIS preliminary announcement and final announcement). Further details regarding re-registration under the TPS program will be announced shortly. All citizens of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua with current TPS status should contact Dyson Law, P.C. for more information on re-registering for this important benefit.

 
January 2006
1/18/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that there are no longer any H-1B visas available for Fiscal Year 2006 for aliens with U.S.-earned Master's or higher degrees. Applications for Fiscal Year 2007, with an employment start date of October 1, 2006, may be submitted beginning April 1, 2006. Please see the latest USCIS press release for further information.

 
1/3/06

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued its latest count of available H-1B and H-2B visas. Please contact Dyson Law, P.C. concerning your individual case.

 
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