On June 12, 2008, USCIS announced that it will issue Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) valid for two years. According to USCIS, the two-year EAD is only available to pending adjustment applicants (filed Form I-485) who have filed for EAD and who are currently unable to adjust status because an immigrant visa number is not currently available. Also, READ MORE
According to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, at a State of Immigration Address on June 9, 2008, USCIS will begin issuing employment authorization documents (EAD) valid for two years instead of one year, as they are currently issued, for adjustment of status applicants. He states: “I’m also pleased to announce that we will be extending the READ MORE
The Washington Post reported that “The FBI system for checking the names of immigration applicants suffers from ‘serious deficiencies’ that have produced overwhelming backlogs and questions about the reliability of the information, an internal audit has found. The bureau’s name checks have fallen victim to ‘outdated and inefficient technology’ as well as inadequately trained employees, READ MORE
USCIS has revised its requirement that the FBI name check clearance be obtained before any immigration benefits applications can be approved, regardless of the processing times for such clearance. According to Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations, USCIS, dated February 4, 2008, “Where the application is otherwise approvable and the FBI name check request has been READ MORE
According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, positive changes may soon bring about speedier security clearance checks. DHS Secretary Chertoff has indicated that USCIS and the FBI are revamping the name check process in the hope that most of the backlog is cleared within six months. On November 30, 2007, Bill Wright, spokesman, USCIS Office of READ MORE
The US Department of State has issued its October 2007 Visa Bulletin. The good news is that visa numbers are now current for all of EB-1 and for the EB-2 worldwide category.