USCIS to expand premium processing service
August 28, 2006 -
The USCIS has announced the addition of two new classifications to the Premium Processing Service, which allows
businesses to pay a $1,000 Premium Processing fee in exchange for 15-calendar-day processing of their case. U.S.
Starting on August 28, USCIS began accepting Premium Processing requests for petitions involving two employment-based immigration “categories” within the third employment-based “preference.” Those categories involve EB-3 Professionals, (immigrant workers with bachelor degrees who are members of the professions), and EB-3 Skilled Workers, (immigrant workers capable of performing skilled labor requiring at least two years of education, training or experience). Premium Processing is not available to “other workers” in the EB-3 category for jobs that do not require two years of education, training or experience.
Under the Premium Processing Service, USCIS guarantees petitioners that, for a $1,000 processing fee, it will issue either an approval notice, or where appropriate, a notice of intent to deny, a request for evidence or open an investigation for fraud or misrepresentation, within 15 calendar days of receipt. If the petition is not processed within 15 calendar days, USCIS will refund the $1,000 fee and continue to process the request as part of the Premium Processing Service. In addition to faster processing, petitioners who participate in the program may use a dedicated phone number and e-mail address to check on the status of their petition or ask any other questions they may have concerning their petition. Premium Processing Service continues to be available for the designated classifications within
Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.
Please contact our office at 603/ 228-1277 for more information about Premium Processing, or to speak with one of our attorneys to find out how these new classifications may affect you or someone you know.
Proposed Legislation Would Grant TPS to Nationals of
On August 1, 2006, in response to the crisis in Lebanon, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Sununu (R-NH) introduced the bipartisan Lebanese Temporary Protected Status Act of 2006 (S. 3765) which would direct the designation of Lebanon for TPS based on the armed conflict under INA Section 244(b)(1)(A) and the existence of extraordinary and temporary conditions under INS Section 244(b)(1)(C). The Durbin-Sununu bill would allow Lebanese currently in the
U.S.to remain in this country for an initial twelve-month period due to ongoing hostilities in . Lebanon
In his floor statement, Senator Durbin noted that the hostilities in the Middle East have already cost many innocent Israeli and Lebanese lives and cited the ongoing urgent humanitarian crisis in
. According to the United Nations, an estimated 700,000 people – almost 20 percent of the country’s population – have been displaced from their homes and widespread damage to infrastructure of the country has had “severe implications on the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance to those most in need.” According to Catholic Relief Services, many of those who have been displaced have taken refuge in mosques, churches and schools and stocks of basic food and relief items are dwindling. Lebanon
If this legislation passes, we will be sure to notify you.
Deadlines approach for CGFNS 2006-2007 Certification Program (CP) Qualifying Exam Dates
The deadlines are approaching for internationally educated registered nurses who wish to take the November 8, 2006 and March 14, 2007 Certification Program Qualifying Exam of nursing knowledge, required for licensure in the majority of U.S. states.
CGFNS has announced the dates of its Qualifying Exam for 2006-2007. Application deadlines listed below cannot be extended. The dates and deadlines are as follows:
Deadline for NEW Applications
Deadline for Re-Applications
Location/Test Date Change Deadline
* September 20, 2006
June 21, 2006
July 19, 2006
July 12, 2006
November 8, 2006
August 9, 2006
September 15, 2006
August 30, 2006
March 14, 2007
December 13, 2006
January 10, 2007
January 3, 2007
July 11, 2007
April 11, 2007
May 9, 2007
May 2, 2007
* September 19, 2007
June 20, 2007
July 18, 2007
July 11, 2007
November 14, 2007
August 15, 2007
September 12, 2007
September 5, 2007
For the complete and most up-to-date information from CGFNS, please see our Online Resources below.
FCCPT acknowledges that improvements for the future may result in temporary delays
The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) has indicated that while it is in the process of making updates to better serve its applicants in the future, the transition for August and September may delay its ability, at times, to respond to phone or e-mail questions. FCCPT will respond as soon as information is available and has indicated that an email to email@example.com will be the most effective way to ask a question. It may take up to 72 hours to respond.
Did You Know?
USCIS notifies clients of case transfers
To meet the needs of customers more efficiently, USCIS periodically shifts work from one service center to another in order to balance workload with capacity. Due to unusually high workload surges, the Vermont Service Center (VSC) recently transferred nearly 5,000 Petitions for Nonimmigrant Workers (Form I-129) to the Texas Service Center (TSC). VSC also transferred approximately 22,000 Petitions for Alien Relatives (Form I-130) to the
. Customers should not be alarmed if they receive notices from the California Service Center Texasor about a case they initially mailed to VSC. When customers receive such a notice, they should route any questions about their case to the service center from which they received their last notice. Other than receiving correspondence from a different location, this is designed to be a seamless change for USCIS customers. California Service Center
Introducing Our Staff
Emelia Smallidge is our new Administrative Assistant. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Conservation from the
in May 2004. While at UNH, she completed a thesis focusing on social networks among Sudanese and Congolese refugees in Universityof New Hampshire . Since graduation, she has, among other things, worked for a law firm specializing in Social Security disability and traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire where she obtained certification in teaching English as a second language. Emelia joined GoffWilson this June. You probably have spoken with her when you telephoned the office. She provides assistance to clients, attorneys and other staff. Scotland
Emelia enjoys sharing an apartment with her friend Heather and cat, Meowzah. She loves spending time with friends and family, as well as tutoring English as a second language in her spare time. Welcome, Emelia!
For complete and up-to-date information on the CGFNS exam, please visit http://www.cgfns.org/sections/app/examdateslocs.shtml
For more information on ongoing changes at FCCPT, please visit
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