USCIS Issues New Form G-28I Notice of Entry of Appearance for Attorneys

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Oct 09
22


Effective October 30, 2009, U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will only accept the revised version of the Form G-28I Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney in Matters Outside the Geographical Confines of the United States.  This newly designed form is to be used by attorneys who are admitted to practice law in the U.S., who seek to represent their clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in matters outside of the United States.  At PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP, our team of lawyers includes U.S. licensed attorneys who are members in good standing to the bar in the United States, licensed as Foreign Legal Consultants by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and who can effectively comply with the new Form G-28I requirements.


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Human smuggling charges pending interception of ship carrying illegal immigrants

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Oct 09
19


A ship carrying approximately 76 illegal immigrants suspected to be from Sri Lanka has been seized off Canada’s Pacific coast. The ship was taken to Ogden Point, Victoria, B.C. and the migrants were taken by bus to a corrections facility in Vancouver where the CBSA will examine the admissibility of the passengers and their refugee claims. Another boat-load of Sri Lankan nationals was intercepted outside Indonesia en route to Australia last week.

 

This is the most notable instance of human smuggling by sea that Canada has experienced in recent years. A decade ago, in the summer of 1999, four ships smuggled close to 600 Chinese migrants to the West Coast.

 

 

 

 

 


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November 2009 Visa Bulletin Available

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Oct 09
14


Each month the U.S. Department of State releases a Visa Bulletin which summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers.  The U.S. Department of State has released its Visa Bulletin for November 2009, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_4576.html.  Contact our office to determine if your ‘priority date’ is current.   


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Revised U.S. Naturalization Test Fully Implemented

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Oct 09
8


Effective October 1, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) all citizenship applicants are required to take the newly designed naturalization test. The new naturalization test was launched on October 1, 2008 and applicants who filed prior to October 1, 2009 had a choice of taking the old or new test. However, USCIS has issued a reminder to applicants that as of October 1, 2009 all applicants are required to take the new naturalization exam, which has an overall pass rate of 91%.


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Priority processing for applicants from the Philippines

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Oct 09
2


In light of the major impact of Typhoon Ketsana on the Philippines, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is permitting the expedited processing of family sponsorships for nationals from the Philippines.

Effective immediately, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa office in the Philippines is responding on a priority basis for those directly affected by the disaster.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who have close family members in the Philippines may sponsor them on an expedited basis if these members have been significantly affected by the typhoon. It is imperative in these circumstances that the sponsors or applicants notify the appropriate office accordingly.  

New sponsorship applications should have “Philippines” prominently written on the mailing envelope. Existing applications must be updated by notifying an inland office or the overseas visa post.


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