New Publications and Items of Interests
October 6th, 2011
Green Card Stories. The immigration debate is boiling over. Americans are losing the ability to understand and talk to one another about immigration. We must find a way to connect on a human level. Green Card Stories does just that. The book depicts 50 recent immigrants with permanent residence or citizenship in dramatic narratives, accompanied by artistic photos. If the book's profilees share a common trait, it's a mixture of talent and steely determination. Each of them overcame great challenges to come and stay in America. Green Card Stories reminds Americans of who we are: a nation of immigrants, from all walks of life and all corners of the earth, who have fueled America's success. It tells the true story of our nation: E pluribus unum--out of many, one.
Green Card Stories will be released in November. For more information or to order, click here.
Case assistance. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman has posted information about obtaining assistance with immigration cases. "If you have a problem with your USCIS application or petition, the Ombudsman may be able to help. The Ombudsman provides an impartial and independent perspective to USCIS in an attempt to resolve problems. Before contacting the Ombudsman for help, first try to resolve your problem by using the USCIS customer service options available to you." The website lists those options, then notes that:
The Ombudsman may be able to help if:
- You are facing an emergency or hardship caused by a mistake, error, or delay by USCIS.
- You are experiencing a problem with your application or petition that you have not been able to resolve with USCIS.
- Your application or petition is pending beyond USCIS processing times.
The Ombudsman is not able to help if:
- You are seeking legal advice. The Ombudsman does not provide legal advice.
- You are seeking assistance with an issue that does not involve USCIS. The Ombudsman's authority is limited to assisting with problems that relate to USCIS applications, petitions, or services.
NOTE: While the Ombudsman’s Office provides impartial and independent recommendations to USCIS on how to resolve problems, the Ombudsman's Office does not have the statutory authority to make or change USCIS decisions. Click here for more details.
OIG report on adjudication of petitions for nonimmigrant H-1B and H-2B workers. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General recently published "The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Adjudication of Petitions for Nonimmigrant Workers (I-129 Petitions for H-1B and H-2B Visas." The OIG said that Immigration Services Officer (ISO) fraud training is "decentralized and inconsistent" and could be improved. The OIG recommended that the USCIS Director: (1) develop and implement a national, post-basic fraud identification and response training program that identifies current fraud trends; and (2) ensure that this fraud training is conducted annually for all ISOs and supervisors responsible for H-1B and H-2B adjudication. The USCIS Director concurred with both recommendations. The report is available here.
ICE fact sheet on applying for a driver's license or ID card for F, M, J nonimmigrants. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a fact sheet for designated school officials and responsible officers to help F, M, or J nonimmigrants (primary and dependent) obtain driver's licenses or state identification cards. The fact sheet, which includes general questions and answers, known issues, and contact information, is available here.
Health profession workforce development. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the lead federal agency responsible for collecting data and certifying communities as Health Professional Shortage Areas. The website includes information on health profession grants, scholarships, and loans; a fact sheet; and a link to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, click here for more details.