I have been out of town and therefore have not contributing to the blog as much as I would have liked over the past couple of days. Immigration news continues to happen, so here’s the latest update.
On Tuesday, April 1st, FedEx reported a national servce disruption day. As you know, April 1st is the first day for filing H-1B petitions for the fiscal year that starts on October 1st. Our office, as well as many, many others, uses FedEx to deliver important documents. Fortunately, any delays that may have occurred because of the service disruption are not of consequence this year as the USCIS announced that it would be accepting petitions for several days and including them all in the random selection process. So even if a petition was delivered on April 2nd, it has an equal chance of being accepted for processing by the USCIS. Close call though.
A USCIS Press Release states that the USCIS and the FBI announced a joint plan to eliminate the backlog of name checks pending with the FBI.
According to a related Update: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will finish more than one million naturalization cases during fiscal year 2008 far exceeding the number of cases completed last year. This update comes following a thorough analysis of the work completed during the last six months.”