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Kathleen Stanley, Chief, Office of Transformation Coordination

Kathleen Stanley is the Chief of the Office of Transformation Coordination. She assumed her role on Oct. 7, 2012.

Background Experience/Significant Achievements:

Ms. Stanley has over 30 years of experience in program management, auditing, financial policy and analysis, and financial operations. Before serving in her current role, she was responsible for managing USCIS's forms design, printing and distribution processes, application intake and fee collection, and the production and delivery of secure proof of benefit documents.

Ms. Stanley started her career with the Government Accountability Office and has held leadership roles at the Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and various offices within USCIS.

Education:

Ms. Stanley has a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis on accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 4 to 5 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the DACA renewal process.

On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a revised Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that individuals must use to renew or request DACA for the first time. On Nov. 20, 2014, the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration, including extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.

During the teleconference, USCIS officials will share information about the DACA renewal process and extended DACA validity period, as well as answer your general questions.

To Join the Session by Phone
On the day of the session, please use the information below to join the teleconference. We recommend that you call in 10 to15 minutes before the start time.

Toll-Free Call-in Number: 1-888-324-2683
Passcode: DACA

If you have any questions, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

We look forward to engaging with you!

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USCIS Announces 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 68 eligible countries published on Dec. 16, 2014 in the Federal Register.

The H-2A and H-2B Visa programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively. USCIS only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs. USCIS may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

Effective Jan. 18, 2015, nationals of the following 68 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs:

 

Argentina

Fiji

Moldova

Slovenia

Australia

Grenada

Montenegro

Solomon Islands

Austria

Guatemala

Nauru

South Africa

Barbados

Haiti

The Netherlands

South Korea

Belize

Honduras

Nicaragua

Spain

Brazil

Hungary

New Zealand

Sweden

Bulgaria

Iceland

Norway

Switzerland

Canada

Ireland

Panama

Thailand

Chile

Israel

Papua New Guinea

Tonga

Costa Rica

Italy

Peru

Turkey

Croatia

Jamaica

The Philippines

Tuvalu

Czech Republic

Japan

Poland

Ukraine

Denmark

Kiribati

Portugal

United Kingdom

Dominican Republic

Latvia

Romania

Uruguay

Ecuador

Lithuania

Samoa

Vanuatu

El Salvador

Macedonia

Serbia

 

Estonia

Madagascar

Slovakia

 

Ethiopia

Mexico

 

This notice does not affect the status of beneficiaries who currently are in the United States in H-2A or H-2B status unless they apply to change or extend their status. Each country’s designation is valid for one year from Jan. 18, 2015.

For more information on USCIS and its programs please visit www.uscis.gov.

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USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for 6th Straight Fiscal Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2015. This marks the sixth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of certain qualifying crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. A U visa petition requires certification that the victim has been helpful to law enforcement.

Although USCIS has reached the statutory cap of 10,000 U visas, it will continue to review pending petitions for eligibility. For eligible petitioners who cannot be granted a U-1 visas solely because of the cap, USCIS will send a letter notifying them that they are on a waiting list to receive a U visa when visas become available again. The letter will also inform the petitioners of options available to them while they are on the waiting list. Petitioners and qualifying family members must continue to meet eligibility requirements at the time the U visa is issued.

USCIS will resume issuing U visas on Oct. 1, 2015, the first day of fiscal year 2016, when visas become available again.

Congress created the U visa program to strengthen the law enforcement community’s ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes, while also offering protection to victims. More than 116,471 victims and their family members have received U visas since the program began in 2008.

Visit www.uscis.gov for more information about the U visa on our Victims of Criminal Activity Web page.

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Applicant Performance on the Naturalization Test - September 2014

91% National Pass Rate as of September 2014Section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires that naturalization applicants must demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language, and have a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). To meet the requirements of Section 312 of the INA, applicants must pass a naturalization test to become naturalized citizens. The naturalization test consists of two components – an English and a civics component.

As part of a multi-year redesign, the naturalization test was modified to achieve two basic objectives:

  • A uniform and consistent testing experience for all applicants
  • A civics test that can effectively assess an applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history and government

The new test’s content emphasizes the founding principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while also serving as an important instrument to encourage civic learning and attachment to the country.

On October 1, 2008, USCIS began administering the new naturalization test. Up until October 1, 2009, applicants who had filed for naturalization before October 1, 2008, had a choice of taking the old test or the new test. On October 1, 2009, following a one-year transition, the new test became mandatory for all naturalization applicants. The pass rate above represents the cumulative pass rate of applicants who took the new test since it was fully implemented on October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2014.

From October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2014 more than 3,760,000 naturalization tests were administered nationwide. For those applicants taking both the English and civics tests, the overall national pass rate as of September 2014 is 91 percent.

Background on the Data

USCIS plans to provide information on a monthly basis on the overall national pass rate of applicants who were administered the naturalization test. The data reflected above were taken from internal case management systems used to track naturalization applications and have been gathered to provide a general snapshot of how applicants are performing on the naturalization test. 

The overall national pass rate is determined based solely on an applicant's first test within the current naturalization application. The data represent applicants taking the new naturalization test from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2014. Please note that test results for each applicant are manually entered into the case management system and some errors may occur during manual entry. Although every effort has been undertaken to eliminate any errors made during manual data entry, errors may exist that would impact the publicized national pass rate.

Records Study

As a final step in the test redesign process, USCIS conducted a series of records studies to evaluate applicant performance on the test. These studies identified an overall pass rate of 95.8 percent for the new test during fiscal year 2010, the first full year when the new test was administered.

A Records Study Comparison Report analyzed pass rate data for the old and new tests as well as pass rate data from a previous records study (from fiscal years 2003 and 2004). This report captured, analyzed and compared applicant performance by demographic characteristics in three categories: gender, age and region of nationality. The studies show that applicant performance on the new test improved compared to the old test. Based on the results of the fiscal year 2010 records study, applicant performance is generally consistent with the pass rate reflected in USCIS’s ongoing analysis of internal case management data.

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Applicant Performance on the Naturalization Test - August 2014

91% National Pass Rate as of August 2014Section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires that naturalization applicants must demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language, and have a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). To meet the requirements of Section 312 of the INA, applicants must pass a naturalization test to become naturalized citizens. The naturalization test consists of two components – an English and a civics component.

As part of a multi-year redesign, the naturalization test was modified to achieve two basic objectives:

  • A uniform and consistent testing experience for all applicants
  • A civics test that can effectively assess an applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history and government

The new test’s content emphasizes the founding principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while also serving as an important instrument to encourage civic learning and attachment to the country.

On October 1, 2008, USCIS began administering the new naturalization test. Up until October 1, 2009, applicants who had filed for naturalization before October 1, 2008, had a choice of taking the old test or the new test. On October 1, 2009, following a one-year transition, the new test became mandatory for all naturalization applicants. The pass rate above represents the cumulative pass rate of applicants who took the new test since it was fully implemented on October 1, 2009, through August 31, 2014.

From October 1, 2009, through August 31, 2014 more than 3,690,000 naturalization tests were administered nationwide. For those applicants taking both the English and civics tests, the overall national pass rate as of August 2014 is 91 percent.

Background on the Data

USCIS plans to provide information on a monthly basis on the overall national pass rate of applicants who were administered the naturalization test. The data reflected above were taken from internal case management systems used to track naturalization applications and have been gathered to provide a general snapshot of how applicants are performing on the naturalization test. 

The overall national pass rate is determined based solely on an applicant's first test within the current naturalization application. The data represent applicants taking the new naturalization test from October 1, 2009 through August 31, 2014. Please note that test results for each applicant are manually entered into the case management system and some errors may occur during manual entry. Although every effort has been undertaken to eliminate any errors made during manual data entry, errors may exist that would impact the publicized national pass rate.

Records Study

As a final step in the test redesign process, USCIS conducted a series of records studies to evaluate applicant performance on the test. These studies identified an overall pass rate of 95.8 percent for the new test during fiscal year 2010, the first full year when the new test was administered.

A Records Study Comparison Report analyzed pass rate data for the old and new tests as well as pass rate data from a previous records study (from fiscal years 2003 and 2004). This report captured, analyzed and compared applicant performance by demographic characteristics in three categories: gender, age and region of nationality. The studies show that applicant performance on the new test improved compared to the old test. Based on the results of the fiscal year 2010 records study, applicant performance is generally consistent with the pass rate reflected in USCIS’s ongoing analysis of internal case management data.

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USCIS Online Customer Service Tools Teleconference

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a teleconference on Friday, Dec. 19 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss updates to USCIS online customer service tools.


During this engagement, we will provide an overview of the updates. We recently enhanced our Case Status Online service to provide a better experience for customers. As of Nov. 7, account holders can view their case history, status of service requests and estimated timelines for receiving documents or notices from USCIS.


Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate staff will be available to demonstrate the new features and answer your questions.


To register for this session, please follow the steps below:

  • Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
  • Enter your email address and select “Submit”
  • Select “Subscriber Preferences”
  • Select the “Event Registration” tab
  • Provide your full name and organization
  • Complete the questions and select “Submit”

Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.


If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.


If you are interested in learning about other online customer service resources, USCIS will host additional engagements for stakeholders in the coming months. Check www.uscis.gov/outreach for updates.
We look forward to engaging with you.

 

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Revamped USCIS Careers Website and Job-Seeker Resources for Employees

USCIS has redesigned www.uscis.gov/careers to make it easier for job seekers to learn about vacancies, special hiring programs, benefits, career development opportunities and the hiring process. A new “Life at USCIS” section features first-person perspectives of employees across the agency. This section will rotate profiles to highlight the variety of positions and backgrounds of our people and the skills we need to oversee lawful immigration to the United States.

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EB-5 Regional Centers Must File Form I-924A by December 29

USCIS reminds all approved EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept. 30, 2014, that they must file Form I-924A, Supplement to Form I-924, for fiscal year 2014. Regional centers must submit Form I-924A no later than Dec. 29, 2014.

If a regional center fails to file Form I-924A, USCIS will issue a notice of intent to terminate participation in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. If a regional center files an incomplete Form I-924A, USCIS may issue a notice of intent to terminate participation.

 

Notice About Terminated Regional Centers

A regional center that has been terminated from the EB-5 program may not solicit, generate or promote investors or investments for any other EB-5-related projects, or otherwise participate in the Immigrant Investor Program. 

 

About Form I-924A

Regional centers are required to submit Form I-924A every year to demonstrate continued eligibility for the regional center designation. See 8 CFR 204.6(m)(6).

There is no filing fee for Form I-924A.  To learn more about where to file, visit the I-924A web page.

 

When Completing Form I-924A

Complete the entire form annually. In some cases, USCIS may request that a regional center submit information covering more than one fiscal year on Form I-924A. In that case, complete Part 2 (b) to identify the period of time and the information requested by USCIS. 

 

For more details, refer to Questions and Answers: Form I-924A.

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USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) meeting

On November 6, 2014 The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee me with the USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, DC. The questions below were submitted by AILA and responses were provided by the USCIS Verification Division.

 

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