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USCIS-DOS National Immigration and Consular Affairs Conference for Congressional Staff (PDF, 131 KB)
Closing remarks from Director Cissna at the USCIS-DOS National Immigration and Consular Affairs Conference on March 15, 2019.
H-1B Filing Tips and Understanding Requests for Evidence (RFEs) (PDF, 629 KB)
USCIS Teleconference on Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A (PDF, 168 KB)
February 2019 FOIA Log (XLS, 1.51 MB)
H-1B - Mr. Corley (PDF, 1.58 MB)
USCIS Teleconference on Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions (PDF, 219 KB)
H-1B visa program - Russo (PDF, 717 KB)
Asylum for unaccompanied children - Senator Feinstein (PDF, 647 KB)
January 2019 FOIA Log (PDF, 4.35 MB)
Advance Parole for DACA recipients - Representative Lowenthal (PDF, 643 KB)
H-2B visa program for Mariana Islands employers - Representative Sablan (PDF, 1.13 MB)
USCIS Teleconference on Determining Suitability of Prospective Adoptive Parents for Intercountry Adoption Policy Guidance (PDF, 112 KB)
USCIS’ Listening Session with the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) (PDF, 90 KB)
Firm Resettlement LP (RAIO) (PDF, 828 KB)
This module provides an overview of the firm resettlement bars for asylum and refugee resettlement. The module addresses the similarities and differences between these two bars and their exceptions. This module also includes an explanation of the BIA’s four-step framework for analyzing evidence under the firm resettlement bar.
Interviewing – Intro to the NonAdversarial Interview LP (RAIO) (PDF, 840 KB)
This module describes the main components of an interview for all RAIO adjudications.
Interviewing – Note Taking LP (RAIO) (PDF, 781 KB)
This module outlines the importance of taking clear and comprehensive notes during the interview, the characteristics of proper notes, and procedures for proper note-taking.
IRFA (International Religious Freedom Act) and Religious Persecution LP (RAIO) (PDF, 1,003 KB)
This module introduces you to the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) and the responsibilities that the Act creates for adjudicating protection claims. The training you receive will also be useful in adjudicating immigration benefits, petitions, and other immigration-related requests. Through reading and discussing country conditions information, you will increase your awareness of religious freedom issues around the world. Through discussion and practical exercises, you will learn how to conduct an interview and adjudicate a claim with a religious freedom issue.
Refugee Definition LP (RAIO) (PDF, 762 KB)
This module discusses the definition of a refugee as codified in the Immigration and Nationality Act and its interpretation in administrative and judicial case law.
UNHCR (Overview of UNHCR and Concepts of Refugee Protection) (RAIO) (PDF, 965 KB)
This module describes the development of international protection of refugees and other individuals over the course of the 20th century and explains the role of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other international actors in providing this protection. The module describes the elements of international protection, who is in need of international protection, and who provides international protection. Lastly, this module explains the role UNHCR plays in relation to the United States regarding U.S. refugee resettlement, asylum, and other protection issues.
Well Founded Fear LP (RAIO) (PDF, 953 KB)
This module discusses the definition of a refugee as codified in the Immigration and Nationality Act and its interpretation in administrative and judicial case law. The primary focus of this module is the determination as to whether an applicant has established a reasonable possibility of suffering future harm in the country of nationality or last habitual residence.
New England Center for Business Development - Senator Collins (PDF, 680 KB)
Unlawful presence - Senator Murray (PDF, 1.06 MB)
CNMI Parole - Representative Sablan (PDF, 779 KB)
DACA, Veterans, and Social Security - Representative O Halleran (PDF, 1.52 MB)
Work Authorization extensions for individuals with TPS from Haiti, El Salvador, and Syria - Bussey (PDF, 1.74 MB)
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