USCIS Will Email Notifications to H-2A Petitioners, Use Pre-Paid Mailers to Send Requests for Evidence.

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Beginning today, Jan. 22, 2018, USCIS will email notifications of receipt and approval to H-2A (temporary agricultural worker) petitioners who file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Also starting today, USCIS will use pre-paid mailers provided by H-2A petitioners to send requests for evidence (RFE) if issued in a case. These process changes apply only to H-2A petitions due to their highly time-sensitive nature.  Email Notifications USCIS will send notifications of receipt and approval to the email address provided by H-2A petitioners in Part 1 of Form I-129 and…

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USCIS Launches Naturalization and Citizenship Certificate Redesign Pilot.

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On Jan. 22, 2018, four USCIS field offices and one service center will participate in a 10-day pilot to issue redesigned citizenship and naturalization certificates to U.S. citizens. The pilot sites are: Norfolk Field Office Tampa Field Office Minneapolis-St. Paul Field Office Sacramento Field Office Nebraska Service Center The redesign is part of an ongoing USCIS initiative to deter counterfeiting by adding enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to critical documents. Although the design is new, the process of applying for and receiving naturalization and citizenship certificates will not change.…

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FAA Operations During Funding Lapse.

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The #FAA is using a new way of safely separating #aircraft, getting passengers to their destination faster and usin… https://t.co/87nbs1wDba Jan 19 ✈️Traffic Report: Clear skies and favorable flying conditions across most of the country.☁️expected at @flySFO and… https://t.co/MMmEmyAyRB Jan 19 Learn how to register your drone with the #FAA and #FlySafe at https://t.co/z24kglRnCz https://t.co/taBSxpBL1R Jan 19 #TBT Check out @kittyhawkio Chief Pilot @joshuaziering and his #drone preflight #safety check: loose, juice, roost.… https://t.co/CkTyCem1WT Jan 18 Do you operate an amateur built experimental aircraft? The #ADSB Out equipment installed in…

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Lapse in Federal Funding for Certain USCIS Operations.

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The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’ fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all applicants should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. However, several USCIS programs will either expire or suspend operations, or be otherwise affected, until they receive appropriated funds or are reauthorized by Congress. These include: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program. Regional centers are a public or private economic unit in the United States that promote economic growth. USCIS designates regional centers for participation in the Immigrant…

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Michael McGarrity Named Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division.

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Michael McGarrity as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. McGarrity most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office. Mr. McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations, and international money laundering networks. After the terror attacks on September 11, 2011, Mr. McGarrity transferred to the New…

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International Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme.

Ellis herself laundered several million dollars’ worth of fraud proceeds through her bank accounts and other accounts under her control, and she also arranged for the creation of high-quality forgeries of checks and other documents used in the schemes. Her daughter, a bank employee in Virginia, helped create counterfeit cashier’s checks and monitored the flow of money between accounts used by the criminals. And Cortese, a long-time lawyer with plenty of knowledge about how law firms operated, helped launder money through law firms’ trust accounts and often met in person…

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JOHN DOE – SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.

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Sacramento, CaliforniaJanuary 17, 1980 Images Description Details: On January 17, 1980, the victim was discovered sitting on the bleachers of a local softball diamond, shot once in the head. The victim was a White male (possibly Hispanic), estimated to be in his mid-20s.  He had dark brown hair, a goatee and a mustache.  He had numerous stretch marks on his chest, abdomen, and arms, indicating he was possibly obese at one time.  He also had several scars on the fingers of his left hand which appeared to be skin grafts. …

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FBI Richmond’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force Seeks Serial Bank Robbery Subject Dubbed the “Chameleon Beard Bandit”.

Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Field Office requests the public’s assistance in identifying the individual believed responsible for a series of multi-state bank robberies that have occurred September 2017 to January 2018 and who investigators have nicknamed the “Chameleon Beard Bandit.” Investigators believe the following financial institutions were robbed by the same subject. Bank of America at 2 Park Drive in Durham, North Carolina on September 29, 2017 1st Trust Bank at 271 London Shopping Center in London, Kentucky on October…

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Scam spotted thanks to a clever store clerk.

You’re going about your normal day at work when, suddenly, there’s a call that looks like it’s from your electric company. That’s what the caller ID shows, and what the person on the line says. The voice on the line tells you that, because of late payments, the power to your business is about to be cut off. Without power, you can’t keep your business running, so that’s an emergency. Or is it?

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FBI Seeking Information From a Bank Robbery Today in Hialeah, Florida.

The FBI is seeking information from a bank robbery that took place today (1/17/2018) at approximately 3:30 p.m. at a Firstbank Florida bank branch, 1325 W 49th Street, Hialeah, FL. The robber entered the bank and demanded money from a bank employee. There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery. There were no injuries. The amount of money taken will not be released at this time. If anyone has information as to the identity of this bank robber, they are urged to call the FBI at (754)…

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FBI Seeking Information for Bank Robbery in Littleton.

The Littleton Police Department and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are investigating the following bank robbery: Colorado State Bank and Trust10026 W. San Juan WayLittleton, Colorado1/10/18, 10:05 a.m. The suspect made a verbal demand upon approaching the teller and threatened a weapon. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’06” – 5’07” tall, approximately 180 pounds, and wore a blue beanie hat, dark sunglasses, dark turtleneck, and dark “Nike” shirt, with a light blue undershirt, dark pants, and dark tennis shoes. The suspect fled in a…

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FBI Seeking Information for Bank Robbery in Lakewood.

The Lakewood Police Department and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are investigating the following bank robbery: US Bank363 S Teller St.Lakewood, Colorado1/16/18, 10:00 a.m. The suspect presented a demand note and fled southbound on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, in his early twenties, 6’00” tall, medium build, wearing a greenish hooded coat, dark scarf, dark grey slacks, and black shoes. Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission…

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FBI Offers Reward of up to $10,000 for “Froggy Robber” Suspect.

The FBI in Oregon is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a bank robbery suspect who investigators have nicknamed “Froggy Robber”. This suspect earned his nickname because in each of the four bank robberies he is suspected of committing he jumps over the teller counter to get to the cash. In each of the robberies, the man used a knife to threaten the bank employees as well. The robberies include: October 19, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.—Columbia Bank, 1455 SE…

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FBI Jacksonville Special Agent Receives Distinguished Civil Rights Honor.

JACKSONVILLE, FL—Lawrence P. Borghini, a special agent (SA) with the FBI Jacksonville Division, has been selected as the recipient of the FBI’s Civil Rights Program Award, in recognition of his outstanding efforts to dismantle a criminal human trafficking organization that was operating throughout the southeast United States. The award, presented once annually, highlights exemplary work in civil rights investigations. Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Charles P. Spencer and officials from the Civil Rights Unit at FBI Headquarters presented SA Borghini with the award during a private ceremony held at the…

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FBI Arrests Bend Man on Child Pornography Charge.

FBI agents, with the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, served a federal search warrant at the Bend home of Pierce Morrow, age 22, on Thursday, January 18, 2018. During the course of the search, agents determined that they had enough probable cause to arrest Morrow on a charge of possession and distribution of child pornography. Morrow is currently being held in the Deschutes County Jail and will be transported to the U.S. Courthouse in Eugene on Friday, January 19th where he will make an initial appearance before U.S.…

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status.

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Release Date: Jan. 18, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective  termination date of Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents, have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps. All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by…

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