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New Version of I-693 Report of Medical Examination Form Must be Used After 01/01/2012

On Nov. 1, 2011, USCIS has introduced a new version of the form used to report results of medical examinations for those seeking certain immigration benefits, Report of a Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Form I-693. Civil surgeons completing medical examinations between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011, should use the new form dated 10/11/11. However, USCIS will continue to accept the previous version, dated 7/20/10, for examinations completed between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, civil surgeons must use the new version of the form.

US Consulate General in Chennai Will Become Sole Acceptance Center in India for all "Blanket L" Visa Applications

Blanket L Visa processing to move to the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai on December 1, 2011. The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will become the sole acceptance center in India for all applications for intracompany transfers under the blanket L category as of December 1, 2011. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and U.S.

DOS to Open DV-2013 (Green Card Lottery) Registration on October 4, 2011

The 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) will open at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and will close at noon, EDT, Saturday, November 5, 2011. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at Paper entries will not be accepted. We strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays.

Congressional Research Service Estimates Unauthorized Aliens Residing in the United States

Estimates derived from the March Supplement of the U.S. Census Bureau???s Current Population Survey (CPS) indicate that the unauthorized resident alien population (commonly referred to as illegal aliens) rose from 3.2 million in 1986 to 11.2 million in 2010. Jeffrey Passel, a demographer with the Pew Hispanic Research Center, has been involved in making these estimations since he worked at the U.S. Bureau of the Census in the 1980s.