USCIS Redesigns Replacement Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates
July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today began issuing redesigned certificates for citizenship and naturalization for individuals who request replacement certificates (Form N-561, Replacement Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-570, Replacement Certificate of Naturalization).
The replacement certificates incorporate state-of-the-art technology to help deter counterfeiting, prevent tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. Additionally, USCIS employs a new and more secure printing process for the certificates to further prevent tampering.
These improvements are part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to produce secure documents and enhance the integrity of the immigration system. Since 2010, USCIS has redesigned the Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550), Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) and Employment Authorization Document (Form I-765) with enhanced security features. USCIS will continue to make enhancements as technology improves.
Although the look and feel of the documents is new, the process of applying for and receiving them will not change. Previously issued certificates will remain valid.
Replacement Certificate of Naturalization: For more info go to www.uscis.gov
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There are two non-immigrant visa categories for persons who want to participate in Exchange Visitor programs in the United States. The J non-immigrant visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. The Q non-immigrant visa is for international cultural exchange programs designated by USCIS. For more information on Exchange Visitors, see the “Department of State: Exchange Visitor (J) Visas” link to the right.
You may be eligible for a Q-1 immigrant visa if you are seeking to participate in an international cultural exchange program. The Q non-immigrant exchange program is for the purpose of providing practical training and employment, and to share the history, culture, and traditions of your home country with the United States.
Only employers who administer cultural exchange programs are allowed to petition for Q non-immigrants. The purpose of the Q non-immigrant visa is to facilitate the sharing of international cultures. It is an employment oriented program, but an integral part of your duties must have a cultural element. You must be at least 18 years old and be able to communicate effectively about the cultural attributes of your country.
Your sponsoring organization must file Form I-129, Petition for Non-immigrant Worker, with the USCIS office specified in the form instructions (see the “Form I-129, Petition for Non-immigrant Worker” link to the right). In addition, the employer must submit evidence that the employer maintains an established international cultural exchange program. This may be demonstrated by submitting copies of catalogs, brochures or other types of material which illustrate that the cultural component of the program is designed to give an overview of the attitude, customs, history, heritage, philosophy, tradition and/or other cultural attributes of the participant’s home country. The employer may also submit evidence which illustrates that the program activities take place in a public setting where the sharing of culture can be achieved through direct interaction with the American public or a segment thereof.
In addition, the employer must show that:
- It has designated a qualified employee to administer the program and serve as liaison with USCIS
- It will offer the alien wages and working conditions comparable to those accorded local workers similarly employed
- It has the financial ability to compensate the participant(s), as shown by a copy of the employer’s most recent annual report, business income tax return or other form of certified accountant’s report
After you complete your Q cultural exchange program, you are afforded 30 days to leave the United States. You are required to spend 1 year outside the United States before you can apply for participation in the Q cultural exchange program again.
Family of Q Visa Holders
The Q non-immigrant visa does not have a provision for any spouse or children to accompany or follow to join a Q-1 nonimmigrant. Therefore, any spouse or children must qualify for a visa classification for which they may be eligible. You can stay in the US for up to 15 months. For more info: go to www.uscis.gov
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