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Trump administration announces changes to US Citizenship Test

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The Trump administration has announced  that it will revise the current test to become a citizen of the United States.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement that it is revising the current citizenship test “to ensure it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant’s civics knowledge and that it reflects best practices in adult education assessments.”

The agency did not include details about the exact changes, but said that a working group is reviewing and updating questions. In addition, that group will also “assess potential changes to the speaking portion of the test.”

The new test will be implemented in either December 2020 or early 2021, after analysis of a pilot beginning this fall. The test was last revised in 2008.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli also said in the statement that the agency has the responsibility of  “updating, maintaining, and improving” the test in an effort “to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans.”

-Agencies

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VIDEO: Sky News “Identifies” Kenyan who fell from a plane as more questions linger

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On 30 June 2019, a man fell from the sky and landed in the back garden of a house in south London. No one knew who he was or why he took such a risk – until now.

After an exclusive investigation, Sky News believes it has identified the stowaway. However, questions still linger over what exactly happened to the body, which was described by one of the witnesses as “intact because it was frozen.”

The British Media House has spent the last few months trying to determine the identity of this individual – including speaking to his family and friends – and has come to the conclusion that  he is a 29-year-old who worked as an airport cleaner in Kenya.

His girlfriend said they had planned to start a family, but he made a decision that virtually guaranteed his demise.

Earlier, London police released an e-fit image of the stowaway in hunt for his identity, and also released pictures of a bag that was found in the compartment and its contents were also released.

“This has been a very sad incident to investigate. This man has a family somewhere, who need to know what happened to their loved one,” a British police officer said while releasing the images.

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“Our investigations has included liaison with the authorities in Kenya, from where the flight took off, but so far our efforts to identify this man have proved fruitless. I hope by releasing this e-fit someone known to the deceased will recognise him and make contact,” he added.

In the Sky News report, an employee of Colnet, a company that provides cleaning services at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has identified the man as his workmate who went missing in June, Sky News reports.

Irene revealed that her colleague, Paul Manyasi, had gone missing at the end of June.

“We were at work in the morning…he suddenly disappeared. I called his phone it was off,” Irene, who was Manyasi’s girlfriend, told Sky News.

Manyasi lived in the sprawling Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum which is near the airport.

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Application for US Citizenship fees set to increase to $1,440 from $640

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The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to adjust the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Examinations Fee Account fee schedule.

For instance, the proposed fee for I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status is $1,140, up from $675.

Fees collected and deposited into the IEFA fund nearly 96% of USCIS’ budget. Unlike most government agencies, USCIS is fee-funded.

Federal law requires USCIS to conduct biennial fee reviews and recommend necessary fee adjustments to ensure recovery of the full cost of administering the nation’s immigration laws, adjudicating applications and petitions, and providing the necessary infrastructure to support those activities.

“USCIS is required to examine incoming and outgoing expenditures, just like a business, and make adjustments based on that analysis. This proposed adjustment in fees would ensure more applicants cover the true cost of their applications and minimizes subsidies from an already over-extended system,” said Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of USCIS.

“Furthermore, the adjudication of immigration applications and petitions requires in-depth screening, incurring costs that must be covered by the agency, and this proposal accounts for our operational needs and better aligns our fee schedule with the costs of processing each request.”

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The rule proposes adjusting USCIS IEFA fee schedules by a weighted average increase of 21% to ensure full cost recovery. Current fees would leave the agency underfunded by approximately $1.3 billion per year.

The proposed fee rule accounts for increased costs to adjudicate immigration benefit requests, detect and deter immigration fraud, and thoroughly vet applicants, petitioners, and beneficiaries.

USCIS last updated its fee structure in FY 2017, by a weighted average increase of 21%.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

 

Here are the proposed Fees:

Form No.22 Title Fee
G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request $65
G-1041A Genealogy Records Request $65
I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card $455
I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant
Arrival-Departure Document $445
I-129/
129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker $460
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) $535
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative $535
I-13123 Application for Travel Document $575
I-131A Application for Carrier Documentation $575
I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker $700
I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of
the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)24 $930
I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as
Nonimmigrant $930/58525
I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa $585
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission
into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal $930
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion $675
I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant $435
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust
Status $1,140
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust
Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)26 $750

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Below are the current filing fees for some immigration benefits (as of November 8th, 2019):

  • Application for a Green Card (Form I-485): $1,225 (includes $85 biometrics fee) for applicants between the age of 14 and 78; $1,140 for those 79 and older or those under 14 and not filing with at least one parent
  • Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130): $535
  • Application for Citizenship (N-400): $725 (includes $85 biometric fee)
  • Application for Employment Authorization (I-765): $410
  • Application for a Travel Document (Form I-131): $660 (includes $85 biometric fee) for applicants between 14 and 79 years old; $575 for applicants 13 and younger, and for those 80 and older

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Healthcare Agency in Boston is seeking to hire US-educated Kenyan Registered Nurses

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Caring Hearts Homecare, a Massachusetts-based healthcare agency is looking for Registered Nurses (RNs), including Kenyans, in Boston and surrounding areas.

It is a Medicare/Medicaid certified home health agency  which takes a team approach in caring for its clients.

“By working with clients, families and physicians, our experienced and well trained team of clinicians are able to provide customized and  individualized high quality care that meet specific needs of each of our clients,” a message on its website reads.

Mission Statement

Caring Hearts Homecare in Wilmington MA. is dedicated to fostering individual and community health. We empower our clients to live healthy, independent and fulfilling lives in the convenience of their own homes. We are committed and strive to provide exceptional high quality care in the home environment.

Philosophy

Caring Hearts Homecare does not discriminate against  any person because of age, race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, or social-economic status in admission or access to treatment or employment in its programs or activities.

We are looking for RNs in Boston and surrounding areas. We also have an opening for a QA- Nurse.

Attached please find both job Ads:
Sincerely,

Alexander
Administrator | Caring Hearts Homecare
‪188 Main Street Suite 201, Wilmington, MA 01887‬
Office: ‪(978) 658-5104‬
Fax: ‪(978)-658-5106‬
Cell: ‪(781)-526-1125‬
Website: www.Caringheartsvna.com

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BACKGROUND:

Caring Hearts Homecare is a clinician owned and operated home health agency, dedicated to providing exceptional clinical care while meeting the needs of each of our clients and their families.

​At Caring Hearts, we strive to help our clients have access to home care in the comfort of their own homes. Using a team approach, we provide individualized care and support to help our clients regain optimum wellness and independence.

Our professional staff are experienced and well trained to provide exceptional high quality care. Caring Hearts is an effective alternative to inpatient hospitalization, and we assist our clients in transitioning from inpatient care to their homes.

​Our home care representatives are available for your needs and care coordination 24/7.

Area of Service

Our service area encompasses most communities in the Middlesex, Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. Every effort is made to accommodate clients in our service area. Clients outside our service area (Bristol and Worcester) may be considered on a case to case basis.

To learn more about us, our services or to make a referral please call us at 978-658-5104

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