ITIN Expiration

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers will expire if not used on a federal income tax return for any year during a period of five consecutive years, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. That is, the IRS will not deactivate an ITIN that has been used on at least one tax return in the past five years. To give all interested parties time to adjust and allow the IRS to reprogram its systems, the IRS will not begin deactivating ITINs until 2016. Further details here.

 

 

 

Social Security Card Changes

The Social Security Administration announced that as of August 1, 2014 they will no longer provide social security cards at the time of an in-person application or soon after the in-person application.  It may take up to two weeks to receive the card.  Social security card applicants may receive an instant letter online verifying their application by using a my Social Security account.  For instructions and more information click on the following link.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/

Ebola Immigration Relief

The Immigration Service announced that it will offer some additional benefits to nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who are currently in the US as a humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Most significantly USCIS will accept change of status and extension of status applications from nationals of the above countries, even if the applicant is out of status.  USCIS will also expedite certain immigration applications.  For more information visit www.uscis.gov.

 

Iraqi and Afghan Translators

Update on Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan and Iraqi Translators/Interpreters who worked with the US government. The deadline for applications is 12/31/2014.  Click on the link below for more information on this and another program that applies to Afghan or Iraqi nationals who were  were employed by, or on behalf of, the U.S. Government.

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/types/iraqi-afghan-translator.html

Dept. of State Update on delays in Visa Processing

Most Recent Update on Delays in Passport and Visa processing:  The Dept. of State issued an update stating that they are now issuing passports within normal processing times. They are making progress on the backlog in processing non-immigrant visa applications such as visitors visas and student visas.  They also report that they give priority to immigrant visa (green card) applications, adoption cases and emergency non-immigrant visa applications.  For more information click on the link below.

http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/news/ccd-performance-issues.html