Please join the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman for a teleconference on issues related to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) benefits for certain nonimmigrant workers (and their dependents), including H and L nonimmigrants. Individuals whose employers file timely for extension of nonimmigrant status receive an automatic 240-day extension of work authorization while the petition remains unadjudicated. However, USCIS does not provide these individuals with documentary evidence of status to present DMV officials as they seek to renew their expired drivers’ licenses. Some states allow DMV offices to issue drivers’ licenses while extensions are pending, but many do not, and the individuals must await USCIS final adjudication of their extensions of stay. The Ombudsman is interested in hearing from affected individuals and employers about this issue, and participants will have an opportunity to provide input during the Q&A section of the teleconference.
When: Thursday, February 25, 2016
2 - 3 PM Eastern Time
Please RSVP with “DMV Benefits” in the subject line by Wednesday February 24, 2016 toCISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs@hq.dhs.gov. Teleconference call-in information will be provided upon RSVP.
The Ombudsman hosts a monthly public teleconference series to share information about relevant topics and provide an opportunity to hear feedback from the community about issues related to the delivery of immigration benefits and services.
Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (Ombudsman) is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, as well as making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Created by section 452 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Ombudsman is an impartial and confidential resource that is independent of USCIS.
Maria M. Odom was appointed Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman in September 2012. Maria Odom also serves as the Department's Chair of the Blue Campaign, which is the unified voice for DHS's efforts to combat human trafficking.
Submitting a Request for Case Assistance: Form DHS-7001; Instructions; Tip Sheet and Checklist; FAQs; Requests as an Attorney or Accredited Representative; and Ombudsman Scope of Assistance.
The Ombudsman recommends ways to fix systemic problems that people face when they seek services from USCIS.
Share information on specific topics and discuss interactions with USCIS.
A summary of the most pervasive and serious problems encountered by individuals and employers applying for immigration benefits with USCIS.
You can contact the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CISOMB) through the information below.
Case Assistance Inquiries:firstname.lastname@example.org