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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Vincent Scarsella

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Vincent Scarsella

 

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host author Vincent Scarsella for a book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Scarsella has published three novels since May 2013, including crime novels "The Anonymous Man" and "Lawyers Gone Bad," by Aignos Publishing, and the young adult fantasy, "Escape From The Psi Academy," Book 1 of the Psi Wars! Series by IFWG Publishing.

USCIS Resuming Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

USCIS Resuming Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

 

On May 26, 2015, USCIS temporarily suspended its 15-day premium processing service for Form I-129 H-1B extension of stay petitions. The purpose of this suspension was to allow the agency to implement its final rule regarding employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. 

While USCIS originally suspended the premium processing service until July 27, 2015, the agency announced yesterday that it would once again resume the service for H-1B extension of stay petitions. All H-1B extension of stay petitions requesting this service between May 26, 2015 and July 12, 2015 were rejected by USCIS. 

U.S. Embassy in Cuba to Reopen

U.S. Embassy in Cuba to Reopen

 

President Barack Obama recently announced that the United States and Cuba will soon reopen embassies in each other’s countries. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba later this summer to take part in re-establishing the embassy there. While diplomatic relations are set to be re-established on July 20, there is not a firm date set for either country’s opening ceremony or Kerry’s travel. 

The new embassies will also provide a new way to obtain visas or passports. The embassies will replace the current arrangement where consular services are provided by the U.S. and Cuban Interests Sections of the Swiss embassies in Havana and Washington, respectively. 

Western New York Land Conservancy Opens Stella Niagara Preserve to the Public

Western New York Land Conservancy Opens Stella Niagara Preserve to the Public

 

On Tuesday morning, July 7, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve cut a ribbon to open the Stella Niagara Preserve to the public and to celebrate the hundreds of supporters who made the creation of the preserve a reality. The Land Conservancy purchased the 29-acre Stella Niagara Preserve property from the Sisters of St. Francis at the end of May after a successful multi-year campaign that raised more than $3 million for the project. 

USCIS Issues Warning Regarding Caller ID Scam

USCIS Issues Warning Regarding Caller ID Scam

 

USCIS recently released a statement warning about fraudulent phone calls from individuals posing as USCIS officials. Using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing,” sophisticated scammers have been making calls using Caller ID aliases that display misleading or inaccurate phone numbers. During these phone calls, the scammers have been requesting personal information and identifying “issues” in the call recipient’s immigration records. They then make threats (e.g. deportation) and often demand that the call recipient makes a money transfer to correct these issues. Even worse, many of these scammers already possess the personal information of their targets.

Notifying USCIS of a Change of Address

Notifying USCIS of a Change of Address

 

Nearly every alien holding status in the U.S is required to inform USCIS of a change of address to a new non-temporary residence. Specifically, aliens residing in the U.S. are required to report this change within 10 days of relocating within the U.S. The only individuals who are exempt from this rule include diplomats, official government representatives to an international organization, and certain nonimmigrants who do not possess a visa and who are physically present in the U.S. for fewer than 30 days. 

If you fall within one of the following categories, you are legally obligated to comply with the requirements below:

Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods and the Buffalo Audubon Society are pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge, a competition designed to improve habitats in three Western New York nature preserves.