FY 2015 Limit Set for CNMI-Only Transitional Workers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will allow up to 13,999 nonimmigrants for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Work...

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CBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form 6059B

The CBP has issued a new customs declaration form, Form 6059B, expanding the definition of family members for arriving travelers as, "members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, ...

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DHS Announces Proposal To Offer EAD To H-4 Visa Holders

As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, includ...

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Chile Designated Into the Visa Waiver Program

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP permits visa-free tra...

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DHS Issues FAQs on Immigrant Visa Petitions for Same-Sex Couples

Following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring a key part of DOMA as unconstitutional, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has directed USCIS to begin accepting and reviewing immigratio...

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US Supreme Court DOMA Ruling: Same-Sex Couples May Now be Eligible for Immigration Benefits

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of the United States has declared that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, is unconstitutional. This section of DOMA prevented the federal government from recog...

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I-94 Automation Now Effective

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that the automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is now effective. The change will be implemented at air and sea ports beginning April 30 and...

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Form I-94 Automation: Implementation Schedule

As our readers would be aware, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had earlier announced that it will automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. The change will become effective on April 26 and will be impl...

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CBP Announces Automation of Form I-94

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the publication of an Interim Final Rule that will automate Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. The change will become effective on April 26 and will be imple...

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ICE Fines 17 Massachusetts Employers for Violations Following I-9 Audits

In a recent News Release, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that 17 Massachusetts employers were fined a total of $349,619.54 in fiscal year (FY) 2012 for various employment violations, ...

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Taiwan Designated into the Visa Waiver Program

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has announced the designation of Taiwan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP permits visa-free travel to the United States for eligible travelers visiting t...

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Global Entry Kiosks Deployed at Preclearance Airports in Ireland

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that Global Entry (GE) kiosks have been made available at the Preclearance locations in Shannon and Dublin, Ireland. The Shannon’s program went live on July 1...

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DHS announces process to grant temporary relief from removal for certain Young People

The President and Department of Homeland Security have finally announced that through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, eligible young people who are currently undocumented, were brought to the U.S. as you...

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OPT STEM Extension: DHS Expands List of STEM Degree Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an opti...

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DHS announces re-designation of Somalia for TPS

Department of Homeland Security has announced the re-designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and has extended the existing TPS designation for Somalia from September 18, 2012 through March 17, ...

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DHS Announces Publication of Final Rule For Permanent Global Entry Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently announced the publication of a final rule that would establish as a permanent program, the ‘Global Entry’, a U.S. Customs and Border Protecti...

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DHS Proposes Reforms to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

As part of ongoing efforts to attract and retain immigrants who create jobs and boost competitiveness in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a series of administrative reforms that ar...

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DHS extends TPS for Sudan, Designates South Sudan for TPS

Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Sudan for 18 month...

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DHS Publishes Business Transformation Regulation

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently published a Business Transformation Regulation, Immigration Benefits Business Transformation, Increment I. The new regulation revises more than 50 parts of DHS reg...

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EAD Processing Delays Cause Hardship, Says Ombudsman

On July 11, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security's Ombuds...

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Employers Perceive E-Verify as Not Beneficial

A report titled "The Practices and Opinion of Employers Who Do Not Participate in E-Verify" by Westat has been concluded and submitted to DHS in December 2010. The report studies why employers are not participatin...

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Record-breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics Achieved under the Obama Administration

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced record-breaking immigration enforcement statistics achieved under the Obama administration—including unprecedented numbers of convicted...

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CBP Notice to Postpone H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Pilot Program

[Federal Register: August 25, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 163)] [Notices] [Page 42909-42910] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr25au09-91] --------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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DHS Establishes Interim Relief for Widows of U.S. Citizens

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today granted deferred action for two years to widows and widowers of U.S. citizens—as well as their unmarried children under 18 years old—who reside in the United States and who were married for less than two years prior to th...

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DHS Stops Sending All Asylum Applications to DOS

[Federal Register: April 6, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 64)] [Rules and Regulations] [Page 15367-15369] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr06ap09-2] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...

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