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Chile Designated into Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Filed March 4, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

Chile glacier iceOn February 28, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), thereby streamlining travel to the United States for eligible Chilean passport holders. more »

DHS Issues Initial Guidance on Same-Sex Immigration Benefits

Filed July 2, 2013 in Green Cards, under Family, Immigration News , tagged , ,

supreme court 144880776On July 2, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued some initial guidance regarding same-sex immigration benefits following the recent Supreme Court decision, United States v. Windsor, overturning Section 3 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013. more »

Same-Sex Couples Eligible for Marriage-Based Green Card

Capitol Building froSupreme Court 126453805Same-sex couples are now eligible to petition for marriage-based green cards and dependent visas on the same basis as opposite-sex couples. On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had prohibited the US federal government from providing federal benefits to same-sex couples. Since US immigration law is federal (national), prior to Windsor, DOMA prevented same-sex couples from seeking US immigration benefits based on marriage. more »

New US Visa System: US Mission Italy

Filed June 20, 2013 under Immigration News

Colonnade with snow, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican. 149137675Beginning Monday, July 15th, 2013, the US Mission Italy (including US Embassy Rome, US Consulate Milan, US Consulate Naples, US Consulate Florence) is transitioning to a new visa system, including appointments, payments and passport returns, for visa applicants in US consular posts in Italy. more »

Elimination of Paper-Based Form I-94

Filed April 24, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged

Immigration officer port of entry dv2073044Beginning April 26, 2013, US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) will be eliminating the paper-based Form I-94 arrival/ departure admissions record in four phases across US airports and pre-flight inspections stations nationwide. Form I-94 admissions record is the white card that individuals receive on a US-bound flight, and which is then stamped by border officers and stapled to your passport upon entry to the United States. more »

Obtaining Drivers License, Social Security Number

Filed January 18, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged ,

US social security cards 154114379On January 17, 2012, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued information on obtaining a Drivers Licence or Social Security Number in the US: “Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number.” more »

Japan Visa Extension: Earthquake

Filed March 11, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

Temple Garden, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan 200366242-001On March 11, 2011, USCIS issued a notice for Japanese and other Pacific region nationals stranded in the US due to the recent earthquakes and tsunami permitting a visa extension in certain situations. Those who have exceeded or are about to exceed their authorized stay in the US may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart from the US. To obtain such additional authorized stay, see instructions below. more »

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