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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Filed June 15, 2012 in Green Cards, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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Statue of Liberty New York HarborOn June 15, 2012, in an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, DHS announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which offers relief from deportation for certain undocumented young people who are in the United States. Although DACA does not offer a path to a US green card or US citizenship, DACA closely resembles various versions of legislation introduced over the last decade and known generally as DREAM, or the DREAM Act, and allows qualifying individuals to temporarily remain and work legally in the US. more »

eVerify Self Check Expands Throughout US

Filed February 9, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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US Capitol, Washington DC, 99782345On February 9, 2012, USCIS announced that eVerify Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own US employment eligibility status, is now available in all 50 US states, Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. more »

TSA PreCheck Pilot Expands to Busiest US Airports

Filed February 8, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Airport Walkway 146082024On February 8, 2012, DHS announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck (TSA Pre√™), a passenger pre-screening initiative, to additional airports across the United States following the program’s success at seven pilot locations. With more than 336,000 passengers screened to date through TSA PreCheck lanes, this screening concept enhances security by enabling TSA to focus on passengers they know less about while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. more »

Global Entry Program Becomes Permanent

Filed February 8, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged
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On February 6, 2012, DHS published a Final rule establishing Global Entry as a permanent program. Global Entry is a voluntary initiative of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The goal of Global Entry is to streamline the international arrivals and admission process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification. more »

DHS Proposes Regulatory Immigration Reforms

Filed January 31, 2012 under Legislation, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , , , ,
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US Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC, 147707780On January 31, 2012, DHS announced a series of regulatory immigration reforms with a view toward attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants. more »

Unlawful Presence Waiver: DHS Announces New Provisional Procedure

Filed January 6, 2012 under Immigration Waivers, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Metro tunnel, Washington DC 144809780DHS announced on January 6, 2012, that they will issue new regulations for processing of unlawful presence waivers of the 3 and 10 year bar to re-entry for certain immediate relatives of US citizens who wish to file immigrant visa applications (green card applications) abroad. more »

Same-Sex Partners, Cohabitating Partners, B-2 Visa: USCIS Memo

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Brooklyn Bridge, NYCOn August 17, 2011, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum regarding B-2 Visa Status changes and extensions for cohabitating partners, including same-sex partners and same-sex spouses, and other nonimmigrant household members, along with related revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM). more »

USCIS Initiatives Promote Start-Ups, Job Creation

Filed August 2, 2011 under USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , ,
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On August 2, 2011, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to promote start-ups. They hope these initiatives will fuel the US economy and stimulate investment in the United States by attracting foreign entrepreneurial talent of exceptional ability or talent who otherwise can create US jobs, form start-up companies in the United States, and/or invest capital in areas of high unemployment in the United States. more »

I-130 Relative Petition Filing Procedure Change

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Midtown Manhattan window view, NYC iStock_000003591649XSmall.jpgEffective August 15, 2011, the I-130 filing procedure and I-360 filing procedure in US consulates around the world will change.  As of that time, US consular officers may no longer adjudicate I-130 Relative Petitions (for spouses, children, parents, other qualifying relatives) or I-360 Widow (er) petitions filed by qualifying US citizens or US Legal Permanent Residents (LPR, or green card holders). more »

I-9 Central

Filed May 14, 2011 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Diner, Route 66, USA iStock_000005630654XSmallOn May 13, 2011, USCIS launched I-9 Central, a new online resource center dedicated to the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov, Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. This free website provides one-click access to various resources, tips and guidance on the completion of Form I-9 and on the Form I-9 process. more »

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