On August 10, 2010, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the "Secure Communities" program has been deployed to all counties along the Southwest U.S. border. Secure Communities allows US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use biometric information to identify foreign nationals in prisons and local jails. The Secure Communities technology, Read more→
The Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible nationals of countries that have been designated as suffering the effects of an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. U.S. immigration law also permit the granting of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), a similar form of relief. Read more→
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued an interim final rule, effective September 8, 2010, providing that Nonimmigrants who wish to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program at air or sea ports of entry must obtain a travel authorization electronically through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) from CBP prior Read more→
As of July 30, 2010 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receipted 3,116 petitions, toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the first half of the fiscal year. This count includes 1,677 approved and 1,439 pending petitions.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is eliminating the use of paper I-94W forms ("green" I-94s) for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) arriving in the United States at all airports by the end of this summer. VWP travelers are encouraged to submit ESTA applications – Read more→
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports an increase in the processing times for I-765 EAD cards and I-131 Advance Parole documents filed at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). While the USCIS is required by regulation to produce the EAD card within 90 days, processing times are starting to approach that deadline (75 to 80 Read more→
The American Immigration Lawyers Association Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee has confirmed that the United States has a treaty with Denmark authorizing E-2 investor visas, in addition to E-1 treaty trader visas. Confusion was caused because the DOS Reciprocity Schedule stated there was "no treaty" in the E-2 category for Denmark, although the exhibit Read more→
USA Today reports that undocumented immigrants who decide to leave the United States because of increasing enforcement and decreasing job prospects now face one more obstacle: the threat of arrest and deportation by border officers inspecting outbound traffic. Bonnie Arellano, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said that when illegal immigrants are Read more→
The State Department announced during its daily press briefing that the U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez will reopen on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez is closed on July 30, 2010 to review its security posture. American citizens are advised to avoid the area around the Consulate General until it reopens. The Consulate General has cancelled all scheduled appointments and services for Friday, July 30. American citizens with appointments for passport or other Read more→