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Secretary Napolitano Announces “Aviation Security Milestone”

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that 100 percent of passengers traveling within the United States and its territories are now being checked against terrorist watchlists through the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program—a major step in fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation. Before Secure Flight, airlines conducted passenger watchlist  Read more→

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Raleigh USCIS Field Office Evacuated

WTVD News is reporting that authorities are investigating a suspicious package at the Raleigh U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office. According to police, three female employees who work in the mail room complained of itchy eyes and nausea. A manager notified police of the situation. The employees were decontaminated before being taken to the  Read more→

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Alamance Sheriff’s Department Come Under Federal Immigration Investigation

The Burlington, N.C. Times-News reports that the U.S. Department of Justice "is commencing an investigation concerning allegations of discriminatory policing and unconstitutional searches and seizures" by the Alamance County Sheriff’s department, according to a letter sent to County Attorney Clyde Albright, sheriff’s spokesman Randy Jones said yesterday. In April 2009, Katy Parker, the legal director  Read more→

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Calder Plans CLE on Padilla v. Kentucky

Allen and Pinnix’s immigration attorney Lynn Calder served as the course planner for the North Carolina Bar Association’s June 2 continuing education program: "When Issues Collide: The Seriousness of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Pleas Finally Recognized– Padilla v. Kentucky Places New Responsibilities on Defense Counsel". The program was presented "live" at the N.C. Bar Center  Read more→

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Guide Published to Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer meets today with President Obama to discuss border security and Arizona’s new immigration law SB 1070. Currently approximately 22 states are considering similar legislation. Multiple lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the law and opponents are mounting a boycott of the state. Numerous polls show that a majority of  Read more→

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On May 20, 2010, the U.S. Department of State advised increased consular fees begin on June 4, 2010. The new schedule includes the following increased visa application fees: Most nonimmigrant visas and adult BCCs: $140Petition-based (I-129) nonimmigrant visas, to wit: H,L,O,P,Q,R: $150K category: $350E category: $390 The State Department plans to examine the possibility of  Read more→

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Warning: Third Country H-1B Applicants May Face Problems in Canada

Third country nationals (TCNs) with foreign degrees who have not been previously issued H-1B visas from their home consulate may find it increasingly difficult to obtain their visa at a U.S. post in Canada and should consider returning to their home country for visa issuance. It seems that U.S. consular posts in Canada are increasingly  Read more→

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Immigration Case Backlog Growing

The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all-time high of 242,776 at the end of March 2010, according to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has continued to grow — up 6.3 percent — since TRAC’s reported four months ago, and nearly a  Read more→

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