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DHS announces 18Month TPS extension for Honduras and Nicaragua
November 2, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced an 18month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua until July 5, 2006.
DHS Adopts Facial Recognition Standard
November 1, 2004
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the adoption of its first biometric facial recognition standard. The standard is designed to be consistent with international standards for biometrics used in such applications as travel documents.
MachineReadable Passport Procedures to be Implemented
October 23, 2004
From October 26, 2004 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will strictly enforce the machine readable passport requirement for travelers under the Visa Waiver Program.
USVISIT test entry procedures at Land Ports from midNovember
October 16, 2004
USVISIT will begin a test of entry procedures at land ports of entry in the secondary inspection area starting in midNovember. Initial testing will begin at land ports of entry in Douglas, Arizona, Port Huron, Michigan, and Laredo, Texas.
U.S.Canada commit to provide security, prosperity and freedom along the border
October 16, 2004
Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, at a Joint Press Conference with Deputy Prime Minister Anne Mclellan, announced plans to launch the NEXUS Air pilot project at Vancouver International Airport, establish fifteenth Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) and initiate various other measures to assert their equal commitment to the principles of security, prosperity and freedom.
DHS Announces 12Month Extension of TPS for Nationals of Burundi
October 9, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a 12month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Burundi until November 2, 2005. Under this extension, those who have already been granted TPS are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional year and continue to maintain their status.
TPS status for Sudan extended by one year
October 8, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the extension and redesignation of Sudan for Temporary Protected Status until November 2, 2005. Nationals of Sudan (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan) who have already received TPS may reregister for TPS under the 12month extension.
DHS Under Secretary discusses US VISIT expansion
September 28, 2004
DHS Under Secretary has stressed that “one of our highest priorities at US VISIT is to make sure that the United States continues to be a welcoming nation and that travelers continue to come to the United States, whether for business, vacation or study.
Backlog will be eliminated by 2006, says DHS Secretary Ridge
September 24, 2004
That hard work is paying important dividends and Director Aguirre’s backlog reduction plan is not only working, but is ahead of schedule. We fully expect to meet our goal of having the backlog down to zero by 2006.
Biometric identification technology operational nationwide
September 22, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a joint effort with the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that integrated tenprint biometric identification technology is operating in every U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol station throughout the country.

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