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Preclearance Operations May Be Extended to 10 New Airports
June 3, 2015
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the United States intends to enter into negotiations to expand air preclearance operations to 10 new foreign airports. The airports are located in 9 countries including Belgium, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and U.K. The United States and the governments of the host countries are now expected to begin negotiations on setting up of the preclearance facilities in the respective airports. New preclearance facilities would be established once final air preclearance agreements are signed.
Re-designation and 18-Month Extension of TPS for Syria
January 07, 2015
DHS has announced the re-designation of Syria for TPS and has extended the existing TPS designation for Syria from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Syrian nationals with TPS who are seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015. Syrian nationals, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, in the United States who do not currently have TPS may apply under the re-designation during a 180-day initial registration period that runs from January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015.
FY 2015 Limit Set for CNMI-Only Transitional Workers
September 30, 2014
DHS set the CW-1 limit for FY 2015 at 13,999 – a reduction of one from the FY 2014 limit of 14,000 – to meet the CNMI’s existing labor market needs and provide opportunity for potential growth, while meeting a regulatory requirement to reduce the numerical limit each year.
CBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form 6059B
August 2, 2014
The CBP has issued a new customs declaration form, Form 6059B, expanding the definition of family members for arriving travelers. As a result of this expansion, more U.S. returning resident and non-resident visitor families will be eligible to file a single customs declaration.
DHS Announces Proposal To Offer EAD To H-4 Visa Holders
May 07, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.
Chile Designated Into the Visa Waiver Program
March 03, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Starting May 1, 2014, eligible Chilean passport holders with both an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and an e-passport will be able to visit the United States without nonimmigrant visitor visas.
DHS Issues FAQs on Immigrant Visa Petitions for Same-Sex Couples
July 04, 2013
The Secretary of Homeland Security has directed USCIS to begin accepting and reviewing immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse. DHS has also issued an initial FAQ and it is expected that more FAQ’s and guidance will follow as more questions on how to handle cases involving same-sex couples arise.
US Supreme Court DOMA Ruling: Same-Sex Couples May Now be Eligible for Immigration Benefits
June 27, 2013
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of the United States has declared that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, is unconstitutional. This section of DOMA prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage thereby preventing these couples from gaining critical federal benefits, including in the context of immigration benefits. As a consequence of this ruling, same-sex partners should now be able to avail immigration benefits on par with other married couples, including the ability to file immigrant petitions and seek status as immediate relatives and dependents of U.S. citizens.
I-94 Automation Now Effective
April 30, 2013
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that the automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is now effective. The change will be implemented at air and sea ports beginning April 30. With I-94 automation, visitors will no longer need to fill out a paper form when arriving to the U.S. by air or sea, where applicable. Instead, records of admission will now be generated using traveler information already transmitted through electronic means. Travelers wanting a hard copy or other evidence of admission can access this information online and print a copy of an I-94.
Form I-94 Automation: Implementation Schedule
April 04, 2013
CBP has informed that it will phase-in the Form I-94 automation at air and sea ports of entry through April and May. Implementation will begin on April 30 at five pilot ports of entry and will continue to the remaining ports of entry over a total of four weeks. Foreign visitors will continue to receive the paper Form I-94 until the automated process arrives at their port of entry. Further, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry as advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers.

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