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Presidential Memo on Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
March 24, 2009
President Obama, on March 20, 2009 released a Presidential Memo for the Secretary of Homeland Security extending deferred enforced departure for Liberians.
DHS Published Notice of Designating Countries Eligible for H-2B Program
February 06 2009
The DHS, in accordance with its final rule ‘Changes to Requirements Affecting H-2B Nonimmigrants’ published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2008, has published the list of countries that are important for the operation of the H-2B visa program and are cooperative in repatriation of its citizens, subjects, nationals or residents who are subject to a final order of removal from the United States.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Issues Immigration and Border Security Action Directive
February 03, 2009
The DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a wide-ranging action directive on immigration and border security. The directive requires specific department offices and components to work together and with state and local partners to review and assess the plans and policies to address: criminal and fugitive aliens; legal immigration benefit backlogs; southbound gun smuggling; cooperation with the National Guard; widows and widowers of U.S. citizens; immigration detention centers; and electronic employee verification. This directive is the last in an initial series on a wide variety of issues impacting the department’s critical missions: Protection, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Immigration
Secretary Napolitano Issues Action Directives on FEMA State and Local Integration and National Planning
January 29, 2009
The DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced two action directives, on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) integration with state and local partners and national planning. These directives instruct specific offices to gather information, review existing strategies and programs, and provide oral and written reports back to her in February. She’ll continue to issue additional action directives in the coming days focused on the missions critical to the department: Protection, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Immigration.
Upgraded Biometric Technology Facilitates Visitors' Entry to the US
January 15, 2009
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that upgraded biometric technology is in place at major U.S. ports of entry, and most international visitors should expect to use the new technology when they enter the United States. DHS's US-VISIT program began upgrading its biometric technology from a two- to a 10-fingerprint collection standard in 2007 to make the entry process faster and more accurate, enabling DHS officials to focus their attention on people who may pose a risk to the United States.
DHS Announces Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
January 14, 2009
The DHS announced an Interim Final Rule that replaces the current Guam Visa Waiver Program (VWP) with a new Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The revised Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows visa-free entry for nonimmigrant visitors from eligible countries to Guam and the CNMI for business or leisure travel, as well as extends visiting time from 15 to 45 days. The program is scheduled to be implemented June 1, 2009.
ESTA Requirements for Visa Waiver Program Travelers Effective Today
January 12, 2009
The DHS, on January 12, 2009, issued a reminder to Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers that they are now required to obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States. The ESTA requirement is effective today and applies to all eligible citizens or nationals traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Fact Sheet: E-Verify Strengthening the Employment Eligibility Document Review Process for the Nation’s Employers
January 08, 2009
E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the DHS in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. E-Verify is the best means available to the employers for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security Numbers (SSN). E-Verify assists employers in maintaining a legal workforce and protects jobs for authorized U.S. workers.
USCIS Issues Correction to T & U Visa Interim Final Rule
January 06, 2009
The DHS corrects an inadvertent error that was made in the Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Residence for Aliens in T and U Nonimmigrant Status interim rule published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2008.
DHS Designates Malta as a Visa Waiver Program Country
December 22, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will designate Malta as a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country on Dec. 30, 2009. Maltese nationals will be able to travel visa-free to the United States effective Dec. 30th. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will enable citizens of Malta to travel to the United States, beginning on Dec. 30, 2009, for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes without a visa, provided they have an e-passport and an approved authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

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