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OPT Extension for Highly Skilled Foreign Students
April 04, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has today released an interim final rule extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 29 months for qualified F1 nonimmigrant students. The extension will be available to F1 students with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who are employed by businesses enrolled in the EVerify program.
DHS Grants REAL ID Extensions to All Jurisdictions
April 02, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted REAL ID extensions to all 56 U.S. jurisdictions, ensuring that driverís licenses and ID cards across the country will achieve a higher security standard, and that all will continue to be acceptable for official purposes after the May 11, 2008 deadline mandated by Congress in the REAL ID Act of 2005.
Supplemental Proposed Rule With Employer Guidance Regarding NoMatch Letters
March 21, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today a Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking for the NoMatch Rule previously issued on August 15, 2007. This rulemaking addresses three issues cited in a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoining the August 2007 NoMatch Rule. This Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking provides a more detailed analysis of how DHS developed the NoMatch policy and will help responsible employers ensure that they are not employing unauthorized workers.
DHS Signs VISA Waiver Program Agreements with Estonia and Latvia
March 14, 2008
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff signed Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs Juri Pihl in Tallinn, Estonia, and with Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maris Riekstins in Riga, Latvia. The agreements outline security enhancements that put both countries on the path toward visafree travel to the U.S., and possible designation as VWP members later this year.
Announcement of Higher Fines for Immigration Violations
February 25, 2008
On Friday, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey announced higher civil fines against employers who violate federal immigration laws. The announcement was made in a joint briefing today with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff about newly enacted border security reforms put in place by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Under the new rule, which was approved by Attorney General Mukasey and Secretary Chertoff, civil fines will increase by as much as $5,000. The new rule will take effect on March 27, 2008, and will be published in the Federal Register early this week.
Illinois Law Prohibiting the Use of EVerify Further Suspended
February 21, 2008
The State of Illinois has agreed to delay until April 15, 2008 the implementation of a new law that would prohibit employers from using the federal government's EVerify employment eligibility verification system. The law was to become effective on January 1, 2008.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints From International Visitors at at Orlando International Airport
February 15, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it has begun collecting additional fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Orlando International Airport (Orlando). The change is part of the departmentís upgrade from two to 10fingerprint collection to enhance security and facilitate legitimate travel by more accurately and efficiently establishing and verifying visitorsí identities.
DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints From International Visitors at Select U.S. International Airports
February 04, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it has begun collecting additional fingerprints from international visitors arriving at the following U.S. international airports:
DHS Releases REAL ID Regulation
January 11, 2008
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule establishing minimum security standards for stateissued driversí licenses and identification cards. The rule keeps uniform standards that enhance the integrity and reliability of driversí licenses and identification cards, strengthen issuance capabilities, and increase security at driversí license and identification card production facilities.
DHS Starts Collecting 10 Fingerprints from International Visitors at Washington Dulles International Airport
December 10, 2007
In order to enhance security and fingerprint matching accuracy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now collecting additional fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles).

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