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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.
Latest on Border Fencing and Technology Improvements
December 07, 2007
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving ahead today with several advancements in the construction of pedestrian and virtual fencing along the southwest border. These advancements will add to more than 284 miles of fencing already in place and is said to enable construction of roughly 670 miles of fencing by the end of December 2008.
New Documents Required for Travelers from January 31, 2008
December 03, 2007
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have reminded the traveling public that as of Jan. 31, 2008, all adult travelers will be required to present proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, and proof of identity, such as a driverís license, when entering the United States through land and sea ports of entry. DHS will be issuing a notice in the Federal Register formally announcing the change.
DHS Begins Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program
November 21, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it has begun the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) Program. Under this program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) is offering beneficiaries of approved familybased immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to come to the United States rather than remain in Cuba to apply for lawful permanent resident status.
DHS Announces 18Month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Extensions for Nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua
May 29, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the publication of Notices in the Federal Register designating an 18month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua. Under this extension, those who have been granted TPS and who reregister are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional 18 months. There are approximately 78,000 nationals of Honduras and 4,000 nationals of Nicaragua (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras or Nicaragua) who may be eligible for reregistration.
USCIS Announces Flexible Response Times for Notices of Intent to Deny and Requests for Evidence
April 12, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) transmitted the final rule Removal of the Standardized Request for Evidence Processing Timeframe to the Federal Register (FR) on April 12, 2007. The rule will take effect on June 16, 2007. This rule amends DHS regulations to give U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) flexibility in setting the time allowed for immigration benefit applicants and petitioners to respond to a Request for Evidence (RFE) or to a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). This change does not apply to asylum cases, to which a separate set of regulations apply.
Passport requirements for air travel
January 25, 2007
Starting January 23rd, 2007, the citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda will be now required to present a passport to enter the United States while arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere.
Extension of EAD for El Salvadoran TPS Beneficiaries
July 04, 2006
USCIS announces Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Documentation for El Salvadoran TPS Beneficiaries.
President Nominates Michael Chertoff as DHS Secretary
January 12, 2005
The President has announced the nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff to be the Secretary of Homeland Security. Michael Chertoff has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His nomination must be approved by the Senate.
DHS announces 18month extension of TPS for El Salvador
January 07, 2005
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced an 18month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador until September 9, 2006.

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