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Christmas Holiday Travel Reminder from CBP
December 24, 2010
CBP issued a Christmas holiday travel reminder to remind travelers planning trips across the border this weekend into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents and to anticipate heavy traffic during this Christmas season. Border traffic volumes are expected to increase during this holiday weekend and all travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently.
Honduran National Imprisoned for Conspiracy to Harbor Illegal Aliens by Wearing an ICE T-Shirt
November 9, 2010
Kenneth Barahona, 19, Honduran national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake Nov. 5 to eight years and four months in prison for conspiracy to harbor aliens and possessing a firearm. Barahona is subject to deportation after he completes his prison sentence. Barahona admitted to the attempted kidnapping of more than 20 illegal aliens by wearing an ICE T-shirt.
CBP Reminder: New ESTA Fee to Begin from September 8
September 7, 2010
CBP reminds VWP travelers about the $14 fee for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization applications that will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 8. A fee of $4 will recover the costs incurred by CBP of providing and administering the ESTA system and is in addition to the mandatory $10 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. The total fee for a new or renewed ESTA will be $14.
Obama Signs Border Security Bill Into Law; The Bill Increases H-1B & L-1 Visa Fee
August 14, 2010
US President Barack Obama signed a new border security bill on August 13, 2010 that has been termed as ''discriminatory'' by the Indian and American companies, as it raises H-1B and L-1 visa fee mostly for Indian companies to generate funds for the USD 600 million to secure the US-Mexico border.
ICE Sentenced Nine Individuals in Ohio Marriage Fraud Scheme
July 30, 2010
ICE sentenced nine people who pleaded guilty to charges connected with their involvement in a scheme of arranging fraudulent marriages between foreign nationals and U.S. citizens in central Ohio.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Streamlines Citizenship Application Process for Members of the Military
January 20, 2010
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the publication of a rule formalizing DHS' longstanding policy to expedite and streamline the citizenship process for men and women bravely serving in America's armed forces. The rule amends DHS regulations to conform to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2004, reducing the time requirements for naturalization through military service from three years to one year for applicants who served during peacetime, and extending benefits to members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces.
CBP Reminds Travelers from Visa Waiver Program Countries to Complete Online Travel Authorization
January 20, 2010
The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds U.S. bound travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries of the ESTA requirement. Beginning January 20, CBP will initiate a 60-day transition to enforced ESTA compliance for air carriers; VWP travelers without an approved ESTA may not be allowed to board a U.S.-bound plane.
DOL Releases FAQs on Filing and Processing of Prevailing Wage Determination
January 4, 2010
The Department of Labor (DOL), on January 4, 2010 released Frequently Asked Questions on the filing and processing of Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) requests. The National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center (NPWHC) will process Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) requests for H1B, H1B1, H2B, E3 and the permanent labor certification program (PERM).
DOL Published Proposed Rule to Increase Non-Immigrant Visa Application Fees
December 14, 2009
DOS on December 15, 2009, published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to increase the nonimmigrant visa application processing fees. The proposed rule establishes a tiered structure with separate fees for different visa categories. Q & A follows.
CBP Launches H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Exit Pilot Program in Arizona
December 11, 2009
CBP on December 8, 2009, launched an exit pilot program for H-2A and H-2B temporary workers at San Luis and Douglas land ports of entry in Arizona, which is expected to last approximately one year. To verify final departure from the United States, H-2A and H-2B non-immigrant temporary workers will be required to scan their visa and their fingerprints and return their I-94 at an exit kiosk located at the port of departure.

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