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CBP Announces Two New Ports Of Entry for Nonimmigrant Aliens Subject to Special Registration Requirements
November 27, 2009
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released a notice announcing the addition of two new ports of entry to the list of ports through which nonimmigrant aliens subject to special registration requirements may depart from the United States. The new ports-of-entry include Oakland International Airport, California and Saipan, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
CBP Debuts Global Entry Program at Seattle Airport
September 2, 2009
On September 1, 2009 CBP and the Port of Seattle demonstrated Global Entry, a new clearance system for international air travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Global Entry applicants present their machine-readable passport, submit their fingerprints for biometric verification and make a declaration at the kiosk.
US Visas for Nurses Ė Possible New W Visa
August 8, 2009
Due to the massive shortage of nurses in the US, on February 11, 2009, a new Nurse Relief Act was introduced in the House - HR 1001. The new Nurse Relief Act would introduce a new non-immigrant W visa category for nurses with an annual cap of 50,000.
CBP to Start SENTRI Program at San Luis Port of Entry
July 30, 2009
CBP on July 2009 has announced to Start SENTRI Program at San Luis Port of Entry for travelers wanting to participate in CBPís trusted traveler program in the San Luis area. CBP will open a local enrollment center in the fall of 2009, followed by dedicated commuter lanes at the San Luis port of entry in late 2009. Travelers interested in participating in the program are encouraged to apply early for the new SENTRI program.
ICE Supplemental Fact Sheet on the Cap-Gap Extension
July 23, 2009
ICE releases a fact sheet, which addresses when DSOs can employ the Cap-Gap Extension functionality in SEVIS, and explains that the inappropriate termination of some SEVIS records for students eligible for the cap-gap extension is due to a technological interface issue.
DOJ Provides Dos and Doníts for Employers On E-Verify
July 16, 2009
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a pamphlet containing ďDos and DonítsĒ in order to provide guidance to employers regarding E-Verify. There are other aspects that are illustrated in the pamphlets, readers and employers are advised to go through the same thoroughly to stay informed. The pamphlet clearly says that employers should use E-Verify to verify employment eligibility of new hires and not for current employees.
CBP Released Tips for US-Canadian Border Travelers During the Summer Holidays
July 2, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released helpful tips for both Americans and Canadians who are planning their holiday travel for Canada Day, Fourth of July and summer vacation season that there are a number of steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently.
CBP Reminds Travelers of New Border-Crossing Document Requirements
May 21, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds United States and Canadian citizens that new travel document requirements go into effect on June 1 for entry into United States at land or sea ports. Travelers should apply for approved travel documents now, as it can take several weeks to receive a document that will comply with new requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
CAPACís Letter to President Obama Urging to Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
March 17, 2009
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to enact just and humane comprehensive immigration reform this year.
Vermont Service Center (VSC) Preparing for H-1B Cap Petitions
March 12, 2009
Vermont Service Center (VSC) will continue to send weekly shipments of I-751 petitions to the California Service Centre (CSC) through the end of March. VSC also confirmed that all cap-exempt employer cases, including extensions, should be filed at California Service Centre (CSC). Petitions mistakenly filed with the VSC will be rejected.

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