DOS Published Final Rule on Amended Requirements For Religious Workers

SUMMARY: To comply with the Department of Homeland Security regulation requiring sponsoring employers to file petitions for all aliens for whom R-1 nonimmigrant status is sought. This rule establishes the requirement that consular officers ensure that R-1 visa applicants have obtained an approved U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-129 petition from the Department of […]

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ESTA Authorization Essential For All Visa Waiver Program Countries

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that beginning Jan. 12, 2009, eligible citizens or nationals from all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries must obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States under the VWP. On Monday, DHS will formally announce the addition of […]

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Know Before You Go’ – CBP Reminds Travelers Of Top 10 Most Seized Items

A U.S. citizen returning from Europe surrenders toy-stuffed, egg-shaped confections. An Asian visitor surrenders fake U.S. currency intended to be used during a ritual burial. European visitor surrenders fine Cuban-made Corona cigars. A visitor from the Mediterranean surrenders lamb to be used in a traditional festival. A U.S. citizen surrenders a narcotic pipe purchased during […]

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Extension Of Optional Training Program For Qualified Non Immigrant F1 Students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an interim final rule on April 4, 2008, extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 29 months for qualified F-1 non-immigrant students. The extension is available to F-1 students with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) who are employed by […]

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