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Category: Enter The US

  • Breaking News: U.S. Suspends Entry of Individuals Who Have Recently Visited 26 European Countries

    On March 11, President Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 9984 announcing that the U.S. is suspending all travel from 26 European countries beginning Friday at midnight in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  The travel ban restricts the entry into the U.S. by immigrants or nonimmigrant who were physically present within the Schengen area […]
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  • NY Attorney General to Sue Over New DHS Policy Suspending Trusted Traveler Programs for NY Residents

    On February 6, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that New York residents are no longer eligible to enroll in U.S. Customs and Border Protections’ (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP). The suspension follows the enactment of New York’s Green Light Law in December 2019. The next day, the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, […]
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  • President Trump Expands Travel Ban 3.0 Adding Six New Countries

    President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation on January 21, 2020, expanding the Travel Ban 3.0 to include certain individuals from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. According to the Department of Homeland Security, these additions were based on a DHS assessment after reviewing updated security criteria first established with the original travel ban. […]
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  • Department of State Issues New Rules Restricting Entry for Pregnant Women

    Effective January 24, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) amended its regulation governing the issuance of visas in the “B” nonimmigrant classification for temporary visitors for pleasure.  This new rule establishes that travel to the United States with the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for a child by giving birth in the U.S. is an […]
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  • New Executive Order Suspends Entry of Certain Persons Connected with Certain Industries in Iran

    The President has issued an executive order imposing sanctions against certain persons connected with the construction, mining, manufacturing, or textiles industries in Iran. This executive order includes the suspension of the immigrant or nonimmigrant entry of such persons into the United States. The entry of Iranian immigrants and nonimmigrants in these fields is hereby suspended, […]
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  • CBP Begins Pilot Program to Collect DNA from Some Migrants

    On January 6, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiated a pilot program to assess the operational impact of proposed regulatory changes that would require the collection of DNA samples from certain individuals in CBP custody.  This “limited, small-scale pilot program” will last 90-days in only two locations: the U.S. Border Patrol in the Detroit […]
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  • Iranian Nationals Undergoing Increased Scrutiny at Ports of Entry

    Iranian nationals are increasingly hesitant to travel after dozens of Iranian citizens were held by U.S. immigration agents at the Canadian border in Washington state this past weekend.  On Saturday, January 4, 2020, dozens of Iranians and Iranian-Americans were held for hours in secondary screening at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington.  It is estimated […]
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  • What to Expect When Crossing the Border

    Holiday travel can be stressful if travelers do not plan ahead of time. With the holiday season in full swing, it is important to be prepared before you depart for your holiday travel destination. Everyone arriving at a port of entry to the US is subject to inspection by Customs and Border Protections officers for […]
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  • B Visa: What is it? What can you do with it?

    In general, when a citizen of a foreign country wishes to enter the United States, the foreign national must first obtain a visa. The visa allows a foreign national to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of a U.S. immigration official to enter the United States. While Canadian Citizens are required to present a valid passport at the port of entry, they typically do not need a visa to enter the United States directly from Canada for the purposes of visiting or studying...
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  • Back to School: Tips for International Students

    As summer break comes to an end for many F-1 international students, it is important to keep in mind a few tips for a smooth entry into the U.S. for the upcoming school semester. When you re-enter at a U.S. Port of Entry, you should carry the following documents: your valid passport...
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