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Tag: Department of Homeland Security

  • USCIS Fees to Increase October 2, 2020

    On July 31, 2020, USCIS announced a final rule adjusting fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefits. The increase in fees is in response to recover costs of services for USCIS as the agency is experiencing a lack of funding.  Why does USCIS have to increase fees? USCIS is fee funded, meaning the fees collected […]

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  • DHS Announces Changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy

    On July 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the DACA policy while it fully reconsiders the policy. The changes and reconsideration of DACA follow the Supreme Court’s June 18, 2020 decision, which invalidated 2017 and 2018 memoranda that fully rescinded the DACA policy. Changes to the DACA Policy In the July […]

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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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  • New Public Charge Rule Effective Soon

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the final public charge rule last month, and it will go into effect this coming Tuesday, October 15, 2019. With this new change, individuals who are likely to rely on public benefits while in the U.S. could be denied either admission to the country or an adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident...

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  • DHS Posts Final Rule Announcing Important Changes to the H-1B Visa Program

    Today, the Department of Homeland Security posted a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. As a reminder, cap-subject petitions are filed on April 1 of each year for individuals who are applying for H-1B status for the first time. To read more about the general […]

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  • CBP Launches Border Enforcement Statistics Webpage

    The Department of Homeland Security has recently published a memo unveiling a webpage with a summary of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforcement actions related to inadmissibles, apprehensions, arrests of individuals with criminal convictions, and individuals who have been apprehended multiple times crossing the border illegally. CBP is the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency […]

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  • Airports Selected for Possible Preclearance Expansion

    The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, recently announced that 11 new foreign airports have been selected for a possible Preclearance expansion. If Preclearance operations are expanded, travelers would then undergo immigration, customs and agriculture inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection before boarding a flight to the U.S. instead of upon […]

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  • Pilot Program on Employer Preapprovals to Speed up Visa Process

    In an effort to improve the efficiency of the employment-based visa process, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has unveiled a “known employer” pilot program to test a preapproval process for companies seeking to bring foreign workers into the U.S. Under the pilot, nine companies will be preselected to file applications with USCIS requesting a […]

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  • UPDATE: Changes Coming to Visa Bulletin, Will Impact Individuals Awaiting Permanent Residency Applications

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) have recently announced dramatic changes coming to the visa bulletin system for the month of October 2015. These changes will allow individuals affected by visa backlogs to begin their immigrant visa paperwork or file for adjustment of status before their priority dates become […]

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  • MyE-Verify Expands Services and Introduces Spanish-Language Capability

    E-Verify is a program offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that allows U.S. employers to verify the employment eligibility of new hires. The program is currently being used by 600,000 employers at over 1.9 million hiring sites in the U.S. In 2014, DHS launched a corresponding program for employees, myE-Verify, which helps protect […]

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