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  • DHS Announces Streamlined Processing for Afghan Nationals as They Resettle in the U.S.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will exempt filing fees and begin to streamline the application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for humanitarian reasons after July 30th, 2021. The DHS will streamline the process through the Operation Allies Welcome program, which is an ongoing effort […]
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  • USCIS Commemorates Veterans Day with Special Naturalization Ceremonies

    Every year on November 11th the nation honors those individuals who have served in the United States armed forces and defended our freedom. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will honor this year’s Veterans Day by holding more than 90 naturalization ceremonies that will naturalize more than 4,400 current and former […]
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  • The Department of Homeland Security’s New Rules for Non-Citizen Land Travel

    For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through a land border or ferry terminal for a non-essential reason, such as tourism, beginning November 8, 2021. There are some rules that non-citizens must follow to be allowed to gain entry, however.  Non-citizens may enter the U.S. if […]
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  • Biden administration appeals Texas court ruling finding DACA unlawful

    On September 10, 2021, the Biden Administration appealed a Texas court ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unlawful. While the Texas ruling does not automatically cancel current permits for Dreamers, it does block the government from approving all new DACA applications.  The DACA program […]
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  • DHS will continue Temporary Protected Status Designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan

    On September 9, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced there will be an automatic extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Notably, the automatic extension of TPS-related documentation includes Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), which […]
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  • DNA Collection by US Agencies

    As of January 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been gradually implementing a phased DNA collection policy mandated by federal statute. This requires Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to collect DNA samples from individuals detained or in the custody of their agency. Aliens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and […]
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  • H-1B Applicants File Lawsuit Against DHS

    Hundreds of H-1B visa applicants have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over “rampant fraud and abuse” in the new H-1B online registration system. According to the complaint, the online registration system, which was created in 2019, has sparked a whole industry of consulting firms and fake employers that register […]
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  • Lawsuit Challenges Using Wages as an H-1B Selection Factor

    A lawsuit has been filed in the D.C. District Court which challenges a final rule affecting the H-1B lottery process. This rule would give preference to H-1B applicants who make the highest salaries in their respective field. Those who filed the lawsuit, as well as those who support it, claim this rule is unfairly advantageous […]
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  • DHS Issues Final Rule to Remove Vacated H-1B Rule from Code of Federal Regulations

    On May 19, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule which removes constraints put on H-1B applications from the 2020 interim final rule “Strengthening H-1B Non-Immigrant Visa Classification Program.” What is an H-1B Non-Immigrant Visa? The H-1B is a visa available to individuals who wish to work in a specialized occupation […]
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  • DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program

    On May 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking that sought to get rid of the International Entrepreneur Parole program (“IEP Program”). The IEP Program was established by DHS through the International Entrepreneur Rule (“IE Rule”) during the final […]
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