USCIS Emphasizes Rule Relaxations for Typhoon Victims

Natural catastrophes can affect your USCIS application, petition or immigration status, as they cannot be anticipated. USCIS recently emphasized the immigration relief assistance available to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan last week in the Philippines. The following options may be available to affected Filipono nationals: Change or extension of nonimmigrantAn alien who seeks temporary entry to...
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New Process for Verifying Identity at USCIS Interviews

As of September 9, 2013, United CitizenshipThe country in which a person is born (and has not renounced or lost citizenship) or naturalized and to which that person owes allegiance and by which he or she is entitled to be protected. and Immigration Services (USCIS) began using a new verification tool called “Customer Identity Verification” (CIV) at its local field offices.  The new program...
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CBP To Roll Out Automated I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S., via air or sea, and who need to prove their legal-visitor status to employers, schools/universities or government agencies, will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts its records automation on April 30, 2013. When the electronic rollout begins April 30, CBP will no...
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AILA Issues Summary of the Senate Immigration Bill

Last week, the bipartisan group of Senators known as the “Gang of Eight” introduced S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Soon thereafter, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued an 8-point summary of the bill.  This just scratches the surface, but here are a few things AILA says S.744 would...
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President Obama’s Proposals to Fix Our Immigration System

Today, President Obama released a fact sheet that includes proposals he believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform.  This comes on the heels of an immigration reform plan agreed to by a bi-partisan group of Senators yesterday. Could immigration reform really happen this time around?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s encouraging to see our politicians finally making...
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U.S. Mission in Mexico Expands Business Facilitation Visa Program for Companies

The United States Embassy expanded its Business Facilitation Program (BFP) that allows access to expedited visavisa allows the bearer to apply for entry to the U.S. in a certain classification (e.g. student (F), visitor (B), temporary worker (H)). A visa does not grant the bearer the right to enter the United States. The Department of State (DOS) is responsible for visa adjudication at U.S....
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