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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: October 2012

Judges' HammerDACA (Deferred Action for “Childhood Arrivals”) Adjudications Begin

It has been almost two months since eligible individuals brought to the U.S. as young children began requesting “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (DACA) relief. To date, USCIS reports that almost 180,000 cases have been accepted for processing and about 4,600 approved. [read more...]

Extension CordThree-Year Extension of EB-5, E-Verify, Religious Worker, and Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Programs

On September 28, President Obama signed into law a bill that extended several immigration provisions for three years. They are: (1) the EB-5 Regional Center program, which permits immigrant investors to invest $500,000  [read more...]

Customs DocumentCBP Plans to Discontinue I-94s, No Longer Stamping I-20/DS-2019 Documents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is in the process of automating traveler arrival/departure records and will be eliminating at international airports and seaports the paper version of Form I-94, the white card [read more...]

FingerprintApplicants Under Age 14 or Over Age 79 Do Not Need to Appear for Biometrics for Reentry Permit (or Refugee Travel Document)

When a lawful permanent resident plans to depart the U.S. temporarily and does not expect to return to the United States for a year, often he or she is advised to obtain (before departing the U.S.) a Reentry Permit. [read more...]

Documents in filesObtaining Expedited Advance Parole Documents

Adjustment of status and other applicants often require “advance parole” travel documents in order to depart the United States and re-enter without abandoning their underlying application. Travel documents are normally issued within 90 days of filing. [read more...]

Gay pride flagICE Issues Guidelines on Applicability of Prosecutorial Discretion to Same-Sex Partners

In the summer of 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued guidelines on exercising prosecutorial discretion designed to focus its enforcement priorities on individuals who pose a threat to public safety, are recent border crossers [read more...]

Talk to the handImmigrant Entrepreneurship Stalled for First Time in Decades

For almost two decades, immigrant-founded start-up companies — especially high-tech firms in Silicon Valley — have represented slightly more than a quarter of all such entrepreneurships in the United States and have been an important source of economic growth in our country. [read more...]

Russian PassportThree-Year Multiple Entry Visas for Russian B-1/B-2 Visitors Now the Norm

As of early September, Russian and American travelers for business or tourism will be eligible to receive three-year multiple entry visas under a new bilateral agreement between U.S and Russia. This is the new standard for U.S. citizens visiting Russia and Russian citizens visiting the United States. [read more...]

IRS LogoIRS Now Requiring Original Documentation for ITINs; Certain Nonresident Foreign Nationals Exempted

From now until the end of the year, the IRS will no longer accept notarized or other copies of documentation (such as passports and birth certificates) for issuing individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) [read more...]

Russian PassportNews in Brief

The following additional items may be of interest to our readers:

-Worldwide EB-2 Becomes Current in November
-TPS Extended for Haitians
-Taiwan Designated for Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
-Recent Consulate Re-openings/Closings
-Employee Rights Toolbox