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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: October 2013

DOL Website shutdown noticeGovernment Shutdown and Immigration Case Processing

After over two weeks of being shut down, the federal government has finally reopened. What did this shutdown mean for cases pending with the various government agencies charged with adjudicating immigration petitions and applications and the immigration courts? Below are a summary and some unresolved issues. [read more...]

Rep. Bob GoodlatteRemaining an Optimist on CIR – It’s Becoming Harder and Harder Even After House Democrats Introduce a Comprehensive Reform Measure

In an effort to jumpstart stalled comprehensive immigration reform deliberations, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives introduced their version of a comprehensive immigration reform bill on October 2.  [read more...]

CBP Officer at airportEntering the U.S. After a Trip Abroad?  Make Sure CBP Admits You for Full Validity Period

October 1 marked the beginning of the federal fiscal year and the date on which those waiting to start employment in the U.S. based on new H-1B petitions can begin work.
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Department of the State Visa application websitePaper Immigrant Visa Applications (DS-230) Transition to Electronic Application (Form DS-260); K Visa Applicants Must Use DS-160

The Department of State (DOS) is now transitioning to an online immigrant visa application. Immigrant visa applicants will apply online using Form DS-260, and choose their agent online using Form DS-261. [read more...]

I-9 formDHS and DOS to Institute New Policy Relating to False Claims to U.S. Citizenship

In 1996, a provision was added to the immigration laws that expanded the scope of those provisions that made an intending immigrant inadmissible and barred adjustment of status if the individual made false claims to U.S. citizenship. [read more...]

close up of fingerprintsUSCIS Tries Again: Implementation of CIV Begins at District Offices

As previously reported, foreign nationals will be required to submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS field offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. USCIS had planned to begin this new biometrics requirement, Customer Identity Verification (CIV), in May but...delayed implementation. [read more...]



drawing of a girl smiling, with thank you in red white and blue writtenUpdate on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

It’s been more than a year now since eligible individuals brought to the U.S. as young children began requesting “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (DACA) relief. Of the estimated 1.76 million undocumented immigrants eligible for DACA, about 600,000 have applied. [read more...]



push button land line phone off the hookUSCIS and IRS Warn of Scams

Several scams have been targeting foreign nationals. In September, USCIS warned the public of a new telephone scam that targets USCIS customers. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information such as Social Security number....

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