Immigration Blog

U.S. Supreme Court decides 7-2 that Padilla is not retroactive

In Chaidez v. United States, decided 2/20/13, the Court held that its prior decision in Padilla v. Kentucky (2010), holding that the Sixth Amendment requires an attorney for a noncitizen criminal defendant to inform that defendant of the deportation consequences that might result from their guilty plea, is not retroactive.  Judge Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented.  The Chaidez decision means that noncitizens convicted prior to March 31, 2010 who were not properly advised of the consequences of […]

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ICE Does Not Renew Partnership with Local Law Enforcement

Director Morton announced the removal by ICE of 409,849 individuals from the U.S. for FY 2012.  He emphasized ICE’s goal to target the removal of the most serious criminal offenders.  In the past, under the 287(g) program, ICE teamed up with state and local law enforcement to retain and remove undocumented individuals that might have violated traffic laws or engaged in misdemeanors.  However, the agency will no longer be allocating resources to those efforts.  Critics […]

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Loews and DHS Promote Trusted Traveler Program

Loews Hotel & Resorts has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to encourage the enrollment and use of the Trusted Traveler Program among its guests.  Loews is offering First Platinum loyalty rewards members complimentary enrollment in the Global Entry program, which allows frequent, low-risk travelers the attractive benefit expedited screening and processing through TSA.   Loews is the first hotel brand to offer this service to travelers.  AMEX and Centurion also promote this program […]

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Processing a U.S. Visa in India Expected to Become More Efficient

As a result of the DOS’ Global support Strategy program, the U.S. Embassy in India has implemented a new online processing system which is expected to streamline appointment scheduling, simplify fee payments and provide new delivery options.   The program includes a new website which is available in English and Hindi and permits U.S. visa applicants to complete application forms, review instructions, pay visa application fees, schedule an appointment for biometrics (fingerprint) collection, and schedule an […]

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Russia and U.S. Immigration Agreement Good for Business

As of September 9, 2012, Russian and American travelers for business or tourism will be eligible to receive visas valid for multiple entries during a period of 36 months. The agreement eases visa processing time for travelers from both countries (under 15 days in most cases), and the U.S. will be reducing the reciprocity fee for Russian issued visas (B-1 and B-2) from $100 to $20.  No formal invitation will be required to apply for […]

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The End of the Paper I-94 Card

Many nonimmigrants arriving at U.S. air and seaports will soon no longer receive a paper I-94 card. These travelers will only be issued a stamp in their passport and CBP will create an electronic record for arriving nonimmigrants. Most of those arriving at a land border will continue to receive a paper I-94 card. These changes are in intended to reduce costs and errors and expedite processing. This change will impact many areas including: employers’ […]

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