Immigration Blog

CBP Seeks Comments to Improve International Travel

As a result of a directive from President Obama, CBP is seeking comments to improve the entry process and airport-specific plans for international travelers to the U.S. CBP is looking for feedback and suggestions for improvement in the areas of international arrival experience, technology, passport, baggage inspections and related issues. We are hopeful that this outreach will result in new initiatives that facilitate international travel to our country.

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DOS Worldwide Delays, Plan Ahead if You Need a Visa or Passport

After a Department of State (DOS) software update in July, the worldwide database that manages the issuance of hundreds of thousands of visas worldwide crashed.  Since the crash, consulates have been severely limited in their ability to produce visas. As a result, travelers seeking a U.S. visa, passport or other travel document should expect delays and plan ahead.   Click here to read more.

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TPS Re-Registration Period for Haitians Extended

USCIS has extended the re-registration deadline to July 22, 2014 for Haitian nationals who have already been granted temporary protected status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. USCIS strongly encourages Haitian TPS beneficiaries to apply as soon as possible. For additional information, please click here.

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L-1 Visa Site Visits

USCIS’ Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS)  unit is expanding and will soon begin L-1A site inspections. In FY2011, FDNS performed about 17,000 site visits primarily involving R-1 and H-1B work sites. These inspections were a result from perceived program abuse. The visits are random and unannounced pre and post-adjudication to verify information contained in the petition such as: does the business exist, is it viable, does the petitioner know about the filing of the petition, and […]

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DACA Renewal Update

A renewal process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has started and DACA holders should consider their re-eligibility and if applicable, plan to reapply to continue to obtain protection from deportation, maintain work authorization, and be eligible to obtain a driver’s license. A renewal request should be submitted about 120 days before the current period of deferred action will expire. To obtain more information of DACA renewals, please click here.

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New Policy on Medical Examinations and Vaccinations

Beginning June 1, 2014, USCIS limited the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination, to one year from the date of submission. This new policy impacts many adjustments of status (AOS) applicants whose applications have been pending for over a year due to visa backlogs. These applicants should plan to obtain and file a new medical exam in order to proceed with their AOS. USCIS has started issuing Requests for Evidence (RFEs) to notify AOS applicants […]

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