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Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Edited News Excerpts For Oct. 1, 2011

Clarification Katherine Brady, Update on INA § 212(h) Defense Strategies, 16 Bender's Immigr. Bull. 1497 (Sept. 15, 2011) On page 1511, Part E (sentence following footnote 88), the article states that for persons subject to the seven-year requirement under the LPR bar, the seven-year period...

Alert: DOS Inability to Issue F, M and J Visas

"The Department of State (DoS) has recently identified difficulties with its Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) communicating with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). DoS discovered this issue on November 14, 2011. SEVP...

Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin - U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement

U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement The Department of State announced on October 16, 2012, that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children entered into force on November 1, 2012. This agreement should enhance the safeguards...

Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Issues Final Rule on Unlawful-Presence Waivers On January 2, Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano announced the posting of an eagerly anticipated rule for a process that may allow would-be immigrants with accrued unlawful presence to spend less time apart from their relatives in the United...

News Excerpts from the April 15, 2013 Bender's Immigration Bulletin

DHS Issues New Rules for Transformation to Electronic Form I-94 On March 27, the Department of Homeland Security issued an interim final rule intended to facilitate the transition of Form I-94 from paper to electronic format at air and sea ports of entry. Form I-94, the ubiquitous document used to...

Excerpts From the June 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Payment of USCIS Immigrant Visa Fee via USCIS ELIS USCIS has moved the online payment of the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System ( USCIS ELIS ). Customers must now pay the $165 fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa packages from the Department of State and...

Excerpts From The Aug. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Washington Supreme Court Bars Certain Uses of Immigration Status On July 10, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court updated its legal ethics rules to prohibit attorneys from referring to an individual’s immigration status to intimidate, coerce, or prevent him or her from participating in a civil...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Revises Policy on False Claims to Citizenship: In a pair of letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in late August and early September, the administration confirmed that individuals charged with making false claims to U.S. citizenship can raise as an affirmative defense...

DOS Final Rule: Waiver by Joint Action of Visa and Passport Requirements for Members of Armed Forces and Coast Guards of Foreign Countries

"The Department of State is amending its regulations regarding the waiver by joint action of consular and immigration officers of visa and passport requirements for members of foreign armed forces and coast guards. Specifically, the regulation, as amended, removes the current list of countries whose...