Ballard Spahr LLP Alert: New Rule Revises List of Documentation for Form I-9

By Patricia A. Smith Beginning on May 16, 2011, employers will be required to comply with a rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that modifies the list of identity and employment authorization documents necessary to complete the Form I-9...

CBP bats down iPad border crosser claims

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Jan. 4 called a Canadian man’s claims to have entered the U.S. using only a scanned image of his passport on an iPad “categorically false.” News reports on Jan. 4 said Martin Reisch, 33, a resident of Montreal, claimed he entered the...

Excerpts From The Feb. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: New VIBE Process, More

New VIBE Process USCIS announced that Dun and Bradstreet, the independent information provider (IIP) for VIBE (Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises), has launched a new streamlined process for certain petitioners and U.S. government customers submittiing information about their organizations...

DACA Creates Spillover Work for Mexican Consulates

"The Mexican Consulate in Dallas is on extended hours this weekend and into the future as it assists young Mexicans here with the ironic task of documenting their undocumented status. Up for grabs, on a case by case basis, is a a deferred deportation and a work permit in the U.S. for a two-year...

Why Wealthy Chinese Are Giving Up U.S. Green Cards

"An American passport can be a costly accessory-with U.S. citizenship come U.S. taxes. The WSJ's Wei Gu explains why some wealthy Chinese are instead taking advantage of offers to become citizens of cash-strapped European countries and wealthy Asian cities." - WSJ video, Mar. 14, 2013 ...

State Department Whistleblower Reveals Shocking Policy of Depriving Individuals of Their Birthright to U.S. Citizenship

"I have a client who is a U.S. citizen because she was born in Houston, Texas. Twice the U.S. government stripped her of right to U.S. citizenship. First, CBP officials deported her in 1998 after coercing a confession from her. Second, State Department officials at the U.S. embassy in El Salvador...

CADC on Passport Law, Jerusalem: Zivotofsky v. Sec. of State

"Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, Pub. L. No. 107-228, 116 Stat. 1350, requires the Secretary (Secretary) of the United States Department of State (State Department) to record “Israel” as the place of birth on the passport of a United States...

Deported U.S. Citizen Finally Gets Passport Back

"After being deported from JFK Airport, stuck in exile and later detained by immigration officials, U.S. citizen Blanca Maria Alfaro is relieved to have a passport again. "This isn't fair, all of this that they have done to me. I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone else," said...

Lawsuits Allege Illegal Passport Cancellations by State Department

"Searches of public court records continue to expose the illegal actions of the U.S. Department of State in Yemen. One private attorney connected to cases in Yemen says “Issues with the U.S. Consulate in Sana’a are systemic and reach far beyond seizure of U.S. passports. That is merely...

Software Crash Halts U.S. Passport, Visa Operations

"The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified glitches in the department’s Consular Consolidated...

When a U.S. Passport Just Isn't Good Enough

"Most of us think a U.S. passport is the "gold standard" of proof of American citizenship. Think again. All three "flavors" of American citizens -- native-born, naturalized and those born abroad -- may apply for U.S. passports , but only native-born Americans may use their passports...

Randy Quaid Wants His Passport Back

"Actor Randy Quaid and his wife sued the State Department on Monday, demanding their passports back and claiming they are stranded in Canada without them. Quaid claims in Federal Court that the State Department revoked his and his wife's passports on Dec. 12, 2013. Quaid was in Canada to accept...