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Immigration Law

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Weighing Program to Streamline Employment-Based Immigration Requests |

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced the potential launch of a pilot program later this year to streamline adjudications of employment-based immigration requests by known U.S. employers.

According to the announcement, the program would seek to expedite cross-border business travel between the United States and Canada. The program would be jointly implemented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

For updates on the “Known Employer” program, visit

USCIS Issues Non-Public Guidance on J Exchange Visitors, MAVNI Participants

The Office of Chief Counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued non-public guidance to employees at the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security addressing the foreign residence requirement for the spouses and children of J-1 exchange visitors who enlisted in the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program.

According to the guidance, J-2 spouses and children of J-1 exchange visitors who naturalized through MAVNI need not comply with the foreign residence requirement in Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) or obtain a waiver to have their status adjusted to that of a lawful permanent resident.

The January 8, 2015, guidance also states that the USCIS Policy Manual will be updated to reflect the policy.

Bender's Immigration Bulletin

[This is an excerpt from the Feb. 1, 2015, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]

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