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DHS, DOL Post H-2B Rule (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is an Advance Copy of the rule to be published on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Read More

Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims
Posted on 5 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 1, 2019 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam... Read More

Tags: spoofing , Fraud , USCIS , DHS

USCIS Issues 'Migrant Protection Protocols' Guidance Policy Memo (Jan. 28, 2019)
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 28, 2019 "SUBJECT: Guidance for Implementing Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migrant Protection Protocols Purpose This memorandum provides guidance to immigration officers in U.S. Citizenship and... Read More

USCIS Recommendation to Terminate TPS for Haiti (Apr. 10, 2017)
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a memo dated Apr. 10, 2017 , USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament recommended to DHS Secretary Kelly that Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for certain Haitians be terminated, effective Jan. 22, 2018: "...USCIS has concluded that... Read More

Tags: Haiti , tps , kelly , USCIS , DHS , memo , mccament

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective... Read More

Tags: report , oig , USCIS , automation , DHS

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program
Posted on 17 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and... Read More

DHS to Roll Out New Regs to Benefit Some H-1B Spouses and Skilled Workers
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups... Read More

DHS Pushes Back Effective Date of USCIS International Entrepreneur Final Rule
Posted on 12 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is temporarily delaying the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule (82 FR 5238). This delay will provide DHS with an opportunity... Read More

DHS OIG Report: H-2 Petition Fee Structure Is Inequitable and Contributes to Processing Errors (Mar. 6, 2017)
Posted on 11 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 6, 2017 - "USCIS’ H-2 petition fee structure is inequitable and contributes to processing errors. Federal guidelines indicate that beneficiaries should pay the cost of services from which they benefit. However, USCIS charged employers... Read More

Tags: report , fees , oig , USCIS , DHS , h-2

News Excerpts From the Sept. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 Sep 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

ICE Issues Directive Limiting Detention of Parents On August 23, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a directive intended to limit the detention of parents and other guardians of minor children during removal proceedings and to allow... Read More

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 12 Jan 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Procedures for H-2Bs Still in Flux | The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida enjoined the Department of Labor’s H-2B labor-certification rule of February 21, 2012, published at 77 Fed. Reg. 10,038. The injunction came in... Read More

Excerpts from the Oct. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: 2014 Diversity Visas and More
Posted on 24 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

2014 Diversity Visas Online registration for the DV-2014 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4... Read More

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Releases Draft Guidance on Extreme Hardship | On October 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance for public comment on the factors the agency considers in determining whether the denial of an application... Read More