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ESTA Final Rule - CBP

"This rule adopts as final, with one substantive change, interim amendments to DHS regulations published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2008 and August 9, 2010 regarding the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is the online system through which nonimmigrant aliens intending...

ICE Final Rule: Change to Existing Regulation Concerning the Interest Rate Paid on Cash Deposited To Secure Immigration Bonds

"The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations addressing the payment of interest on cash bond deposits to explicitly provide that the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will set the interest rate. Treasury will notify the public of its interest rate determinations by publishing...

Advance Copy of SSA Final Rule re SSN Card Applications

"This final rule adopts the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) we published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2015. This rule revises our regulations to allow applicants for a Social Security number (SSN) card to apply by completing a prescribed application and submitting the required evidence...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Intercountry Adoptions

Intercountry Adoptions: Regulatory Change to Prevent Accreditation and Approval Renewal Requests from Coming Due at the Same Time "This rule amends the Department of State (Department) regulation on the accreditation and approval of adoption service providers in intercountry adoptions. Most agencies...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Schedule of Fees

"This rule adopts as final the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2014. Specifically, the rule implemented changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (“Schedule”) for a number of different fees. This rulemaking addresses public comments and...

DOS Consular Fee Schedule Final Rule

Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates "This rule adopts as final the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2014. Specifically, the rule implemented changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (‘‘Schedule’’...

DOL to Publish H-2A Final Rule

Official DOL links as posted Oct. 13, 2015 to: Final Rule as submitted to OFR Major Points and FAQs, Implementation Round 1

Advance Copy of H-2A Final Rule

"The Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish standards and procedures for employers seeking to hire foreign...

DOL Publishes 113-page H-2A Final Rule in FR

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 200 / Friday, October 16, 2015 - "The Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H–2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/02/2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machine...

DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machinereadable visas...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/10/2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

DOS Final Rule: NIV Interview Waiver Authority

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 217 / Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

CBP Final Rule: FOIA Procedures

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 221 / Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - "This final rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) Freedom of Information Act (‘‘FOIA’’) regulations. Due to the transfer of CBP from the Department of the Treasury...

Advance Copy of USCIS Final Rule: Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/15/2016 - "In this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is revising its regulations affecting: highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupation from Chile, Singapore (H-1B1...

USCIS Final Rule: Enhancing Opportunities for H–1B1, CW–1, and E–3 Nonimmigrants and EB–1 Immigrants

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 10 / Friday, January 15, 2016 - "In this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is revising its regulations affecting: highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupation from Chile, Singapore (H–1B1), and Australia...

HHS Final Rule: Medical Examination of Aliens - Revisions to Medical Screening Process

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is issuing this final rule (FR) to amend its regulations governing medical examinations that aliens must undergo before...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Teachers

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/29/2016 - "This rule makes final the Department’s proposed rule published on May 2, 2013. The Department, with this rule, amends its existing regulations governing the Teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program...

DOS Finalizes Official Passport Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - "The Department of State finalizes its amendment of the passport rules for issuance of an official passport to an official or employee of a state, local, tribal, or territorial government traveling abroad to carry out official duties...

Advance Copy of F-1 OPT STEM Final Rule

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/11/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics...

New U.S. Rule Extends Stay for Some Foreign Graduates

Liz Robbins, New York Times, Mar. 9, 2016 - "The federal government will publish the rule on Friday, saying that international students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in the United States will now be eligible to stay for three years of on-the-job training...

F-1 STEM OPT Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule re FOIA/PA

FR Doc. 2016-07900 Filed: 4/5/2016 8:45 am; Publication Date: 4/6/2016 - "The Department of State (the Department) finalizes its revisions to its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. The final rule reflects changes in FOIA and other statutes and consequent...

GAO: DHS Final Rule re F-1 STEM OPT OK

GAO, Mar. 28, 2016 - "Enclosed is our assessment of DHS’s compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review of the procedural steps taken indicates that, with the exception of the 60-day delay requirement,...

DHS Final Rule: Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 - "This final rule, consistent with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), expands the class of individuals who may be eligible for a provisional waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence...