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Framing the New Office L Visa Petition...With Help from DHS OIG

"An individual seeking to transfer to the United States as a manager or executive (specialized knowledge employees will not be addressed in this blog) comes to you for help. She may be interested in opening a new office, or may be transferred to an existing company that has been operating for more...

EB-5 Audit Report: DHS OIG Gives USCIS Low Marks

"Our audit objective was to determine whether the USCIS’ Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program is administered and managed effectively. Several conditions prevent USCIS from administering and managing the Employment-Based Fifth Preference regional center program effectively...

DHS OIG Censors Recommendations to Curb Use of Deadly Force by CBP

"It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks and other objects at agents. Many law enforcement experts say the best option is to take cover or move elsewhere when these “rocking” incidents...

DHS OIG Report: ICE's Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

"Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing...

USCIS Computer System Slower Than Old-Fashioned Paper-Pushing

"After six years of development, a new automated system for processing immigration forms takes twice as long as processing applications by hand, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal watchdog. The $1.7 billion information technology project, called Transformation, began under a...

Click 150 Times If You 'Like' ELIS

"USCIS’ IT systems do not fully provide the functionality needed to support its mission. For example, as part of its Transformation program, USCIS created ELIS, an electronic immigration system. The aim of ELIS is to provide a more efficient and higher quality adjudication process. However...

DHS OIG Examines Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today issued the first of a series of reports on conditions at detention centers being used to temporarily house unaccompanied alien children. The report is based on 87 unannounced site visits conducted by OIG agents...

DOS OIG Visa Services Inspection Report

"Key Findings - - The Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Visa Services Directorate is accomplishing its complex, challenging, and critical mission. It has demonstrated that it can successfully realize the President’s goal of facilitating travel to the United States while maintaining border...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

DOJ OIG Report: Nepotism at EOIR

"Federal investigators found rampant nepotism in recent years within the agency that oversees U.S. immigration courts, including three top officials who used their positions to help relatives land paid internships. In a report this week , Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said...

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective...

DHS OIG on ICE Alternatives to Detention

"According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program is effective because, using its performance metrics, few program participants abscond. However, ICE has changed how it uses the program and no longer supervises some participants throughout...

ICE Deportation Flights Wasting Millions

"ICE Air operated charter flights with empty seats and could have realized cost savings up to $41.1 million upon determining optimum flight capacity." - DHS OIG, Apr. 9, 2015 .

DHS OIG Report on Streamline

DHS OIG, May 15, 2015 - Streamline: Measuring Its Effects on Illegal Border Crossing

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to and quality of care, and...

Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL, Department of Homeland Security, Aug. 13, 2015 - "The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (DHS OIG) found no evidence that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) deliberately violated a U.S. District Court’s preliminary injunction when...

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States."

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective

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. Until USCIS makes all of the needed improvements...

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective

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. Until USCIS makes all of the needed improvements...

DHS OIG To Periodically Inspect CBP and ICE Detention Facilities...Unannounced

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced a program of ongoing unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. The OIG is initiating this...

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization...

DHS OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance

DHS OIG, Nov. 21, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to struggle to ensure proper Green Card issuance. The audit was conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report...

DHS OIG Puts Kibosh on ELIS for Natz.

DHS OIG, Jan. 19, 2017 - Management Alert - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Use of the Electronic Immigration System for Naturalization Benefits Processing "We are recommending that USCIS halt plans to revert to using the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) to process immigrant...

DHS OIG Report: H-2 Petition Fee Structure Is Inequitable and Contributes to Processing Errors (Mar. 6, 2017)

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 a flat fee of $325 per H-2 petition ($460...

Fraud Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Has Been Used in Scam To Obtain Personally Identifiable Information

DHS OIG, Apr. 19, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the DHS OIG Hotline telephone number has been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout...