Dallas Lawyer Weighs in on Temporary Protected Status Designations

Dallas-based immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz &Rabinowitz offers some informed comment about recent 18-month extensions of Temporary Protected Status designations for foreign nationals from Nicaragua and Honduras. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Nicaragua …

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DHS adopts new dynamic and flexible security steps to protect the flying public

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on April 2, 2010 that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures for all air carriers with international …

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H-1B Petition Filings for Fiscal Year 2011 Continue

USCIS continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY2011) cap. USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 general cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree or higher education exemption. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions …

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USCIS to issue new permanent resident cards that are actually green

The USCIS will soon issue a redesigned green card that will actually be green. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card—commonly known as the “Green Card”—to incorporate several major new security features. The Green Card redesign is the latest advance in USCIS’s ongoing efforts to deter …

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ICE releases guidance in investigating U.S. citizenship claims

A recently released memorandum dated November 19, 2009 superseded a prior memorandum issued on November 6, 2008 that provided guidance in investigating claims of U.S. citizenship. The more recent guidance was intended to ensure that claims to U.S. citizenship receive immediate and careful investigation and analysis. While performing their duties, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …

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USDOJ’s Office of Special Counsel Offers Tips to Employers to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring

The United States Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel within the agency’s Civil Rights Division offers tips to employers to avoid immigration-related unfair employment practices. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices enforces the laws that prohibit discriminatory practices in the recruitment, hiring, employment eligibility verification (“Form I-9”) process or …

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DHS Adds Greece to the Visa Waiver Program

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the designation of Greece as a member of the Visa Waiver Program – strengthening passenger information sharing and ensuring strict security standards while streamlining travel for Greek citizens within the United States. On March 9, 2010, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the designation of Greece …

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ICE Expands Efforts to Locate Criminal Aliens in Additional California Counties

Sacramento and Solano Counties’ law enforcement agencies are the first in northern California to benefit from a program developed by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security that identifies and removes dangerous criminal aliens. On January 12, 2010, law enforcement agencies in Sacramento and Solano counties became the first counties in northern California to participate …

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Administration Makes Recommendations to Enhance Air Travel Security

The Obama Administration has announced several recommendations made to the President for improving the technology and procedures used to protect air travel from acts of terrorism. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan have announced several …

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USCIS Plans Anti-Fraud Efforts Concerning H-1B

Immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas-based firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz offers some perspective on how USCIS plans to prevent, detect, and address fraud within the H-1B visa program in 2010. In September 2008, USCIS published a report entitled H-1B Benefit Fraud & Compliance Assessment of the H-1B visa program. As background, the H-1B classification …

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