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A recently released memorandum dated November 19, 2009 superseded a prior memorandum issued on November 6, 2008 that provided guidance in investigating claims of U.S. citizenship.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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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Releases 2009 Fiscal Year in Review

Stewart Rabinowitz, of the Dallas-based law firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, offers some perspectives on the island nation’s current calamitous chaos. On January 13, 2010, DHS Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler, in response to the devastating earthquake epicentered in Port au Prince, Haiti, announced a suspension of removals to Haiti. Chandler said, “Department of Homeland Security …

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United States and Canada Announce Efforts to Expedite Travel

The United States and Canada announce initiatives to combat common threats and expedite travel and trade. On November 24, 2009, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Public Safety Canada Minister Peter Van Loan announced initiatives between the United States and Canada that enhanced their shared commitment to tackle common threats like terrorism …

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Receipt of Public Benefits Do Not Always Bar Permanent Residency Status

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently clarified that a foreign national’s receipt of certain public benefits does not necessarily make that foreign national ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident. The bar to residency in the U.S. based upon the foreign national being a public charge has been part of U.S. immigration …

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