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DEPARTMENT OF STATE LAUNCHES ONLINE VISA STATUS CHECK

The U.S. Department of State today launched its online Visa Status Check website, which allows nonimmigrant and immigrant U.S. visa applicants to check the status of their applications online. Previously,…

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USCIS EXTENDS RE-REGISTRATION PERIOD FOR HAITIAN TPS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, previously announced the extension of the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for an additional 18 months.  The original…

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SOUTH CAROLINA FOOD SERVICE COMPANY AGREES TO $250,000 SETTLEMENT FOR VIOLATION OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROVISIONS OF U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has reached an agreement with Centerplate, Inc., a South Carolina based organization that provides food to more than 250 U.S. stadiums,…

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USCIS UNVEILS FIRST VOLUME OF A NEW COMPREHENSIVE ONLINE POLICY MANUAL

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the release of the first volume of its new online USCIS Policy Manual.  The complete Policy Manual will be made up of…

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NEXUS LANE CHANGES AT RAINBOW AND QUEENSTON-LEWISTON BRIDGES

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced two modifications to the Niagara Region NEXUS lanes. The agency has added a NEXUS lane at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge for U.S. bound…

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FINAL RULE PASSED TO IMPLEMENT I-601 PROVISIONAL WAIVER PROCESS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release on January 2, 2013 announcing the long-awaited publication of a final rule in The Federal Register regarding the I-601…

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RUSSIA PASSES LAW TO SUSPEND ADOPTIONS BY U.S. FAMILIES

At the end of December 2012, the Russian government passed the Yakovlev Act, which ends inter-country adoptions between Russia and the United States.  According to the U.S. Department of State…

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U.S. AND CANADA BEGIN TO SHARE VISITOR ENTRY AND EXIT INFORMATION

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canada Border Services Agency recently announced the commencement of Phase I of the Entry/Exit pilot program as authorized by the Beyond the Border…

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IMMIGRATION BILL EXTENDS EB-5 AND OTHER PROGRAMS DOOMED TO “SUNSET”

On September 28, 2012, President Obama signed Senate Bill 3245 into law.  This law, originally introduced in May, provides an extension of the EB-5 Regional Center “pilot program”, as well…

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SAME SEX PARTNERS CONSIDERED “FAMILY” FOR PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION

The widely publicized June 2011 “Morton memo” regarding the efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) to exercise prosecutorial discretion when encountering certain foreign nationals in unlawful status, has been…

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