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USCIS ISSUES CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS DEFERRED ACTION GUIDELINES – MORE OF A NIGHTMARE THAN A DREAM?

As promised, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued its Childhood Arrivals Deferred Action Guidelines today.  At first blush, the program seems like a good idea and has been heralded by…

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CBP TO ACCEPT GROUP ESTA APPLICATIONS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced on August 9th that, as of August 15, 2012, the agency will update its online form to accept Electronic System for Travel Authorization…

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EMPLOYERS TO USE CURRENT I-9 FORM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

On August 13, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a bulletin to notify U.S. employers that they must continue to use the current I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form…

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THOUSANDS OF NEW VISA APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE IN GUADALAJARA

The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico recently announced the intent to open thousands of new non-immigrant visa appointment times over the next two months.  The office has hired extra…

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U.S. EMBASSY IN LONDON EXTENDS HOURS OF OPERATION

The U.S. Embassy in London recently announced that it will operate on extended hours through August 14th due to the crowds and increased volume as a result of the Olympic…

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NEW YORK STATE PLANS TO PROTECT CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS FROM IMMIGRATION SCAMS

WNYC News recently reported that the New York State Department of State is planning to coordinate with various bar associations to seek out pro bono lawyers who are willing to…

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“DEFERRED ACTION” PLAN SET TO COMMENCE ON AUGUST 15TH

On August 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an announcement to further outline its intention to implement the “deferred action” program for undocumented…

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NEW CBP PILOT PROGRAM: RADIO BROADCAST SYSTEM ON THE BORDER

On July 17, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the installation of a pilot AM radio broadcast system at two ports-of-entry on the southwest border – Ysleta in…

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LAWSUIT IN CALIFORNIA TO CHALLENGE THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

On July 12, 2012, the Associated Press reported the filing of a class action federal lawsuit in California which seeks to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996. …

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RESIDENCY RULE LIFTED FOR CANADIAN NEXUS APPLICANTS

The Canada Border Services Agency recently announced its decision to lift a three-year residency requirement for Canadian citizens who want to apply for a NEXUS border crossing card.  This amendment…

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