Author: Tien-Li Loke Walsh

USCIS Confirms Last Date for Old Forms I-9

"Although employers should begin using the 03/08/13 dated form right away, older forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09 will be accepted until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, only the 03/08/13 will be accepted." #updates  #immigrationupdates USCIS – FORMS USCIS

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Implementation of CBP I-94 Automation Program

CBP will roll out its I-94 automation program over a 4-week period, starting on April 30th at the following pilot ports: Week1: Charlotte Douglas International Airport,Orlando International Airport,Las Vegas Airport,Chicago O’Hare andMiami International Airport (more details here: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1676/kw/i94) CBP Fact

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Effect of CBP's I-94 Automation Program on the I-9 Verification Process

Effect of CBP's I-94 Automation Program on the I-9 Verification Process Despite the automation of Form I-94, "USCIS will continue to require applicants to submit a paper copy of Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits.  Other government agencies, such as

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Hurricane Sandy Closes Multiple USCIS Offices

USCIS announces closure of multiple offices affected by hurricane Sandy (check the link below for the list of closed offices). Appointments will be rescheduled automatically to the next available appointment date. Hurricane Sandy has also impacted the USCIS phone operations

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ICE Issues Memo On Applicability Of “Family Relationships” To LGBT Individuals

This ICE memo was issued following DHS Sec. Napolitano’s Sept. 27 directive regarding the exercise of prosecutorial discretion with respect to lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The memo states, among others, that: The factor of ‘family relationships’ encompasses

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USCIS Announces New Filing Option On behalf Of Canadian TN Nonimmigrants

USCIS announced that it will start accepting TN petitions on behalf of Canadian beneficiaries, who are outside of the United States beginning October 1. Prior to the announcement, initial requests by Canadian nationals for TN classification can only be submitted

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Taiwan Joins Visa Waiver Program Countries

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adds Taiwan to the list of countries that are eligible for the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  Under the program, passport holders of VWP-eligible countries may travel to the United States without a visa provided that

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USCIS Announces Transfer Of Workload From Service Centers To Field Operations

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent out a news alert to notify its stakeholders that some of the cases that are being processed at USCIS service centers will be transferred to a field office or to the National Benefits

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Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Victory!

Last Wednesday, in De Osorio v. Mayorkas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit joined the 5th circuit in ruling that the plain language of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) unambiguously grants automatic conversion and priority date

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President Signs S.3245

Today, the President signed into law, among others, “S. 3245, which extends to September 30, 2015, the expiration dates of key requirements of four immigration programs administered by the Department of Homeland Security: the EB-5 Regional Center Program; the E-Verify Program; the

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