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New Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have added four countries to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The...more

1/23/2014 - Department of State DHS H-2A H-2B Immigrants Visas

Jeh Johnson Confirmed as Next Secretary of Homeland Security

On Monday, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the next Secretary of Homeland Security. Johnson won confirmation with a bipartisan vote of 78 to 16, winning the vote of all Democratic senators and a majority of GOP senators....more

12/19/2013 - Confirmation Proceedings DHS Jeh Johnson

Prior Noncompliance with E-Verify Does Not Render Federal Contractors Ineligible for Future Work

Participation in E-Verify is mandatory for certain businesses such as those having contracts with federal agencies. One of the requirements is that the “FAR clause,” which provides that a contractor not enrolled in E-Verify...more

12/13/2013 - DHS E-Verify FAR Federal Contractors GAO Hiring & Firing Mandatory Verification Systems

New E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be releasing a new set of E-Verify memoranda of understanding (MOUs), which will become effective on December 8, 2013. The MOU is the legal document that must be executed...more

12/6/2013 - Compliance DHS E-Verify Immigrants Memorandum of Understanding USCIS Visas

E-Verify Operations Resume After Government Shutdown

On October 17, 2013, E-Verify resumed operations after the government shutdown. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has issued detailed guidance on how to handle E-Verify functions affected by the shutdown, which is...more

10/23/2013 - DHS E-Verify Government Shutdown Social Security Adminstration Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS

Change in Policy Regarding False Claims to U.S. Citizenship by Minors

According to correspondence by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to Senator Harry Reid, the U.S. Government has modified its position, with respect to minors, on the...more

9/26/2013 - Citizenship Department of State DHS False Statements Minors

The Department Of Homeland Security Extends the Designation Of And Re-Designates Syria for Temporary Protected Status

The Secretary of Homeland Security is extending the existing designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015, and re-designating Syria for TPS for 18...more

6/27/2013 - DHS Middle East Temporary Protected Status

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security launches a new “Blue Campaign” in an effort to combat human trafficking

Through an initiative named the Blue Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is launching a website, logo and mission statement, as well as distributing posters, tip sheets and public service announcements about...more

6/12/2013 - Blue Campaign DHS Human Trafficking

Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans and Nicaraguans Extended

The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015. Current...more

4/10/2013 - DHS Registration Temporary Protected Status

Visas: Issuance of Full Validity L Visas to Qualified Applicants

Current State Department regulations require that L visa duration be limited to the validity period of the petition, which, under Department of Homeland Security regulations, cannot exceed three years. ...more

2/22/2013 - DHS L-Visas Permanent Residence Cards Refugees U.S. Nationals

Immigration Reform Highlights from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing

The once illusive and ambitious ideal that was Comprehensive Immigration Reform (“CIR”) has been steadily making its way toward reality. Beginning with the bi-partisan framework recently introduced by the “Gang of Eight,” CIR...more

2/21/2013 - DHS Entrepreneurs Family Reunification Gang of Eight Immigration Reform Path To Citizenship Undocumented Immigrants

New SEVIS Release will Address Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Overstays

A new version of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is scheduled to release this spring. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a faction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),...more

2/7/2013 - Department of State DHS ICE SEVIS SEVP Students Visas Visitors

DHS Statement May Force States to Review Driver License Policies

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) clarified on Friday, January 18, 2013, that undocumented youth who are given work permits and deportation reprieve under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are...more

1/24/2013 - Deferred Action DHS Driver's Licenses USCIS Work Permits

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