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Major Immigration Changes

On Thursday evening, November 20, 2014, President Obama summarized his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions. This will signal the beginning of contentious political debate that should go on for at least the next few...more

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

During last week's primetime television broadcast, President Obama announced steps to fix what he termed the “broken” US immigration system. The president focused his speech on increasing border security and providing a...more

November 2014 Immigration Alert

DHS Announces Enhancements to ESTA Program - On November 3, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced enhanced security measures that foreign nationals (“FNs”) seeking to use the Electronic System...more

Immigration Corner

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently implemented security measures for the application for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) required for those traveling to the United States under the Visa...more

Strengthening Security of the Visa Waiver Program Through Enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization

On November 3, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency is instituting additional security measures for individuals seeking admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)....more

A CEE Change Is Coming

Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) announced that it plans to expand its first three Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) over the next 12 months to cover their entire industries. Included...more

I-94 Errors: How to Address Missing or Incorrect I-94 Cards

Since July of 2014, it has been reported that certain visa petition approval notices (Form I-797s) have been issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without I-94 cards attached. In addition, U.S. Customs...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New CBP Joint Declaration Forms

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued a new customs declaration form allowing filing joint family declarations. The recent regulation change expanded the definition of family members of arriving U.S. travelers to include...more

Introducing Personal Liability Into Corporate Negligence: An Analysis of the Trek Leather Decision

Are you an owner or officer of a small or midsize business? An import or trade compliance professional? Someone whose job responsibilities include some aspect of the process of importing merchandise into the United States,...more

Update: CBP Now Accepting C-TPAT Applications For Exporters

In a June 12 post, I told you about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) plan to expand the previously importers only Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification program to include exporters. As...more

CBP Issues Guidance on Acceptable Methods of Submitting Post-Importation Claims

As a follow-up to a memorandum issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to its field offices on August 11, 2014, CBP has published a guidance to the trade community concerning "acceptable methods" for submission of...more

The Hidden Regulatory and Licensing Consequences to a Conviction or Arrest

One such set of consequences is unique to contractors who do business with federal or state governments. Because even a plea to a criminal conviction represents a person’s affirmative statement of the underlying facts, that...more

Anti-counterfeiting: securing borders

How customs can help you in your battle against fake goods - Smuggling is a common theme in popular literature and films, inspiring clandestine plots and romantic nostalgia. In reality, smuggling fake goods takes a...more

Automated Passport Control

By now, many of our readers have likely seen Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks in the passport control area of certain airports. APC, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program designed to expedite entry into...more

CBP Launches Mobile Passport Control App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced the release of its first mobile app this week. The app, Mobile Passport Control (“MPC”) will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs...more

White House Immigration Update

On August 5th, the White House released a comprehensive update on President Obama’s efforts relating to immigration these past few months, including traveling to Texas in July to meet with local officials, faith leaders, and...more

White House Plans to Expand Immigrants’ Rights

Last month, President Obama stated that he would do as much as he could on his own to fix the U.S. immigration system in light of Congress’s failure to pass immigration reform this session. According to White House senior...more

Customs Aggressively Moving to Discontinue Post-Importation Claims for Certain Free Trade Agreements

For most companies importing into the United States, use of available post-importation mechanisms to correct or amend entries is common and an essential part of any trade compliance program. Whether the post-importation...more

CBP Releases Eligibility Requirements and Security Criteria for its C-TPAT Exporter Program

On July 9, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released the eligibility requirements and security criteria for its expanded Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. CBP is expanding C-TPAT to...more

When “Minor” Export Violations Can Become Federal Crimes

The following article was written by Stephen Wagner for the Export Compliance Training Institute. Mr. Wagner is a faculty member for the Institute,and frequently lectures and writes on export compliance and enforcement...more

CBP Updates Informed Compliance Publication Providing Further Guidance on “First Sale” Requirements

On July 9, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) circulated a draft revised Informed Compliance Publication entitled “Bona Fide Sales & Sales for Exportation to the United States,” which identifies additional...more

The World Cup of Counterfeit All-Stars

There’s a sports fever in the air of the homeland of the DuetsBlog team. The World Cup final is Sunday and, from my office window, I have seen an ever-growing number of soccer fans on the rooftop lawn of Brit’s Pub to watch...more

CBP “Reliquidates” Deemed Liquidation Statute

Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took a new, creative tack in a long struggle with importers regarding application of the “deemed liquidation” statute, 19 U.S.C. § 1504, to entries subject to antidumping and...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Legislative Activity Senate to Mark Up FY 2015 DHS Appropriations - The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has announced that it will mark up the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill on...more

The Comity of Nations in a Technological World: Beyond the Border Action Plan

Canada and the United States share the world’s longest international border – more than 5,500 miles coast to coast and more than 7,000 miles when Alaska is included. In 2013, Canada and the United States engaged in more than...more

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