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The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -
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U.S. Government to Launch Refugee/Parole Program for Certain Central American Children

On November 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the anticipated establishment of a refugee/parole program for certain minor children in El Salvador,...more

U.S. Rolls Out New Refugee/Parole Program for Certain Central American Children

Late last week, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an in-country refugee/parole program for minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Essentially, the new program...more

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

Government Shutdown and Employment-Related Immigration Implications

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. Following are implications on immigration-related government...more

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

DHS Recommends Changes regarding Application of “Specialized Knowledge” Criteria for L-1B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations. The report contains various recommendations to...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 3, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Interior; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear...more

Snapshots of Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-Verify system will now contact employees directly in the event of a Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative...more

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; Department of State; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- April 1, 2013

In This Issue: Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Interior Department; Department of Homeland Security; Department of State; Department of Treasury; Government...more

Sequestration Likely to Affect Immigration Services

On March 1, 2013, the Budget Control Act, including sections mandating across-the-board budget cuts to federal agencies (known as “sequestration”), went into effect. The sequester is likely to negatively impact immigration...more

Energy And Environment Update -- March 4, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Interior Department; Department of Agriculture; Department of State; Treasury Department;...more

Sequestration To Delay Consular Visa Processing & Other Effects

According to the Department of State, sequestration will likely reduce the number of officers processing visa applications, which will negatively impact wait times at U.S. consulates....more

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

USCIS Implements New Immigrant Fee Starting February 1, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, beginning February 1, 2013, the agency will collect a $165 Immigrant Visa Department of Homeland Security Domestic Processing Fee (USCIS Immigrant Fee)...more

This Week in Washington - January 4, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - The Fiscal Cliff Compromise. With Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) stepping in over the weekend to lead negotiations, a...more

DHS Starts New Provisional Waiver Process for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens March 4

On January 2, 2013, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically...more

Waiting Lines for Family and Employment Categories: When Will I Receive My Green Card?

If you are applying for permanent residence in the United States, how do you figure out how long it will take? This seems like an easy question, but like many things with immigration, it can be complicated. ...more

Immigration Reforms and Updates from DHS and DOS

In a press release dated January 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a number of proposed administrative reforms designed to enable the United States to attract and retain highly skilled foreign...more

Immigration Insights (November 2010)

In This Issue: Homeland Security Creates I-9 Audit Fusion Center Soon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will announce the creation of an I-9 Audit Fusion Center. This center will be staffed by approximately 20...more

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