December 2010

More Restrictions for Our Religious Workers

No one is exempt from the complexities of our immigration laws. Not even the clergy. In fact, the religious worker visas have come under more and more scrutiny over the past few years. And now, the new immigration policy creates a hurdle for them to adjust status in the United States.


I-94 Guidance for Visa Waiver Travelers

Background

The Visa Waiver Program, permits nationals of the member countries to enter the U.S. to visit for business or pleasure up to 90 days without having to apply for a visa.  Following is a list of the countries covered under this program: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The Update

In 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began a transition to paperless processing for VWP travelers arriving by air or sea who have obtained a travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  Here are the published instructions by the government for using the I-94W for the Visa Waiver travelers.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/i-94_instructions/cbp_i94w_form.xml


The DREAM Act passes the House

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-08/politics/dream.act_1_illegal-immigrants-dream-act-mass-amnesty?_s=PM:POLITICS


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Deadline Approaching for Haitian TPS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) previously announced that eligible Haitian nationals will have an additional 180 days to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a relief program launched in response to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti earlier this year.  The new registration deadline will end on January 18, 2011.  Read the full article.

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