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DHS Will Expand US-VISIT Entry Requirements Beginning January 18

01/13/2009 U.S. Permanent Residents and Many Canadian Citizens Will Be Newly Subject to Biometrics Collection on Arrival As of Sunday, January 18, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will broadly expand the pool of foreign nationals who are required to go through the inspection and biometrics collection procedures of the United States Visitor and…

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State Department Issues February 2009 Visa Bulletin

01/13/2009 Cut-Off Dates for EB-2 and EB-3 to Advance Slightly For Some Countries Immigrant visa cut-off dates will make moderate advancements for some employment-based categories and countries in February 2009, but they will retrogress for “other workers” in the third preference category. Under to the State Department’s February 2009 Visa Bulletin, priority dates for the…

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Advance Authorization Now Required for Visa Waiver Program Travelers

01/12/2009 Starting today, all foreign nationals planning to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to register for and obtain online travel clearance through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). VWP travelers should submit their applications well in advance of their travel dates, and no later than 72 hours…

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Congress Shows Early Interest in Immigration

01/09/2009 Immigration-Related Bills Introduced in Both House and Senate In the three days since the 111th Congress (2009-2010) convened for the first time, several immigration-related bills have been introduced. Detailed information regarding these bills is not yet available, and some are simply meant to act as placeholders for future legislation. In the Senate, Majority Leader…

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Federal Contractor E-Verify Regulation Postponed Until Feb. 20, 2009

01/09/2009 The United States government will postpone from January 15 to February 20, 2009 the implementation of the regulation that would require certain federal contractors to participate in the E-Verify electronic employment verification program. The postponement is the result of an agreement between the government and plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to block implementation…

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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of Fiscal 2009

01/08/2009 After receiving a surge of petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, as of January 7, 2009, it had received enough H-2B petitions to reach the 33,000 cap for the second half of Fiscal Year 2009. The agency determined that January 7 was the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B petitions…

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State Immigration-Related Laws to Take Effect January 1

12/29/2008 Immigration-related laws in Missouri and South Carolina will take effect on January 1, 2009. In both states, certain state contractors will be required to participate in the E-Verify program to confirm the employment authorization of all new hires. Missouri. Effective January 1, 2009, Missouri will require the use of E-Verify by employers that receive…

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