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A Guide to H.R. 15: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

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Washington D.C. - Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases A Guide to H.R. 15: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. On October 2, 2013, Democrats in the House of Representatives proposed an immigration reform bill addressing border security, legalization of the undocumented, interior enforcement of immigration laws, and fixes for our dysfunctional legal immigration programs. The bill is based on S.744, the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate by a vote of 68-32 on June 27, 2013. However, the bill removes the Corker-Hoeven border security amendment and replaces it with the bipartisan House border security bill, H.R. 1417, which was passed unanimously by the Homeland Security Committee in May 2013.

To view the guide in its entirety see:

A Guide to H.R. 15: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

New Information on DOS Transition to Electronic DS-260

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On September 3, 2013, the Department of State will transition to an online immigrant visa application. Immigrant visa applicants will apply online using Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration). Applicants will choose their agent online using Form DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent). Applicants will access both forms on the web atContinue Reading

CBP to Rollout New Arrival/Departure-Record Process for Foreign Visitors

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Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S.—only via air or sea—who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts its records automation on April 30, 2013. When the electronic rollout begins April 30, CBP willContinue Reading

How Many Photos Are Needed When Filing Application for Adjustment of Status

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USCIS clarified the photo requirements for the filing of the adjustment of status and its ancillary benefits in a teleconference with AILA Liaison on February 27, 2013 : The adjustment of status applications should include six photos in total per applicant, if all three forms listed below are filed: Two for the I-485 Application toContinue Reading

NEW I-601 WAIVER PROCESS WILL BE EFFECTIVE ON MARCH 4 2013

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. TheContinue Reading

Be Prepared for the Deferred Action for DREAMERS

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Undocumented youth will learn this week the detailed guidelines to apply for the deferred action for DREAMERs. The application is set to be available Aug. 15, but there are things you can be doing already. Wait patiently. USCIS hasn’t been released the application, yet some people have been promising undocumented youth to help them begin the application processContinue Reading

Supreme Court Rules on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law; Racial Profiling Provision Upheld for Now

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Supreme Court on Monday stroke down 3 out of 4 provisions of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, but upheld the provision that requires local police to check the immigration status of anyone they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is in the U.S. unlawfully. “This ruling is, on balance, encouraging, particularly because the court kept the doorContinue Reading

USCIS Alerts: Do Not File For Deferred Action for DREAMers Now

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alerts eligible individuals NOT to submit a deferred action request under the Deferred Action Process for Young People memorandum issued by Secretary Napolitano on June 15. If you submit now, your application will be rejected. The Secretary’s directive gives USCIS 60 days to create a process to accept theseContinue Reading

DHS ANNOUNCED THAT DEFERRED ACTION PROCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE LOW ENFORCEMENT PRIORITIES

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WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering intoContinue Reading