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  • GAO Finds Additional Action Needed in the Visa Revocation Process (7/13/2004)
    GAO report on the visa revocation process recommends that DOS and DHS jointly develop a written policy that defines roles and responsibilities, and sets performance standards; and address outstanding legal and policy issues or provide Congress with specific actions it could take to resolve them.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071361.
  • GAO Finds Need for Consular Guidance on Implementation of Biometric Visa Program (9/10/2004)
    GAO recommends that DHS and DOS develop and provide to consular posts guidance on how the biometric visa program should be used, and that State direct each consular post to develop an implementation plan based on this DHS/DOS guidance.
    AILA Doc. No. 04091064.
  • GAO Recommends Consistent Guidance on Acceptance of Consular Identification Documents(1748 KB - 9/24/2004)
    The GAO examined the purpose of consular identification documents, steps Mexico and Guatemala have implemented to verify identities of the card applicants, and security features incorporated into the cards.
    AILA Doc. No. 04092463.
  • Chicago-Based Groups Release Report on Videoconferencing (11/9/2005)
    Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago released a study entitled, “Videoconferencing in Removal Proceedings: A Case Study of the Chicago Immigration Court,” calling for a moratorium on the use of videoconferencing until improvements are made.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110964.
  • GAO Report Address USCIS Backlog Reduction Issues (12/21/2005)
    GAO report focuses on improvements needed at USCIS to reduce the backlog and ensure the quality of adjudications.
    AILA Doc. No. 05122168.
  • CRS Releases Report on L-1 Visa issues and Legislation(67 KB - 10/27/2005)
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report to Congress tracking the issues and legislative activity concerning L-1 visas and concerns that this visa category is being misused.
    AILA Doc. No. 05102765.
  • CRS Report on Hurricane Katrina-Related Immigration Issues(72 KB - 9/19/2005)
    Congressional Research Service report on whether some immigration laws and benefits policies should be relaxed with respect to foreign nationals who are victims of Hurricane Katrina and what benefits are available.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091964.
  • GAO Report on Border Security and the Visa Process(1186 KB - 9/13/2005)
    Report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled: “Border Security: Strengthened Visa Process Would Benefit from Improvements in Staffing and Information Sharing.”
    AILA Doc. No. 05091372.
  • CRS Report Finds Immigration Law Extremely Complex(131 KB - 8/3/2005)
    Citing multiple sources indicating that immigration law is "second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity" or that "a lawyer is often the only person who could thread the labyrinth," the Congressional Research Service (CRS) finds immigration law is extremely complex.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080366.
  • GAO on Strengthening Management of Visa Security Program (8/3/2005)
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the actions needed to strengthen management of Department of Homeland Security's Visa Security Program.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080368.
  • CRS Reports on Consular Identification Cards(99 KB - 4/5/2005)
    Report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), dated 3/31/05, on “Consular Identification Cards: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications, the Mexican Case, and Related Legislation.”
    AILA Doc. No. 05040561.
  • GAO Study on USCIS Customer Service 800 Number(997 KB - 6/30/2005)
    Report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the National Customer Service Center of USCIS, finding better contracting practices needed at call centers.
    AILA Doc. No. 05063063.
  • GAO Recommends Regulations for the EB-5 Classification (4/4/2005)
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that the DHS finalize and issue regulations for the EB-5 classification so that those cases may proceed to final adjudication. According to DOS data, just 6,024 visas have been issued to immigrant investors and their dependents since 1992.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040475.
  • GAO Issues Report on SEVIS and Related Foreign Student Issues (3/23/2005)
    The report discusses declines in foreign graduate student applications, admissions, and enrollments; SEVIS related issues; and the DOS efforts to address the GAO's prior recommendations for improving the Visas Mantis program.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032363.
  • GAO Issues Study on US-VISIT, Finding Challenges Remain (2/24/2005)
    A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that some progress has been made on US-VISIT, but many challenges remain.
    AILA Doc. No. 05022463.
  • GAO Finds Improvements in Visas Mantis Program (2/22/2005)
    A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that a streamlined Visas Mantis program has improved the visa process for foreign science students and scholars, but that further refinements are needed.
    AILA Doc. No. 05022266.
  • Study Confirms Contribution of Legal Immigrants to Social Security System(98 KB - 2/18/2005)
    A NFAP study on contributions of legal immigrants to the Social Security system found that, over the next 75 years, new legal immigrants will provide a net benefit of $611 billion in present value to America’s Social Security system.
    AILA Doc. No. 05021862.
  • CRS Study on Visa Issuance After 9/11(110 KB - 12/15/2004)
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) study on permanent and temporary admissions and grounds of exclusion, and legislation in the 107th and 108th Congress on visa issuance pursuant to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and concerns raised about the ability of terrorists to enter the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 04121568.
  • GAO Report on DHS Immigration Enforcement (11/8/2004)
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that all of the legacy INS interior enforcement strategy objectives have been incorporated in DHS's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
    AILA Doc. No. 04110869.
  • CRS Analysis of TPS Option for Haitians Affected by Tropical Storm Jeanne(996 KB - 10/20/2004)
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a memo analyzing the option of TPS for Haitians affected by Tropical Storm Jeanne as compared to other instances in which TPS has been granted as a result of natural disasters.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102013.
  • CRS Issues Comparative Analysis of H.R. 10 and S. 2845(345 KB - 10/20/2004)
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a comparative analysis of the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act (H.R. 10) and the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (S. 2845), including changes to border security.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102061.
  • Passport to Prosperity- All-Stars for America(533 KB - 8/3/2004)
    Passport to Prosperity highlights the contributions to America by an array of influential immigrants. The pro-business immigration coalition Compete America (AILA sits on the steering committee) developed this material.
    AILA Doc. No. 04080369.
  • CRS Reports on the Visa Waiver Program(79 KB - 10/28/2004)
    Report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and policy issues affecting the VWP, including the concerns raised by the events of 9/11 and the implementation of US-VISIT processing of VWP visitors.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102813.
  • GAO Recommends that DHS Adopt Key Practices for Management Challenges (10/15/2004)
    The GAO recommends that DHS adopt key practices, such as communication strategies to create shared expectations and involving employees to gain ownership for changes, to address challenges raised in the report and in transforming immigration enforcement and services.
    AILA Doc. No. 04101510.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report (7/23/2004)
    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was established by Congress in 2002 to investigate the events of and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Their final report, executive summary and FBI response were released on July 22, 2004.
    AILA Doc. No. 04072363.
  • GAO Reports on Improvements in SEVIS(1168 KB - 6/18/2004)
    The GAO reports that some key performance requirements and daily system usability are being met, but that serious problems persist with downloading of data, inadequate help desk performance, transferring of data to DOS, and insufficient identification of schools when students are transferring.
    AILA Doc. No. 04061869.
  • GAO Report on Overstay Tracking and National Security(921 KB - 6/3/2004)
    A GAO report on visa overstays that describes available data on the extent to which overstaying occurs and weaknesses in the overstay tracking system. The report also provides observations on effects that overstays—or deficiencies in a overstay tracking system—may have on domestic security.
    AILA Doc. No. 04060364.
  • GAO Recommendations for US-VISIT(1614 KB - 5/11/2004)
    The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) reiterated its prior recommendations and made new recommendations on implementing effective test management practices and assessing the full impact of future US-VISIT deployment on land port of entry workforce levels and facilities.
    AILA Doc. No. 04051165.
  • CRS Report on Legislation on Immigration-Related Detention(90 KB - 4/29/2004)
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the detention of noncitizens, including changes related to the creation of DHS, authority for detention, when mandatory detention is warranted, detention statistics, and legislation in the 108th Congress related to detention.
    AILA Doc. No. 04042963.
  • CRS Report on Visa Waiver Program and US-VISIT Requirements(74 KB - 4/7/2004)
    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released an updated report on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to reflect the fact that, as of 9/30/04, VWP participants arriving at airports and seaports will be subject to the US-VISIT requirements.
    AILA Doc. No. 04040765.
  • CRS Reports on State and Local Enforcement of Immigration Law(137 KB - 3/19/2004)
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on state and local law officials in the enforcement of civil and criminal immigration laws. This report examines policy and legal issues that may accompany the increasing role of state and local law officials in the enforcement of immigration law.
    AILA Doc. No. 04031921.
  • CRS Examines U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions(90 KB - 2/20/2004)
    CRS issued a report on immigration policy on permanent admissions covering current law and policy, admission trends, backlogs and waiting times, and current issues and legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 04022062.
  • CRS Issues Report on Visa Waiver Program(66 KB - 2/11/2004)
    Report by CRS on the current Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and policy issues affecting the VWP, including: linkage with US-VISIT, how to determine overstays, and Congressional requirements that countries in the VWP issue biometric passports by October 2004.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021160.
  • CRS Compares Existing H-2A Program with Proposed Revisions to Program(975 KB - 2/10/2004)
    Comparison of current H-2A program to changes proposed in the 108th Congress.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021064.
  • GAO Report Finds Current Fees Insufficient to Fund USCIS Processing(339 KB - 1/8/2004)
    A GAO study finds that fees are insufficient to fully fund USCIS' operations, and that USCIS does not know the costs of processing current or pending applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 04010842.
 
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