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  • DHS Installs Biometric Entry Capabilities at Land Ports(46 KB - 12/30/2005)
    The Dept. of Homeland Security claims success in installing biometric entry capabilities at all fixed ports of entry open to US-VISIT travelers. AILA Doc. No. 05123061.
    AILA Doc. No. 05123061.
  • DHS Announces DOJ Motion That Would Allow Expedited Removal to be Applied to Salvadorans(19 KB - 11/17/2005)
    DHS announces DOJ decision to file a motion to end the 1980's Orantes injuction which, if successful, will allow DHS to apply Expedited Removal to Salvadorans.
    AILA Doc. No. 05111767.
  • DHS Provides Visa Waiver Program Report to Congress(26 KB - 11/9/2005)
    DHS announces the completion of a status report on countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. 25 of the 27 participating countries will maintain their current enrollment status. Reviews of Italy and Portugal remain pending. AILA Doc. No. 05110960.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110960.
  • Secretary Chertoff Announces Enforcement Measures(33 KB - 11/2/2005)
    DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announces "Secure Border Initiative" as the enforcement complement to a temporary worker program. AILA Doc. No. 05110260.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110260.
  • DHS Announces That Majority of VWP Countries Will Meet Digital Photo Deadline(22 KB - 10/26/2005)
    DHS press release announces that 25 of the 27 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program will meet the 10/26/05 deadline to produce passports with digital photographs. DHS urges travelers from the two remaining countries, Italy and France, either to contact their local passport offices about digital photograph availability, or obtain a visa prior to travel to the U.S. AILA Doc No 05102668
    AILA Doc. No. 05102668.
  • DC District Office Relocating Adjustment Cases to CSC(53 KB - 10/24/2005)
    Notice from the Washington, DC district office indicating that it is transferring certain pending I-485 cases to the California Service Center for adjudication. AILA chapters have reported other district offices doing the same. AILA Doc. No. 05102467.
    AILA Doc. No. 05102467.
  • DHS Announces Increased Budget(33 KB - 10/19/2005)
    DHS announces increased appropriations for enforcement-related activities. AILA Doc. No. 05101963
    AILA Doc. No. 05101963.
  • Digital Photo Deadline for Passports Approaching(22 KB - 10/19/2005)
    DHS news release reminds visitors that passports issued by Visa Waiver Program countries on or after October 26, 2005, must have a digital photograph. AILA Doc. No. 05101962
    AILA Doc. No. 05101962.
  • TSA Releases Form to Distinguish Travelers' Names from Watch Lists (10/13/2005)
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently made available on its website procedures by which an individual may distinguish his or her name from a similar name on a Watch List.
    AILA Doc. No. 05101361.
  • DHS Reminds Customers of Revised Fees to Appeal an AAO Decision(36 KB - 9/29/2005)
    DHS issues press release reminding that, beginning September 28, all appeals and motions filed under the jurisdiction of USCIS’ Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) must be accompanied by a $385 fee. AILA Doc. No. 05092960.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092960.
  • DHS Expands US-VISIT to Additional POEs(61 KB - 9/27/2005)
    DHS announces the scheduled expansion of the US-VISIT program’s biometric entry procedures to additional land border ports of entry (POE). AILA Doc. No. 05092762.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092762.
  • Information from FEMA on Obtaining New Identification(29 KB - 9/22/2005)
    Notice from FEMA outlines how Katrina victims, including non-citizens, can replace lost documents. AILA Doc. No. 05092260
    AILA Doc. No. 05092260.
  • DHS Announces San Diego Border Infrastructure System Cleared for Expedited Completion (9/15/2005)
    DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday announced he will exercise his authority according to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and REAL ID Act of 2005, to waive certain legal requirements necessary to ensure expeditious completion of the 14-mile Border Infrastructure System (BIS) near San Diego, California.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091562.
  • DHS Expands Expedited Removal Authority Along Southwest Border(75 KB - 9/14/2005)
    DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced on 9/14/05 the expansion of Expedited Removal authority from three to nine U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Sectors, implementing this policy across the entire southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 05091464.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091464.
  • FEMA Chart on Eligibility for Disaster Assistance (9/13/2005)
    A chart from FEMA illustrates what statuses make a person a "qualified alien" for purposes of qualifying for FEMA disaster assistance.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091367.
  • FEMA Q&A for Undocumented Immigrants (9/13/2005)
    A question & answer document from FEMA explains the limited types of assistance available to undocumented immigrants, provides phone numbers for voluntary agencies that may be able to provide more substantial assistance, and notes that U.S. citizen children may qualify the household for FEMA assistance.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091365.
  • DHS Partially Waives I-9 Documentation Requirement for Katrina Victims for 45 Days(25 KB - 9/6/2005)
    DHS announces that, for the next 45 days, it will not sanction employers for hiring Hurricane Katrina victims who are unable to obtain work or identity documents. The I-9 will need to be completed to the extent possible. At the end of 45 days, DHS will review the policy. AILA had been seeking a waiver of I-9 requirements for Katrina victims. AILA Doc. No. 05090665.
    AILA Doc. No. 05090665.
  • US-VISIT Begins Testing Radio Frequency Identification Technology(50 KB - 8/8/2005)
    DHS announces that it has begun testing radio frequency identification technology at five U.S. land borders. AILA Doc. No. 05080866.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080866.
  • DHS Q&A on Somalia TPS Extension (7/29/2005)
    The Dept. of Homeland Security provides answers to frequently asked questions about its 12-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for Somalia.
    AILA Doc. No. 05072961.
  • TPS for Somalia Extended (7/29/2005)
    The Dept. of Homeland Security announces that it will extend Temporary Protected Status for Somalia for 12 months, until September 17, 2006. The re-registration deadline is September 27, 2005.
    AILA Doc. No. 05072960.
  • DHS Secretary Chertoff Addresses Changes at DHS (7/13/2005)
    A July 13, 2005, speech by Secretary Chertoff discusses the need to improve immigration processes and strengthen border protection and enforcement. Reference is made to more security screening at the beginning of the immigration process and to moving to a 10-fingerprint enrollment in US VISIT. AILA Doc. No. 05071366.
    AILA Doc. No. 05071366.
  • Secretary Chertoff to Announce DHS Changes(30 KB - 7/13/2005)
    DHS releases highlights of speech planned for the afternoon of 7/13/05 by Secretary Chertoff, including comments on immigration enforcement and processes and on changes to the Department's structure. AILA Doc. No. 07071365
    AILA Doc. No. 05071365.
  • DHS Issues New I-9 Form(24 KB - 6/21/2005)
    USCIS and ICE announce the issuance of a "rebranded" I-9 form to eliminate references to INS and DOJ. The announcement states that the form is otherwise the same as the 11/21/91 edition, which continues to be acceptable. AILA Doc. No. 05062119.
    AILA Doc. No. 05062119.
  • DHS Defers E-Passport Requirement to 2006; Digital Photos in VWP Passports Still Required(78 KB - 6/15/2005)
    DHS press release reiterates that Visa Waiver Program visitors will be required to produce passports with digital photographs by 10/26/05. However, requirements for circuit chips and other biometrics are deferred until 10/26/06. The deadline for machine-readable passports is still 6/26/05. AILA Doc. No. 05061564
    AILA Doc. No. 05061565.
  • US-VISIT Begins Biometric Exit at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport(80 KB - 5/19/2005)
    Effective 5/18/05, the pilot exit program is active at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The pilot program is testing three exit procedures, involving two index fingerscans and digital photos. This exit pilot program is already operating in over a dozen other airport and seaport locations. AILA Doc. No. 05051963.
    AILA Doc. No. 05051963.
  • US VISIT Claims Enforcement Results(430 KB - 5/17/2005)
    A press release from the Department of Homeland Security states "US-VISIT stops murderers, pedophiles and immigration violators from entering the United States." AILA Doc. No. 05051765.
    AILA Doc. No. 05051765.
  • DHS Press Release on Ramos vs. Chertoff settlement; April 29, 2005(67 KB - 5/2/2005)
    DHS press release on the settlement reached in Ramos v. Chertoff involving individuals who filed AOS applications under Section 245i of the INA between 1/29/97 and 4/30/01 with the Chicago INS office.
    AILA Doc. No. 05050259.
  • DHS Requires Check Out Procedures for Nonimmigrants Departing Through Atlanta(38 KB - 4/1/2005)
    Dept. of Homeland Security announces that, starting 3/30/05, it now requires nonimmigrants departing from Atlanta to follow US VISIT check-out procedures before departing on their flights. AILA Doc. No. 05040160.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040160.
  • DHS Fact Sheet on FY2006 Budget Proposal(222 KB - 2/8/2005)
    Fact Sheet on the DHS FY2006 budget proposal. AILA Doc. No. 05020830.
    AILA Doc. No. 05020830.
  • DHS Requires Check Out Procedures for Nonimmigrants Departing Through Philadelphia(94 KB - 4/7/2005)
    DHS press release announcing that starting 4/6/05 it now requires nonimmigrants departing from Philadelphia to follow US VISIT check-out procedures before departing on their flights. AILA Doc. No. 05040771.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040771.
  • DHS Releases FY06 Budget Request (2/8/2005)
    The DHS's FY06 budget proposal requests $1,854 billion (an increase of $79 million from FY05), including 80 million in discretionary funding, and $1,774 billon in mandatory funding generated from fee revenues. While continuing to prioritize backlog reduction efforts, the budget proposal requests $100 million, down $80 million from the FY05 budget.
    AILA Doc. No. 05020879.
  • DHS Fact Sheet on US-VISIT(40 KB - 1/26/2005)
    DHS Fact Sheet on US-VISIT and the Immigration and Border Management system that describes the agency's goals, vision, and mission with respect to the US-VISIT program. AILA Doc. No. 05012662.
    AILA Doc. No. 05012662.
  • DHS Issues Fact Sheet on RF Technology (1/26/2005)
    The DHS Fact Sheet on RF technology defines RF technology, its application to US VISIT, and addresses privacy and health concerns. AILA Doc. No. 05012661.
    AILA Doc. No. 05012661.
  • DHS to Test Radio Frequency Technology at Land Borders (1/26/2005)
    Radio Frequency (RF) technology at the land border would provide automatic recording of visitors’ arrival and departure. Testing will begin by 7/31/05 at Nogales East and West in Arizona; Alexandria Bay in New York; and, Pacific Highway and Peace Arch in Washington, and continue through Spring 2006. AILA Doc. No. 05012660.
    AILA Doc. No. 05012660.
  • US-VISIT Begins Biometric Exit Pilot at Newark Airport(119 KB - 1/19/2005)
    Effective 1/19/05, the pilot exit program is active at the Newark Liberty International Airport. The pilot program is testing three exit procedures, involving two index fingerscans and digital photos. The exit pilot program has been operating in five airports and will be expanded to an additional three later this month. AILA Doc. No. 05011940.
    AILA Doc. No. 05011940.
  • DHS Announces Expedited Processing of Frequent Travelers at JFK Airport (1/13/2005)
    Voluntary enrollment requires a pre-screening clearance. Participants will use dedicated kiosks when they arrive at JFK Airport, and must present a machine-readable passport, submit fingerprints for biometric verification, be photographed, and make a declaration at the kiosk. AILA Doc. No. 05011376.
    AILA Doc. No. 05011376.
  • DHS Announces Temporary Relief for Those Affected by the Asian Tsunami(23 KB - 1/10/2005)
    DHS announces expedited processing of certain immigration applications; certain periods of parole may be extended; individuals from either Sri Lanka or Maldives will be granted 90-day automatic stays; and ICE will consider stay of removal requests from non-criminal aliens from countries other than Sri Lanka and Maldives affected by the tsunami. AILA Doc. No. 05011010.
    AILA Doc. No. 05011010.
  • DHS Extends Salvadoran TPS to 9/9/06 (1/6/2005)
    The 60 day re-registration period begins 1/7/05 and ends 3/8/05. The DHS press release provides instructions for re-registration, including the new filing process with designated USCIS Lockbox addresses or e-filing. Note that only the 11/5/04 revised form I-821 will be accepted.
    AILA Doc. No. 05100614.
  • DHS and CBP Introduce New Admission Stamp(8 KB - 1/5/2005)
    AILA Doc. No. 05010590.
    AILA Doc. No. 05010590.
  • DHS Completes Expansion of US-VISIT at the 50 Busiest Land Ports(224 KB - 1/4/2005)
    DHS press release announcing that on 12/29/04, the expansion of US-VISIT to the 50 busiest land ports was completed. US-VISIT procedures apply to foreign visitors who must be processed in the secondary inspection areas. AILA Doc. No. 05010464.
    AILA Doc. No. 05010464.
 
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