Immigrants Meet With Obama

On the same day that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bipartisan “gang of eight” immigration bill and sent it to the Senate floor, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House met with seven people, either undocumented or with family members of immigrants, to talk about why reform is important to them. They got about 45 minutes to tell their stories and the stories of their families, and to urge the president to continue his push for immigration reform.  To read more, click here.

Provisional Waiver Reminder

Since March 4, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been accepting applications for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (Form I-601A). USCIS, however, rejected many of these applications because customers did not provide proof that the required Immigrant Visa Application Fee was paid to the U.S. Department of State (DOS).  Please be sure to pay the Immigrant Visa Application Fee to DOS before you apply for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Form I-601A).  Send the DOS Immigrant Visa Application Fee receipt that proves you paid the fee along with your I-601A application; and make sure the receipt you send is the official, DOS-issued receipt with the National Visa Center Case Number clearly visible. Other types of receipts, such as money order receipts, cannot be accepted.

USCIS to Implement New Verification System

On Monday, May 6, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices. Individuals will now be required to submit biometric data, specifically fingerprints and photographs, when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. CIV will help to both defend against threats to national security and protect customers from identity fraud by enhancing the agency’s ability to verify identity.

F1 Students to Face New Checks at POE

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered new security checks for all foreign students entering the United States.  Aside from standard verification of their travel documents, arriving students now will also be checked through a database known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. The system contains information on schools with foreign students and on the students’ enrollment status.  To continue reading, click here.

Senate Committee Takes on Immigration Bill

Negotiated by a bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” the proposed immigration measure would clear the way for tens of thousands of new high-tech and lesser-skilled workers to enter the country while also requiring all employers to check the legal status of their employees. Further, the proposal would set up a 13-year process by which immigrants unlawfully in the country could qualify for citizenship.  The Senate committee is expected to approve the measure within two weeks and clear the way for the Senate floor in June.  To continue reading, click here.