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Sep 18, 2020

DHS Expands Use of Biometric Data in Immigration

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced plans to expand the use of biometric data in determining family relationships for immigration purposes. A proposed rule with the new protocols for biometrics use is expected to be published soon. This rule is also said to allow more uses of new technology as they become available. » Read More

Jun 24, 2020

Arbitrary H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Denials Have Employers Thinking Federal Litigation Rather Than Administrative Review

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data between 2015 and 2019 show that denials of the H-1B Specialty Occupation Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions have quadrupled for both initial H-1B petitions and those seeking the continuation of employment with the same employer.

According to immigration policy analysts, including the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), this is a result of more restrictive Trump administration policies, specifically the 2017 “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. » Read More

Apr 20, 2020

CBP Announces 90-Day Postponement of Import Duty, Tax, and Fee Payments for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced that President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that allows CBP to grant a 90-day postponement of certain duties, taxes, and fees that would have otherwise been due to CBP by importers across the United States.  » Read More

Feb 13, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Suspends New York Residents From All Trusted Traveler Programs

As an aftereffect of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act that went into effect on December 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now suspended Trusted Traveler Programs such as Global Entry (for entry from abroad), NEXUS (for entry from Canada), SENTRI (for entry from Canada and Mexico), and FAST (for truck drivers entering the U.S. » Read More

Jan 10, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Passes Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy passed a law on December 19, 2019, that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The legislation is to take effect starting January 1, 2021. The law creates two classes of licenses – one is the standard driver’s license and the second is the REAL ID, which can be used for federal security authentication. » Read More

Dec 05, 2018

New Jersey One Step Closer to Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

New Jersey’s state legislators have finally introduced legislation that will allow the state to remain compliant with the federal REAL ID standards while also issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants residing in New Jersey.

The proposed legislation creates two separate license types: (1) a Real ID compliant driver’s license that passes minimum requirements for use with the federal government; and (2) a “standard driver’s license” to be issued to New Jersey residents who satisfy all other requirements for a driver’s license but are unable to establish lawful residence in the United States.  » Read More

Oct 16, 2018

Driver’s Licenses for 466,000 New Jersey Undocumented Immigrants Closer to Reality?

Driver’s Licenses for New Jersey’s undocumented immigrants may have moved a step closer to reality.  In a September interview on NJ 101.5, New Jersey’s Senate President Steve Sweeney endorsed the idea—which was integral in advancing any legislative measure.  While Sweeney did not support any specific legislation, Nicholas Pugliese, staff writer for the Record’s Trenton Bureau, reported that the legislation at the center of the debate in Trenton is the New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act. » Read More

Aug 10, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: DACA to Be Reinstated and Large-Scale Employer Raids in the Midwest

Federal Judge Orders Government to Begin Accepting New DACA Applications

Late last week, United States District Judge John Bates, presiding in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must begin accepting all applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been suspended since 2017. » Read More

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