18-Month Temporary Protected Status Granted for Haiti

On January 15,2010, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. The U.S. government already extends temporary protected status to nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia and Sudan under a law that is […]

Varick Street Detention Center in NYC Closing

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“USICE”) has decided to close the detention center it re-opened a few years ago in New York City.  According to a New York Times article today, the Varick Street detention center located at 201 Varick Street in lower Manhattan will be closing next month. Detainees from the Varick Street detention […]

ICE Halts Removals to Haiti

In wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has halted removals to Haiti.  Click here to read a brief statement issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

General Vaccination Requirements for Immigrants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has updated its information about vaccination requirements for immigrants to provide answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccination requirement process as it relates to immigrants, including those applying for adjustment of status.

Text of CIR ASAP – H.R. 4321

Here is the text of H.R. 4321, referred to as the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009” (CIR ASAP), which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 15, 2009.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan Extended

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Sudan from the current expiration of May 2, 2010 to the new expiration date of Nov. 2, 2011. Click here to read Q&A on the Sudan TPS.

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Thaker Berowitz LLP, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!  May all good things come your way in 2010!

Monmouth County, NJ to Implement Section 287(g)

Beginning in early 2010, Monmouth County, New Jersey will take part in a federal program familiarly known as Section 287(g), which allows local law enforcement officials to aid the Department of Homeland Security in immigration matters.  This may including apprehension and detention of certain foreign nationals by local authorities. Critics on both sides of the […]

FY2010 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

As of December 21, 2009, USCIS has received sufficient petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010.  USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.  USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date […]