USCIS Announces Transformation to Web-based Environment.
Dec 27, 2010: Earlier this month, USCIS announced that it is
undertaking an agency-wide effort to shift their immigration
services from a paper-based system to an electronic system. This
effort, known as USCIS Transformation, will utilize a simplified,
web-based system for applicants to submit and track their
The new system, which will be account-based, will improve customer
service and will enable USCIS to process cases with more precision,
security and timeliness.
DREAM Act Fails in Senate; President Obama Vows to Keep
Dec 22, 2010: President Obama met with members of the
Congressional Hispanic Caucus yesterday, in which he and the Caucus
agreed that immigration reform remains a high priority for the next
legislature. Obama met with the Caucus Tuesday to work toward a new
strategy to support the passing of the DREAM Act, which failed to
be passed by the Senate last weekend.
The DREAM Act would have opened the door for providing young
undocumented immigrants with a means to obtain permanent residency
in the United States. Undocumented immigrants who arrived in the
U.S. before the age of 16, have lived here continuously for at
least five years and are either in college or enlisted in the U.S.
Armed Forces would have been provided a path to legal status.
In the meeting, held at the Oval Office, Obama “reiterated
that he will not give up on the DREAM Act,” according to the
Final Rule Establishes New Immigration Procedures for the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Dec 18, 2010: A final rule that amends the Department of
Homeland Security's (DHS) E-2 nonimmigrant treaty investor
regulation processes was recently passed. This new rule establishes
procedures for classifying long-term investors in the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as E-2 nonimmigrants.
While CNMI, located in the Western Pacific, is a U.S. territory and
is subject to U.S. laws and regulations, the territory has
maintained its own immigration regulations to date. This new rule
extends U.S. immigration regulations to CNMI, ensuring that the
territory is subject to the scrutiny and systems of U.S.
DREAM Act May be Headed for a Senate Vote this Weekend.
Dec 17, 2010: Majority Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed
cloture on the DREAM Act Thursday evening, paving the way for a
potential Senate vote on the immigration reform bill this Saturday.
For the bill to pass, it will need the support of 60 Senators,
something that will be quite challenging in the current
The DREAM Act, if approved by the Senate and signed into law by
President Obama, would provide a path for permanent residency for
the more than 800,000 young people who have been in the U.S. for 5
to 29 years. By staying in school or serving in the military,
paying certain fees and keeping a clean criminal record for more
than 10 years, these people would be able to apply for legal status
and, eventually, citizenship.
House Passes DREAM Act; Uphill Battle in Senate.
Dec 09, 2010: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass
the DREAM Act on Wednesday night, sending the immigration reform
bill to the Senate. The DREAM Act would provide a path to
citizenship for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who
entered the United States when they were children.
“This is about a commitment to our future,” said Nancy
Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaker of the House. “It's about a
recognition of what these young people can mean for our
The DREAM Act proposes to give “conditional” green cards
to undocumented immigrants if they graduate high school and enter
college or military service. After ten years, these individuals
would be eligible to receive permanent residency and, eventually,
citizenshp, as long as they meet all other requirements.
While the House vote is good news for supporters of the DREAM Act,
there will be a tough fight in the senate. While many Republican
senators originally supported the bill, the majority of Republican
senators now oppose it, considering the bill a mass amnesty for
illegal immigrants. For the bill to pass the Senate, it will need
the support of the majority of Democrats and a few Republicans.
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