• TRAVEL REMINDER: Beginning Jan. 31, 2008, adult U.S. and Canadian citizens entering the U.S. by land or sea should be prepared to present either a passport, or a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) plus proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate). Children ages 18 and younger will only be required to present proof of citizenship. This new requirement expands implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Since January 2007, all persons traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean have been required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter the United States.
  • Foreign national visitors arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport now have to undergo additional fingerprint collection, as part of the government’s transition to a 10-fingerprint collection standard geared towards enhancing security and fingerprint matching accuracy. Over the next several months, more international airports will be added, including those in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, Detroit, Orlando, and New York. Travelers should be prepared for possible delays at these ports of entry.
  • A new policy announced by DHS gives large companies the opportunity to utilize E-Verify for the entire company or for particular hiring sites only. E-verify is a voluntary, Internet-based system that allows employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of new hires. Talk with your attorney if you are considering this program for your business. The DHS is appealing the injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that prevents the sending of “no match” letters to U.S. employers whose employees’ names do not match the social security numbers found in the Social Security Administration databases. The DHS advises that it is working to revise its regulations to address employers’ responsibilities in “no match” situations. Stay tuned.
  • The USCIS has announced the termination of temporary protected status (TPS) for citizens of Burundi, effective May 2, 2009. In order to maintain benefits until that time, beneficiaries must comply with re-registration requirements by December 28, 2007. Employment authorization cards for qualifying individuals are automatically extended through May 2, 2008.