On the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a communication to remind U.S.-bound travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries of their ESTA responsibilities.
USCIS has revised Form I-601, Application for Waiver for Grounds of Inadmissibility (Revision Date 040609 N).
On September 15, 2009, the Associate Director of the USCIS Refugee, Asylum & International Operations Directorate, the Acting Associate of USCIS of Domestic Operations and the Acting Chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy issued a memorandum to USCIS officers for guidance on inadmissibility of claims and applications due to HIV infection.
Effective June 29, 2009, the USCIS has resumed Premium Processing Service for certain categories of Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.
On May 15, 2009, the USCIS Ombudsman issued recommendations to improve the filing and review process for motions to reopen or reconsider.
Under Public Law 111-9, international medical graduates now have until September 30, 2009, to be granted J-1 status to qualify under the J-1 "Conrad 30" program.