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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SURPRISES IN STORE FROM DHS TODAY

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Aside from the no match rule which we've been expecting for some time, the Bush Administration will announce several other reforms that are related to immigration enforcement as well as some other items that affect immigration in other areas. One of the most important will be an announcement that DHS will extend the period of admission on TN visas under the NAFTA treaty with Canada and Mexico from one year to three years. This will certainly be welcome to those folks who annually deal with the headaches of getting their status



The Administration has promised to put more resources in to conducting background checks. Other changes are expected in the H-2A and H-2B programs, a reduction in acceptable documents for I-9 purposes, increased numbers of Border Patrol officers, more cooperation with state and local law enforcement officers in detaining immigration violators and a revised naturalization test designed to be
more "meaningful".



The announcement is also expected to include an acceleration of the exit tracking system at airports and other ports of entry and higher fees for employers determined to have broken immigration laws.  And the  list of international gangs whose members are barred admission to the US will be expanded.



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  1. TX's Avatar
    Greg, here are the new rules on enforcement.

    http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070810005363&newsLang=en

    Do you think this will finally shut up the anti-immigrants and help pass comprehensive reform? Do you see any chances of that happening next year?
  2. In Immigration Limbo's Avatar
    The extension of TN status is GREAT news for Canadian and Mexican nationals and their employers. I wonder if Canada and Mexico have also agreed to extend status to Americans who wish to work in those countries? That would only be fair. 1 year did not give you enough time to file an I-140 and get a priority date so that you could file an I-485 when your PD became current, meaning that you had to wait for your category to become current, which is rare nowadays.

    I've had many TNs in my day before applying for permanent residency. Getting them was often miserable because the border officers who give them have a great deal of discretion and often seem quite poorly trained.
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