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USCIS Issues Notice Launching Pilot Test for New Naturalization Exam

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a notice in the Federal Register confirming its announcement last month that it will be conducting a pilot of a redesigned naturalization test. USCIS plans to revise the naturalization testing process to ensure that the process is uniform; currently, test content varies among USCIS district offices. Based… Read More

GAO Says Data on J-1 Waivers is Needed to Better Address Physician Shortages

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report discussing the use of J-1 visa waivers as a major means of providing physicians to practice in underserved areas of the U.S. As the report notes, over 1,000 waivers were requested in each of fiscal years 2003 through 2005 by states and three federal agencies.… Read More

GAO Says US-VISIT Exit Program Does Not Meet Statutory Requirements

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report that biometric US-VISIT exit monitoring cannot now be implemented without having a major impact on land POE facilities. An interim nonbiometric exit technology being tested does not meet the statutory requirement and cannot ensure that visitors who enter the U.S. are the same as… Read More

New OIG Report Assesses USCIS’s Progress

A new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Inspector General report concludes that USCIS “remains entrenched in a cycle of continual planning, with limited progress toward achieving its long-term transformation goals.” Overcoming hindrances to moving from planning to implementation “is critical to addressing longstanding USCIS process and systems issues and realizing a more effective benefits… Read More

Gov’t Agencies Release Info on Upcoming Regs

Several agencies recently released their semiannual regulatory agendas, which summarize planned upcoming proposed, interim, and final rules intended for publication. If past history is any indication, timetables often change and rules are frequently postponed, but the agencies’ semiannual regulatory agendas provide a good overview of what changes can be anticipated in the foreseeable future regarding… Read More

The Deal “M&A and Immigration” by Mark Ivener

Deals can affect key workers’ visa status, yet immigration compliance remains an often overlooked aspect of M&A due diligence. Download this article published in The Deal written by “M&A and Immigration” (PDF)