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How do DHS and CBP use APIS?

Published on: Jul 14, 2020, Last Edited: Jul 14, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA Requirements

APIS is the Advance Passenger Information System, a pre-departure requirement allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review passenger’s information. Passenger data undergoes security checks before they are allowed to board their flights entering or leaving the U.S. APIS is also used for commercial shipping or sailing to or from the U.S. APIS, together with Passenger Name Record…

United States COVID-19 border controls set to be extended indefinitely

Published on: May 19, 2020, Last Edited: May 19, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, Border Security, USA Immigration

The Trump Administration has indicated it is planning to extend new US border controls related to COVID-19 for an indefinite period. Critics have accused the president of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to tighten US immigration laws further and it is believed that he now intends to extend a ban on migrants until the health officials deem the public health crisis to be over. White House…

How coronavirus is impacting US Immigration

Published on: Apr 06, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: USA Immigration, Border Security, COVID-19

Introduction With the coronavirus pandemic affecting many countries, it’s more essential than ever to keep an eye on the latest developments regarding USA immigration rules, visas, and ESTA. In an update on March 30, USCIS announced that because of the temporary closure of Application Support Centers, biometrics previously submitted will be reused to validate the application for…

Travel Restrictions from Europe to the United States

Published on: Mar 12, 2020, Last Edited: May 07, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, Travel Restrictions, Border Security, COVID-19

Trump Administration Travel Restrictions for visitors who have recently been in Schengen Countries On March 11th 2020, in response to the growing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the United States, the Trump Administration has announced new travel restrictions. Starting at 11:59PM on Friday, March 13th 2020 Eastern Standard Time, travelers who have visited…

Restrictions for Travelers entering the U.S. from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea

Published on: Mar 05, 2020, Last Edited: Sep 07, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA, COVID-19

Introduction In an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the United States is introducing restrictions on travel for foreign nationals coming from China and Iran as well as introduced travel advisories for Italy and South Korea. Individuals with an approved ESTA or U.S. visa are considered to be foreign nationals, and are subject to the restrictions below: Foreign…

Updates on Iranian-Americans Detained at Canadian Border and on the Status of Asylum Seekers Entering the U.S. from Mexico

Published on: Jan 07, 2020, Last Edited: Jan 07, 2020 | Tags: USA Immigration, Border Security

Americans of Iranian origin temporarily detained at the border with Canada Iranian-American families are anxious for the future amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. A Muslim rights group claims that over 60 U.S. citizens of Iranian origin have undergone questioning and delays when reentering the United States at the border in Blaine, Washington State. CAIR, the Council…

How does a country get admitted to the Visa Waiver Program?

Published on: Dec 30, 2019, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, Border Security

Introduction The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows visa-free travel for over 20 million visitors annually to the United States for citizens of 39 participating countries globally. The VWP uses a multi-layered security system to stop potentially dangerous individuals from entering the USA. These security measures include comprehensive…

H-1B Electronic Registration and Border Wall Construction Updates

Published on: Dec 12, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 12, 2019 | Tags: Border Security, USA Visa Application

H-1B Electronic Registration Process for 2021 announced by USCIS The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that a pilot testing phase for the H-1B electronic registration process has successfully been completed. Employers who wish to apply for H-1B cap-subject petitions for the following fiscal year must now register electronically. An associated registration…

How does the ESTA identify security risks?

Published on: Oct 21, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction Since 2008, the security of the VWP (Visa Waiver Program) has been enhanced by the introduction of ESTA, which enables the CBP (U.S Customs and Border Protection) to vet prospective travelers to see if they pose a security risk before they board a carrier bound for the United States. ESTA acts as a counterbalance to the vulnerabilities and risks presented by visa-free travel…

ICE Raids and H1B Vsa Lottery Changes

Published on: Jul 11, 2019, Last Edited: Jul 12, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, Border Security

ICE Plans Action on Immigrant Raids Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has signalled the beginning of raids on communities and residences deemed to be inhabited by illegal immigrants. President Trump stated that raids would commence soon after July 4th 2019. The President has argued for a more active stance on deporting individuals who have be residing illegally in the United States.…

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