Proposed Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) proposes to expand the information required from certain visa applicants.  The additional information would be requested in Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants.  Information requested by Form DS-5535 includes: Travel history for past 15 years (instead of the 5 years requested by the current nonimmigrant visa application); Source […]

Expansion of Global Entry to Citizens of Argentina

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has expanded Global Entry eligibility to citizens of Argentina.  Argentine citizens will be able to apply for Global Entry using the the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) beginning on May 8, 2017. Global Entry is a traveler program for certain foreigners traveling to the United States. The program provides expedited clearance of […]

Immigrant Visa Applicants from Mexico Now Require Police Certificates

Applicants for immigrant visas (IV) should be aware the police certificates will now be required for all applicants ages 18 years or older.  The reciprocity schedule has been updated to reflect that police certificate is required for any IV applicant who is:   Over the age of 18; and Has resided in Mexico for more […]

New Designs for Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (aka “green” cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). The new cards use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features.  The new cards are more secure and tamper-resistant than the ones currently in use. Features of the Redesigned Cards Display the […]

Temporary Protected Status Designation to End in May 2017 for Certain Countries

On May 21, 2017, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will expire for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  These three countries were designated for TPS due to the widespread transmission of the Ebola virus.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently determined, however, that conditions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone no longer support their designations […]

Seminar: Kenneth Harder speaks at the AILA Spring Conference

Kenneth Harder spoke to members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on April 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. during AILA’s Spring Conference.  During the conference, Ken Harder participated in a panel discussion along with representatives of the U.S. Department of State (DOS).  DOS representatives included the Visa Office Directors, the Legal Advisory Unit, and […]

Liaison Activity: Kenneth Harder meets with U.S. Department of State

On behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Kenneth Harder met with representatives of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2017.  Ken Harder currently serves as the Vice Chair of AILA’s U.S. Department of State Liaison Committee.  Issues discussed included immigration policy developments under the Trump Administration and […]

Seminar: Kenneth Harder at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Immigration Law Conference

Kenneth Harder spoke to local attorneys on February 9, 2017 at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Immigration Law Conference.  Advanced immigration topics included legal and technical developments at the U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC).  The NVC is the agency responsible for processing immigrant visa applications for U.S. consulates outside the United […]

Dunbar Harder Makes Holidays Brighter for Local Children

This holiday season Dunbar Harder participated in the Trotter Family YMCA’s Annual Angel Tree Gift Giving Program. This program helps local area school children who might not have a Christmas this year.  By “adopting” the child on the Angel Tree, the sponsor receives the child’s wish list and provides the child with his or her […]