Worldwide EB-2 Becomes
Current in November: The worldwide employment-based
second preference category (advanced degree/exceptional ability) will become
current again in November, as announced in the Visa
Bulletin. The category became oversubscribed in July.
Extended for Haitians: Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) has extended the designation of Haiti for temporary protected status
(TPS) for 18 months from January 23, 2013 through July 22, 2014. The 60-day
re-registration period began October 1, 2012, and will remain in effect until
November 30, 2012. DHS also announced the extension of the suspension of
regulatory requirements so certain Haitian F-1 students experiencing severe
economic hardship may obtain employment authorization.
Designated for Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Effective
November 1, 2012, eligible Taiwan passport holders will be able to use the
streamlined Visa Waiver program. Taiwan joins 36 participants in the VWP, which
permits visa-free travel to the United States for ESTA-approved travelers
visiting the U.S. for 90 day or less for business or tourism.
Consulate Re-openings/Closings: The Consular Section at
the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, was recently closed indefinitely, and
consular services in Cairo, Egypt and Tripoli, Libya, also have been suspended.
The Consular Section at Tunis, Tunisia, was reopened on October 9, 2012.
Rights Toolbox: USCIS
has released an online resource page on
its website to increase awareness about employee rights during the employment
eligibility process, containing a variety of educational materials.