Department of Homeland Security

DHS Secretary Napolitano Announces Streamlined Citizenship Application Process for Members of the Military

Release Date: January 15, 2010

For Immediate Release
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Rule Formalizes Longstanding Policy to Expedite Citizenship for Service Men and Women

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the publication of a rule formalizing DHS' longstanding policy to expedite and streamline the citizenship process for men and women bravely serving in America's armed forces.

Transition To U.S. Immigration Law Begins in The CNMI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that at 12:01 a.m. (CNMI local time/GMT +10.) , Nov. 28, the immigration laws of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) will be replaced by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and other U.S. immigration laws. The definition of “United States” in the INA simultaneously will be amended to include the CNMI—providing new privileges and easing restrictions to CNMI residents wishing to live and work in the United States.

Review of the USCIS Benefit Fraud Referral Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General was established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296) by amendment to the Inspector General Act of 1978.

 This report addresses the Fraud Detection and National Security program of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The program endeavors to detect and deter immigration benefit fraud. This report is based on interviews with employees and officials of relevant agencies and institutions, direct observations, and a review of applicable documents.


Immigration Law

DHS Rescinds Safe-Harbor Procedures For Employers Who Receive No-Match Letters

[Federal Register: October 7, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 193)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 51447-51452]
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USCIS Proposes Investor Program for the CNMI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a proposed rule in the Sept. 14, 2009 Federal Register that would recognize a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) specific nonimmigrant investor visa classification. This “E-2 CNMI Investor” status is one of several CNMI specific provisions contained in the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), which extends most provisions of federal U.S. immigration law to the CNMI. 

DHS Announces New Directives on Border Searches of Electronic Media

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced new directives to enhance and clarify oversight for searches of computers and other electronic media at U.S. ports of entry—a critical step designed to bolster the Department’s efforts to combat transnational crime and terrorism while protecting privacy and civil liberties.

DHS proposes Safe-Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter

[Federal Register: August 19, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 159)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 41801-41805]
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