The following additional items may be of interest to our readers:
TPS Extended for Eligible Nationals from El Salvador: USCIS has extended the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from September 10, 2013, through March 9, 2015, which will allow currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 9, 2015. Current beneficiaries must re-register during a 60-day re-registration period from May 30 to July 29, 2013.
New Mexico Border Zone to Be Extended 55 Miles for Mexican Border Crossers: CBP is extending the border zone up to 55 miles, from the current 25-mile restriction, for Border Crossing Card (BCC) holders crossing from Mexico into New Mexico. This change allows BCC holders entering the United States by land to travel to the cities of Deming and Las Cruces, thus stimulating commerce, trade, and tourism activity in the area. Current regulations state that certain nonimmigrant Mexican nationals presenting a BCC are not required to complete a CBP Form I-94 if they are staying within 25 miles of the border. This regulation was amended in 1999 for Arizona to allow BCC holders to travel up to 75 miles from that state’s border.
Visa Processing Suspended in Tripoli, Libya: DOS announced in mid-May that the Immigrant Visa Unit in Tripoli, Libya, will be temporarily suspending immigrant visa services, and all immigrant visa services for Libyans residing in Libya are currently being processed by the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco.
U.S. Consulate Guangzhou Temporarily Suspends Services: Consular operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou will be suspended on July 15, 2013, as part of the Consulate’s move to a new facility. American Citizens Services (ACS) will be unavailable until July 22, 2013, and immigrant visas (IVs) for adoption cases will resume on July 24, 2013.