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Laws & Regulations

Laws and regulations listed below include links from across the Department of Homeland Security.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Transition to U.S. Immigration Law U.S. immigration law is extended to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a chain of 14 Pacific islands located near Guam. The transition period began November 28, 2009.

Optional Practical Training Interim Final Rule An interim final rule extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 29 months for qualified F-1 non-immigrant students with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who are employed by businesses enrolled in the e-Verify program.

H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Program Proposed Changes The proposed changes to the rule reduce current limitations and certain delays faced by U.S.employers and relax current limitations on employers’ ability to petition for multiple, unnamed agricultural workers.

The Immigration and Nationality Act The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) was created 1952, and it collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The Act has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law.

Immigration Handbooks, Manuals, and Policy Guidance 

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