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The Department of State Reopens Embassies and Consulates in the Middle East After Security Threat Prompts Region-wide Closures

The Department of State (DOS) indicated that 18 of the 19 U.S. Embassies and Consulates that were recently closed due to security threats in the region were reopened on August 11, 2013. The Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen remains closed due to ongoing security concerns. The Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, which was closed on August 8, … Continue Reading

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to Implement Customer Identity Verification at Field Offices

Effective May 6, 2013, the immigration agency will implement Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its local offices. Individuals will now be required to submit biometric data (fingerprints and photographs), when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. CIV will help to defend against threats to national security and … Continue Reading