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Below are announcements from various federal agencies. For further information, please visit the respective agency’s website.
Office of Management and Budget
Comments to the Federal Register Notice on Potential Revisions to Federal Race and Ethnicity Data Standards due October 31, 2016
Recently, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a federal register notice that offers the public the opportunity to comment (PDF version here) on the federal government’s policy on maintaining, collecting, and presenting federal data on race and ethnicity.
Specifically, the public has the opportunity to comment on potential revisions to OMB 1997 standards on collecting and reporting on race and ethnicity data in the following areas:
- The use of separate questions measuring race and ethnicity and question phrasing;
- The classification of a Middle Eastern and North African group and reporting category;
- The description of the intended use of minimum reporting categories; and
- Terminology used for race and ethnicity classifications.
To facilitate better understanding about this federal register notice and timeline, please see our FAQs here.
Department of Homeland Security
- DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants, Final Rule Posted
Federal Emergency Management Agency
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
- USCIS to Implement Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program
- USCIS, magsasakatuparan ng Programang Parole para sa mga Beteranong Pilipino ng Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig
- Beginning June 8, 2016
- This policy will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United State as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available.
- This will enable eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.