1. On March 3, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") announced that the Secretary of Homeland Security ("Secretary") was extending the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for 18 months from July 23, 2014 through January 22, 2016. For individuals who have already been granted TPS under the Haiti designation, the 60-day re-registration period runs from March 3, 2014 through May 2, 2014.
2. On March 14, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced it had received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2014. March 14, 2014 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2014. As of March 21, USCIS receipted 17,442 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of FY2014. This count includes 11,307 approved and 6,135 pending beneficiaries.
3. On March 23, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela announced it did not have sufficient consular staff to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas is able to offer appointments only in emergency situations.
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