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  • How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

    Immigration Impact
    Catalina Restrepo
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, and while the president’s executive actions on immigration offer temporary deportation reprieves for millions, some unauthorized immigrants might be eligible for permanent immigration relief and not know it. That’s the finding of a recent report published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The report was based on a survey of 67 organizations that provide legal services to immigrants across the United States. In short, the findings showed that 14.3 percent of the individuals who were eligible for the Deferred…
  • President Obama’s Immigration Actions: Who Will They Help?

    Orlando Immigration Attorney
    Henry Lim
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    At the end of November, President Obama finally announced his long-awaited decision to act on some of the core immigration issues faced by millions of people in this country. Thousands of undocumented immigrants in Orlando, Kissimmee, Central Florida, and throughout the United States may be affected by these changes in enforcement policy and new protections for long-time immigrant families. Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim answers your questions about the upcoming new immigration policies. As Congress continues to resist meaningful change, President Obama has issued a series of executive…
  • The January 2015 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

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    Jake VanKersen
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    The State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for January 2015. Here are the priority dates for family-based visas.   The categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. Once again we saw advancement in each priority date category. The F1 category saw a three week advancement for China, India and other countries.  There was also a one month advancement…
  • Green Card Cost and Fees

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    Aneesah Ali
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Bringing a loved one to the U.S. to get a Green Card can seem like a confusing process. The Green Card process requires that many different forms and documents be submitted and various government fees will need to be paid. It is important to know the cost of applying for a Green Card from start to finish. These fees are related to a standard Green Card process for a foreign national located outside of the United States. If the foreign national is already located inside of the United States, different fees will apply. Green Card Cost & Government fees There are five separate government…
  • ACLU Files Class Action Suit Challenging Detention of Asylum-Seekers

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    Immigration Prof
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    The ACLU filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States. The case was brought on behalf of mothers and children who have...
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  • Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Important notice: These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam Please call our office at 716-854-1541 to schedule a conference to speak to a lawyer if you have any questions. On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not…
  • New Policies for the Apprehension and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      Click here to print a .pdf version of the new November 20, 2014, memorandum on the Policies for the Apprehension and Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants. Below are the contents. This memorandum reflects new policies for the apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens in this country. This memorandum should be considered Department-wide guidance, applicable to the activities of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This memorandum should inform enforcement and…
  • New Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Click here to print a copy of the November 20, 2014, Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum.  Below is the content of the memorandum. Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children and with Respect to Certain Individuals Whose Parents are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents This memorandum is intended to reflect new policies for the use of deferred action. By memorandum dated June 15, 2012, Secretary Napolitano issued guidance entitled Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as…
  • Fixing Our Broken Immigration System Through Executive Action - Key Facts

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The President asked Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to undertake a rigorous and inclusive review to inform recommendations on reforming our broken immigration system through executive action. This review sought the advice and input from the men and women charged with implementing the policies, as well as the ideas of a broad range of stakeholders and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. Our assessment identified the following ten areas where we, within the confines of the law, could take action to increase border security, focus enforcement resources, and…
  • Obama's New Executive Action Policies

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Executive Action: Strengthen Border Security  Executive Action: Revise Removal Priorities  Executive Action: End Secure Communities and Replace it with New Priority Enforcement Program  Executive Action: Personnel Reform for ICE Officers  Executive Action: Expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program  Executive Action: Extend Deferred Action to Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents  Executive Action: Expand Provisional Waivers to Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents  Executive Action: Revise Parole Rules -…
 
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
 
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
 
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
 
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  • NIV processing at EAU Embassy

    ltig8r
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    What is the best way to proceed with an appeal of a denial of an NIV at the EAU Embassy.
  • Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Use the Publication Citations as Strong Evidence for Your Green Card Application Question As a post-doctor researcher at a U.S. University for more than 3 years, I plan to apply for Green Card in both EB1-Extraordinary Ability (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB2 National Interest Waiver (EB2 NIW) immigrant visa categories with the help of your Green Card DIY application packages. I have over 30 citations for my publications. How could I use my citations as strong evidence for my Green Card application? Answer: When evaluating alien's publication citations and an alien’s research…
  • Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa?

    peterl2k2
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Is O-1 Visa a "Dual Intent" Visa? Can I Apply for U.S. Green Card in O-1 Status? Question: I am in United States in O-1 visa now for more than one year. Is the O-1 visa a "dual intent" visa like H-1B visa or L-1 visa? or can I apply for U.S. Green Card to become a permanent resident of the United States with O-1 status? Answer: The "dual intent" appears to be recognized by USCIS for O-1 extraordinary ability visa holders. While not statutorily recognized as "dual intent" visa like the H-1B visa and L1 visa, the O-1 visa applicants are not required to…
  • Traveling out of USA...

    Owie
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The expired date of my Green Card is June 25th, 2015, and I'm planning to travel to Asia on January 15th to Feb 25th, 2015, my question is.. will it be a problem when I arrive back in USA? Or should I renew my GC (second GC for 10 years) before I leave? Thank you.. any response is appreciated
  • Obama’s executive action initiatives on immigration: a summary

    Narciso Cruz
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    President Barack Obama has announced a series of executive actions that will simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and provide protection adjacent to deportation for almost five million undocumented migrants currently living in the US (United States). The president describes the actions as a step in the direction of “accountability”, allowing a temporary stay in the country without fear of deportation, and the opportunity to play by the rules and pay taxes. Broken system The new moves are, he says, attempts to fix an immigration system that has become broken. There are…
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  • Q&A With Artesia Volunteer Eric Dominguez

    Immigration Prof
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    One of my fellow volunteers at Artesia was Eric Dominguez, pictured above hard at work in the church conference room that served as volunteer headquarters. Eric's natural good humor made working under incredibly difficult circumstances not just bearable but enjoyable....
  • Supreme Refuses to Stay Ninth Circuit Ruling Finding that Arizona Could Not Deny DACA Recipients Driver's Licenses

    Immigration Prof
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    SCOTUSblog reports that, over the dissents of Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, the Supreme Court today rejected Arizona’s request to allow it to deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants who have been permitted by Obama administration policy to remain...
  • United States to Normalize Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

    Immigration Prof
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    President Obama today announced a nw relationship between thr United States and Cuba, which have not had diplomatic relations in more than 50 years. The announcement has brought very different reactions in Havana and Miami. The White House Blog lists...
  • The Great Migration: Exhibit at Big Apple's MOMA

    Immigration Prof
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    From 1915 onward, six million black Southerners quit that region for points north in an epic tide of souls fleeing oppression and seeking opportunity. This spring, the NYC Museum of Modern Art will honor the Great Migration’s centennial by reuniting...
  • ACLU Files Class Action Suit Challenging Detention of Asylum-Seekers

    Immigration Prof
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    The ACLU filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States. The case was brought on behalf of mothers and children who have...
 
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  • How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?

    Catalina Restrepo
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There are roughly 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S, and while the president’s executive actions on immigration offer temporary deportation reprieves for millions, some unauthorized immigrants might be eligible for permanent immigration relief and not know it. That’s the finding of a recent report published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The report was based on a survey of 67 organizations that provide legal services to immigrants across the United States. In short, the findings showed that 14.3 percent of the individuals who were eligible for the Deferred…
  • Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

    Walter Ewing
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Since 2010, the boundaries have been blurring among nativist organizations, Tea Party factions, and so-called “Patriot” groups as both their memberships and leaderships commingle.  And so self-described nativists are now likely to spew forth rhetoric that is heavily imbued with the kind of shrill anti-government propaganda one might find on display at a Tea Party rally. Likewise, members of the various Tea Party factions are quick to blame immigrants for just about every perceived ill of U.S. society and the U.S. economy. This ideological cross-pollination was showcased by the Washington…
  • Congress-Passed Spending Bill Leaves DHS in Limbo

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Following the close vote in the House last week, the Senate passed a spending bill 56-40 on Saturday to fund most of the government for the next year and avoid a government shutdown. Excluded from that full-year deal is the Department of Homeland Security, which is only funded until February 27 under the so-called “cromnibus” bill. The spending measure received the name “cromnibus” because, as Vox explains, it is a “mash-up of an omnibus bill, which is how Congress funds the government when things are working normally, and a continuing resolution (CR), which is how Congress funds…
  • The Economic Potential of Executive Action on Immigration

    Paul McDaniel
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Mayors from cities across the country met in New York City earlier this week to discuss the implementation of President Obama’s immigration plan. These mayors support of executive action because they recognize the economic benefit to their cities as well as the role that executive action will play in keeping families together and enabling immigrants to become more engaged in their communities. “Immigration has been the foundation for human capital on which cities like Syracuse were built and we need comprehensive solutions for the next generation,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said.
  • Final Immigration Hearings of 2014 Preview More Gridlock in 114th Congress

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    When the 113th Congress kicked off nearly two years ago, hopes were high that this would be the Congress to pass lasting immigration reform. “I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others, can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” House Speaker John Boehner said following the November 2012 election. Two years later, the 113th Congress is ending on a sour note: the House never took up the bipartisan, Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill, and the final immigration related committee…
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  • What Do "Normalized" Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Mean in the Immigration Context?

    Dan Cadman
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    The president has announced that the United States is normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba, our longtime antagonists. Full diplomatic relations means exchange of ambassadors and staff, and a panoply of discussions on any number of issues, including if-and-how sanctions against Cuba will be eased or lifted. In the immigration context, it raises three questions: read more
  • DACA and the Next Amnesty Are Missing Big Public Health Opportunities

    David North
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Suppose your community is taking on millions of new members — wouldn't it be a good idea for their sake, as well as for those of the existing community — if their health were checked on their way through the door? read more
  • Illegal Alien Caught Driving Drunk with a Juvenile Instigates a Judicial Finding of Unconstitutionality

    Dan Cadman
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Even before the president followed through on executive actions effectively granting amnesty to millions of aliens, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of what the administration had already done, vis-à-vis dismantling immigration law enforcement. Of course that lawsuit never materialized — no surprise to those who question Boehner's real commitment to the rule of law, at least where immigration processes are concerned. read more
  • More on Roy Beck and What Was Not Reported in the NYT

    Jerry Kammer
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Yesterday I expressed dismay at the New York Times story that used the Southern Poverty Law Center's Heidi Beirich to cast a moral shadow on Roy Beck, the head of NunmbersUSA. Now, writing as a former reporter, I need to flesh out the journalistic indictment. Heidi Beirich is not a credible source on Roy Beck. To understand why, just do a word search here for "Beck" or "Beirich". Much of what she has said about those who want to limit immigration is intellectually bankrupt, morally negligent, and ethically reckless. When it is invoked by an important newspaper like the New York Times, it has…
  • Why Is There So Little Interior Immigration Enforcement?

    David North
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Why is there so little enforcement of the immigration laws, except right at the southern border? The basic reason, of course, is that except for intercepting those entering without inspection (EWIs), the administration is not very interested in the subject. read more
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  • Green Card Cost and Fees

    Aneesah Ali
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Bringing a loved one to the U.S. to get a Green Card can seem like a confusing process. The Green Card process requires that many different forms and documents be submitted and various government fees will need to be paid. It is important to know the cost of applying for a Green Card from start to finish. These fees are related to a standard Green Card process for a foreign national located outside of the United States. If the foreign national is already located inside of the United States, different fees will apply. Green Card Cost & Government fees There are five separate government…
  • The January 2015 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    The State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for January 2015. Here are the priority dates for family-based visas.   The categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. Once again we saw advancement in each priority date category. The F1 category saw a three week advancement for China, India and other countries.  There was also a one month advancement…
  • How to Get a Spouse Visa from Outside the U.S.

    Aneesah Ali
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you have a spouse residing outside of the United States and would like that spouse to relocate to the U.S. permanently, you can apply for a U.S. spouse visa. Once your spouse enters the U.S. on his/her spouse visa, he/she will be a lawful permanent resident and receive a Green Card in the mail. Read on to learn more about how to apply for a U.S. spouse visa. Who can apply for a U.S. spouse visa? The spouse of a U.S. citizen or a Green Card holder can apply for a spouse visa. What does the spouse visa process involve? Applying for a spouse visa for a spouse located outside of the U.S…
  • Four K-1 Fiance Visa Interview Questions to Expect

    Aneesah Ali
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Part of the fiance visa process is to attend an interview at either a US Embassy or consulate. The purpose of the interview is to both verify the legitimacy of the relationship and that you truly intend to marry your fiance(e) 90 days after your entry to the US. Here are four K-1 Fiance visa interview questions that you should be prepared to answer at your interview. 1) How did you and your fiance meet? Give a detailed description of how you met. Specify if you met online, in person, or through a friend. 2) What do the two of you have in common? How do you maintain a long…
  • Green Card Renewal: What you need to know about Green Card Renewal

    Aneesah Ali
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are a variety of reasons to renew/replace your Green Card. It is important to have a valid Green Card for identification purposes and for working or traveling. Reasons to renew your Green Card: – Your Green Card was lost, stolen, or destroyed. – Your name has been legally changed since the time your Green Card was issued. – You are a permanent resident whose Green Card is expired or will be expiring within 6 months. – You never received your Green Card in the mail. – Your Green Card was delivered with errors due to USCIS. – You have an older version…
 
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  • The Perils and Promise of Low Bono

    Jason Dzubow
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
                        “Low Bono” refers to providing legal representation for less than market value. The idea is that for certain clients who cannot afford an attorney, the attorney will reduce her price so that the client can hire her. Lobo, No! When lawyers represent asylum applicants (or anyone else) on a low bono basis, there is an obvious benefit to the applicant and to “the system,” but what’s in it for us? Why would an attorney do this? The most obvious reason is…
  • Protecting Refugees Fleeing Ebola; Ignoring Refugees Fleeing Violence

    Jason Dzubow
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
                        Apparently, there was some Big News recently about immigration. I am not sure about that, but there was some other news this week, a bit under the radar, also about immigration: The United States has offered Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) to people from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently present in the United States. The reason: Ebola. “I’m 25% more dangerous than Ebola.” This means that people from those countries will…
  • Palestinian Activist Convicted of Immigration Fraud; Supporters Cry Foul

    Jason Dzubow
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
                        Earlier this week, Rasmea Odeh, the associate director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, was convicted of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. She faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine, and possible deportation from the United States. Convincing Ms. Odeh’s supporters proved easier than convincing a jury. Ms. Odeh is a Palestinian who was convicted in Israel in 1970 for involvement in two bombings, one of which killed two university…
  • Wyoming, the “Equality State,” Is Anything But

    Jason Dzubow
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
                        There is only one state in the Union without a refugee resettlement program–Wyoming. Late last year, the state’s Republican governor, Matt Mead, took some tepid steps toward establishing a public-private partnership to help resettle refugees in the Equality State. Predictably, those efforts were met by fierce resistance, both from inside and outside the state. WyoMing the Merciless. First, a bit of background. The United States accepts more refugees for permanent…
  • An Interview with “Juan” – Unaccompanied Minor, ISIS Supporter, and Ebola Carrier

    Jason Dzubow
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
                        In a recent press conference, the dynamic duo of Congressman Steve King and rich guy Donald Trump made some pretty frightening claims about the young people who have lately been arriving at our Southern border. Mr. King told the audience that America is becoming “a third-world country” because of “the things that are coming at us from across the border,” including illegal drugs, Central American children of “prime gang recruitment age,” ISIS… and the…
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  • Puerto Rican Immigration Trends Reflect Territory’s Decline

    Romona Paden
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    As poverty on the island of Puerto Rico seems to only intensify with each passing year, the number of immigrants leaving the island to live in the continental U.S. continues to climb. More than 144,000 people left the island for the mainland than the other way around from mid-2010 to 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. And analysis from the Pew Research Center study reports “economic opportunity” is the most common reason for Puerto Ricans moving to the mainland. Puerto Rico is a part of the United States and therefore its residents are able to freely move from the…
  • Exec Order Success Relies on Institutional Organization

    Romona Paden
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Eager to take advantage of the immigration reform that President Obama announced last month, Chicago area politicians are rallying the city’s business community as a key component in reaching out to undocumented residents who could gain legal status. Focusing efforts to get work authorization for undocumented immigrants is now a top priority they say. Speaking to a group of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told the audience that the battles faced by undocumented immigrants are far from over.
  • Unlawful Reentry Drives Federal Immigration Sentencing

    Romona Paden
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Immigrants charged with illegal entry or attempted illegal entry into the United States has driven the growth rate of federal sentencing. According to Pew Research analysis of data from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC,) almost half of the overall growth of federal convictions over the past two decades— 48 percent from 1992 to 2012—were the result of those convicted of federal reentry charges. This is why making sure of proper immigration to the United States is a very important thing. Unlawful reentry is a charge leveled against immigrants suspected of entry or the…
  • Obama Follows on History of Presidential Immigration Orders

    Romona Paden
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Although President Obama has been hit with plenty of accusations of overreach after announcing his executive actions on immigration in November, other U.S. presidents have likewise used their position to tweak the country’s immigration laws. Democratic and Republican presidents alike have bypassed the legislative branch with executive decisions that influence the nation’s immigration flows. Political publication The Hill reports executive decisions on immigration go back as far as Herbert Hoover, the Republican president in office at the start of the Great Depression. Describing…
  • Immigration Reform Reverberates in Real Estate

    Romona Paden
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Real estate is one business sector that could feel a healthy bump in activity as the result of President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform. As the reform calls for efforts to modernize and improve immigration programs—aimed at boosting inbound investment and entrepreneurship—commercial and residential property development will likely benefit as the reform reverberates throughout the economy. Miami is particularly well-positioned to benefit from reform efforts that touch on reform efforts that are focused on the investment side of immigration. Investment visas—categorized…
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  • Common questions when getting ready to file

    Romona Paden
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Filing an application or petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be a lengthy and complex process. However, people interested in obtaining the right to live and work in the U.S. can make the process less overwhelming by preparing in advance and learning the answers to these common filing questions: How do I obtain a form? USCIS provides all necessary forms for applications and petitions for free on its website. They are also available to order in hard copy via the mail or over the phone by calling 1-800-870-3676. However, you can also fill out a form through Immigration…
  • Los Angeles mayor’s office to hold immigration application workshops

    Romona Paden
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Immigration reform activists and supporters across the nation are still celebrating Obama's historic executive decision to protect some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. But those interested in taking advantage the president's decision are concerned about the application process, asking questions such as, "What will it require?" and "How long will it take?" To provide these people with the help they need, the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs will begin holding workshops throughout the next six months, according to…
  • Applications for immigration action may be available winter 2015

    Romona Paden
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    President Barack Obama announced less than a month ago his immigration reform action to temporarily protect some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Some have called into question the reality of the decision as some members of the House threaten to derail the action. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently offered hope to those interested in obtaining safeguard against deportation, suggesting that immigrants may begin applying as early as February 2015. According to NBC News, Leon Rodriguez, director of USCIS, held a conference call with…
  • Your guide to applying for an adjustment of status

    Romona Paden
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    There are several paths through which to obtain American citizenship, one of which is via adjustment of status. This procedure, permitted through the Immigration and Nationality Act, allows eligible applicants residing in the U.S. to obtain permanent residency without having to return to their home country and apply for a visa or go through consular processing. This is a strict process that requires several steps. Read on to learn more about adjusting your status from a nonimmigrant to a permanent resident. Eligibility requirements Before you begin the application process, you must…
  • Avoiding common immigration application scams

    Romona Paden
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Following the Nov. 20, 2014, announcement of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform, a new issue reared its head: undocumented immigrants being targeted by scams. As the Los Angeles Times reported, con artists have been soliciting illegal services, including unauthorized assistance filing immigration paperwork and advice concerning immigrant status, a form of fraud provided by what is widely known as "notario publico." With this issue, concern about other common scams has resurfaced, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services warns the public to…
 
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  • Executive Action Moves Presidential Politics

    Romona Paden
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    When President Obama announced his executive initiatives on immigration around the Thanksgiving holiday, the move joined the company of 39 “executive grants of temporary immigration relief” issued by U.S. presidents since the mid 1950’s, according to the American Immigration Council. While President Obama’s actions are consistent with historic precedent on some levels, the move also is distinct in […]
  • USCIS Prepares to Execute on Immigration Order

    Romona Paden
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    With President Obama’s announcement of immigration initiatives on November 20, 4.9 million people in the undocumented population could become eligible to live and work legally in the United States. Preparing for an onslaught in the application process, USCIS has specified particulars around the initiative and laid out some guidelines to help the process go smoothly. Under President […]
  • Immigrants Integral to Business Startups

    Romona Paden
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) touts immigrants as a driving force in the creation of small businesses in the country. With higher business-formation rates than that of non-immigrants, foreign-born business owners are critical components to the nation’s entrepreneurial sector. According to a SBA report that examines immigrant’s access to capital, immigrants face particular financing hurdles. The SBA report also examines funding […]
  • New York Municipal ID Gives Perks to Undocumented and Other Residents

    Romona Paden
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As the cornerstone of day-to-day business, personal identity is a particularly sticky issue for undocumented immigrants. What’s more, issues surrounding the lack of a personal ID and the difficulties associated with it reverberate throughout the community where the problem is pervasive. For this reasons, various governmental organizations are stepping in to address the problem by issuing alternative identification […]
  • Midterms Leave Immigration Reform in Limbo

    Romona Paden
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Any semblance official Washington has demonstrated on immigration reform over the past couple of years looks to have diminished even further in the wake of the 2014 midterm elections. In resounding results that keep the House of Representatives in Republican hands and shift control of the Senate to the GOP as well, the legislative and […]
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  • Visa Bulletin for January 2015

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15FEB05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15DEC03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01FEB10 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01MAR11 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin For December 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15FEB05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 01DEC03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JAN10 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN10 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin For November 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15FEB05 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 22NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08DEC09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JAN10 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices (Updated)

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    According to AILA, attorneys throughout the country have noted that clients have received a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a initial notice and appearing for biometrics capture. AILA has contacted USCIS about this issue and we will provide an update shortly. >> UPDATE from AILA 9/30/2014: The Texas Service Center (TSC) has informed AILA that it is aware that duplicate biometrics notices are being sent to attorneys and/or clients and is working to correct the problem. In the meantime, TSC suggests that clients with apparent duplicate Application Support Center (ASC)…
  • Priority Date for India EB2 May Retrogress

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    According to DOS's Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charlie Oppenheim, and as articulated in Section D of the Visa Bulletin, retrogression of EB-2 India appears to be imminent, and could happen in November. The dates may retrogress possibly to a date in early 2005.
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  • Cambodian children more likely to emigrate that those in other Southeast Asia nations

    Mathew Walters
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Youngers in Cambodia are more likely to move abroad for work than their counterparts in Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, revealed a report by World Vision. The NGO questioned 869 Cambodians from the ages of 12 to 25 living in border areas and found that 20 per cent of them had travelled for work, in comparison to 19 per cent and Laos, and 11 and... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Lebanon: More people want second nationality

    Alex Braham
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    An increasing number of Lebanese citizens are aiming to acquire a second nationality so emigration can be an option should the war in neighbouring Syria spill over the border. Lebanon has a history of emigration dating back to 1860, when the Ottoman-ruled Mount Lebanon saw an outbreak of sectarian violence that resulted in many fleeing to... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Emigration of Spaniards on the rise

    Helen Young
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of Spaniards quitting the country rocketed by 15.5 per cent in the first six months of 2014 in comparison to the last six months of 2013, reaching its highest level since the start of 2011. Some 42,685 Spaniards headed to pastures new between January and June, 27,026 of whom were born in Spain, according to data from the Iberian... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • EU president issues migration warning to UK

    Alex Braham
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told British Prime Minister David Cameron that it would be wrong to portray Eastern Europeans as criminals as most of them “earn their wages”. The UK has recently introduced more stringent immigration laws, and Cameron has stated that Europeans on low pay in Britain should not have... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Malta prepared for arrival of more migrants

    Mathew Walters
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Malta must prepare itself for the arrival of a greater number of asylum seekers and migrants crossing the Mediterranean because Italy’s Mare Nostrum operation has been brought to an end, said a UN human rights expert. Mare Nostrum was Italy’s initiative to prevent migrants dying at sea, but the fact the country has discontinued it... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
 
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  • Glitches in USCIS System

    ashautsova
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Glitches in USCIS System Author: New York Immigration Lawyer USCIS stands for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and is a government body that accepts and processes all petitions and applications related to any and all immigration benefits. The process of communication with USCIS boils down to exchange of papers and on rare occasions, includes phone calls and infopass appointments. That is why it is very important to submit correctly filled out forms; timely respond  to request of more evidence and organize the papers in the most convenient way for the adjudicator. In…
  • Obama’s Immigration Reform Plan Revealed

    ashautsova
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Obama’s Immigration Reform From New York Immigration Lawyer President Obama today announced his plan for the reform of the broken Immigration system in the US.  While the details of the action will be revealed in the months to come, the President stated that he would start a new Deferred Action Plan, now for parents of the US citizens and permanent residents regardless of age.  The plan should,  undoubtedly, affect many, but it should not be the only President’s action. If implemented like DACA, the plan should allow undocumented parents of the US citizens and permanent…
  • COPIES IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR NVC

    ashautsova
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    COPIES IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR NVC Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova Good news can be shares with all immigrant visas applicants: the NVC will no longer require submission of the original documents in support of the immigrant visas.  Usually,  when  a person applies for an immigrant visa (a spousal visa; visa for an immediate relative; work related visa; etc) as a part of the visa process, the applicant must submit certain documents not to the consulate directly, but to the National Visa Center first. NVC often required that original of certain documents be…
  • DMV Denial of License

    ashautsova
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    DMV Denial of License New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova Have you recently moved from another state and had difficulties getting NY driver’s license? Were you totally confused? Were you blamed you are not a US citizen? It happened to my client: a born US citizen who has spent several years in a different state, and when she came back to NY and decided to apply for NY driver’s license and report a change of her address, a lady at the DMV Manhattan office told her that …. she needs to present “more proof” that she in fact was a US citizen… hmm My…
  • What Happens if I 751 Petition Filed Late?

    ashautsova
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    What Happens if I 751 Petition Filed Late ? Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova I-751 petition is an Immigration form that is sued to remove the condition from permanent residency for those non-citizens whose marriage with a USC was younger than 2 years old at the time adjudication of adjustment of status application or issuance of an immigrant visa. I-751 must be filed within 90 days prior to the second anniversary of the conditional residency.  Sometimes, the petition is submitted late. A jointly filed I-751 petition filed after the second anniversary of the CPR’s…
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  • One Year of Pride in Immigration Equality

    Henry Lim
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    In October 2014, Orlando celebrated another exciting Come Out with Pride week. Downtown Orlando exploded with color and music as thousands enjoyed the events, culminating in Saturday’s Pride Parade. As a member of the Metropolitan Business Association, Orlando’s LGBT chamber of commerce, Lim & Associates celebrated alongside other gay and straight allies. As an Orlando immigration law firm, we particularly take Pride in celebrating 2014 as the first year same-sex couples enjoyed the same federal immigration benefits as heterosexual couples. Since the Supreme Court struck down Section…
  • President Obama’s Immigration Actions: Who Will They Help?

    Henry Lim
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    At the end of November, President Obama finally announced his long-awaited decision to act on some of the core immigration issues faced by millions of people in this country. Thousands of undocumented immigrants in Orlando, Kissimmee, Central Florida, and throughout the United States may be affected by these changes in enforcement policy and new protections for long-time immigrant families. Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim answers your questions about the upcoming new immigration policies. As Congress continues to resist meaningful change, President Obama has issued a series of executive…
  • Regional Centers and EB-5 Immigrant Investors

    Henry Lim
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    What is a regional center, and how can it help attract foreign investors to your area? Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim discusses the importance of the regional center in driving regional economic growth in Central Florida and across the United States. Immigrant investors form an important part of economic life in the United States. Some seek investment opportunities from a purely business perspective, wanting to start or manage a business here in the United States. These individual investors want control over the company they invest in, maximizing profits and driving employment on…
  • What will President Obama do about the immigration issue?

    Henry Lim
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    With the steady flow of child immigrants continuing across the border and the rising concerns about the humanitarian consequences of our current laws, an increasing number of Americans feel resolving the issues on the border should be a national priority. Congress has already failed to take meaningful action. While the Senate did pass an immigration reform bill, Speaker Boehner has already announced the House will consider no such legislation this year. Given the absence of change in the law, President Obama has vowed to take whatever action he can without the involvement of Congress to…
  • Undocumented Child Immigrants: What Happens When They Cross The Border?

    Henry Lim
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    A humanitarian crisis has sprung up again on our southern border here in the United States. Kissimmee Immigration Lawyer Henry Lim explains the challenge caused by the current rush of unaccompanied minors across the border, and what each child will face once Border Patrol takes them in. Legal options like Special Immigrant Juvenile Status exist so some children can remain here; many others will be deported back to their home countries without being given proper legal support in court. All scenarios are fictional; any resemblance to persons living or dead are unintentional. Since October 2013,…
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  • Looking for INS and INS forms? It doesn’t exist anymore! The USCIS, ICE and CBP have taken over

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAPerhaps you are starting out with your research on immigration and related procedures and you relied on old people for advice, often, they will tell you how their experience was through the INS, which is the Immigration and Naturalization Service department of the US Dept of Justice. Older and less informed individuals might tell you… Continue reading...The post Looking for INS and INS forms? It doesn’t exist anymore! The USCIS, ICE and CBP have taken over appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • J-2 dependent visa for J-1 visa holder spouses and dependents

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    24 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAIf you are thinking about coming to the USA on a J-1 visa and you don’t want to leave your family behind, don’t worry, you can take them with you to America! All they have to do is apply for the J-2 visa when you are applying for your J-1 visa. The process is exactly… Continue reading...The post J-2 dependent visa for J-1 visa holder spouses and dependents appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Expanded Deferred Action and what it means to you

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA Obama’s administration may be expanding the deferred action program, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, to more individuals and parents of US citizens and permanent residents. This program, however, does not provide a path to citizenship and is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, you might be interested in understanding what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals… Continue reading...The post Expanded Deferred Action and what it means to you appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Travel Rules for Green Card Holders – How Long Can you Stay out of America

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    6 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAMaintaining your green card is pretty straight forward if you truly want to live and work in America permanently and have made a choice to become American and not go back to your home country. However, there are people who simply cannot disconnect from their birth country and culture and find themselves thinking immigrating was… Continue reading...The post Travel Rules for Green Card Holders – How Long Can you Stay out of America appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • Family Based Green Cards Common Questions and Answers – Part Three

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICADisclaimer: All advice given here are strictly as is without any guarantees and reliability. The advice below is solely from personal experiences in filing such applications and process. The best and most reliable advice is always from a good immigration lawyer. Q: I am a United States Citizen and would like to apply for green card… Continue reading...The post Family Based Green Cards Common Questions and Answers – Part Three appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
 
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  • Visa Refusal Rate Drops But Poland Still Not In VWP List

    Andrew Lowe
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    The US visa refusal rate for the Poles has dropped to 6.4 percent this year, but the European nation is still not qualified to become a member of America’s Visa Waiver Program which includes all he European countries except four. The VWP allows the citizens of the member states to enter the US without obtaining visas. Thus, they can come and go anytime they want. Poland is among the four European countries which are not in the VWP list. The other three states include Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. The trio is deprived of this privilege for being the new members of the EU, but the case of…
  • US Tourism Set To Boom With China-America Visa Deal

    Jessica Scott
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The American tourism sector is all set to rock in the years to come following a groundbreaking deal between the immigrations authorities of China and USA, allowing the Chinese citizens to obtain visas for up to 10-year period with multiple entries. The reciprocal agreement, which was inked between the two bigger economies of the world last month, is expected to bring a large number of the Chinese visitors to different cities of the US and ultimately boost up the super power’s economic turnouts in the coming decade. According to an estimation, the American tourism sector will bag an…
  • Canada Likely to Open Doors for Parents Sponsorship in 2015

    Jessica Scott
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Canadian immigration authorities’ Parents And Grandparents (PGP) sponsorship program is likely to reopen in January 2015, allowing the expats who are permanent residents over here to bring in their parents and grandparents to live in Canada. The program was first reopened in January 2014 after being closed in 2011, but it had to be closed due to the fulfillment of the set applicants’ quota. The program was first put on hold in 2011 in order to clear the huge backlog of visa applications filed under the Parents And Grandparents  sponsorship classification. The authorities resumed it…
  • Canada Set To Replace Immigration Program for Professionals

    Martin Khan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada is all set to launch a new immigration recruitment program called Express Entry in a bid to enable the local industry to hire foreign workers quickly and easily. Once implemented, this program will replace the existing First Come, First Serve system which sometimes prolongs the visa process and, therefore, the Canadian employers cannot be able to get the talent they want in time. The new immigration program is expected to come into force in January 2015. Under the Express Entry system, the employers will be called to the immigration office to identify the…
  • Obama’s Immigration Plan Not Enough for Silicon Valley

    Jessica Scott
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    The executives and technology giants of the Silicon Valley have expressed grave concerns over the US president Barack Obama’s recently disclosed immigration plan, claiming that the plan does not promise much to the information technology industry which is badly starving for foreign programmers and software engineers. The major concern that came from the Silicon Valley after Obama announced its plan last week by using executive prerogative was the absence of any initiative to clear the US visa backlog which contains a lot of petitions from the tech entrepreneurs who wanted to bring in…
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  • K-2 Visa in Thailand: Minor Child Aging Out

    Robert Virasin
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    Under the K-1 Fiancé Visa, the fiancé of a United States Citizen can enter the United States to marry the U.S. citizen within 90 days. K-2 visas can be issued to minor children of the K-1 visa holder within one year of the issuance of the K-1 visa. The minor children of the K-1 visa […]
  • Most Common Pitfalls of K-1 Visa Applications

    Robert Virasin
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    The K-1 visa has many pitfalls. It is one of the most common and most rejected visa applications. A K-1 visa is issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen to get married. Strict regulations need to be followed because there are many traps in a petition that could cause a case to […]
  • What is required to file for Naturalization in the U.S.?

    Robert Virasin
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    A U.S. permanent resident may file for naturalization up to ninety days before the end of the five year or three-year residency period depending on the method the permanent resident obtained their status. U.S. permanent residents who are current members of the U.S. armed forces or within six months of separation may file for naturalization […]
  • Reissuance of a K-1 Visa

    Robert Virasin
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    A K-1 Visa is a single entry visa that is usually valid for 6 months from the time of issuance. This requires the K-1 visa holder to travel within 6 months of the issuance of the visa. However many times life interrupts this process. A K-1 visa holder might have planned to leave their home […]
  • Visa Reciprocity for Thailand

    Robert Virasin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Visa Reciprocity is an agreement between two countries on the terms and conditions for issuing visas to nationals of the reciprocal country. Generally, there is an agreement to treat the other countries nationals with the same conditions and limitations that they treat their nationals. However sometimes a visa reciprocity is a retaliatory action as in […]
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  • Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

    Scott McVarish
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    President Barack Obama announced on November 20, 2014 that he is taking executive action to protect certain undocumented parents from deportation. Starting in 2015, millions of parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents will be able to stay in the country without fear of being deported. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, but they will soon. Now is the perfect time to learn about your legal rights and to prepare to apply. Please answer the…
  • How Asian and African Immigrants Benefit from New Immigration Order

    Scott McVarish
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    The national debate regarding President Obama’s executive order on immigration has been focused on Latinos living in the United States. The order does not, however, only affect immigrants from south of our border. The executive order that temporarily allows certain undocumented immigrants from being deported is for all immigrants including those from Asia and Africa. USA Today reports that the new immigration order won’t just benefit Hispanic immigrants, but also those from countries such as China, India, Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines. Therefore, if you are an immigrant living…
  • EB-5 Question and Answer

    Scott McVarish
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    The United States has plenty of opportunities for foreign investors. However, accessing those opportunities can be a complex affair. he Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. has provided the answers below to the most common questions posed by prospective foreign investors. If you have further questions or concerns regarding your specific situation, feel free to call us today at (800) 792-9889 for immediate assistance. Q: How much profit is there in investing in an EB-5 project? A: While many foreign investors do make profit from their EB-5 investments, it is best to set your…
  • Mexican Consulate Using the Presidents Executive Action to Help Immigrants

    Scott McVarish
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Under President Obama’s new deferred deportation program, immigrants can request and receive three years of immunity from deportation for at least three years and possibly longer. They must show proof they have lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 and have a fairly clean record with the law. They also must pay a fee of approximately $465. The Mexican Consulate in Sacramento wants all California immigrants to know that it is too early to pay the fee to USCIS. It is advisable to work with an immigration attorney during the application process, but if you have an attorney who is asking…
  • President Obama Puts an End to Secure Communities Program

    Scott McVarish
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    President Obama’s executive action will potentially have a number of ramifications as far as the nation’s immigration policy is concerned. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, one of the outcomes of the executive action is the end of the Secure Communities Program, which many immigrant advocates have said over the years is what is wrong with the nation’s immigration strategy. The program was meant to identify potentially deportable immigrants who had committed crimes. The program basically provided immigration agents with fingerprint records that had been…
 
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  • Under AB 60 Drivers Licenses for California Undocumented Immigrants Starting Jan 2, 2015

    Paul
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The state of California has opened a new Department of Motor Vehicles office to handle the many undocumented immigrants who will be able to get a driver’s license on January 2, 2015. Undocumented immigrants have been, up to this point, not been allowed to drive legally, and California’s move has been part of a great deal of immigration reform moves in the United States during the later part of 2014. 500,000 undocumented immigrants are now eligible to drive legally without having to worry about getting a costly ticket for not having a license. Residents of California can now rest easy that…
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Will Implement Hatian Family Reunification Parole Program

    Paul
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be implementing a new program that will allow relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) currently in Haiti to come to the United States up to two years prior to their priority dates. The program—entitled the Hatian Family Reunification Parole Program—is similar to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program in that it encourages “safe, legal and orderly migration” for the family of Hatian immigrants to the United States. This program does not automatically grant status to Hatian nationals, and is only…
  • Department of Homeland Security Has Extended Temporary Protected Status for Honduran Nationals

    Paul
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Honduran nationals who wish to extend their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States will have to re-register for TPS by December 15, 2014. Work authorization (which is required for non-citizens in the United States to work) will be automatically extended for all previous TPS recipients until July 5, 2015. The new Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals will extend their status and work authorization through July 5, 2016. Temporary Protected Status is granted to foreign nationals of certain countries currently in the United States. Countries selected for TPS are…
  • US Resources are not Unlimited for Illegal Immigrants

    Paul
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Critics of expanded immigration and immigration reform in general like to complain that the resources that are nominally reserved for U.S. citizens are going to waste on illegal immigrants. However, these resources are barely used on illegal immigrants and might actually do better to help more illegal immigrants. Take for example social security. It’s practically impossible for an illegal immigrant to collect social security. However, they often contribute to it because they will sometimes take another person’s social security number to take a job. Many undocumented immigrants are…
  • Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden on America

    Paul
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    One of the most frequently cited reasons for why the government should crack down on illegal immigration is because those immigrants take jobs away from Americans. But is that true? As with any issue involving economics, the answer is a kind of muddled yes and no. It is true that an influx of low-skill workers in the United States would cause the demand for that kind of job to drop, but one could argue that the increased competition would benefit American businesses. There are currently 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, sometimes termed illegal immigrants. These…
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