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  • President Obama’s 10-Point Immigration Plan Comes Into Light

    International Immigration News
    Jennie Star
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The US president Barak Obama’s 10-pint executive plan to overhaul visa and immigration laws has been leaked into media, especially the Fox News. The plan includes a number of good news for the expats who are staying in the US, their families and those who are aspiring to fly to the land of opportunities. The main feature of the plan is that a law will be implemented to allow a number of undocumented expats, especially the parents of the US born children, to stay and work in America and eventually get green cards. This is a sigh of relief for a number of expats families who were worried…
  • President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

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    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    President Obama laid out his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for roughly 5 million people. The president said in his speech that he knows the politics around immigration are difficult, but he said he’s seen the families who came to the U.S. for a better life. “These people—our neighbors, our classmates, our friends—they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life,” he said in his Thursday night address. “They came to work, and study, and serve in our military,…
  • The December 2014 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

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    Jake VanKersen
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
      Here is the Visa Bulletin for December 2014 The U.S. Department of State organizes Green Card petitions into categories based on the sponsor’s legal status. The categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). 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. Last month we saw advancement in every category and this…
  • F1 Student Visa Holders Have Increased explosively in the U.S.

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    Paul
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    The number of students studying in the U.S. on F1 student visas has exploded from 110,000 in 2001 to 524,000 in 2012, a nearly five-fold increase, according to the Brookings Institution. F1 visas are granted to foreign students to study at higher-education facilities in the United States and are applied for through the United States Department of State. The study discovered that these students mostly come from fast growing cities such as Seoul, Riyadh and Shanghai. These cities are not only already quite large, but they are also major players in emerging world markets. The majority of foreign…
  • Details on the President’s “Executive Actions on Immigration” – via USCIS.gov

    The U.S. Immigration Law Blog by Ashwin Sharma
    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    VIA USCIS.gov Executive Actions on Immigration 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 families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without […]
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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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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
 
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
 
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
 
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  • AMNESTY THE FINAL NAIL?

    Gurkha
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Within a few years of the last massive AMNESTY in 1986, hundreds of thousands of jobs held by American citizens went to former illegals; a large percentage of the amnestied ended up on welfare and SSI/SSD themselves, as well as those next-of-kin who were sponsored into the USA. Greedy American businesses attracted more illegals BECAUSE the ones amnestied abandoned the farms and menial jobs for better-paying positions elsewhere. Employers never obeyed the 1986 Law to verify job applicants' SS# by dialing the Government's toll-free number, and neither were the laws enforced, whereby employers…
  • Catch 22 in renunciation STUCK HELP! I'm pulling my hair out!

    minkathebest
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am US Citizen of Indian Origin and need to be in India for 2 weeks in January, 2015. I don't have a copy of my naturalization certificate anymore. This is required to get the renunciation certificate, which is required to get visa. How can I get a visa? Any suggestions?? Bhola :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Mohamed Sankoh

    federale86
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Muslim, Immigrant, Armed Robber http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-at-wal-mart/
  • Help with nacara

    Conchal23
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hello, my cousin is a citizen of Nicaragua. His mother gained lawful status under NACARA. He is now on removal proceedings( does not have a final order) he was declared infamous sable because even though he was never convicted of drug trafficking, uscis used the hearsay exemption and used the undercover cop statement as proof that he was indeed participant of drug trafficking . He dealt drugs to an undercover agent but charges were never brought against him. So now we did a regular cancellation but I'm wondering if he could benefit from the more lenient suspension of deportation under NACARA.
  • Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée

    1stworldview
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Surviving the 90-Day Fiancée An Interview withInternational Relationship Expert John AdamsBy Joseph Foster, 1st World ViewJust when you thought there was no more new “reality” to be uncovered along comes “90-Day Fiancée”, TLC’s new series designed to showcase the drama that takes place during the 90 days that international couples have to either marry or have the fiancée go back to his or her country. The stakes are high which can make for some pretty interesting drama, which of course TLC is certainly hoping for. We all know that there are varying degrees of reality in the so…
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  • Part of the Obama Plan: "Promote the Naturalization Process"

    Immigration Prof
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    As outlined in some detail by the Department of Homeland Security, President Obama's recently announced immigration plan has quite a few components. In the coming days, I will (and my co-bloggers are free to join in) comment on various parts...
  • Immigration Article of the Day: The Immigration Hotel by Virgil Wiebe

    Immigration Prof
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The Immigration Hotel by Virgil Wiebe, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) November 1, 2014 U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-41 Abstract: The image of a hotel with each floor representing different immigration...
  • University of California to Expand Legal Services to Undocumented Students

    Immigration Prof
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    University of California President Janet Napolitano announced on Friday that UC will expand legal services to undocumented students at six campuses. The UC Davis School of Law will host a pilot legal services center that will serve the immigration-related legal...
  • Who is Left Out of Obama's Executive Action?

    Immigration Prof
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Julianne Hing writes for Colorlines: Under President Obama’s historic executive action announced Thursday, Maru Mora Villalpando, a Washington State-based undocumented immigrant activist with the #Not1More campaign, could win a three-year reprieve from the threat of deportation. But Villalpando, who talked...
  • The Green Monster: How the Border Patrol became America’s most out-of-control law enforcement agency

    Immigration Prof
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Politico.com has a troubling article entitled "The Green Monster: How the Border Patrol became America’s most out-of-control law enforcement agency," by Garrett Graff. The article makes one pause in thinking about the Border Patrol and question whether putting money into...
 
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  • President Obama: ‘I Will Not Give Up’ On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Following his address Thursday night explaining his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, President Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas further detailing why his immigration executive action is just the next step. “Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time, and everybody knows it,” President Obama said at Del Sol High School—where almost two years ago he laid out his principles for immigration reform. He added that his actions, including providing temporary protection to roughly 5 million people, are not permanent and that it is…
  • Who and Where are the Beneficiaries of Obama’s Immigration Executive Action?

    Policy Center
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    President Obama announced in a speech Thursday night his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for nearly 5 million people. “Millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally. And let’s be honest—tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic,” President Obama said in his address. “After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time. They work hard, often in tough, low-paying jobs. They support…
  • President Obama Announces Immigration Executive Action

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    President Obama laid out his plan to use executive authority to improve parts of the U.S. immigration system, including providing temporary protection from deportation for roughly 5 million people. The president said in his speech that he knows the politics around immigration are difficult, but he said he’s seen the families who came to the U.S. for a better life. “These people—our neighbors, our classmates, our friends—they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life,” he said in his Thursday night address. “They came to work, and study, and serve in our military,…
  • DHS Grants Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that he has designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This 18-month protected status means that eligible citizens from these three countries will not be deported from the U.S. while they have TPS, and while it will not lead to a green card, they are also authorized to work legally. Making TPS designations is but one manifestation of the president’s power to faithfully execute the immigration laws. According to Reuters,…
  • How International Students Add Billions to the U.S. Economy

    Paul McDaniel
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    International Education Week occurs the third week in November each year to highlight the advantages of international education and exchange in the United States and worldwide. In particular, International Education Week—a joint initiative between the State Department and Education Department—emphasizes the benefits of preparing more Americans for a global environment and attracting future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S. The latest report from the Institute of International Education (IIE) found that a record 886,052 international students studied…
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  • 'Just Because They Didn't Have the Right Papers' and Other Reasons Why Executive Amnesty Is Foolhardy

    David Seminara
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    OK, I admit it. I didn't make it through President Obama's entire immigration address last night. If you blog about immigration, you probably should sit through these things, no matter how painful they are. But after the president said, "I've seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn't have the right papers," I turned off the TV, fearing that if I swallowed any more of what he was peddling, I might vomit all over my favorite couch. I voted for the guy (twice!), despite the fact that I dislike his approach to the immigration…
  • Unilateral Amnesty Scheme Could Impact the Most Vulnerable Americans

    Steven A. Camarota
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    President Obama's executive amnesty announced this week may well come at the expense of the most vulnerable and poorest American workers. Once given work authorization, illegal immigrants are likely to compete with Americans for better-paying jobs that are now generally off-limits because they require background checks and valid Social Security numbers. Such jobs include: security guards, screeners, janitors, grounds keepers and clerks employed in the public sector, as well as most jobs associated with interstate transport and delivery. read more
  • Analysis of Obama's Executive Amnesty Scheme: Border Security

    Dan Cadman
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    [Note: This is the first of several items analyzing the pieces of executive action authorized by the president.] Concurrent with the televised nationwide presidential address last night, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary issued a series of memoranda outlining the various facets of the programs and policies which would constitute, in total, "executive action" relating to immigration matters. The administration has characterized them this way: read more
  • Laws Emanate from the White House Now

    Mark Krikorian
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    Obama's speech announcing his immigration diktat was the usual pabulum: "our immigration system is broken," can't let illegals "remain in the shadows," "commonsense middle-ground approach," blah, blah, blah. If I didn't have to go on TV right afterwards, I would have played a drinking game. read more
  • Ad Hominem Arguments and Non-Sequiturs Litter the President's Immigration Address

    Dan Cadman
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I just finished watching the president speaking about the executive order he will sign tomorrow allowing millions of illegal aliens to live and work in the United States for the next couple of years. read more
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  • The December 2014 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

    Jake VanKersen
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
      Here is the Visa Bulletin for December 2014 The U.S. Department of State organizes Green Card petitions into categories based on the sponsor’s legal status. The categories for Green Card petitions are as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). 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. Last month we saw advancement in every category and this…
  • Introducing the Visa Finder Tool: Making the First Step of the Immigration Process Easier

    Jake VanKersen
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    We know that trying to navigate the U.S. immigration process can very complicated. Between the various visa options and specific requirements for each type, even deciding which visa is best for you can be overwhelming. We wanted to make it easier for anybody to get started with the immigration process – which is why we developed Visa Finder. Visa Finder is our latest step in bringing simplicity to the complicated U.S. immigration process.  How Does Visa Finder Work? Using Visa Finder is like an initial consultation with an immigration attorney. However, unlike an initial consultation…
  • How to get a U.S. Passport: What You Need to Know about Applying for a U.S. Passport

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    If you are a U.S. citizen traveling internationally for the first time, you must first apply for a U.S. passport. Here are some quick facts you should know about how to get a U.S. passport. What is a U.S. passport? A U.S. passport is an official document issued by the United States government, verifying an individual’s identity and citizenship while authorizing the individual to travel internationally. You might have to apply for your U.S. passport in person. If any of these following criteria apply to you, you must apply for your U.S. passport in person: You are applying for a U.S.
  • VISANOW and General Catalyst Announce Partnership

    Jake VanKersen
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    We have some extremely exciting news to share with all of you! VISANOW is proud to announce its partnership with venture capital firm General Catalyst. “We have spent the last 15 years building VISANOW into the leading provider of online immigration services. General Catalyst is an ideal partner because they share our vision and have the experience and resources to take us to the next levels,” says Bob Meltzer, VISANOW founder and CEO. Since 1998, all of us at VISANOW have had one goal in mind–to improve the legal services experience for everybody. Our new partner shares our passion…
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  • 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…
  • I Was Interviewed for Asylum, But I Never Received a Decision

    Jason Dzubow
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
                        Some asylum seekers file their applications and never receive an interview. Others are interviewed for asylum and never receive a decision. I’ve discussed the first problem–called the backlog–several times, but today I want to discuss the second problem. What happens to people who are interviewed for asylum, but then wait forever for a decision? Better late than never. I’ve had a number of clients with this problem. They fall into a few broad…
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  • Obama Announces Pending Exec Order on Immigration

    Romona Paden
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Citing a broken immigration system where problems have been allowed to “fester for too long,” President Obama announced a pending executive order that will take “commonsense steps” toward reform. Through a brief one-minute video posted on the White House Facebook page, the president announced he would enact a set of executive orders regarding immigration reforms. The president will use the executive order on immigration to “fix as much of it as he can,” the White House Facebook page says. Press reports covering the announcement speculate measures could extend amnesty…
  • Possible Exec Order Puts Immigration on Political Showdown Agenda

    Romona Paden
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Immigration reform might move forward this week as press reports out of Washington D.C. say President Obama is considering putting his signature on an executive order that would help millions avoid deportation (much like 2012′s DACA executive order), provide work authorization and otherwise tweak policy to address shortcomings in federal immigration law. While executive action will likely be considered inflammatory by some, political pundits say the president has nothing left to lose, and that his stand on immigration represents bucking against settling into the lame-duck duration of…
  • Majority of Immigrants Settle in Just a Few States

    Romona Paden
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    With around 41 million immigrants currently living in the United States—more than ever before in the nation’s history—immigrant influence might be underwhelming in its influence. According to a study by Pew Research Center that was published in May, the majority of immigrants end up settling in just a few states. The scenario might mean that while immigrant populations could hold a lot of sway locally, the group’s interests become diluted on a national scale. According to Pew, the U.S. saw growth from 19.8 million immigrants living in the country in 1990 to 40.7 million immigrants…
  • Hispanic Population Represents Highest Rate of Uninsured

    Romona Paden
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    While health consistently ranks as a top priority among Hispanics, support for a federally-mandated insurance option has taken a precipitous fall. The group’s support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—Obamacare— was weighted heavily in favor at the end of 2013 with 61 percent approval of the federal plan. By March 2014, Hispanic support of Obamacare fell to only 47 percent approval within the group. Of the 13 million Hispanics living in the country who don’t have health insurance, around seven million were born outside the United States. According to Pew, close to 40 percent of…
  • Military Service a Dominant Thread in Immigrant Stories

    Romona Paden
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Service in the armed forces as a traditional route toward citizenship was highlighted when President Barack Obama presided over the swearing-in during the naturalization ceremony for military members serving in Seoul, South Korea last spring. After the mid-term 2014 elections this fall and with Veteran’s Day upon us, military service as a route to citizenship is worth another look. While demonstrations of patriotism through military service have provided a route to citizenship in the past, current law sharply restricts immigrant service in the military. Currently, only around 4 percent…
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  • Obama revela la reforma migratoria que protege a 5 millones de la deportaci

    Romona Paden
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    El 20 de noviembre, Presidente Barack Obama dio un apasionado discurso sobre sus planes para reacondicionar el sistema migratorio de Estados Unidos, lo que se tradujo en una victoria histórica para los partidarios y activistas de la reforma migratoria de todo el país. Obama pronunció el discurso de 15 minutos desde la Sala Este de la Casa Blanca donde reveló que proporcionará protección contra la deportación para millones de inmigrantes indocumentados. ¿Cuál es el panorama para la reforma migratoria? Durante el discurso en cadena…
  • Obama reveals immigration reform to protect 5 million from deportation

    Romona Paden
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama gave an impassioned speech concerning his plans for overhauling the U.S. immigration system, and it proved to be a historic victory for immigration reform supporters and activists across the nation. Obama gave the 15-minute address from the East Room of the White House, revealing that he will provide deportation protection for millions of undocumented immigrants. What's in store for immigration reform? During the prime-time speech, the president announced his plan to temporarily guard 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported. Those who…
  • Presidente Obama anuncia acci

    Romona Paden
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    El país ha estado esperando la decisión relativa a la reforma migratoria durante meses y el día de hoy esta se hará pública cuando el Presidente Barack Obama anuncie su propuesta para reformar el sistema migratorio de los Estados Unidos. "Todos coincidimos en que nuestro sistema migratorio está roto. Desafortunadamente, Washington ha permitido que el problema se propague por mucho tiempo", comentó Obama en un anuncio en video del 19 de noviembre. "Así que lo que estaré proponiendo será basado en lo que mi…
  • President Obama to announce executive action on immigration reform tonight

    Romona Paden
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    The country has been eagerly awaiting a decision concerning immigration reform for months, and today that decision will be made public when President Barack Obama makes an announcement laying out his proposal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. "Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long," Obama said in a video announcement on Nov. 19. "So what I'm going to be laying out is the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I…
  • ICE to close New Mexico immigration center

    Romona Paden
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    The Artesia, New Mexico, immigrant detainee facility has been the subject of great controversy since it opened in summer 2014. Here, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained hundreds of children and women prior to deportation, bringing to light the flawed U.S. immigration system and spurring protests from immigration reform activists across the country. Now, ICE has announced its plans to close the temporary shelter. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the agency confirmed on Nov. 18 that the family detention center in Artesia will close by the end of December. This…
 
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  • Immigrants Integral to Biz 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 […]
  • Green Card Lottery Ends Soon

    Romona Paden
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    As the window for entry into the 2016 Diversity Visa program (DV-2016)—the green card lottery—is about to close, nationals from around the world must submit their completed entries no later than Nov. 3, 2014. The US Department of State (DOS) only accepts the lottery entries electronically, disallowing any entries submitted through the US Postal Service. […]
  • USCIS Speaks Immigrants’ Language

    Romona Paden
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Although Spanish is commonly offered as part of mainstream communications in the United States, immigrants who are native speakers of other languages are more often excluded as language barriers come into play on a regular basis.  By offering its first Korean language public engagement in late August, however, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is aiming to […]
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  • 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.
  • Visa Bulletin For October 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01MAY09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 15NOV09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01APR09 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
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  • Greater number of Israelis seeking emigration to Europe

    Alex Braham
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    The number of Israelis thinking about emigrating is on the rise due to the frequent Palestinian wars, insecurity and bad economic conditions.\\r\\nIsraeli publication The Marker recently published an article revealing that around 150,000 Israelis hold a European passport. \\r\\nBack in December 2012, daily publication Haaretz revealed that 37... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Mothers of emigrants more likely to suffer depression

    Andy Scott
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mothers of emigrants who left Irish shores in the midst of the recession are more prone to depression than those whose children live in Ireland. Women whose children have relocated overseas in the recent years have suffered a rise in depressive symptoms as well as feelings of loneliness, according Trinity College Dublin’s Longitudinal... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • New Zealand First misses boat as Keys wins third straight term

    Kate Welch
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In spite of a tough campaign by the opposing anti-immigration party New Zealand First, the centre-right National Party led by John Key has easilyl secured a third successive term in office. The opposition campaign focused on limiting New Zealand’s soaring immigration figures, claiming that local jobs were being lost to migrants and house... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Canada warns potential immigrants to beware of scams by agents

    Kate Welch
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Canada’s immigration authority is warning would-be migrants about an ever-increasing number of scammers posing as immigration agents. Internet sites, emails, TV advertisements, radio, magazines and newspapers are all used by rogue immigration agents looking to part unsuspecting immigrants from their cash. Fraudulent agents’ numbers... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Reality of Irish Diaspora strikes home as 18 teachers leave small town

    Kate Welch
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ireland’s 21st century diaspora continues to hit international headlines, but its reality is affecting everyday life in the country’s small towns as crucial expertise is lost to overseas destinations. Ghaoth Dobhair’s schools serve pupils from outlying villages as well as those living in town, and have lost 18 teachers over the last... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
 
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  • 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…
  • Solutions For Unaccompanied Minors

    ashautsova
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Asylum For Unaccompanied Minors Author: New York Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova Recent influx of children from South America posted serious questions in  front of the US government.  While the Obama administration promised an Immigration reform, it also decided to handle the cases of these children rather harshly: new immigration detention facility in Texas and surge dockets in Immigration courts do not look like measures that should address this crisis in a humane way. Nevertheless, most of the children are eligible for some sort of relief. For example: asylum, Special immigrant…
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  • 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

    admin
    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.
  • Guide to getting a K-1 visa for your fiance

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAOn your random trip abroad, chances are you will meet local people of different cultures and background. Sometimes, even your regular trip to a destination that you have been many times may produce a chance meeting with someone who might just be the person that you are looking for to spend your life with. You… Continue reading...The post Guide to getting a K-1 visa for your fiance appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
  • F-1, J-1, Adjustment of Status common questions and answers – Part Three

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:11 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 live in Palestine, have been an exchange student in the US for high… Continue reading...The post F-1, J-1, Adjustment of Status common questions and answers – Part Three appeared first on IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA.
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  • Chinese Students Rejoiced Over Visa Extension

    Tahir
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    The hundreds of thousands of Chinese students, who are currently studying in the American universities and colleges are deeply excited over the US government’s recent decision to extend their visas form one year to five years. At the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, held in Beijing a few weeks back, the Chinese and the US immigration authorities signed a landmark agreement to initiate a reciprocal visa extension program for all categories including student, tourists, work and business. So, according to the new system, the student visas have been extended to five…
  • £10 UK Visa Fee for Nationals of USA, Canada and Australia Proposed

    Tahir
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    There is a proposal to impose £10 visa fee on the citizens of America, Australia and Canada in a bid to collect funds to hire around one thousand extra border guards as set forward by the UK Labour party. About 5.5 million visitors land on the British soil every year from 55 countries, which the UK considers friendly nations, and 2 millions of them are from Australia, America and Canada. As per the current laws, the visitors of the friendly nations can stay, study and work in Briton without obtaining visas. Now, all these countries will be added to the Visa Waiver Scheme which is currently…
  • US Visa Lottery Program Receives 11 Million Applications

    Trisha Freeman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    The US visa lottery program, which gives a change to immigrants to seek permanent residency in the land of opportunities, has received about 11 million applications this year which are 21 percent higher than the ones it drew last year. According to an estimation, no more than 0.5 percent of the entries are likely to win the lottery. On the other hand, the American lawmakers are geared up to make this program null and void as they claim that this is creating an imbalance in the society. The visa lottery program was initiated in 1990 with an aim to create diversity in immigration laws, however,…
  • President Obama’s 10-Point Immigration Plan Comes Into Light

    Jennie Star
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The US president Barak Obama’s 10-pint executive plan to overhaul visa and immigration laws has been leaked into media, especially the Fox News. The plan includes a number of good news for the expats who are staying in the US, their families and those who are aspiring to fly to the land of opportunities. The main feature of the plan is that a law will be implemented to allow a number of undocumented expats, especially the parents of the US born children, to stay and work in America and eventually get green cards. This is a sigh of relief for a number of expats families who were worried…
  • US Visa Authorities Concerned Over Misuse of U visa

    Jessica Scott
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    The US visa and immigration authorities have expressed grave concerns over the increasing misuse of U visa which allows the expats, who fall prey to violent crimes, to stay in America up to four years. The U visa program was launched in 2000 by the US Congress in a bid to build trust between expats and police, because most of the undocumented and illegal expats used to avoid to report crimes for fear of being deported. Thus, U visa facilitates the illegitimate expats to secure four-year stay America if they prove to be the victims of violent crimes. However, in most cases, expats file fake…
 
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    US Immigration Reform

  • Is Obama like Lincoln?

    Mike Quinn
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Is Obama similar to Abe Lincoln? If Obama comes out with an executive order to help a marginalized and highly oppressed portion of our society gain legal status to live in the US, then, yes, he will be. On January 1, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order to free Slaves in Confederate held lands. It did […]
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez- the Children’s Champion

    Mike Quinn
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Thank God for Senators like Luis Gutierrez. Not many people have come to champion the needs of children, as they do not vote, so the political capital one would spend on such an endeavor could be seen to weaken their standing among peers. But that matters not for people like Rep. Gutierrez. He came to the […]
  • No Illeagles

    Mike Quinn
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Anderson Cooper says it all in this very short video about how highly uneducated people probably shouldn’t weigh in on important topics, especially ones they can’t even spell correctly.
  • In a World. . . where Republicans rule supreme.

    Mike Quinn
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Where Democrats don’t have much say in government and are left to sit on the sidelines and complain about what could have been.   A young man gets shot by someone who bought a gun and some ammo at recent gun show and robbed him of his cell phone and wallet. The hospital bill is […]
  • Berlin Wall vs American border wall

    Mike Quinn
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Here are some examples of how similar the Berlin Wall is strikingly similar to our American border fence with Mexico. Caution: contains some graphic images    
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    US Visa in Thailand

  • 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 […]
  • Differences between Visa Processing and Adjustment of Status

    Robert Virasin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    There are two methods for a foreign national to become a U.S. Permanent Resident. The foreign national can go through Visa Processing through a U.S. consulate abroad or through Adjustment of Status in the United States. This article will go through some of main differences between Visa Processing and Adjustment of Status. Maintenance of Lawful […]
  • How does someone become a U.S. citizen?

    Robert Virasin
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There are four basic ways to become a U.S. citizen. The most common way is to be born in the United States. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that all persons born in the United States or United States territories are citizens of the United States. The second method of becoming a U.S. […]
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    Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer

  • Obama: “Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken”

    Scott McVarish
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    In what has been widely regarded as a bold political move by both supporters and critics alike, President Obama will lay out his temporary plan for immigration reform in a televised speech tonight at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. The announcement will also be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov. At its core, Mr. Obama’s executive action will protect millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States for over 5 years from immediate deportation. Additionally, it is expected that the President will extend coverage for “dreamers” – children who came…
  • The Process of Getting a Fiancé Visa

    Scott McVarish
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to marry someone who is not a citizen and not in the United States, you can obtain a fiancé visa for him or her. The K-1 fiancé nonimmigrant visa allows the applicant to enter the United States, marry an American citizen and live here permanently. Applicants can even bring their unmarried children under the age of 21 by filing for K-2 nonimmigrant visa status. First, the U.S. citizen will have to file a fiancé visa petition with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the alien fiancé. Then the USCIS will have to approve…
  • I-130 with Provisional Waivers

    Scott McVarish
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Before applying for a green card or adjustment of status, it is important to learn about Form I-130 and recent changes to the law. There are opportunities for family members to live and work in the United States even if they entered the states illegally. There are different opportunities available depending upon the circumstances of the case, but the law now allows certain foreign nationals to stay within the country while they apply for their green card. U.S. citizens may file a Form I-130 for their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or married son or daughter of any age. Citizens…
  • Who is Eligible to Apply for a U-Visa?

    Scott McVarish
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    U-visas were created as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. They allow foreign victims of crimes in the United States to remain in the country while assisting law enforcement officials to apprehend and prosecute criminals. Individuals who are the victims of serious crimes in the United States may pursue a U-visa to remain here for up to four years, after which they may apply for permanent residence. However, simply stating that you are the victim of a crime is not enough to secure a U-visa. Applicants must obtain a “certificate of helpfulness”…
  • E-1/E-2 Visas

    Scott McVarish
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    The United States has treaties of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation with most of the other countries in the world. These treaties are designed to promote investment and trade between countries. Individuals and companies located in countries that have a treaty with the United States can apply for and obtain visas that allow them to work and live in the U.S. There are two types of E-visas that are available for individuals and companies located in a country with a friendship treaty with the United States: E-1 Treaty Trader: This visa is available for companies that have trade relations with…
 
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    Immigration Forms and Services Blog

  • 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…
  • Is Immigration Amnesty an Emergency?

    Paul
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Immigration is always a popular topic for politicians and pundits around elections, but is the alarmed language used by opponents of immigration reform worth listening to? The answer is very dependent on one’s political leanings, but it is unlikely that any action the president takes will be ultimately harmful to the United States. Amnesty, or whatever immigration reform program that the administration might put into action, could be a very good thing for the U.S. The supposed emergency is derived from the popular belief by conservative politicians that President Obama will issue amnesty to…
  • F1 Student Visa Holders Have Increased explosively in the U.S.

    Paul
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    The number of students studying in the U.S. on F1 student visas has exploded from 110,000 in 2001 to 524,000 in 2012, a nearly five-fold increase, according to the Brookings Institution. F1 visas are granted to foreign students to study at higher-education facilities in the United States and are applied for through the United States Department of State. The study discovered that these students mostly come from fast growing cities such as Seoul, Riyadh and Shanghai. These cities are not only already quite large, but they are also major players in emerging world markets. The majority of foreign…
  • What is the Impact of the immigration crisis in the U.S.?

    Paul
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    There is a great deal of political, economic and social interest in immigration reform in the United States, which is often referred to as the immigration crisis. The extensive and heated debate over the matter is divided by political lines as liberal thoughts generally favor more relaxed immigration laws, whereas conservatives prefer tighter regulation. This division is what makes the issue so contentious. Really, the overall impact of the crisis on the United States is very limited. Things will stay the same as they have been unless there is immigration reform. It is probably the…
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