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  • Canadian sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit airbags

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    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Abdul Masood Qayumi, 25, of Surrey, B.C., and his brother Abdul Masih Qayumi, 26, marketed and sold more than $33,000 worth of counterfeit Honda, BMW and Toyota airbags on eBay for about one year, according to court records.
  • Fifth Consecutive Nonimmigrant Waiver Granted

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    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen and well-respected member of his community.  Many years ago, he was expeditiously removed from the United States as a result of committing a fraud when attempting to enter the U.S.  Thirteen years ago, he retained our firm to solve his immigration issues so he could enter the United States as a visitor for pleasure to visit his elderly United States citizen parents, and the rest of his family. After we were first retained, we filed a nonimmigrant waiver application and our client was granted his first waiver.  Since that time, we have had…
  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

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    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

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    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

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    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
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  • Fifth Consecutive Nonimmigrant Waiver Granted

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen and well-respected member of his community.  Many years ago, he was expeditiously removed from the United States as a result of committing a fraud when attempting to enter the U.S.  Thirteen years ago, he retained our firm to solve his immigration issues so he could enter the United States as a visitor for pleasure to visit his elderly United States citizen parents, and the rest of his family. After we were first retained, we filed a nonimmigrant waiver application and our client was granted his first waiver.  Since that time, we have had…
  • TN Management Consultant Status Approved Based on Experience in Less than One Hour

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen with over 22 years of experience in the administrative and operation of gaming establishments.  She previously worked in the United States in L-1A status on behalf of a United States company as Administrator of the company’s U.S. gaming facility. The same company wished to contract our client’s services to provide management consulting advice concerning state gaming regulations, the preparation of yearly audits, and submission of documentation to the company’s accountants and attorneys.  Although our client does not hold a…
  • Trade NAFTA Management Consultant Status Approved Based on Experience

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen with a long and successful career in the field of customer service.  She has over 40 years of experience as customer service representative, but does not hold a university degree. A small health care company in the United States desires our client’s services as a management consultant.  The company wishes to improve its customer service practices, and contracted with our client to provide advice to its managers and employees on how to provide better customer service to its patients. Based on our client’s extensive career in the customer…
  • IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEEDINGS DISMISSED  

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our clients are natives and citizens of Nigeria.  They came to the United States as visitors almost 25 years ago as young girls, along with their parents.  The family was encountered by the old Immigration and Naturalization Service in the mid 1990’s, and Immigration Court proceedings were instituted.  Their father’s deportation was suspended, and he then became a lawful permanent resident and then a United States citizen. Unfortunately, his two daughters had been ordered to depart the United States voluntarily by the Immigration Judge who handled the Court…
  • GREEN CARD GRANTED AFTER TRIAL

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a native and citizen of Pakistan.  She entered the United States as a Visa Waiver Visitor using someone else’s passport.  She is married to a United States citizen and has three United States citizen children.  Her husband filed a Petition on her behalf to enable her to become a lawful permanent resident.  That Petition alleged that she had entered without inspection, which would have precluded her from obtaining a green card inside the United States, and if she departed to apply in Pakistan, she would have been inadmissible to the United States for 10…
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
 
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
 
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
 
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
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  • Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Which European country has a bigger immigration problem, Sweden, or Finland?
  • Uae immigration how much the daily charge for overstay in dubai?

    Heena Kapoor
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    If the visa is already expire in dubai ,how much is the daily charge for pinalty?
  • N400 decision cannot be made

    afshan
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    I obtained my green card through marriage to a u.s citizen. We are still in a bonafied marriage, on sep 19 I had my interview for N400. Before i got married, was arrested for doing a overstay, but was not put into jail and my case was dismissed. I attached the copy of my final order along with the other documents showing a bonafied marriage with my N400 application. I passed the test and my husband did come to an interview with me. At the end of the interview IO gave me a letter indicating that the decision cannot be made at this time. I wonder what will happen now, however the interview went…
  • Case Transfer to Beneficiary's Country of Nationality

    Nazwa
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hello everyone, IR-1 spouse visa Can I submit a letter/email to NVC requesting case transfer to my beneficiary/principal applicant’s country of nationality? Has anyone done such request? What was the outcome of such request? We are currently at the following NVC stage: 08.13.2014: Case Number & IIN assigned 08.13.2014: Received DS-261 / AOS Bill 08.13.2014: DS-261 Form Completed 08.14.2014: Pay AOS Bill 08.18.2014: AOS Payment Status "Paid" 08.30.2014: Send AOS Package 09.02.2014: Received AOS Package 09.04.2014: Scan AOS Package/received email 60 days waiting period Note: the…
  • HELP! Girlfriend, VWP + K1??

    invoker75
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hey guys, I am a U.S. citizen with dual nationality from France. I have spent the last 12 years of my life in France but I have moved to the US in the beginning of September. I have been in a relationship with a half french, half dutch girl for two years, and our relationship is very stable and going well. We both really want to be together in the future and on the long term and found that the best option is for her to come here in the US since she currently out of a job and has free time. I have been reading tons of stuff on the internet and it seems that the best solution for us would be…
 
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    The U.S. Immigration Law Blog by Ashwin Sharma

  • Florida Immigrant Coalition’s “Drive for Common Sense” seeks Drivers Licenses for all Floridians Regardless of Immigration Status

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 30 member organizations and over 100 allies, founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004. The FLIC has organized “The drive for common sense” which would allow Florida drivers to hold a driver’s license regardless of immigration status.  A petition endorsing this position […]
  • Major Retrogression Imminent for EB-2 India

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Via aila.org Per the AILA DOS Liaison Committee’s followup with Mr. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, “retrogression of EB-2 India appears to be imminent, and could happen as early as November. The October 2014 priority date for EB-2 India is May 1, 2009. Given current demand, the […]
  • DOL Statistics on H-1Bs from FY2014 Fourth Quarter (8/31/14)

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s OFLC statistics on H-1Bs as of 8/31/14, including number of LCAs received, top occupations, states, and employers, as well as the number of certified, denied, and withdrawn LCAs, number of positions requested and certified, and percentage of applications timely processed. Interestingly, of the top ten (10) H-1B Occupations: The top three (3) H-1B […]
  • Customs and Border Protection has Designated (optional) Ports of Entry for First Time Canadian TN (NAFTA) and L Visa Applicants

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Beginning in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under NAFTA. CBP has designated ports of entry that will ensure a more efficient approach to processing the high volume of TN and L applicants.
  • Ashwin Sharma interviewed about H-1B visas in the September issue of the Florida Trend Magazine

    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    via http://www.floridatrend.com Florida Trend magazine’s article highlights many of the unreasonable constraints and scrutiny facing the H-1B professional worker program in the U.S. today.  Excerpt follows: “Importing Workersby Amy Keller John Watson is president and chief technology officer of a small, Jacksonville-based IT consulting and software development firm. He employs about 16 computer IT consultants who specialize […]
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    Immigration Impact

  • Plan That Allows DREAMers to Serve in Military Limited

    Amanda Peterson Beadle
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Only a small number of undocumented immigrants could serve in the military after the Obama administration last week announced that young immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can apply through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. The military has used MAVNI since 2008 to recruit immigrants on non-citizen visas who have specialized language skills, like Arabic or Pashto, or with in-demand medical training, like orthopedic surgeons. But because of the onerous requirements, only a tiny fraction of the more than 1 million…
  • How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

    Mary Giovagnoli
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The State Department recently announced that, for the first time ever, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has reached its cap of 10,000 visas, largely due to an increase in Chinese investors. Although the EB-5 program—employment-based, fifth preference (or category)—has been around since 1990, the growth in its popularity as an investment tool has risen during the most recent economic crisis. The EB-5 visa offers foreign investors a chance to live in the United States and become citizens in exchange for providing $500,000 to $1 million in capital that creates at least 10 new jobs. As a…
  • Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

    Mark Noferi
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Media outlets reported last week that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 70 percent of migrant families encountered at the border since May and released “haven’t reported” to an immigration office as instructed. ICE has released little other information about this data point. Several media outlets published this number but failed to provide clear context. In particular, most stories failed to square this new number with long-term data on appearances in court, at which a majority of immigrants appear—as well as data on compliance with alternatives to…
  • Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

    Mark Noferi
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    This summer, tens of thousands of Central American families fled violence to the U.S. southern border. The administration responded by accelerating deportation proceedings, converting government facilities to family detention centers, and then prioritizing the detention and removal of families. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico into an immigration jail. Calling it a “deportation mill,” the American Immigration Council and other organizations sued, citing interviews with mothers who were prejudged,…
  • How Investing in English Language Learning Can Boost Local Economies

    Paul McDaniel
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As local leaders explore ways to grow their local and regional economies, one area to address is access to English language learning opportunities for all members of a community. A new report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, examines workers with limited English proficiency (LEP) in U.S. metropolitan areas. According to the report, nearly one in 10 working-age adults in the U.S. are considered LEP, working-age LEP adults earn 25 to 40 percent less than their English…
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    National Immigration Forum - Press Releases

  • New Family Detention Facility Moves Enforcement in Wrong Direction

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) announced today that it plans to open a 2,400-bed facility in Dilley, Texas, to house families who have fled across the southwest border in recent months. The facility would be run by a private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America. The following is a response from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “If the administration has worked since 2009 to phase out family detention, it makes little sense to reverse course now. Financially and morally, family detention is a failed…
  • Customs and Border Protection Addresses Use-of-Force Concerns

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced measures that address concerns about incidents involving officers’ use of force. According to CQ Roll Call, CBP will begin testing body cameras at a training facility in New Mexico Oct. 1. In addition, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that he is delegating to CBP the authority to investigate employees regarding alleged criminal misconduct, to increase transparency and accountability. “These are small but significant steps forward as CBP looks to expand transparency, accountability and…
  • Pew Report: New Americans are Putting Down Roots

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project released a report showing that the U.S. population of immigrants lacking authorization has decreased in the past few years, and undocumented immigrants are more likely to be long-term residents with U.S.-born children. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded: “More and more, America is home to immigrants who have put down roots and want to contribute as fully as they can. Right now our broken immigration system is holding them back. “The Pew Report shows the potential of…
  • House Supplemental Bills: An Affront to our Nation’s Values

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a package of bills to respond to the situation on the border. The bills would weaken protections for children fleeing violence, provide next-to-no funding for immigration judges and legal representation, waste valuable National Guard resources, and coldly end DACA for future and current DREAMers. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement on the bills under consideration by the House of Representatives: "What the House has proposed is an affront to our values as…
  • House Fails to Find Votes for Immigration Bill

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — House leaders indicated earlier this afternoon that they would not hold planned votes on two bills: one to address the humanitarian situation on the Southwest border by focusing funding on enforcement, and a second to restrict Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded: “Once again, partisanship is dominating the day. “I’m not surprised it seems the votes aren’t there. These bills are flawed. And children fleeing violence remain political pawns. “Whether these bills move forward…
 
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  • Responding to the President's Immigration Fiat, Pt. 5

    Stanley Renshon
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The president's forthcoming executive amnesty and enforcement actions are likely to be an immigration Rubicon for the Republican Party — for its supporters, its elected officials, and its 2016 presidential candidates. Let me start with Republican supporters and their elected officials. A recent Pew poll tells all in its title: "Neither Party Gets Good Marks from Its Base for Handling Illegal Immigration". According to the poll, 56 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaners feel that the Republican Party is not doing a good job on illegal immigration. read more
  • Would You Buy a Used Car from This EB-5 Applicant?

    David North
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Every so often one part of the immigration system does the right thing, while another does not. In this case USCIS gets the credit and the State Department gets none. Our protagonist today is an alien used car dealer; he's a Mexican millionaire who tried, without the needed qualifications, to convert his E-2 (nonimmigrant investor) visa and his collection of formerly owned vehicles into a green card via the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program. read more
  • Responding to the President's Immigration Fiat, Pt. 4

    Stanley Renshon
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In taking his immigration executive actions – especially if, as expected, they are expansive – the president will have thrown down a monumental, even radical, challenge to the American tradition of governance as well as to the American public and, not incidentally, to the Republican Party. He and his allies can be expected justify his actions by all the means at his disposal, and they will be considerable. They are, however, by no means insurmountable. read more
  • 70 Percent of Illegals Released by ICE Don’t Appear for Follow-up Appointments

    Mark Krikorian
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement released thousands of illegal-alien families from this summer’s border surge – the large majority of those who were apprehended – with instructions to report to the particular ICE office at their final destination. DHS has repeatedly refused to say how many of them actually show up as directed. Well, the AP secured a recording of "a confidential meeting at its [ICE's] Washington headquarters with immigration advocates" where ICE acknowledged that 70 percent of those released "never showed up weeks later for follow-up appointments." read more
  • Uncle Sam Wants Illegal Aliens for the U.S. Army

    Mark Krikorian
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Pentagon announced yesterday that certain illegal aliens would be permitted to join the military. Specifically, people with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) "temporary" amnesty can apply for the MAVNI program (Military Accessions in the National Interest). The program is for legal foreigners who don't have green cards (mainly foreign students or workers) who speak certain rare languages or have specialized medical training. read more
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  • How to get a Work Visa for the US: 5 Things You Need to Know

    Sarah Duff
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
      Given that there are many different immigration visas with various requirements, it can be challenging to figure out how to get a work visa for the US. Here is our list of 5 things you should know about how to get a work visa for the US. You will need a US employer to sponsor you. In order to even start the work visa process, most work visas require a US employer to sponsor the work visa application.  That means, in order to get an H-1B, L visa, or an O visa, you need to first apply for a job and be offered a position by a US employer before starting the visa process. If you are…
  • The L1 Visa: The Difference Between the L1 A Visa and the L1 B Visa

    Jake VanKersen
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    As we mentioned in a previous post, there are two different categories for the L1 visa, the L1 A visa and the L1 B visa. L1 A Visa The L1 A visa is available to executives and managers that are transferring from overseas offices to work in the United States. They also have to currently be an executive or manager and will continue to be an executive or manager in the United States.  They will need to continue in that position once they arrive in the United States. One of the requirements to be eligible for an L1 A visa is that the employee has been with your company for 12 continuous months…
  • Fiance Visa Cost and Fees: Required Fees and Fiance Visa Cost

    Zofia Mrozowska
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    It is important to have an understanding of the required fees and additional fiance visa cost before applying for a fiance visa. This helps avoid additional delays and adding extra confusion to an already complicated process. Fiance Visa Cost There are two main required cost when it comes to applying for a K-1 Fiance visa: -        $340 will be paid when the I-129F form is filed with USCIS -        $265 will be paid to the U.S. consulate before the fiancé attends the consulate interview* These are the only required fiance visa cost that you will pay directly to the U.S.
  • Video: The L1 Visa: An Overview of the L1 Visa

    Jake VanKersen
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In our latest video overview we take a look at the L1 visa. If your company has somebody working at one of your overseas offices and you want to bring them to the United States then you might be interested in an L1 visa. The L1 visas allow a foreign national to transfer to the U.S. provided that they work in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity for your company. There are two different categories of L1 visas, the L-1A and the L-1B. We cover the differences between each category in another video, which you can find here. L1 Visa Requirements That the foreign company has…
  • How to Schedule a B-2 Visitor Visa Interview: Steps to Scheduling a B-2 Visitor Visa Interview

    Zofia Mrozowska
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    After submitting the application and paying the required $160 application fee, the next step is to schedule the B-2 Visitor visa interview. Step 1: Visit your local U.S. Consulate’s website Use the U.S. embassy website to find your local consulate. It is usually recommended for you to apply for a U.S. visa in your home country or in a country where you have long term legal status such as residency or a work permit. Step 2: Identify scheduling options for the B-2 visitor visa interview U.S. consulates have different scheduling options for B-2 visitor visa interviews.  It is important that…
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  • Back(log) to the Future: 60,000+ People Stuck in the Asylum Backlog

    Jason Dzubow
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
                        I recently participated in a panel discussion at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. The panel was hosted by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and featured speakers from academia, non-profits, government, and the private bar. The introductory speaker was the Ambassador of Jamaica, who (to my surprise) knew more about asylum law than most immigration attorneys. The focus of the panel was on asylum seekers of African decent (so, generally, people from…
  • “Miranda Rights” for Asylum Seekers

    Jason Dzubow
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
                        It’s a common scenario in my office: A person who entered the U.S. unlawfully at the Mexican border, and who was detained and released by U.S. immigration authorities, wants to seek asylum, but has missed the one-year deadline to apply. Dupe process of law at the border: Don’t tell people about their rights, and they won’t exercise them. Just the other day, a young man from El Salvador came to me for a consultation. In his country, gang members threatened to kill him.
  • Sixteen Years and 20 Minutes to “Other Serious Harm” Asylum

    Jason Dzubow
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
                        Our guest blogger today is Jonathan Bialosky, an attorney at the George Washington University Law School Immigration Clinic. He recently had an important win in an “other serious harm” asylum case. It also happens that he was a student in Todd Pilcher and my Asylum Law class at GW last semester. Congratulations on the win (and on passing our class – which you could have taught). Enjoy–  On September 3rd, 16 years after filing his application, and…
  • One Giant Leap for a Woman; One Small Step for Womankind

    Jason Dzubow
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
                        In a recent decision, Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014), the BIA held that “married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave their relationship” can constitute a cognizable particular social group (“PSG”) for purposes of asylum. The decision is significant because it marks the first time that the Board has published a decision essentially endorsing asylum for victims of domestic violence. Applicants who seek asylum under this standard…
  • In (Attempted) Defense of Banning Iranian-American Immigration Judges

    Jason Dzubow
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
                        If you follow the news from the Executive Office for Immigration Review or EOIR–the office that oversees the Immigration Courts–you are aware of the recent lawsuit filed by Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor. Judge Tabaddor is an IJ in Los Angeles. She was appointed in 2005 and has been serving ever since. Judge Tabaddor also happens to be Iranian-American. Judge Tabaddor has been mistreated by the executive Branch. We hope she doesn’t Leave. We are Root-ing…
 
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  • DV Program to Begin October Registration

    Romona Paden
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Besides the changing colors of leaves on the trees and a nip in the air, autumn is a time of great change. For the hundreds of thousands  of people around the world who dream of living and working in the United States, however, the season is also a time of great hope. This hope will begin to manifest next week as the Department of State (DOS) is slated to open a 30-day window to register for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2016 Program. The DV Program—more commonly called the green card lottery— allots 50,000 visas to nationals living in countries around the world that are typically…
  • Immigrants Facing Higher Money-Wire Costs

    Romona Paden
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Sending more than $50 billion to loved ones still living in their native countries, immigrants in the United States are among the heaviest senders of remittances.  Because institutions in the business of sending international wire transfers are now faced with ensuring against money laundering or terrorist funding, however, at least a few banks are discontinuing the service. The combination of elements means massive repercussions on multiple fronts: immigrants, banks and global economics. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations and World Bank numbers, a “rising…
  • Underwater Dreams Tells Underdog Tale

    Romona Paden
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    When four high school science and technology geeks go up against college kids from around the country in a robotics competition, no one really takes notice if the younger students lose. This means Oscar Vazquez and his three robotics-team peers from Phoenix-based Carl Hayden High School—all undocumented—were free to enter a contest to create an underwater robot in 2004 without the fear of complete public humiliation. The team called their robot Stinky. But instead of walking away unnoticed from the NASA- and U.S. Navy-sponsored competition, Vazquez and his cohorts emerged…
  • Child immigrants Pose Big Issues

    Romona Paden
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    In an effort to escape violence and poverty, a growing number of children from across Latin America are showing up on the nation’s doorstep. Although kids have often trekked thousands of miles in making their way to the United States, thin resources means these special immigration cases don’t always get the care and attention needed. While organizations with the purpose of helping minor immigrants maneuver through the system do exist, a study by Syracuse University reports that more than half the 57,000 underage immigrants currently in the country will go through their immigration…
  • Terrorism Threats and Fears Influence Immigration Laws

    Romona Paden
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the nation’s immigration policies reflect efforts to protect against foreign threats. Because of the magnitude of the 911 events, policy makers and enforcement agencies, some argue, responded in a knee-jerk fashion that continues to influence immigration laws today. One year after the world witnessed the use of airplanes as missiles, the U.S. remembered that day’s victims through Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in recognition of the thousands who died on that fateful day.
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  • How to sponsor your relative for a Green Card

    Romona Paden
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    If you have a relative who lives outside the U.S. and is not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., you can help them get a green card. In order to sponsor a foreign relative for a green card, you will be required to prove that you have enough income and assets to support them by filing out Form I-864. There will also be other documents you'll have to give to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  These are the types of relatives that U.S. citizens may help get a green card: Spouse Children Parents Siblings A fiance residing outside of the U.S. and their children…
  • Almost 1,000 sworn in as citizens in Texas

    Romona Paden
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    A naturalization ceremony in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29 saw nearly 1,000 people from 87 different countries sworn in as U.S. citizens. According to Austin CBS affiliate KEYE, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel presided over the hour-long ceremony.  One of those to gain U.S. citizenship was Aracely Garcia-Granados, executive director of the nonprofit Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together. The source reported that she was born in Guatemala and has been living in the U.S. for eight years.  Felipe Cruz was also another individual who became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony in…
  • Many immigrant families fail to report to ICE

    Romona Paden
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    After thousands of immigrant families were caught trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security said many of them failed to report to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement like they were told to do. According to the Associated Press, these undocumented immigrants were told to report to federal immigration agents within 15 days of being apprehended. Instead, officials said about 70 percent of those families have failed to do so.  The information was revealed during a confidential meeting at the Department of Homeland Security's headquarters in…
  • Woman granted citizenship 86 years late

    Romona Paden
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Anne Zajac of Liverpool, New York, has lived in the U.S. since she came to the country with her parents from Poland in 1928. That was 86 years ago, when she was 3 years old. According to the Associated Press, Zajac, now age 90, thought she was a U.S. citizen for decades. However, what Zajac didn't know is that a clerical error in 1935 meant that she had been living as an undocumented immigrant despite paying taxes, voting and receiving her Social Security card. When her husband Henry Zajac died in October 2013, she went to file paperwork in order to receive her…
  • Boehner promises immigration reform in 2015

    Romona Paden
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    House Speaker John Boehner said he believes he can convince the Republican Party to pass an immigration overhaul bill in 2015. However, according to Roll Call, he did not make clear exactly when he plans to schedule a vote because he first wants the country to establish stricter border security.  Boehner said one of the reasons an immigration bill was unlikely to pass earlier in 2014 was due to the influx of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the last 12 months.  "We had a flood of children coming across the border once again proving that no good…
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  • DV Program to Begin October Registration

    Romona Paden
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    With the entry of autumn onto the calendar, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world could be closer to fulfilling their dream of living and working in the United States. Beginning at the start of October and running for about one month, the Department of State (DOS) opens registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) Program. The month […]
  • B2 ビザの延長を行う方法

    Romona Paden
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    一時的に米国に入国する人々には、非移民ビザであるB1ビザ(ビジネス目的)かB2ビザ(娯楽、観光または治療目的)が発行されます。これは訪問者ビザとしても知られており、最高6か月間の滞在許可で発行されます。ただし、USCISはさらに6か月間  B2 ビザを延長 することができます。入国時に6か月の滞在許可でスタンプを押されていても、移民担当官は訪問者が米国に延長滞在できる期間を決定し、その日付がI-94 カードに記入されます。 B2…
  • Green Card Lottery Designed for Country Diversity

    Romona Paden
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    With an eye toward promoting diversity within the immigrant populations across the United States, the Department of State’s (DOS) Diversity Visa (DV) Program invites nationals from around the world to roll the dice on getting a green card. Geared toward countries where fewer than 50,000 nationals have immigrated to the United States in the last five […]
  • グリーンカードを紛失した、または盗難にあった際はどうすれば良いですか。

    Romona Paden
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
  • Green Card Lottery: An Alternate Route to a Green Card

    Romona Paden
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Nationals around the world who dream of living and working in the United States will mark their calendars for the beginning registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2016 program in October. The DV program—commonly called the Green Card Lottery– is operated by the Department of State (DOS) and is intended to promote a diverse immigrant culture through a lottery only […]
 
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  • 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
  • Visa Bulletin for September 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:07 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: 08NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08OCT09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01NOV08 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin for August 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 22JAN09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 08NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08OCT09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01NOV08 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
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  • Overview of the new study permit rules

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Thousands of foreign students enter Canada every year to study at one of hundreds of colleges or universities. It’s a smart move.  Not only do you get to experience Canadian culture, but it can set you up for a post-graduation work visa, and eventually permanent residence in Canada. Even if permanent residence is not your current goal, after studying here, you may wish to stay indefinitely. However, the student permit rules have changed recently and I’ve summarized the key aspects below. Note that a study permit is only required for a program over 6 months in length.  However,…
  • Labour Market Opinion is now a Labour Market Impact Assessment

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If you are planning to work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker, you typically need an employer who is willing to hire you.  That employer must also be willing to apply to the government to show that it is difficult (or impossible) to find a Canadian who is able to do the job you wish to do. In the past the employer would apply for a “labour market opinion” (LMO) to confirm that it would be difficult to find a Canadian.  An LMO would be issued and you would use that LMO to apply for your work permit. However, the labour market opinion is now known as a labour market impact…
  • Renewing a supervisa at Vegreville

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    For those of you who have been issued a supervisa, you quickly realized that the promise of a 10 year entry visa was in fact a one or two year entry visa, that must be renewed. Why is this the case? CIC wants to ensure that after one or two years, the conditions under which the supervisa were issued have not changed.  For example, do your parents still have adequate medical coverage?  Are they still residing with you?  Can you meet their food and lodging needs? If your parents are currently residing in Canada with you, then the renewal application is sent to CPC Vegreville.  Currently,…
  • Did you know you can apply for citizenship with less than 1095 days physical presence?

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    As a permanent resident, the general rule to apply for Canadian citizenship is to have 1,095 days of physical presence in Canada in the previous 4 years. If you meet that test, great. But what if you were out of the country for a few days per month?  What if you have to be out of the country a few days per month (like one of my clients who has business in the USA)?  Can you apply with anything less than 1,095 days? Yes you can. To say that the law on physical presence is currently in a state of confusion would be an understatement.  There are several cases at the Federal Court that all say…
  • Eligible occupations announced for the federal skilled worker program

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    If you missed out applying under the federal skilled worker program last year because your occupation reached its cap, there’s good news. CIC just announced a new list of occupations for applicants beginning May 1, 2014.  The overall cap is set at 25,000 applications for the next 12 months.  There are sub-caps of 1,000 for each of the 50 eligible occupations (I’ve listed them below, along with links to the NOC descriptions). So if you are interested in applying under this program, do it quickly.  Last year, some of the occupation sub-caps were reached by the end of June.  If…
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  • 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
  • Sleepless night for expat Scots ends with overwhelming No vote

    Kate Welch
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    For the last several months, the topic of heated conversation in every expat Scottish community worldwide has focused on the national independence referendum. The historic referendum had been slated to end over 300 years of English rule over the northernmost region of Britain, but finally resulted in a larger than expected majority voting... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Trend in global expat suburbs makes for easier emigration

    Kate Welch
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A major concern for families accompanying the breadwinner to a new country is how to adjust to a completely new lifestyle away from familiar foods, communities and cultures. The move from European city life to its equivalent in Asia is seen as the most challenging, but nowadays a surprise awaits parents wondering whether their kids will... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
 
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  • Travel to Belarus for Children with Dual Citizenship

    ashautsova
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Travel to Belarus for Children with Dual Citizenship Author: Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova The laws of the Belarus allow children under 16 years old to have a dual citizenship. When a child of a Belarusian citizen is born abroad, he or she automatically becomes a Belarusian citizen as well. When traveling to Belarus the first time after the child’s birth, parents should know certain requirements and particularities that would help to avoid issues at the Belarusian/Russian border. To wit, a Belarusian citizen child may return to Belarus using a document called “Permission to…
  • RELIEF FOR CITIZENS OF EBOLA AFFECTED COUNTRIES

    ashautsova
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    RELIEF FOR CITIZENS OF EBOLA AFFECTED COUNTRIES Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States Release Date: August 15, 2014 by USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USCIS offers relief measures to nationals of those three countries who are currently in the United States. Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include: Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States,…
  • Do I Need to Renew Green Card Prior to Citizenship Application?

    ashautsova
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Do I Need to Renew Green Card Prior to Citizenship Application? Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova Many permanent residents have a question as to what they need to do if they are eligible for naturalization, but their green card or permanent resident card has expired: do they renew it first, or shall they just apply for citizenship? The Immigration laws require that permanent residents over age 18 be in possession of a permanent resident card. INA § 264. As such, if an individual applies for naturalization six months or more before the expiration on his/her permanent…
  • New Fingerprinting Procedure for Immigration Court

    ashautsova
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    New Fingerprinting Procedure for Immigration Court Author: New York Immigration Lawyer All respondents in Immigration court has to make sure that the results of the   fingerprinting procedure are valid on the date of their Immigration court hearing. Expired results cause delays and adjournments and bring frustration to all participants of the process. Currently, the Immigration court places the burden of notifying respondents about updating of the results on their attorneys. Up until recently, the procedure required, that respondent submit the Applicant Information Worksheet (AIW)  to ICE…
  • How To Bring Family Members to the US

    ashautsova
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    How To Bring Family Members to the US Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova An ability to sponsor a family member into the US depends on (1) the immigration status of the sponsor and (2) the relationship between the sponsor and the family member who is overseas. A US permanent resident can “bring” over: a spouse, a child (unmarried under 21 son or daughter); an unmarried son or daughter.  A permanent resident cannot sponsor his or her siblings, grandparents/grandchildren or parents. A  US citizen may sponsor a spouse, a child (unmarried under 21 son or daughter);…
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    US Immigration Reform

  • 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    
  • An American Iron Curtain

    mikequinn
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    We are creating an American Iron Curtain When I was a boy growing up in the sixties and seventies, the only places we got our news was radio, TV & the newspaper. Being young, I wasn’t much on reading because I was having a difficult time learning the language. English is not the easiest language in […]
  • “Doing nothing” is not a political strategy- it’s a STRIKE

    Mike Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    When the Republicans take on the position that doing nothing is the way to proceed on immigration, I have to think it’s not a political strategy, it’s more like a strike. When workers walk out on a job and refuse to do any work until certain terms are met, that is called a strike–look it […]
  • Congress– lead or get out of the way

    Mike Quinn
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Merriam Webster defines leadership as: : a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc. : the time when a person holds the position of leader : the power or ability to lead other people  Taken into the context of our US Congress today, we can see the definition to be true as a […]
  • Rick Perry– Immigration Zero

    Mike Quinn
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending the National Guard to help stop refugee children from reaching our borders. So, let me get this straight, he’s using an army of 1000 National Guard troops to stop little children who are escaping drugs, gangs, exploitation and death, and sending them back to the horror they are escaping. […]
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    US Visa in Thailand

  • Adjustment of Status: Its Requirements and Processes

    Robert Virasin
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Adjustment of Status is the process of converting your K-1 or K-3 spouse to a U.S. permanent resident. The process begins with organizing your supporting documents. They can be placed into these categories.
  • E-2 Investor Visa: Treaty Investor Countries and their Nationals

    Robert Virasin
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    The E-2 Investor Visa is an attractive visa for foreign nationals who do not have family in the United States or an Employer who is willing to sponsor them to come live and work in the United States. With the right financial resources, an E-2 visa allows foreign nationals to self-sponsor themselves to start a […]
  • Three Things to Know About Visa Denials

    Robert Virasin
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    One of the most stressful events for foreign nationals trying to get a visa to the United States is the final interview with the consular officer. Once a visa application is submitted to the consulate, the consular office must make a decision on the application. The officer needs to decide whether the visa should be […]
  • Same Sex Relationships and K-1 Fiancé Visas

    Robert Virasin
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    There was a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 that dramatically effected U.S. immigration law and same sex couples living in Thailand. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act which barred federal recognition of same sex marriages. On July 1, 2013, the United States announced that it will allow immigration […]
  • I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record

    Robert Virasin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    An I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record needs to be completed by a registered United States Civil Surgeon prior to submitting an application for adjustment of status from a non-immigrant status to a U.S. permanent resident. Registered Civil Surgeons can be located at the USCIS website. There is an exemption for applicants who […]
 
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    Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer

  • 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…
  • New Laws Fail to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

    Scott McVarish
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Approximately 10 percent of California’s workforce is composed of undocumented immigrants. Many worry that these workers are vulnerable to employer mistreatment, including wage theft. A number of California laws were recently implemented to combat and deter wrongdoing against undocumented immigrants, and the Supreme Court has even ruled that undocumented workers have the right to sue their employers. However, these protections are not keeping all workers from harm. A reporter with KQED recently interviewed an undocumented worker who suffered physical abuse at the hands of one employer…
  • EB-5 and Immigration from Saudi Arabia

    Scott McVarish
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    There are several legal ways for citizens of Saudi Arabia to bring their entire family to the United States to live and work. One of the most popular ways for citizens of Saudi Arabia to obtain a visa is through the EB-5 immigrant investor program. The EB-5 program was created to promote financial investment and job growth in the United States. Therefore, in order to qualify as an EB-5 investor, applicants must invest at least one million dollars of at-risk capital and create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for United States workers. There are exceptions to these requirements, however.
  • Domestic Violence Victims Qualify for Asylum

    Scott McVarish
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    In 2005, a Guatemalan woman entered the United States illegally while fleeing from her husband. According to a news report in The Associated Press, she reported to local police in Guatemala that she was being abused, but was repeatedly told that they would not meddle with her marriage. The woman then reportedly fled the country illegally, entering the United States. In court, she argued that the lack of police response should qualify her for asylum in the United States. On August 26, 2014, the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals agreed in part that spousal abuse could affect…
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