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  • July 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    Patty Johnson
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives thousands of family- and employment-based green card applications every year, which creates a backlog. As a result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition will be processed. Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as well as the expected processing time. July 2015: Family-Based Green Card Visa Bulletin Source: USCIS Month-to-Month Changes Similar to last month, there wasn’t much change in July’s family-based visa bulletin. Most…
  • Is this considered Marriage Fraud?!

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    Planetearth
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    I was married once and divorced TWICE from the same woman... I will be as brief as possible and to the point. I am a born U.S. citizen and on February 21, 2011 I married my "fiance" at the time who is a Colombian National and 21 years my junior. "We" did not get along so she decides to leave on January 2012 after a discussion. Before leaving she called the cops and there was a police report filed stating her intentions of leaving. No mention of any abuse from either party because none existed. She later confessed that she was seeing someone but that she felt we might be…
  • Is this considered Marriage Fraud?!

    ILW.COM Discussion Board
    Planetearth
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    I was married once and divorced TWICE from the same woman... I will be as brief as possible and to the point. I am a born U.S. citizen and on February 21, 2011 I married my "fiance" at the time who is a Colombian National and 21 years my junior. "We" did not get along so she decides to leave on January 2012 after a discussion. Before leaving she called the cops and there was a police report filed stating her intentions of leaving. No mention of any abuse from either party because none existed. She later confessed that she was seeing someone but that she felt we might be…
  • AREA SWIMMING: SWISA Relays midway break for swimmers

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    altontelegraph
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Summers Port’s Will Roberts swims the breatstroke during action Monday evening in the SWISA Relays meet at Sunset Hills. EDWARDSVILLE — While the Summers Port Sharks point with pride to their 22 consecutive Southwestern Illinois Swim Association Championship Meet titles, head coach Nancy Miller said she’s equally as proud of her team’s similar record in the SWISA Relays. “Winning the SWISA Relays takes a completely different approach than winning a dual meet or even the SWISA (Championship) Meet,” Miller said Monday as her team went though its paces for the…
  • NBC to Donald Trump: YOU are Fired!

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    Immigration Prof
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    NBCUniversal has cut its ties with Donald Trump, a recent GOP entrant in the race for the Presidency. NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic and other groups, has announced that it is severing its business ties to Trump....
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  • Is this considered Marriage Fraud?!

    Planetearth
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    I was married once and divorced TWICE from the same woman... I will be as brief as possible and to the point. I am a born U.S. citizen and on February 21, 2011 I married my "fiance" at the time who is a Colombian National and 21 years my junior. "We" did not get along so she decides to leave on January 2012 after a discussion. Before leaving she called the cops and there was a police report filed stating her intentions of leaving. No mention of any abuse from either party because none existed. She later confessed that she was seeing someone but that she felt we might be…
  • The 5th TLA Law "Life in America: Visas, Startups, & "Green Cards"" Joint Seminar

    ImmigrationDaily
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    July 7, 2015 4-7pm (Eastern), New York, NY. TLA Law, Attorneys at Law, PLLC will hold a "Life in America: Visas, Startups, & 'Green Cards'" Joint Seminar at New York City Bar Association, Hughes Room, 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036. The programs include introducing various types of U.S. Visa and legal considerations for startup businesses, including incorporation and intellectual properties. For more information and registration instructions please see https://www.facebook.com/events/908396132555361/ or http://careertu.com/portfolio/h1b-seminar/
  • Family sponsoring question

    needAnswer
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Hi, I would like to have a better understanding on an immigration situation. The situation involves my sister. She came into the U.S. with a tourist visa and overstayed her visit for many years because she married to a person who was on working permit at the time. They have children together. The children were born here in the U.S., so they are American citizen. Then my sister divorced her husband and went back to our home country (self-deportation) a couple years ago, but the children are still living in the U.S. with their father. However, the father status has changed to illegal resident…
  • Photo ID Requirements for GC Renewal Biometrics Appointment

    alan.l
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    My family has biometrics appointments scheduled next week for the renewal of our Green Cards that are expiring in 5 months. The photo of my child (now age 15) on his existing GC is very outdated and will likely be deemed unacceptable for ID purposes [I forgot to file I-90 when he turned 14]. His foreign passport is currently being processed, and he does not yet have a State Drivers License. The only photo ID he has is a High School ID card. Should I reschedule his appointment after he has received his passport and new driver's permit? I'm looking for advice. Thanks!
  • USCIS Immigration Officer made an error and thinks I am applying under 319B vs 319A

    rfo
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Issue resolved
 
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  • Is this considered Marriage Fraud?!

    Planetearth
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    I was married once and divorced TWICE from the same woman... I will be as brief as possible and to the point. I am a born U.S. citizen and on February 21, 2011 I married my "fiance" at the time who is a Colombian National and 21 years my junior. "We" did not get along so she decides to leave on January 2012 after a discussion. Before leaving she called the cops and there was a police report filed stating her intentions of leaving. No mention of any abuse from either party because none existed. She later confessed that she was seeing someone but that she felt we might be…
  • The 5th TLA Law "Life in America: Visas, Startups, & "Green Cards"" Joint Seminar

    ImmigrationDaily
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    July 7, 2015 4-7pm (Eastern), New York, NY. TLA Law, Attorneys at Law, PLLC will hold a "Life in America: Visas, Startups, & 'Green Cards'" Joint Seminar at New York City Bar Association, Hughes Room, 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036. The programs include introducing various types of U.S. Visa and legal considerations for startup businesses, including incorporation and intellectual properties. For more information and registration instructions please see https://www.facebook.com/events/908396132555361/ or http://careertu.com/portfolio/h1b-seminar/
  • Family sponsoring question

    needAnswer
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Hi, I would like to have a better understanding on an immigration situation. The situation involves my sister. She came into the U.S. with a tourist visa and overstayed her visit for many years because she married to a person who was on working permit at the time. They have children together. The children were born here in the U.S., so they are American citizen. Then my sister divorced her husband and went back to our home country (self-deportation) a couple years ago, but the children are still living in the U.S. with their father. However, the father status has changed to illegal resident…
  • Photo ID Requirements for GC Renewal Biometrics Appointment

    alan.l
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    My family has biometrics appointments scheduled next week for the renewal of our Green Cards that are expiring in 5 months. The photo of my child (now age 15) on his existing GC is very outdated and will likely be deemed unacceptable for ID purposes [I forgot to file I-90 when he turned 14]. His foreign passport is currently being processed, and he does not yet have a State Drivers License. The only photo ID he has is a High School ID card. Should I reschedule his appointment after he has received his passport and new driver's permit? I'm looking for advice. Thanks!
  • USCIS Immigration Officer made an error and thinks I am applying under 319B vs 319A

    rfo
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Issue resolved
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  • AREA SWIMMING: SWISA Relays midway break for swimmers

    altontelegraph
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Summers Port’s Will Roberts swims the breatstroke during action Monday evening in the SWISA Relays meet at Sunset Hills. EDWARDSVILLE — While the Summers Port Sharks point with pride to their 22 consecutive Southwestern Illinois Swim Association Championship Meet titles, head coach Nancy Miller said she’s equally as proud of her team’s similar record in the SWISA Relays. “Winning the SWISA Relays takes a completely different approach than winning a dual meet or even the SWISA (Championship) Meet,” Miller said Monday as her team went though its paces for the…
  • Illinois AG not sure about paying workers

    altontelegraph
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan raised doubts Monday about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to continue paying state employees even if there’s no budget agreement by Wednesday. Madigan, a Democrat, issued a statement that questioned Rauner’s announcement hours earlier that there was legal precedent to issue paychecks to 65,000 government workers after the start of the fiscal year while he and Democrats in the General Assembly continue their tussle over how to pay the state’s bills. In a memo to state workers provided to The Associated Press, the…
  • Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law from taking effect

    altontelegraph
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on the staff who have admitting privileges at a local hospital. But because of the strong opposition to abortion, doctors have been unable to obtain those privileges in large parts of the state. The law also requires these clinics to meet the standards of an outpatient surgery center. The combination of the two rules…
  • HAWKS ARE SUMMER-TOUGH: Carrollton is 19-2 in summer boys basketball

    altontelegraph
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Carrollton’s Jerrett Smith puts up a shot during a game against South County in White Hall earlier this summer. Carrollton’s Brody Howard (left) closes in on a South County player during a game at White Hall earlier this summer. WHITE HALL — The personnel has changed, but the 2015-16 edition of Carrollton boys’ basketball looks a lot like the team that won 27 games last year. It’s been a pretty tough bunch to beat this summer. “Summer’s going great,” Hall of Fame coach Jeff Krumwiede said. “We’ve had good attendance and the kids are…
  • City looking for new fireworks venue

    altontelegraph
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Alton Fire Department Capt. Rick Orban uses a wheeled ruler to mark off distances on the old Great Central Lumber property at the foot of Henry Street in Alton Monday after officials learned the Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area in West Alton, Mo., from where they usually launch fireworks, was deemed unsafe due to flooding. This sent officials scrambling to find another location with a safe enough perimeter from which to safely launch the giant fireworks shells from without endangering lives or property. Officials have said the July 3 show will go on despite the setback. ALTON — City…
 
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    Immigration Impact

  • Nativist Group Misrepresents Facts Again to Support Detaining Children and Families

    Policy Center
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Last week, the nativist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) did it again. This time, CIS misrepresented data on children and families appearing in immigration court, echoing what Fox News reported earlier in the week—both outlets implying that detention is necessary to ensure appearance in court. Yet data from the immigration courts—the same data CIS and Fox News used—show that a majority of children and families do appear in court. Detaining children and families is not only inhumane and expensive, it’s unnecessary. The key problem with CIS’ assertion that 84 percent of…
  • Why Our Humanitarian Obligations to Children Crossing the Border Still Matter

    Amy Grenier
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    Last summer, the flow of Central Americans seeking refuge in the United States—many of them children—reached its height. One of the government’s first responses to the increased numbers was to reinstitute family detention, with the opening of a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, one year ago tomorrow. Today, the flow at our southern border has decreased significantly, with apprehensions for unaccompanied children down 51 percent compared to the same period last year. Yet, the problems in the Northern Triangle have not abated, and the United States’ obligation to address the…
  • Where Bobby Jindal Stands on Immigration Issues

    Policy Center
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th presidential candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. He is also the third declared 2016 presidential candidate that is the son of immigrants – the two others being Sens. Mario Rubio and Ted Cruz. In his announcement speech, Jindal embraced his own immigrant heritage but, a look into his rhetoric and policy positions on key pieces of immigration reform legislation reveals some thoughtful, but missequenced solutions on immigration, as well as a general misunderstanding of executive authority and the nation’s…
  • Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits

    Catalina Restrepo
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Earlier this week, eight Democratic House Members took a trip to Dilley and Karnes, Texas to visit two immigrant family detention facilities and meet with women and children detained there. Dozens of women demonstrated during the visit, using sheets and pillow cases to make their statements. One five-year-old boy held up the message, “I am not a criminal, please give me my freedom”. Today, the Members held a press conference to discuss their trip and what they saw and heard from the mothers and children they met. Rep. Zoe Lofgren likened the two facilities to the jails that she saw while…
  • Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Designated Following Earthquake

    Mark Noferi
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    On June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquake in April. Starting immediately, Nepalese nationals in the U.S. can apply for protection against deportation, the ability to travel, and the ability to gain a work permit. These protections will last through December 24, 2016, and may be extended further.  Applications will be accepted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through December 21, 2015. Details and procedures for…
 
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  • Is There Something about EB-5 that Attracts Wastrels and Crooks?

    David North
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    It looks like it has become a pattern: An executive gets involved with the EB-5 program and is subsequently charged with a variety of abuses. The latest such story has emerged from within Michigan's state government. According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's chief internal auditor reported that the state's EB-5 office (part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority) and a sister agency issued seven contracts that were marked by "a lack of competitive bidding, inflated charges, and invoices that were paid twice." The director of housing and the EB-5 program, Scott Woosley, was…
  • Here to Stay

    Jessica Vaughan
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Court statistics reveal Obama policy on surge crossers is a failure Most of the illegal border crossers from Central America who arrived in last year's surge have skipped out on their hearings, according to immigration court statistics obtained by Fox News. Only about 1 percent of the total have been awarded legal status or relief from deportation by immigration judges, but a significant number (37 percent) of the unaccompanied juvenile arrivals have had their cases closed or terminated, which indicates that they most likely also will be allowed to avoid deportation. In spite of these facts,…
  • Bad News from the Badlands – FBI Probe of EB-5 Ends with No Indictments

    David North
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    The acting U.S. attorney in South Dakota, Randy Seiler, has decided that there are no grounds to indict anyone for the various EB-5 scandals in that state, a subject I have written about frequently in the past. The decision came from Seiler after he reviewed an FBI report on the subject. That report was not made public, according to the state's largest newspaper, the Argus Leader. This is bad news because these scandals, complex as they may be, are outrageous and bipartisan in origin and whitewash has been applied liberally by both parties. EB-5 rewards an alien who chips in half a million…
  • DHS Creates TPS Status for Nepalis

    David North
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The Secretary of Homeland Security has just added Nepal to the list of nations whose citizens can apply for Temporary Protected Status in the United States. This brings the current list of such nations to an even dozen. The rationale was the recent earthquake in that country. read more
  • More Chaos in EU Migration, This Time at the "Chunnel"

    Dan Cadman
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    British and French media outlets have been reporting on a strike by French workers at the Calais ferry crossing giving access to Britain. The ferry is often used by cargo trucks ("lorries") and other commercial vehicles. Striking workers broke into the secure area surrounding the ferry access points, shutting down the operation in its entirety and causing French authorities to react by sending in riot police. read more
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • July 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    Patty Johnson
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives thousands of family- and employment-based green card applications every year, which creates a backlog. As a result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition will be processed. Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as well as the expected processing time. July 2015: Family-Based Green Card Visa Bulletin Source: USCIS Month-to-Month Changes Similar to last month, there wasn’t much change in July’s family-based visa bulletin. Most…
  • Smart Ways to Build Credit With Your New DACA Status

    Patty Johnson
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    With Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) you can apply for a social security number and start building credit. A good credit score informs financial lenders of your trustworthiness so you can apply for student loans, a car note, and a home mortgage! However, with your new social security number comes a great deal of responsibility because while having no credit isn’t ideal, having bad credit is even worse. As a result, you must build credit smartly so you can manage it and have financial stability for the future. Here are a few ways to start building credit with your new DACA…
  • VISANOW Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month

    Patty Johnson
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    June is Immigrant Heritage Month and VISANOW is joining the nationwide celebration. The holiday was founded last year by nonprofits Welcome.us and FWD.us, which are dedicated to promoting immigration and tech communities in the U.S., respectively. All month long, people around the country will share their personal immigration stories and how they’re keeping their cultural traditions alive here in the U.S. Each day VISANOW’s immigration attorneys, client managers, account executives, and other team members work hard in assisting foreign nationals with their visa and green card…
  • Why You Should Join a Community Immigration Group

    Patty Johnson
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    If you qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) you may be wondering what to do until the deferred action injunction is lifted. The short answer? Stay busy by joining a community-based organization. These grassroot groups work hard each day to provide educational, career advancement and other resources to people in need. Immigration groups, in particular, are great to join because you no doubt have a shared goal—immigration reform! How to find immigration groups: Get active on Twitter The Latino community is very active…
  • USCIS Revises Filing Requirements for H-1B Holder Worksite Changes

    Patty Johnson
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Recently, USCIS changed the required filing process for when an H-1B employee changes work locations outside the area of intended employment. If any of your employees have changed work locations since the most recent H-1B filing, you may need to file an amended petition. Here’s what you need to know: This new policy change is retroactive, which means if any of your H-1B employees have changed work locations since the most recent H-1B filing, an amended H-1B petition MUST be filed. Failure to do so can result in penalties, such as fines and debarment from the H-1B program. All amended…
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    The Asylumist

  • I Moved. Should I File a Change of Address?

    Jason Dzubow
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
                        If you have a case pending with the Asylum Office and you move, you are supposed to file a change of address (form AR-11) within 10 days. It should be that easy, but of course, these days at the Asylum Office, nothing is easy. Does this count as a permanent address? The first problem is that if you move and you file a change of address, it could affect your eligibility for an Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”)–a work permit. Once your case is…
  • Dilemma at the Gate: Family Detention vs. Open Borders

    Jason Dzubow
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
                        Since the surge of asylum seekers arriving at our Southern border began in 2013, the number of people held in family detention has increased dramatically. Men, women (including pregnant women), children, and infants are kept in secure facilities—jails—while their asylum cases are adjudicated. There have been plenty of issues at these facilities: Allegations of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse by guards, inadequate food, suicide attempts. A recently-filed…
  • Magna Carta and the Rights of Refugees

    Jason Dzubow
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
                        June 15, 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a document signed by King John, which granted certain rights to English noblemen. Although the Magna Carta was executed under duress and was nullified by the Pope a month later (at John’s request), it has become a foundational document of the American Constitutional system (our system, of course, derives from the English system).  The Magna Carta brought us Due Process of Law, and this lovely commemorative…
  • Congress: Asylum System Letting in Terrorists

    Jason Dzubow
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
                        According to a letter from four members of Congress to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson,  a “recent disclosure [by USCIS] regarding the number of aliens found to have a ‘credible fear’ in cases where the terrorism bar to asylum eligibility may have applied raised the concern that hundreds of known and suspected aliens with terrorist connections may be attempting to take advantage of our country’s asylum system.” Eli Wiesel provided slave labor to the…
  • A Military Solution to the Migration Crisis?

    Jason Dzubow
    26 May 2015 | 9:03 am
                        The European Union has been struggling to cope with a surge of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The high season has not yet begun, and already hundreds have died trying to cross the Mediterranean. Thousands more have arrived on the Continent to seek protection. In response, the EU is planning a combined military campaign by air, sea, and possibly land against the smuggling networks. Can such a plan succeed? And could the lessons of Europe be…
 
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  • Supreme Court Weighs In on Deportation

    Romona Paden
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Immigration is at the heart of a case ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court this year as the nine justices have given advocates a victory in a ruling involving the deportation of a Tunisian immigrant. Central to the case is the issue of jurisdictional cause in terms of federal agents’ ability to deport immigrants. The court ruled in a 7-2 decision that U.S. immigration officials can’t deport convicted criminals in cases where the crime falls outside federal jurisdiction. The case involved a Tunisian immigrant who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Biz, Tech Leaders Support DREAMer Scholarship Fund

    Romona Paden
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
    TheDream.US, a scholarship fund launched last spring that’s specifically geared toward undocumented students who are ineligible for federal financial aid, got a $5 million boost to its coffers earlier in June with a donation from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.  TheDream.US funds are designed as a “private sector analogue to states that have moved to offer in-state tuition rates” to those who qualify as having Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. In a Facebook status update following his donation, Zuckerberg wrote, “Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are…
  • Texas Immigration Suit’s Economic Irony

    Romona Paden
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A new report issued by the Center for American Progress strikes ironic notes as the economic analysis shows Texas—a lead litigant in the multi-state lawsuit that has resulted in a federal injunction on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration—stands to net substantial gains with the implementation of the presidential proposals. The Lone Star State, according to the report, stands to gain over the next decade in terms of gaining thousands of jobs and increasing the state’s GDP by billions of dollars over the next decade. Last November, the president proposed an expansion of…
  • Immigrant Birthrates Shift Demographic Projections

    Romona Paden
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    While Hispanics make up California’s largest ethnic population—and have accounted for about two-thirds of the state’s overall population growth since 1980—substantial shifts in birthrates and immigration patterns are bringing about changes in California demographic projections. The group, which had been projected to account for a majority of the state’s population by 2050, now won’t reach that milestone until a decade later in 2060. Resident Hispanics living in California currently account for 15 million of the state’s 38 million residents. While projections published in 2007…
  • June Celebrates Immigrant Heritage

    Romona Paden
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Using the occasion to again call for a cooperative federal effort towards immigration reform, President Barack Obama used his first weekly statement for June to acknowledge the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month. The president’s rhetoric comes in the wake of stalled efforts to give current legal status to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. “We are a nation of immigrants,” the president says on the video. “It’s a source of strength and something we can take pride in.” While the president touts the nation’s immigrant identity where “almost everyone’s ancestors…
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  • La mayor

    Romona Paden
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    No podemos negar que la situación de los indocumentados de Estados Unidos es preocupante para todo el país. Debido a que los dos partidos políticos del país están fuertemente opuestos en lo que se refiere al tema de la inmigración y el papel de los indocumentados, no es raro que la mayoría de los ciudadanos hagan oír su voz. Los resultados son los siguientes. El sentimiento de la mayoría Casi el 72 por ciento de los estadounidenses están de acuerdo en que los inmigrantes indocumentados obtengan la legalización para…
  • Obt

    Romona Paden
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    Existen diversos caminos para conseguir la residencia permanente en Estados Unidos y no es raro que muchos busquen la más fácil: a través de familiares que ya viven en el país. Sin embargo, quienes no cuentan con esta facilidad pueden optar por otras alternativas: servir en la milicia de los Estados Unidos y obtener el estatus de refugiado. Hoy te hablaré de la opción de obtener la residencia a través de un empleador estadounidense. Contrario a lo que se podría pensar, no es imposible de lograr. Aspectos generales sobre la residencia…
  • Immigration deadlines can be extended

    Romona Paden
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Proponents of immigration reform experienced a victory on Monday, June 15, as the Supreme Court ruled to allow the extension of various deadlines pertaining to residency statuses for undocumented individuals living in the United States. Specifically, the ruling bolsters the ability of the various United States appellate courts to intervene in such matters by extending deadlines for individuals who have received subpar representation from their legal counsel. While the repercussions of the ruling remain to be seen, it's fair to assume that this new precedent could work in tandem with…
  • Scrutiny forming over migrant detention centers

    Romona Paden
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Regardless of where you sit on the topic of comprehensive immigration reform, you've more than likely heard about the detention centers that have been popping up across the Southwestern U.S. over the past few years. These centers are intended to serve the purpose of housing undocumented immigrants who enter the country and have nowhere to go while their paperwork is being processed. According to the Los Angeles Times, though, the centers have filled up far more quickly than was expected, predominantly with mothers and their children or unaccompanied youth immigrants. As several news…
  • Immigrant bail law denied by SCOTUS

    Romona Paden
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Advocates of comprehensive immigration reform received some good news this week in the form of the Supreme Court of the United States striking down an Arizona amendment that it labeled as unjust. According to USA Today, the amendment in question served to deny bail to undocumented immigrants arrested in Arizona on serious felony charges. Considering the implication of bail, had the amendment maintained in law it would mean that undocumented immigrants could spend unspecified lengths of time in jail awaiting trial. While reactions to the ruling have been divided, advocates of reform seem to…
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  • Visa Bulletin For July 2015

    Sachin Raval
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:05 pm
    IndiaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01OCT08Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 01FEB04ChinaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01OCT13Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01SEP11Click Here for the Visa Bulletin
  • H4 EAD Alert: New Form I-765 Released (Let's GO!)

    Sachin Raval
    22 May 2015 | 10:32 pm
    USCIS updated the I-765 to account for the H4 EAD with (c)(26) category. Our clients will be receiving updated forms shortly. This is the type of news I like to hear!
  • Visa Bulletin For June 2015 (Slight Forward Movement)

    Sachin Raval
    12 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    IndiaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01OCT08Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 22JAN04ChinaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN13Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01SEP11Click here for the visa bulletin
  • USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

    Sachin Raval
    4 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    USCIS is now in the process of returning any H-1B petitions that were not selected during the lottery.
  • USCIS Implements New Find Doctor Tool

    Sachin Raval
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    USCIS has implemented a new tool to help you find local doctors authorized to perform medical examinations for green card applicants based on distance. Click here
 
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    Emigrate.co.uk News

  • Austria and Hungary at loggerheads over migrants

    Alex Braham
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Austria has threatened to reinstate border controls with Hungary after Budapest refused to accept asylum seekers from other EU states. The neighbours’ diplomatic row has further intensified what was already a fragile relationship over how to handle the ongoing flow of migrants into the EU and how they should be shared out. A number of... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Mediterranean migrant crisis: EU to launch new quarantine system

    Helen Young
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The EU is to establish a new way to quarantine migrants in Greece and Italy to enable speedier registration, fingerprinting and expulsion, as well as detention of up to 18 months should individuals be considered illegal migrants who have made their way over the Mediterranean from Libya. Leaders met at a summit on the Mediterranean refugee... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Europe spends billions deporting migrants

    Alex Braham
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    European nations have spent around 11.3 billion euros deporting illegal migrants in the past 15 years and a further 1.6 billion euros protecting their borders, according to a study by journalists. The research was published at a time when the European Union is getting ready to up its efforts against illegal migration, while also urging... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Lorry migrants in UK passed onto immigration officials

    James Becks
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Twenty-six suspected illegal immigrants discovered in a lorry container in the UK have been handed over to immigration officials by police. Officers waved the vehicle down on the A1 in Cambridgeshire between Stamford and Whiting on Monday, and discovered 26 men and boys cramped into the container when carrying out a search. The people... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • More South Africans looking to emigrate

    Paul Fenrich
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    There has been a rise in the number of South Africans applying for citizenship or residence overseas, according to emigration specialists. A recent report revealed that South African citizens are currently allowed to enter 97 countries around the world without having to apply for a visa beforehand. Some of these nations allow the more... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
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    Russian Speaking NY Immigration Lawyer

  • Proving Real or Bona Fide Marriage

    ashautsova
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Proving Real or Bona Fide Marriage Author: New York Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova If one of spouses in the marriage with a US citizen, is a non citizen who would like to reside in the US based on the marriage, the government will ask the couple to prove that the marriage is real or bona fide. Usually, a citizen spouse would need to submit form I-130 (petition for immediate relative) and attach prove of  couple’s life together. As per instructions to the form, a couple can present joint lease, joint bank accounts, joint utility bills, joint insurance policies, birth certificates of…
  • U VISA STATUS

    ashautsova
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Author: New York Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova U VISA STATUS A U visa status allows eligible individuals and dependents to acquire a lawful status in the US or to enter the US in a legal status if they were victims of specified crimes or criminal activity and suffered substantial physical or physiological abuse. In order to qualify for a U status, an individual does not need to be in the US legally, or enter the US legally. What is needed, however, is a signed certification by the law enforcement stating that the beneficiary was helpful to the investigation and resolution of the crime.
  • WAVE IN EXCEPTION

    ashautsova
    31 May 2015 | 5:11 pm
    WAVE IN EXCEPTION Author: New York Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova One of the requirements for adjustment of status (or process of receiving permanent residency without leaving the U.S.) is evidence of being “inspected and admitted” as defined by 8 USC § 1101(a)(13)(A). What constitutes admission is an important questions to answer, because it defines person’s eligibility for different immigration benefits such as, inter alia, adjustment of status and cancellation of removal. Admission and inspection commonly takes place when a person is undergoing a “check” at the border or…
  • Asylum and Gang Violence

    ashautsova
    4 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Asylum and Gang Violence Author: U.S. Asylum attorney Alena Shautsova Asylum and Gang Violence A claim of asylum connected to gang violence is one of the most common types unfortunately. Immigrants from El Salvador, Mexico and Ecuador are all coming to the U.S. in pursuant of a safe harbor. However, despite the obvious danger of gang violence, not every applicant who is afraid of gangs can succeed in a U.S. Immigration court. For example, in two recent decisions, the courts came to the opposite conclusions. In one case, the court held a mother of a son who is being actively recruited by the…
  • Legally Speaking: Top 10 Questions regarding Waivers under INA and Answers

    ashautsova
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Legally Speaking: Top 10 Questions regarding Waivers under INA and there Answers Author: New York Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova Legally Speaking: Top 10 Questions regarding Waivers under INA and there Answers Q: There is no one single waiver that will solve my inadmissibility’s, can I “stack” waivers as a solution to my inadmissibility?   A: That is a great question, in most cases, yes you will be able to stack your waivers. The waivers can and should be granted simultaneously. There are however a few exceptions to the stacking of waivers. When you are not “otherwise…
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  • On the Ground in Venezuela

    Henry Lim
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
    Orlando Immigration Attorney Henry Lim recently visited Venezuela, where the new office of Lim & Associates has opened. In this post, he shares his observations on life in this troubled country for the benefit of both Americans and Venezuelans living here in the US, and describes options for those who feel it is not safe or prudent to consider returning at this time. Venezuela should be among the most blessed of countries, with its tremendous physical beauty, biodiversity, rich cultural history, a relatively well-educated population and solid economic assets – notably its enormous oil…
  • Will the Supreme Court Rule for Marriage Equality?

    Henry Lim
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    After its historic ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, the Supreme Court once again faces the opportunity to rule in favor of marriage equality. As a proud advocate for LGBT rights in Orlando and a member of the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando, immigration attorney Henry Lim explains the significance of the upcoming ruling and its potential impact on immigrants in Florida. In 2013, Ian Holloway finally married Felipe Osorno. The week prior to their marriage, the LGBT community faced two major milestones.  The Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8 (which had…
  • Immigration Lockdown: The Patriot Act Renewal Impacts Immigrants

    Henry Lim
    18 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    In the terrifying, tumultuous days following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States Congress quickly passed the USA Patriot Act, a ‘backronym’ which stands for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″. This act contains security measures intended to help the country fight the War on Terror.  In this article, Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim explains some of the Patriot Act’s provisions, the debate over their renewal, and the implications for individuals. Please…
  • How to “FHIX” the Medicaid Gap in Florida Health Care

    Henry Lim
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The Florida State Senate and House of Representatives have been deliberating on a bill which could change the life of many Florida residents. Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim explains the importance of the FHIX legislation to residents and business owners in Central Florida. It’s your neighbor. A family member. A friend.  A co-worker. The barista who serves up your morning coffee. Or maybe – it’s you. You don’t have to look far to find one of the many working Floridians living without health care.  In Central Florida’s tourism and services-centered economy, thousands of…
  • South American Protests and the E-1 and E-2 Investor Visas

    Henry Lim
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The political and economic situation in South America has been gradually deteriorating over the past several years. In the wake of corruption scandals, food shortages, declining currency values, and protests, many would-be investors are looking toward the United States for viable investment options. Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim explains the circumstances behind these national uprisings, and explains how investors can take advantage of immigration opportunities available to them in the US. For nearly three decades, South America has operated under the rule of left-leaning political…
 
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    Wrold Immigration News

  • Finally US Visa System is Coming Back to Life

    Jessica Scott
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    United States Department of State has started issuing visas as the visa system has finally started working in most of US embassies and consulates after its failure due to technical issues earlier this month. The backlog will take long time to get cleared. The hardware failure in the visa system that verifies the biometric data had disrupted the US visa services around the globe. According to State Department spokesperson, John Kirby, the fix for the technical problem is in place and is being tested.John Kirby, State Department spokesperson, has said that US embassies and consulates issued…
  • Hungary Closes Borders for Asylum Seekers

    Tahir
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    Hungary has decided to act tough on asylum seekers by suspending European Union refugee rules for indefinite period. The rule forces Hungary to take back the asylum seekers who entered the European Union through its borders. It is estimated that more than 60,000 foreign nationals entered Hungary illegally in 2015. Hungarian government has decided that its overburdened asylum system is unable to take more refugees. European Commission has asked Hungary to provide immediate explanation of its decision of asylum rules suspension.“Hungary’s asylum system is overburdened, the most…
  • UK will Deport 7000 Foreign Nurses by 2020

    Tahir
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    United Kingdom’s new visa rules that requires foreign nationals working in the country for longer than six years with earning lower than £35,000 be sent back to their home countries. It is estimated that about 7000 overseas nurses could become victim of the new visa rules by year 2020 that might result in crippling the health care system in the UK. The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nurses has called the visa rules illogical which would result in waste and chaos. One in three nurses in the UK were hired from abroad during the past year.The Telegraph has reported that if the…
  • US Visa System Not Expected to be Functional by Next Week

    Tahir
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    The United States Department of State is not foreseeing to resolve the technical problem with its online visa system before the next week according to the department’s spokesman, John Kirby. The department is working round the clock to get the technical difficulties sorted out as soon as possible. The technical failure has not be linked to any cyber attack. Thousands of applicants have been affected globally by the technical sang of the hardware of the travel document system.The US State Department spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters in a briefing on Wednesday June 17, 2015 that there…
  • Will Hilary Clinton Pass Immigration Reforms?

    Andrew Lowe
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Hilary Clinton has made it very clear that she is willing to do every thing possible under the law to fight for those who are under the threat of deportation from the United States during a campaign speech. Ex First Lady is promising to fix the immigration system and reform the immigration laws so that law abiding undocumented immigrants do not have live as second class citizens. Is she promising more than what she can do when it comes to legislate immigration reforms?Hilary is trying to get the support of the communities which are affected the most due to failure of United States President…
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    MoreVisas

  • General Student Visa for Australia – A Search for New Destiny

    More Visas
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    In recent times, Australia is one of the leading power houses for global education with some of the best faculty and renowned educators; it’s a most happening place for those in pursuit for student visa. It’s no wonder that many students are much attracted due to its humongous opportunities offered in many ways to pursue […]
  • Want to Get Work Permit in Canada

    More Visas
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    Canada has become one of the world’s top destinations to the people who seek to work and build a new career and life. Availabilities of opportunities and tremendous resources are focus point attracting huge number of people and immigrate to Canada. Canada offers work permit in different types based on person with different set of […]
  • Get to Know Everything on How to Become an Australian Citizen

    More Visas
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    Australia, the land of ideas and opportunities has rolled out as an incredibly popular destination for immigrants. This kangaroo land offers ample number of pretty good opportunities for an individual dreaming of migrating to overseas. Its booming economy, excellent education system and quality lifestyle make most overseas applicants to opt for Australia Immigration. Have any […]
  • Expedite Your Immigration to Canada via Express Entry 2015

    More Visas
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Considering Canada Immigration? Pondering on which visa would be an ideal option for your hassle-free Skilled Immigration to Canada? Well, if you are unaware of the answers for your queries, then you are a right platform to get an overview of the skilled visa options of Maple Leaf nation. With a booming economy, tranquil environment […]
  • Underrated and Beautiful Places to See in Europe

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    12 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Have any plans to taste cultural diversity and long history? Then there can be no other better option than traveling to Europe that offers myriad tourist attractions. Surrounded by resplendent natural attractions, stunning landscapes, picturesque beaches, modern restaurants and high-rise buildings, European nations have much to offer to a tourist willing to take a break […]
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