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  • MAY 2014 VISA BULLETIN RELEASED

    VISANOW Global Immigration
    Jake VanKersen
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The May 2014 visa bulletin has been released. Family-Sponsored Visas Family visas or green card petitions are segmented into different priority levels. Applicants with U.S. citizen family petitioners will have priority over those with family members who only have green cards. The different types of family-sponsored visa categories are roughly as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and…
  • Immigration Fact Sheets

    ImmigrationProf Blog
    Immigration Prof
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    As U.S. immigration reform moves forward in 2013, a variety of facts and figures continue to be presented around immigrants and their current and potential contributions to the U.S. economy. Ameicas Society/Council of the Americas immigration fact sheets provide key...
  • H1B Cap Reached

    ImmLegal News & Information
    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    USCIS has announced that it has already received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2015 for both the general category and the advanced degree exemption category, and will close the filing period after today. A random selection "lottery" will occur at a later date.
  • US Proposed Employment for Spouses of H-1B High Skilled Workers

    International Immigration News
    Tahir
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    The United States White House has said in a statement that government is proposing regulations to allow the spouses of the certain high-skilled workers on H-1B visas to take employment in the United States among the other number of initiatives in a bid to attracting the world’s best and brightest. Each year 65,000 high skilled workers from around the world are authorized to work with United States employers on H-1B visas mostly in the high technology and Information Technology Sectors. The White House statement said, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several…
  • USCIS Received 172,500 H-1B Petitions

    ImmLegal News & Information
    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    USCIS issued a press release stating that they received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on 4/10/14 to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
 
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  • Jeb Bush Defends His Comments About Unauthorized Immigrants

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is feeling the heat from his comment earlier this month that unauthorized immigrants are not committing a felony but rather, an "act of love." "I think we need to kind of get beyond the harsh political rhetoric to a better place," Bush told Fox News on April 6. "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally ... and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to…
  • Immigrant Baseball Players Will Contribute Mightily to MLB

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    The Major League Baseball season is underway and once again, with 223 foreign-born players on opening-day rosters, immigrants will have a lot to say about deciding who wins the World Series....Read Full Post
  • Supreme Court's Inaction Is Victory For Immigrant Rights Advocates

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on two much-anticipated cases involving local immigration enforcement in March, and the justices' inaction was good news for advocates for immigrant rights. The high court decided against hearing the appeals of cases involving Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa....Read Full Post
  • USCIS To Start Accepting Petitions For H-1B Visa Program on April 1

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is ready to begin accepting petitions for H-1B visas beginning Tuesday, April 1, for the 2015 fiscal cap. The government restricts the number of H-1B visas to 65,000 per year, with an exemption for the first 20,000 petitioners who have earned master's degrees or higher in the United States....Read Full Post
  • Pew Study: Federal Immigration Prosecutions Show Dramatic Rise

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The Pew Research Center has released an analysis of federal prosecutions and convictions that shows the dramatic impact immigration policy has had on the courts. According to the researchers, between 1992 and 2012, the number of offenders sentenced in the federal courts more than doubled, and that increase was caused largely by a 28-fold rise in the number of convictions for unlawful re-entry. During the Obama administration's first term, deportations soared to record levels....Read Full Post
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  • SMALL BUSINESS L-1A PETITION APPROVED

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen.  He is the owner of a Canadian trucking services company.  He opened a U.S. trucking company last year and we had the start-up company file a new office petition on his behalf at that time, which was approved for a period of one year.  Our client wished to continue his employment in an executive capacity as President of the U.S. company. Although the U.S. company’s operations are small, we determined the company met the regulatory requirements for the extension of a new office petition because the small business provides services in a…
  • Green Card Saved After Trial

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a native and citizen of Jordan.  He became a conditional permanent resident in 1995.  In 1997 he filed a petition to remove the conditions.  His petition languished without adjudication for 11 years.  In December 2008 his conditional permanent resident status was terminated allegedly due to abandonment, and the following month Immigration Court proceedings were instituted to remove him from the United States.  Thereafter, we were retained.    We denied that he was deportable and renewed his petition before the Immigration Judge, requested…
  • L-1A EXECUTIVE INTRACOMPANY TRANSFEREE APPROVED

    12 Nov 2013 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen.  He is the Retail Store Manager of a small, independently owned and operated convenience store in Canada having only 5 employees.  The Canadian corporation that operates the convenience store recently incorporated an affiliate company in the United States, which is in the process of purchasing and operating a gas station and mini supermarket.  The U.S. company requires our client’s hands-on presence at this time.   As a result of his managerial employment abroad as Retail Store Manager of the Canadian company, and his proposed…
  • DOMA decision a win for LGBT immigration rights advocates

    26 Jun 2013 | 9:00 am
    "Before today’s decision, an American was prohibited under DOMA from sponsoring a same-sex foreign national spouse for a green card. Practically, that meant that an American who married someone of the same sex from a different country was unable to bring their spouse to live legally in the United States as a heterosexual married person could. But the court’s decision to strike down DOMA means those marriages must be recognized for immigration purposes, a relief for some backers of the comprehensive immigration reform bill -- which does not include language addressing immigration…
  • Matthew Kolken on Air with Reps. Higgins (D) and Collins (R) talking Immigration Reform

    24 Jun 2013 | 9:00 pm
    I appeared on WBEN talk radio this morning and had the opportunity to speak to Western New York's two Representatives in Congress, Chris Collins (R- Clarence) and Brian Higgins (D- Buffalo). Congressman Collins indicated that he would be willing to vote for reform that included a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, and a pathway to legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in our country remarking that we need to "get our head out of the sand, these 11 million people are not going to go away on their own." Cong. Chris Collins (R- Clarence). Congressman Higgins was…
 
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
 
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
 
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
  • gibberish from gibble

    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
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  • Cheapest Way to Have "Onward Ticket"?

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Technically, B1/B2 requires an onward or return ticket. For various reasons, the B1/B2 wife does not have one of those. What is the cheapest way to buy some kind of ticket out of the USA to show them, then cancel it later and get our money back. For example, we could use United Mileage Plus, but they now charge $200 to return the miles to your account (slightly less if you have premier status). Or we could buy a "refundable" ticket but as far as I can tell they don't actually refund your money and you have to fly that route later. I guess that is not impossible but it seems like a…
  • I-130, I-485, and B1/B2

    thx1138
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I am a USC and my wife is a Taiwan citizen, and we have 2 children (each have both US and TW passports). We are moving permanently back to California in August. 10 years ago my wife had a green card, that we got filing an I-130 in Taiwan, but then we never did move back, and they kept hassling her at the border since, from the US point of view, she was supposed to be "living in USA with intent to immigrate" and taking long trips abroad all the time. So we abandoned that green card. But that is I think just back story. Let me know if I have the current situation right. There's no…
  • Divorce after filed Joint petition but before getting 10yr Green card

    llmmll
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hi everyone, my husband filed divorce request to family court right after we filed joint petition removal docs(i751, we both signed) without my acknowledgement, since we live separately. Not until yesterday i received a "acknowledge of receipt" along with a "Summons(family law)". My husband told me to keep the summon for myself and sign the acknowledge of receipt and mail it back to him. On the other hand, I received USCIS's I797e, notice of action, that request for extra evidences to prove the truthfulness of our marriage. My questions is which one should I deal first? If…
  • No AOS, no asylum, no TPS - what options does one have?

    janebob
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    My wife has been here for 15 years and initially arrived as an F-1 student. We got married in 2011 and filed for her AOS soon after. The AOS was denied in August 2013 and she was advised to leave as soon as possible. However, she can't leave because there is no home to go back to. Her parents left their country after their business and home were targeted by local terrorists in 2012; the business was burned down and their property was destroyed (this is all a matter of public record) due to her father's involvement in local politics. Her parents moved to the US in 2013 after being petitioned…
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    Someone12
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    another weepy tale of our 'broken immigration system' as this clown moans and whines about how the Catholic church wants respect and dignity restored to dirt bag illegals...wait a minute...why don't illegals start the process by respecting our laws in the first place?..Of course, the Catholic church wants 11 million illegals to be given work authorization, so they will earn some money, then promptly fill the coffers of the Catholic churches on Sunday, so the church can pay for all the pedophile lawsuits....quite a vicious circle...
 
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  • One Refugee Example Can Help Support Future Refugees

    Immigration Prof
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Guest blogger: Tadios Belay. master of laws student (LLM), University of San Francisco A few months ago, I had a chance to interview an immigrant from Burma who left his country of origin at the age of eleven. This is...
  • Immigration Fact Sheets

    Immigration Prof
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    As U.S. immigration reform moves forward in 2013, a variety of facts and figures continue to be presented around immigrants and their current and potential contributions to the U.S. economy. Ameicas Society/Council of the Americas immigration fact sheets provide key...
  • Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers

    Immigration Prof
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Jesse Katz in Los Angeles Magazine tells the story of enigmatic Los Angeles Dodger star Yasiel Puig, who fled Cuba by hook or by crook to Mexico and ultimately the United States. As Los Angeles Tims reporter Bill Plaschke writes,...
  • Kudos to GW Immigration Law Clinic

    Immigration Prof
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Kudos to the GW Immigration Law Clinic. This post was written by Sydney Barron, a law student at George Washington University Law School and a member of the school’s Immigration Clinic directed by Professor Alberto Benitez. It tells about the...
  • Top 5 Reasons Why Immigration Reform Means More Tax Revenues

    Immigration Prof
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    1) 5 million more workers and their employers would pay payroll taxes 2) Unauthorized immigrants would pay an additional $109 billion in federal, state, and local taxes 3) Reform would add a net $606 billion to the Social Security trust...
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  • How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

    Paul McDaniel
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As a gateway to the United States, New York City has long been defined by the generations of immigrants who have made it their home. In a city of 8.3 million people, more than 3.1 million—38 percent of New York City’s population—are foreign-born, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. And in the case of business ownership, immigrant entrepreneurs from around the world have played important roles in transforming and revitalizing many neighborhoods in New York City’s five boroughs. A new report from Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Immigration and New York City:…
  • Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

    Amy Grenier
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin, are the only things in life that are certain. And despite the prevailing myth perpetrated by nativist groups, there are plenty of undocumented immigrants facing the certainty of taxes on April 15. They pay billions in state and local taxes every year that help to fund benefits they are often unable to receive. Tax Day is a good reminder that if the House passed legislation to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, then it would increase the amount being paid in taxes each year while also creating a more fair system for…
  • Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

    Walter Ewing
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The record-low level of unauthorized immigration to the United States, particularly from Mexico, raises an obvious question: How long will it last? Presumably, conditions somewhere will change—either here or abroad—and unauthorized immigration will rise again. Even more important than the question of when it will happen, however, is how we will choose to respond. Nativists say that we simply need more and better border enforcement to keep out those who would attempt to enter the country without permission. But more rational voices call for overhauling the U.S. immigration system to make…
  • Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

    Amy Grenier
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about immigrants and patent innovation found that “76% of patents awarded to the top ten patent-producing universities had at least one foreign-born inventor.” These numbers are another example of the importance of both foreign investment…
  • USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process

    Patrick Taurel
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Yesterday, USCIS posted an update shedding light on what the renewal process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will look like. Though the notice is preliminary and subject to change, it offers over half a million DACA recipients vital information about what they should do to prepare for the road ahead. The update clarifies DACA renewal issues regarding adjudication procedure, evidence and timing. It states that the agency plans to release the updated DACA application form in late May and no individuals, other than the small number of individuals who received DACA from…
 
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    National Immigration Forum - Press Releases

  • Solution to Deportations Requires a Vote on Immigration Reform

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Broken Policies, Politics Put America Between a Rock and a Hard Place WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, Jeb Bush spoke about the importance of family unity and the effect our outdated immigration policies have on families. And this morning, the New York Times published an in-depth analysis on deportations in the past few years. Bush’s comments and the deportation data both underscore the destabilizing effects our broken immigration system has on families, communities and our nation as a whole — effects that are leading moderate and conservative leaders across the country to call for a vote…
  • Bipartisan House Bill Would Improve Transparency at Our Borders

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation awaits a vote on broad immigration reform that will bring long-term stability and security to our families and our economy, bipartisan members of the House are taking a step to improve border policy. Today Congressmen Steve Pearce (NM-02) and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) are introducing a border accountability bill that deals with training and oversight of Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It would increase training and would require greater transparency and reports on the use of force and migrant deaths. Ali Noorani,…
  • Noorani, Immigration Leaders Meet with President Obama

    14 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Amid Deportation Review, Long-term Answers Are in Congress’s Hands WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, President Obama met with immigration leaders concerned about our nation’s broken immigration system. The gathering comes on the heels of Catholic and evangelical leaders’ meetings with key Republican House offices on Wednesday and amid local faith, law enforcement and business leaders’ continuing appeals for Congress to move forward. This week’s events underscore that national leaders and local constituents will not let up on their members of Congress, but instead will keep up the…
  • Ali Noorani Joins Immigration Meeting with President Obama

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Obama meets with immigration leaders today, conservative support for congressional action on immigration reform continues to build around the country, fueled by the unprecedented mobilization of those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business. Since January 2013, these unlikely allies have organized 370 events, generated more than 1,000 news stories and held hundreds of meetings with members and their offices. “As we approach the unprecedented number of 2 million deportations, too many of them unnecessary, conservative pastors, local law enforcement…
  • Department of Homeland Security Releases Use-of-Force Policies

    7 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Release Represents Important Step toward Departmental Transparency WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its existing use-of-force policies for the department as a whole as well as its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies. Chief of the Border Patrol Michael Fisher also released a directive on safe tactics in the use of force at the border. The release follows Los Angeles Times coverage of a report, conducted by the nonprofit, third-party Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), which…
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  • Giveaway to H-1B Employers Opens Huge Hole in USCIS Budget

    David North
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    The huge giveaway to H-1B employers previously described does major damage to the budget of USCIS. Earlier we had reported that the agency was refunding H-1B employers something like one-third of a billion dollars a year in connection with fees previously paid for failed applications for H-1B slots, while not making similar repayments to ordinary naturalization applicants who had failed their citizenship tests. read more
  • Immigration Reform in a Republican-Controlled Senate, Pt. 2

    Stanley Renshon
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    The numbers count of any likely GOP Senate majority in the new Congress suggests that real immigration reform is by no means a forgone conclusion. Indeed, it could be rather iffy. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans is important, as is control of the Senate. And the actual composition of the crucial Senate committees matters as well, and that certainly includes the Senate Judiciary that has primary (but shared) jurisdiction over immigration legislation. read more
  • A Catholic's Dissent from the Bishops' Immigration Policy

    Jerry Kammer
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Like many Catholics, I have been bitterly disappointed in the church's negligence in its response to the pedophile priests. And as someone who thinks legal immigration should be reduced and illegal immigration should not be encouraged, I have been disappointed that the policy preferences of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seem to be reducible to a slogan: "More green cards, less enforcement!" But after viewing a video of a presentation at an immigration conference last month at the University of Notre Dame, I now have a better understanding of the bishops' immigration advocacy. But I…
  • The Boston Marathon Bombing, Assimilation, and Amnesty

    Jon Feere
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    On the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Boston Marathon, a question that continues to be asked is how two immigrants welcomed into the United States at a relatively young age apparently never assimilated into American culture, and never really accepted the United States as home. On this anniversary, as that question remains unresolved, many members of Congress are working to incorporate illegal aliens into our military. These amnesty advocates have concluded that foreigners who enter the United States by their teenage years are fully American, and consequently not a threat, even…
  • Fat Cat H1-B Employers Get Huge USCIS Refunds – Would-Be Citizens Do Not

    David North
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    A low-income alien, wanting to become a citizen, has to scrape up $680 for his naturalization fees. Then he fails the test, twice. Meanwhile, at the other end of the economic power spectrum, a major fat-cat user of the controversial H-1B program, in order to increase his profits, has applied for more new H-1Bs (at $4,325 apiece) than he can obtain, because of the ceiling on the program. His efforts have failed, in part, too. So what happens to the poor man's $680? The government keeps it. What happens to the corporation's fees for those non-approved petitions? The company gets all its money…
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • Laura and Naptholi’s Fiance Visa

    Stephanie Castrounis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Laura and Naptholi One of the many wonderful things about working in Customer Support at VISANOW is helping couples like Laura and Naptholi get their fiance visa, so they can be together. How They Met Like many couples, Laura and Naptholi’s were introduced by mutual friends and their relationship developed online and over the phone. They got to know each other for about a year before Laura flew to Jamaica so that they could meet in person. Their relationship continued to grow and during Laura’s third trip to see Naptholi they stayed at a resort in Ocho Rios. They went to the karaoke bar…
  • The White House Proposes Letting H-4 Visa Holders Work

    Jake VanKersen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Photo Courtesty of the Department of Commerce During the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), President Obama proposed new rules that would make the United States more attractive to foreign entrepreneurs: including one that would allow H-4 visa holders to work while in the United States. The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship is headed by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and was formed to “harness energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad.”…
  • MAY 2014 VISA BULLETIN RELEASED

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The May 2014 visa bulletin has been released. Family-Sponsored Visas Family visas or green card petitions are segmented into different priority levels. Applicants with U.S. citizen family petitioners will have priority over those with family members who only have green cards. The different types of family-sponsored visa categories are roughly as follows: F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and…
  • Do I Really Need an Attorney for my B-2 Visa?

    Zofia Mrozowska
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    You can apply for B-2 visa on your own, but with the high denial rates do you really want to risk it? “Do I really need an attorney to help me with my B-2 visa?” We hear this question a lot from people when they are debating the best route to take when applying for a B-2 Visitor visa. The honest answer to that question is no, you don’t need an attorney to help you with your visitor visa. Just like you don’t need a scuba instructor to teach you how to scuba dive. However, the denial rates for the B-2 visitor visa are exceptionally high. Even the U.S. State Department cautions people…
  • VISANOW Presents: H-1B Alternatives

    Jake VanKersen
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    As expected, this year’s H-1B cap closed soon after it opened. However, there are H-1B alternatives available to HR professionals and their employees. VISANOW’s very own Matt Hellrung and Jenny Terlinden will be hosting a Google Hangout on Air to discuss these H-1B alternatives. As an attorney and the Manager of Legal Services, Matt has spend the last few months preparing and filing H-1B applications. As the Manager of Customer Support, Jenny has spent the last few months working with HR professionals to prepare their visa applications. Together, they have a great combination of…
 
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    The Asylumist

  • Responding to the Center for Immigration Studies on Asylum

    Jason Dzubow
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
                        The Center for Immigration Studies (“CIS”) is a restrictionist immigration group with which I rarely agree (though they did recently call me a babe, which I certainly appreciate). In a new report, Asylum in the United States: How a finely tuned system of checks and balances has been effectively dismantled, CIS Fellow Dan Cadman argues that it has become easier to obtain asylum in the U.S., and as a result, more aliens–including dangerous aliens and aliens…
  • Raoul Wallenberg Lives! Maybe.

    Jason Dzubow
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
                        Raoul Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat assigned to his country’s mission in Nazi-occupied Hungary. He arrived at his station in 1944, when tens of thousands of Jews were being deported to death camps. Sometimes, to do the right thing, you have to break the rules. And follow the Raouls. Using his cover as a diplomat, Mr. Wallenberg saved thousands of Jews from deportation. He gave them Swedish identity documents (of questionable legality), which protected them from…
  • Why Has the Asylum Office Skipped My Case? Part 2: Solutions

    Jason Dzubow
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
                        Last time, I discussed the asylum case backlog from 2013: Why it happened, what (little) can be done to help, and DHS’s justification for processing new cases before old cases. Today, I want to make some suggestions about how DHS might better handle this situation. DHS has created a new, less humorous version of the old NPR gameshow. First and foremost, DHS should provide better information about what is happening. While I imagine that DHS does not always know what is…
  • Why Has the Asylum Office Skipped My Case?

    Jason Dzubow
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
                        If you are an asylum seeker who filed an affirmative asylum case between about January 2013 and October 2013, you probably have not yet been interviewed, and your case has–seemingly–disappeared into a black hole. Meanwhile, other asylum seekers who filed after you are being interviewed and receiving decisions. So what gives? The storage room for backlogged asylum cases. As best as I can tell, in early 2013, the asylum offices nationwide essentially stopped…
  • Amendments to the Terrorism Bar–or–How Fox News Enables the Holocaust

    Jason Dzubow
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:17 pm
                        I’ve created a new invention. It’s called the “No-Hypocrisy Time Machine.” It enables us to travel back into the past to apply today’s laws and policies to historical events so we can see what impact they would have. In the process, we might just uncover some inconsistent or–dare I say it–hypocritical thinking.  Before we begin our journey, let’s look at the laws and policies that we will be sending back in time.  Barred from…
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    ImmigrationDirect Blog

  • Los republicanos no cumplen sus promesas sobre la reforma migratoria

    Eric Ramos
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    La semana pasada, los republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes abordaron la reforma migratoria al aprobar un proyecto de ley que tiene en la mira la política del presidente Obama mediante la que se les otorga la condición de residente temporario a los DREAMers. La Cámara aprobó la Ley ENFORCE con 233 votos a favor y 181 en contra el 12 de marzo. El aspecto migratorio del proyecto de ley se centra en desmantelar la ley de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) que les otorga a los DREAMers (jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados que vinieron a EE. UU. siendo…
  • Emergen nuevas perspectivas para la reforma migratoria

    Eric Ramos
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A medida que continúa la lucha por mejorar las leyes de inmigración, ha sido difícil identificar quiénes son los verdaderos defensores de la reforma migratoria . El Senado, que está controlado por los demócratas, aprobó un amplio proyecto de ley que recomienda maneras de mejorar los protocolos de seguridad fronteriza, les brinda a los inmigrantes un mayor acceso a las visas de trabajador extranjero, y establece las bases para los requisitos que deben cumplir los inmigrantes indocumentados para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense. No obstante, cuando el proyecto de ley pasó a la…
  • El Comité de Presupuesto de la Cámara no se pone de acuerdo sobre el proyecto de ley de la reforma migratoria

    Eric Ramos
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    A pesar de la franca preocupación pública expresada por los defensores de la reforma migratoria en todo el país, el Comité de Presupuesto de la Cámara de Representantes, en manos republicanas, decidió votar en contra de un amplio proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria con un resultado de 21 votos contra 15. Liderada por el representante por Wisconsin, Paul Ryan, la mayoría de los conservadores que integran el comité considera que la versión que propusieron los demócratas no prioriza la seguridad en la frontera e ignora la importancia de las leyes de inmigración que ya están en…
  • El USCIS actualiza la Solicitud de Naturalización

    Eric Ramos
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS) está implementando una iniciativa para hacer que sus formularios sean más fáciles de utilizar para los solicitantes. El Servicio lanzará una versión actualizada de la Solicitud de Naturalización, conocida como el Formulario N-400. Las revisiones de la solicitud se originaron por iniciativa del USCIS para hacer que sus formularios sean más comprensibles para los solicitantes inmigrantes. El Formulario N-400 revisado le proporcionará al USCIS herramientas adicionales para decidir sobre la elegibilidad de quien solicita…
  • Chile fue agregado al Programa de Exención de Visado

    Eric Ramos
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Ahora Chile estará incluido en el Programa de Exención de Visado (VWP) de EE. UU. Jeh Johnson, secretario de Seguridad Nacional de EE. UU., Heather Higginbottom, vicesecretario de Estado para Administración y Recursos, Alfredo Moreno, ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile y Felipe Bulnes, embajador chileno, emitieron un anuncio conjunto en el que informaron al público sobre su decisión de incluir a Chile en el VWP. Actualmente, el VWP tiene 37 países que participan en el programa. La inclusión en el programa de exención les permite a los ciudadanos de esos países viajar sin…
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  • Immigration reform to help immigrants with work visas

    Eleanor Gaskin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    More people are becoming aware of the U.S.'s attempts at immigration reform, and now even countries from around the world are getting a glimpse at the terms and agreements of the proposed bill.  Advocates of better, more comprehensive immigration laws are putting the pressure on President Barack Obama, who has stated he will extend amnesty to undocumented immigrants if Congress is unable to quickly and decisively arrive at an agreement. President Obama's involvement in the issue has caused Indian lawmakers to review what exactly can be done. Critical analyses from India…
  • Chinese immigrants overwhelm EB-5 visa program

    Eleanor Gaskin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Currently, a visa program in the United States is available to wealthy immigrants who have the funds to pay for a visa. These visas are known as investor immigrant (EB-2) visas, and with $100,000 and the promise to create 10 American jobs, an immigrant can secure one and move to the U.S. The U.S. is experiencing a huge demand from Chinese citizens who are eager to move to the U.S. and open businesses here. The rate of demand is so high, in fact, that the U.S. government has issued a warning that the program could be flooded with requests and the system is about to hit a wall as early as this…
  • Lawmakers keeping an open mind about immigration reform

    Eleanor Gaskin
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Throughout the immigration reform debate, both sides have used many arguments to prove the opposition wrong. Some people believe that allowing undocumented immigrants to legally apply for citizenship rewards those who break the law or punishes immigrants who have gone through the step-by-step process of naturalization. Other people believe that immigration reform would change the rules of citizenship altogether and alter the economic landscape for documented citizens looking for work. The last argument that anybody would think the Republican or Democratic parties would use is…
  • Preparing for a visa interview

    Eleanor Gaskin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Individuals preparing for a visa interview should be aware of several important guidelines. Failure to follow these steps may result in the application being denied. 1. Applicants should not make travel arrangements to come to the United States, dispose of any property they may rent or own, or resign from their current employment until the visa has been issued. 2. Individuals applying for a visa must complete the medical examination before the visa interview. Otherwise their application can be denied. 3. Applicants cannot receive assurance in advance that their visa will be issued. One the…
  • Calls for immigration reform continue across the U.S.

    Eleanor Gaskin
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    The debate over comprehensive immigration reform continues while lawmakers, civil rights activists and diverse communities everywhere are emphatically expressing their desire to create a better world for undocumented immigrants. Immigration reform advocates are gathering in multiple cities across the U.S. to stand against the unfair treatment of undocumented immigrants, and legislators in key states are heating up the discussions for realistic, practical additions to progressive reform.  Protest rallies in New Mexico call for civil responsibility  Earlier in…
 
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  • Proceso de inmigración fuera de EE. UU.

    Eleanor Gaskin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    “Procesamiento consular” es el término utilizado para los procesos de inmigración que se realizan fuera de EE. UU., como solicitar una visa de EE. UU. Una vez en EE. UU., una persona podrá solicitar el ajuste de condición y realizar una petición de la tarjeta verde para obtener la residencia permanente mediante el Formulario I-485. Según el motivo por el que […]
  • Visas STEM 2013

    Eleanor Gaskin
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    El cupo anual de visas para las visas H-1B para 2013 se completó en cinco días. Con la reforma migratoria en 2013 se intentará aumentar el límite actual de estas visas de inmigrante altamente calificado. El interés en aumentar el límite surge principalmente de una escasez de trabajadores estadounidenses calificados en los campos STEM. Las grandes empresas […]
  • Petición de residente permanente para obtener una tarjeta verde para parientes

    Eleanor Gaskin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Como residente permanente de EE. UU., usted puede patrocinar a un pariente para que este obtenga la condición de residente permanente legal. También debe demostrar que usted tiene los ingresos o activos suficientes para sostener económicamente a su pariente cuando venga a EE. UU. Debe presentar el Formulario I-130: Petición para Pariente Extranjero. Un residente permanente de EE. UU. puede presentar una petición […]
  • ¿Por qué algunas personas solo presentan el Formulario I-130 y no realizan la presentación conjunta?

    Eleanor Gaskin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Si desea convertirse en residente permanente de EE. UU., hay dos pasos que debe seguir al momento de solicitar una tarjeta verde a través de la familia: El primer paso es hacer que su familiar ciudadano estadounidense presente el Formulario I-130: Petición para Pariente Extranjero, y el segundo es ajustar su condición con el Formulario I-485: Solicitud de Registro de Residencia Permanente. […]
  • El proceso de la visa de prometido

    Eleanor Gaskin
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Un ciudadano extranjero que viene a EE. UU. para contraer matrimonio y vivir con un ciudadano estadounidense primero debe obtener una clasificación de visa de no inmigrante (K-1). El ciudadano estadounidense debe presentar el Formulario I-129-F: Petición para Prometido Extranjero y los documentos de apoyo necesarios en la oficina del USCIS en EE. UU. Una vez que la petición […]
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    ImmLegal News & Information

  • USCIS Received 172,500 H-1B Petitions

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    USCIS issued a press release stating that they received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on 4/10/14 to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
  • H1B Cap Reached

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    USCIS has announced that it has already received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2015 for both the general category and the advanced degree exemption category, and will close the filing period after today. A random selection "lottery" will occur at a later date.
  • Visa Bulletin For April 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15NOV04 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15SEP03  Click here for the Visa Bulletin.
  • Visa Bulletin for March 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    11 Feb 2014 | 12:24 am
    Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15NOV04 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15SEP03  Click here for the Visa Bulletin.
  • Visa Bulletin For February 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    9 Jan 2014 | 8:27 am
    Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 15NOV04 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 01SEP03  Click here for the Visa Bulletin.
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    Canada Immigration Lawyers and Information

  • Disagree with CIC? How to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Have you applied to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and been refused?  Did you think the decision was unfair? CIC Officers are bound by the rules and regulations laid out by the Canadian government.  They are following written procedures, including fairness guidelines.  When it comes to appealing a decision made by a CIC Officer, visa officer or the Immigration Division - you may be able appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) which is one branch of the Immigration Refugee Board. Who can appeal? There are three different categories for appeals. First if your family…
  • Holding multiple Canadian work permits at the same time

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Did you know that you can hold multiple work permits at the same time?  And why would you want to do that? Multiple work permits can provide a level of comfort for individuals working in Canada.  Suppose things go sour with your employer.  You both decide to part ways.  Now you are stuck with a work permit tied to that employer in a particular city.  You can’t work. Things can get bad in a hurry – you’ll have to quickly find a new employer willing to support you and obtain a labour market opinion.  Once that’s received, you’ll have to apply for another…
  • Applications for In-Canada Sponsorship Now Go To Mississauga

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    20 Jan 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Just a quick note – as of today, in-Canada sponsorship applications (but not including open work permit applications for in-Canada spouses for now) are filed in Mississauga, Ontario. My understanding is that open work permits will go to Vegreville after stage 1 processing is complete.  This may change – stay tuned. At this time, some of the materials on the CIC website have not been updated, but the applications do go to Mississauga. Previously, these applications were filed in Vegreville, Alberta – but no longer. Personally, I’m pleased to see this change.  In the…
  • Parent Sponsorship

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    12 Jan 2014 | 4:19 pm
    As of January 2, 2014, CIC has re-opened the parent and grandparent sponsorship stream.  However, at this time, only 5,000 applications will be accepted in 2014. Sponsor Requirements Sponsors must be 18 years old or older and be a citizen or permanent resident.  As well, sponsors must live in Canada (you can not sponsor a parent or grandparent from overseas), and agree to provide for the basic requirements (including food and lodging) for your parent or grandparent.  Don’t take this too lightly – the undertaking you sign will be for 20 years. That means if your parents or…
  • How a Job Offer In Canada Can Lead to Permanent Residence

    Gianpaolo Panusa
    10 Jan 2014 | 8:44 pm
    In the last few years, there’s been a shift in the immigration system towards favoring those individuals with either work experience or a job offer when granting permanent residence. In this post, I’ll discuss how a job offer in Canada can offer you a few routes to obtaining permanent residence. Any kind of job offer won’t do you any good. You need a job offer that has received positive labour market opinion (LMO). What’s that you ask? It’s a job offer that your employer must submit not to CIC, but to a different government department – Employment and…
 
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    Emigrate.co.uk News

  • Cost cutting firms sending staff overseas without health cover

    Kate Welch
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Although all firms with offices overseas recognise the importance of including health cover in expat packages, 25 per cent admit they can’t afford to provide it. Results of a recent independent survey have revealed that overseas packages for employees are likely not to provide comprehensive health insurance for staff and their families.... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Returning Irish taking advantage of low land prices by buying ahead

    Kate Welch
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Migrants who left Ireland in their 20s and 30s after the recession took hold are taking advantage of low property and land prices to buy ahead for their eventual return. Cash-rich emigrants who’ve done well in their host countries since they left Ireland are turning their thoughts to preparing for their return home. Parcels of land as... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Irish health service in crisis as GPs flock to emigrate

    Kate Welch
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Republic of Ireland’s general practice system is breaking down under the strain of GP fee cuts, poor working conditions and unworkable draft contracts. Hundreds of GPs are heading for Australia, including local doctors with many years of experience in their communities. Those still committed to staying in the system are foregoing... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • US expats may lose out on heathcare after House rejects bill

    Kate Welch
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The failure of a bipartisan bill aimed at changing how expats and their insurers fit in to the controversial Obamacare scheme was due to its possible creation of huge gaps in the provision of care. The proposal was aimed at loosening up rules and regulations applicable to insurers covering US expats living overseas as well as for... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Canada international student schemes need more revision

    Kate Welch
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Given that universities in all world countries are aggressively trawling for international students, Canada’s scheme to attract and retain students from overseas needs more thought. Attracting hordes of talented international students and encouraging them to stay on after graduation is one way to boost the country’s economy in addition... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
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    Russian Speaking NY Immigration Lawyer

  • Adjustment of Status for Family Members

    ashautsova
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Author: New York Immigration attorney Adjustment of status for family members Family based immigration is one of the most common ways of getting legal immigration status in the US.  Parents can sponsor their children, siblings can sponsor siblings and children can sponsor parents. Stepchildren can sponsor their parents, and so do parents: they are allowed to sponsor their stepchildren. However, for each of the above situations there are its own limitations. The success of adjustment of status for a family member depends on the immigration status of the relatives, their age (in case of a…
  • They Give it: They Can Take it Back: How DHS Can Take Your Passport Away

    ashautsova
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:14 pm
    They Give it: They Can Take it Back: How DHS Can Take Your Passport Away Author: Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova There are two main ways a person may obtain US citizenship: by being born in the US or its territory and via naturalization. Naturalization is a process of conveying US citizenship on an individual who originally held a different citizenship or was a person with no citizenship at all. It has been said that there is no distinction between US born citizens and those who received citizenship via naturalization. However, one major distinction between the two kinds of citizenship…
  • DEADLINE FOR MOTION TO REOPEN OF DOMA DENIALS

    ashautsova
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Author: Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova The deadline to reopen cases based on DOMA is approaching. In June, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court held that  same sex marriages should be recognized for the purposes of Federal laws, and this caused expansion of the Immigration benefits to the same sex couples. Subsequently, USCIS held that  all those received denials based solely on Section 3 of DOMA could file their motions to reopen the cases. March 31, 2014 is  the deadline for requesting that USCIS reopen a petition or application based on a marriage between a same-sex couple that was denied…
  • Crime of Moral Turpitude in Immigration Court and Record of Conviction

    ashautsova
    24 Feb 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Author: Criminal Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova Crime of Moral Turpitude in Immigration Court and Record of Conviction Conviction of crime of moral turpitude may cause a permanent resident to be deportable if committed within 5 years from the date of admission.  (Date of admission is the date when an alien was admitted to the US or paroled, but does not restart when an immigrant adjusts his or her status as per Matter of ALYAZJI, 25 I&N Dec. 397 (BIA 2011)). However, what a crime of moral turpitude is, is decided in almost every case separately. Why? Because the term of…
  • March 2014 Visa Bulletin is Here

    ashautsova
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Visa Bulletin provides schedule for Immigrant visas for family and employment based immigration. The US government establishes a number of categories for immigrant visas and a certain number of immigrant visas available for each category. As a result, there is a wait time for people in each category to get their immigrant visa, except for those who qualify as intimidate relatives of US citizens (spouses, parents and children under 21  years old). Each month the Department of State updates Visa Bulletin with current state of the wait time. You may view the Visa Bulletin for March 2014 here.
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    Orlando Immigration Attorney, Central Florida Immigration Lawyer

  • I am sponsoring a family member. What can the Visa Bulletin tell me?

    Henry Lim
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:39 am
      The family preference categories in the Visa Bulletin help sponsors stay in touch with their relatives on the status of their application each month. Orlando immigration attorney Henry Lim answers your questions about the challenge of bringing your family to the United States from overseas. The following fictional narrative is not intended to resemble any specific situation. Juan came to the United States from Mexico as a student on an F-1 visa. After completing his course of studies at the University of Central Florida, an Orlando IT company recruited Juan to work for them as a…
  • Understanding the Visa Bulletin

    Henry Lim
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    What is the visa bulletin, and what can it tell me about my immigration options in the United States?  Attorney Henry Lim breaks down the importance of the State Department Visa Bulletin, and how understanding it can help you better understand the immigration process. Journalists and immigration advocates often compare the legal immigrant experience in the United States to waiting in line. The phrase stirs images of whole families sitting on suitcases or in lawn chairs outside government offices, hoping that today they move forward a little further. Many would-be immigrants feel this sense…
  • Will Immigration Reform Affect Healthcare Insurance?

    Henry Lim
    22 Dec 2013 | 11:01 pm
    Health care and immigration reform continue to alter the way undocumented persons receive health insurance. Under the new Affordable Care Act, and similar to health care laws of the past decade, undocumented workers cannot obtain coverage through state-based health insurance exchanges, including tax credits to offset the cost of getting that coverage. Although unable to receive health insurance, certain low-income documented workers are eligible for emergency Medicaid coverage, including childbirth and surgery. Federal law requires certified hospitals to not turn away any documented persons…
  • Green Card or Visa: Which is for Me?

    Henry Lim
    15 Dec 2013 | 11:30 pm
    Oftentimes, the legal differences between a green card and visa confuses even the most informed students, workers and families aspiring for residency in the United States. It is helpful to remember that a green card is an immigrant visa and a traditional visa is considered non-immigrant. The term “green card” and “immigrant visa” may be used interchangeably, though most know it simply as a green card. A green card identifies an individual as a lawful permanent resident and authorizes an immigrant to live and work in the United States indefinitely. In contrast, a traditional visa only…
  • Why Did I Receive a NTA?

    Henry Lim
    9 Dec 2013 | 12:00 am
    If you or someone you know receives a notice to appear, your greatest concern may be why you received this document in the first place. The Immigration Court Practice Manual defines a notice to appear, or NTA, as a charging document used by the Department of Homeland Security to begin removal proceedings. A charging document is a formal document that lists the charges an opposing party has alleged against you. The opposing party for cases that go before an Immigration Judge is always the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security has three very specific categories of…
 
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    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA

  • H-1B Visa Information For FY2015

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAEvery year, thousands of hopeful skilled workers hold their breaths for the H-1B visa process starting April 1st of every year. When the economy is good, like the one we are in right now at the time of writing (4/6/14), there are likely more workers seeking H-1B visas than the quota and the USCIS resorts to a lottery system in which only luck determines if a foreigner can stay and work in America. When the economy is bad, although it would be hard to get jobs, the H-1b visa quota does not get filled and everyone who applies have one. This is a catch-22 situation for…
  • Cheapest ways to study in USA universities

    admin
    17 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAget money to go to school financial aid So after dreaming about studying in America and embarking on your path to become a student immigrant, the one thing that is probably the greatest challenge in your path is the money. Studying in the US is very costly and not to mention the living expenses are probably 3-5 times what you are used to in your home country. Unfortunately those days of coming to America with $10 USD in your pocket and making millions of dollars 10 years later is no longer possible. Your visa and school admission depends on your ability to finance your…
  • About to be out of status but want to stay in America? Here is what you can do

    admin
    9 Feb 2014 | 12:01 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAHow to stay in America   If you are currently on a non-immigrant visa such as F-1, F-1 on OPT, J-1, J-1 on academic training or H-1B and you are about to be out of status due to termination of your study/exchange program and you cannot find a job getting laid off from an employer who was sponsoring your H-1B losing your job while on OPT or academic training about to use up the 90 day aggregate limit of unemployment on F-1 OPT Chances are, you are about to become an illegal alien by overstaying/violating the terms of your visa. It is not easy to give up and especially…
  • Travel while an Adjustment of Status to green card application is pending

    admin
    3 Feb 2014 | 1:51 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA If you have a pending Adjustment of Status application to get a permanent residence (green card) card, chances are you also filed a I-131 for Advanced Parole so that you can travel in and out of the country while the AOS is pending. You have to be careful about this because if you travel out of the country without the Advanced Parole document, you will be considered abandoning your application and will not get your green card. Typically the AP document is the same document as the EAD Card. The EAD card that arrives should have a stamp saying that Advanced Parole is…
  • The 90 day rule for B-2 tourists applying for marriage based green cards

    admin
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:36 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICAtourists getting married to stay in America If you were a tourist and after your entry you somehow immediately found the love of your life and decided to get married and stay in America permanently, you need to be careful about when you do apply for the green card. The reason? If you try to adjust your status too soon by applying for a green card shortly after entering America, your application WILL be denied. Why? Because you entered on a tourist visa, you shouldn’t have had intentions to abandon your life back in your home country and begin a new life here on such…
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    International Immigration News

  • United Kingdom and Bahrain Signed Visa Agreement

    Tahir
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The United Kingdom and Bahrain signed an agreement that will ease the visa restrictions for official and diplomatic passport holders of both countries. The agreement came into effect on April 6, 2014. Bahrain News Agency reported that visa agreement was signed between the government of United Kingdom and Bahrain to streamline the visa process for certain passport holders of both counties. The visa agreement was signed by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla and British Ambassador Iain Lindsay. Under the deal, Bahraini citizens, holders of diplomatic and special passports…
  • Italy says 4,000 Immigrants Reached its Shores by Boat in 48 Hours

    Taylor
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano, has said that 4,000 immigrants from Africa and Middle East have arrived on its shores by boats during the short span of only last two days. The Minister is asking the European Union to help to handle the situation. The asylum seekers will be kept in private residences as there are no more spaces left in the Italian immigration detention centers. Currently there are five naval ships  operating in the area around Italian island of Lampedusa, which has emerged as the largest gateway for the asylum claimants seeking entry into the European Union. The…
  • Australian Court Quashed Decision to Refuse Visa to Iranian Asylum Seeker

    Tahir
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Australian Federal Court has overturned immigration minister’s decision to deny protection visa to an Iranian asylum seekers after costing $8500 in property damage at a detention center on Wednesday April 9, 2014. The court said that minister opinion that asylum seeker’s “behaviour demonstrates a fundamental disrespect for Australian laws, standards and authorities” was  “exaggerated and unbalanced”. The minister had failed to demonstrate that asylum seeker was a risk to the public. The court ordered the government to reconsider the asylum seeker’s application…
  • US Proposed Employment for Spouses of H-1B High Skilled Workers

    Tahir
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    The United States White House has said in a statement that government is proposing regulations to allow the spouses of the certain high-skilled workers on H-1B visas to take employment in the United States among the other number of initiatives in a bid to attracting the world’s best and brightest. Each year 65,000 high skilled workers from around the world are authorized to work with United States employers on H-1B visas mostly in the high technology and Information Technology Sectors. The White House statement said, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several…
  • US H-1B Visa Cap Reached for Year 2015 Just in 5 Days

    Martin Khan
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced in a statement on April 7, 2018 that the annual cap for H-1B visa for the fiscal year 2015 has been reached and no more petitions will be accepted for H-1B non-immigrant visa category.  This is the second consecutive year that H-1B cap is reached in less than a week time. USCIS also announced that more than 20,000 petitions under the Advanced Degree exemption. USCIS will use the computer generated process to select 65,000 petitions for general category H-1B and 20,000 under the advance degree exemption. However, USCIS…
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