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  • The Executive Immigration Order That Breaks the Obama Presidency? Pt. 2

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    Stanley Renshon
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    When a president's major policy initiative, like President Obama's healthcare initiative, never gains public support, he is in trouble. When, in addition, the public no longer supports many of the president's other major domestic or foreign policies, the trouble is far more serious. And when both of the preceding are true and the public views the president as "weak", ineffective", or "dishonest", it is appropriate to use the word "collapse" to describe that presidency. That is the current state of the Obama presidency. read more
  • ERO, HSI share a humanitarian mission at ICE Family Residential Facility in Artesia, New Mexico

    ICE Breaking News
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    ICE HSI Special Agent Erwin Fejeran's skill as an emergency medical technician (EMT) may have saved a little girl's life.
  • TN Management Consultant Status Approved Based on Experience in Less than One Hour

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    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen with over 22 years of experience in the administrative and operation of gaming establishments.  She previously worked in the United States in L-1A status on behalf of a United States company as Administrator of the company’s U.S. gaming facility. The same company wished to contract our client’s services to provide management consulting advice concerning state gaming regulations, the preparation of yearly audits, and submission of documentation to the company’s accountants and attorneys.  Although our client does not hold a…
  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

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    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
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    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
 
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  • TN Management Consultant Status Approved Based on Experience in Less than One Hour

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

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

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a native and citizen of Pakistan.  She entered the United States as a Visa Waiver Visitor using someone else’s passport.  She is married to a United States citizen and has three United States citizen children.  Her husband filed a Petition on her behalf to enable her to become a lawful permanent resident.  That Petition alleged that she had entered without inspection, which would have precluded her from obtaining a green card inside the United States, and if she departed to apply in Pakistan, she would have been inadmissible to the United States for 10…
  • Trade NAFTA Management Consultant Status Approved for the 13th Time

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our client is a Canadian citizen with a successful career as a Management Consultant.  She has over 20 years of experience consulting with companies around the world in the areas of marketing, public relations, leadership development and project management.  She is under contract with a U.S. health and wellness company. We first started representing our client over 15 years ago when we obtained her admission at the time as a Trade NAFTA Management Consultant.  We have prepared all of her applications for Trade NAFTA status. The application we prepared for our client was…
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
 
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
 
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
 
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
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  • Filing I-130, Petition for my family

    adelsaif
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I became a USA Citizen on June 08, 2012. I am filing "I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" for my family members “Wife and 3 Children “. I came across two questions that confused me. Please find below my family’s previous status and current status. In Dec. 1997, they entered legally to USA with visitor visa and stayed in USA until Aug. 2005. On October 21, 2002, they filed with I-485 Application to adjust to permanent resident status based on I-I40 approval. On October 27, 2005, my family members were scheduled to appear for interview. Unfortunately, they had voluntarily left…
  • please help....citizenship or residency though my mother

    chuydcc
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    My mom passed away 20 years ago. She was a us citizen and she also work many years in texas. I was born and raised in mexico. Is it possible to get citizenship or residency through my mother even though she passed away 20 years.
  • filing N-400 citizenship through marriage

    erikamsg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Hello, Just started to fill the N-400 form to apply for citizenship through marriage, since my 3 years period its almost up but when filling the form realized all the periods ( addresses and travels outside US) are for 5 years, does anybody know if that applies to my case of should I just count periods of 3 years. thanks
  • Question for British anti-immigration people?

    Heena Kapoor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Do you read The Sun/Daily Mail? Do you consider either newspaper as the whole source for your unjustified hatred?
  • VISA C1/D CREWMAN

    car3121
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    HI IM MARRIED WITH A US CITIZEN I HAVE A BABY ....ITS ANY CHANCE A CAN CHANGE MY STATUS?... I DONT WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COUNTRY AND LEAVE MY FAMILY HERE...I NEED HELP!!! WHAT CAN I DO?
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  • Janitorial Firms Clean Up With Immigrant Franchisees

    Immigration Prof
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Coverall is one company being sued. Image via Coverall. The September 2014 ABA Journal reports on a class action that "could reshape the janitorial industry." According to the article, several large cleaning companies routinely market themselves to immigrants, and they...
  • Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

    Immigration Prof
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! On September 17, 1968, Congress issued a joint resolution (Public Law 90-948) that authorized the President to issue a proclamation that would designate one week in September, including September 15 and 16, as "National Hispanic...
  • Latino Workplace Fatalities Have Increased

    Immigration Prof
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    From the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement: The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the nation's leading organization for Latino working families, which represents the interests of over 2 million Latino/a trade unionists throughout the United States and...
  • Anthropologists on Artesia

    Immigration Prof
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Writing for the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group blog, Lauren Heidbrink and Michele Statz have posited that their "anthropological knowledge—expertise developed through sustained ethnographic engagement with migrant youth, their families, and relevant stakeholders" could be useful in public...
  • Let's Talk About Incarceration

    Immigration Prof
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    The following videos are terrific jumping-off points for vigorous class discussion about incarceration. While they both address domestic prison policies, they could easily be used to talk about incarceration for immigration crimes or even immigration detention. This first video comes...
 
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    The U.S. Immigration Law Blog by Ashwin Sharma

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Report Highlights Immigrant Contributions to the Texas Economy

    Walter Ewing
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    There is no shortage of data on the ways in which immigration has added value to the Texas economy. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the state each year. And, contrary to popular stereotype, the contributions of immigrants are not confined to the labor of low-wage workers in construction and food service, but also encompass highly skilled professionals and business owners in science, technology, and engineering. Adding to this body of evidence is a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities which details the many…
  • Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

    Wendy Feliz
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have spent significant time in Artesia and who serve in leadership positions with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), are urging Congress to “reverse its deportation and detention strategy” and “to oppose the…
  • Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

    Paul McDaniel
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming more than 27,000 new citizens in more than 160 naturalization ceremonies around the country. It’s a day for Americans to reflect upon the importance of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, to explore ways to remove…
  • Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

    Emily Creighton
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells where they are forced to sleep on concrete floors, have no access to showers or basic hygiene items like soap, are provided inadequate food and have no…
  • Deploying National Guard to Border Hurt Texas Economy

    Mark Noferi
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The thousands of Central American children and families fleeing violence and arriving at the southern U.S. border became national front-page news over the summer. Congress responded by saying a lot but doing nothing, while many states and cities welcomed them into their communities and provided humanitarian support. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a different approach by activating and sending to the border about 1,000 National Guard troops, noting “our citizens are under assault.” Perry chose a military response to a humanitarian challenge, which initials reports estimated would cost Texas…
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  • Customs and Border Protection Addresses Use-of-Force Concerns

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

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

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 5230, a bill that fails to offer a meaningful solution to the humanitarian situation on the Southwest border by focusing funding on enforcement rather than a fair process. In an effort to muster support for the emergency supplemental, the House of Representatives also is expected to vote today on H.R. 5272, a bill that would restrict Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the two bills the…
 
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  • Many Are Called, but Few Are Chosen in the EB-5 Program

    David North
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    America is trying to improve the high school graduation rate, which is a ratio between those entering as freshmen and those leaving with a diploma. The national average in 2010, according to Department of Education statistics, was 78.2 percent. The roughly comparable figure for the immigrant investor (EB-5) program is about 50 percent for the most recent time period. Whereas high school runs for four years, the waiting period in EB-5 is only two years, but the "graduation rate" is much lower. Here is how it works: read more
  • The Executive Immigration Order That Breaks the Obama Presidency? Pt. 2

    Stanley Renshon
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    When a president's major policy initiative, like President Obama's healthcare initiative, never gains public support, he is in trouble. When, in addition, the public no longer supports many of the president's other major domestic or foreign policies, the trouble is far more serious. And when both of the preceding are true and the public views the president as "weak", ineffective", or "dishonest", it is appropriate to use the word "collapse" to describe that presidency. That is the current state of the Obama presidency. read more
  • Want to Lower the Average Educational Level of the Legal U.S. Workforce? Expand DACA!

    David North
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    We keep hearing from the Obama administration, prominent employers, and educators that in order to compete in the world economy we must have a better-educated workforce. This makes sense. Brains are rapidly replacing brawn in the newer parts of the economy. Jobs demanding computer-related and other high skills are increasing just as the number of low-skilled factory (and farm) jobs are diminishing. Yet in terms of the average educational level of the legal workforce in the United States, the Obama administration is already moving in the opposite direction with its support of the DACA amnesty…
  • How About Just Paying Them More?

    Mark Krikorian
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Maria Shriver is helping Marriott hotels avoid raising the pay for its housekeepers. Perhaps fearing that the minimum-wage campaign directed at fast-food restaurants will turn its red and fiery eye toward hotels, Marriott has teamed up with Shriver and her group A Woman's Nation, to launch a campaign dubbed "The Envelope Please." It will "put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping" at Marriott's various brands, including Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Renaissance hotels. The hotel chain is even suggesting how much to tip: "Marriott International CEO Arne…
  • Dispatch From "Almost America"

    Jessica Vaughan
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    El Paso – I had to chuckle as I read the first line of a front-page story in the El Paso Times, which I had picked up in the airport on my way home from a conference: "The average Border Patrol agent in El Paso apprehended 4.2 undocumented immigrants [sic] in 2013, according to a presentation made to lawmakers last week by two experts who study the border." read more
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  • Video: The L1 Visa: An Overview of the L1 Visa

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

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

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    The U.S. Department of State has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. October 2014 Visa Bulletin for Family-Based Visas   The U.S. Department of State categorizes green card petitions based on the sponsor’s legal status. F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. As you can see this past month saw a great…
  • FYI: Green Card Priority Dates and Preference Categories

    Aneesah Ali
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    You’re applying for a Green Card and the terms priority date and preference category come up often and you probably have a few questions. What exactly is a Green Card priority date? What is a preference category and how do I know if it applies to me? How will my preference category and priority date impact processing times for my Green Card? Here are five things you need to know about priority dates and preference categories and how they apply to you. 1) What are priority dates and preference categories? Green Card priority dates indicates the date in which the application was filed. Green…
  • Affidavit of Support Co-Sponsor Information and Requirements

    Zofia Mrozowska
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    An affidavit of support co-sponsor is needed when a sponsor a U.S. immigration visa does not meet the minimum financial income requirements.  Here is a quick overview of must to know information and requirements for being an affidavit of support co-sponsor. What is an affidavit of support co-sponsor? An affidavit of support co-sponsor takes on the financial and legal responsibility for the foreign national you are petitioning. It is a binding contract that assures the U.S. government that the foreign national will be provided for financially. What are the requirements to be an affidavit of…
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  • Sixteen Years and 20 Minutes to “Other Serious Harm” Asylum

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

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

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

    Jason Dzubow
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:19 pm
                        There are, in effect, two definitions of “refugee.” There is the legal definition from the 1951 Refugee Convention (codified in U.S. law at INA § 101(a)(42)), and then there is the lay person’s definition. The legal definition of refugee includes: any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality… and who is unable or unwilling to return to… that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account…
  • Can a Human Rights Lawyer Be Pro-Israel?

    Jason Dzubow
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
                        If you talk to people working in the human rights field, many will tell you that they view their work as an expression of their political and moral beliefs. More often than not, those beliefs are grounded in religious faith. Dare to dream… That is true for me. I am Jewish and I am an asylum lawyer. I view my work as an expression of my Jewish values. These values are derived not just from our sacred texts–which encourage discussion, debate, and self…
 
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  • Underwater Dreams Tells Underdog Tale

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

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

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

    Romona Paden
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Undocumented immigrants and immigrants’ rights organizations got a bit of good news in August as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that a lawsuit it filed more than a year ago in Southern California resulted in reforming practices associated with the policy of voluntary return, a practice that bypasses immigration courts and sends undocumented immigrants back to their countries of origin. Arguing that undocumented immigrants were often subjected to pressure and coercion to agree to voluntary return, an administrative procedure that can have far-reaching…
  • New York Maintains Strong Economic Ties with Immigrants

    Romona Paden
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The Statue of Liberty: A common symbol of American immigration though it was constructed late in the 19th century With the Statue of Liberty located in its harbor on Liberty Island, New York’s iconic status in the nation’s immigration story manifests today with a foreign-born population of more than four million residents and more than one-quarter or the overall workforce in the state is classified as an immigrant. Through its Map the Impact project, The Partnership for a New American Economy reports those making up the category of Development, Relief, and Education for Alien…
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  • Boehner says immigration reform will help US economy

    Romona Paden
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Following a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, House Speaker John Boehner said that reforming the nation's immigration system will boost the economy. According to The Hill, Boehner made the statement after a question was asked from an audience member, and wasn't something that he planned to discuss during his speech.  "Immigration reform will help our economy, but you've got to secure the border first," Boehner said in his speech. "We've got a mess and everyone knows we've got a mess. It needs to be fixed. We're a nation of…
  • Cities join together to push for citizenship

    Romona Paden
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City are banding together in an attempt to get legal immigrants U.S. citizenship. According to the Chicago Tribune, the initiative is called Cities for Citizenship and will allow the cities to expand their naturalization programs and give U.S. citizenship through a $1.1 million contribution from Citigroup.  The Center for Popular Democracy and the National Partnership for New Americans will coordinate the joint effort. The source stated that the goal of the initiative is to encourage cities across the U.S. to invest more in helping immigrants become U.S.
  • NYC helping unaccompanied minors with education and health support

    Romona Paden
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal announced that the city will offer support to unaccompanied minors who are currently undergoing deportation proceedings. According to a statement released by the City of New York, there are representatives available at the federal immigration court to address the needs of children who require assistance, especially those who have recently arrived in the city. New York is one of the busiest cities in the country when it comes to immigration hearings. It's where many unaccompanied children who…
  • California voters support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants

    Romona Paden
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    A new poll from the Los Angeles Times found that voters in California broadly support a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. According to the Los Angeles Times, Californian voters are also concerned about the effects that undocumented immigrants have on the state.  The results of the poll showed that nearly 75 percent of those surveyed are in support of an overhaul of federal immigration laws. However, there was a major division between voters in regard to the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have fled to the…
  • White House officials talk with Latino lawmakers

    Romona Paden
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Days after President Barack Obama announced that he will wait until after November's congressional elections to act on immigration reform, chief of staff Denis McDonough spoke with Latino lawmakers in a private meeting. According to Politico, McDonough promised that the president will issue an order of executive action on immigration reform before the end of the year. The meeting was likely scheduled when Latino lawmakers expressed their disappointment over the president neglecting to take action before midterm elections. President Obama was originally expected to make an…
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  • Green Card Lottery Designed for Country Diversity

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

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

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

    Romona Paden
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Immigrants who formalize their allegiance to the United States by becoming citizens can help bring their parents to live in the country as well. Although petitioning the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires an understanding of the rules and following a particular process, the mothers and fathers of immigrants can obtain a green card to live […]
  • Mi condición DACA está por expirar. ¿Y ahora qué?

    Romona Paden
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    La primera camada de DREAMers que se aprobó para otorgar la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) será elegible para renovar su condición en los próximos meses. Recientemente, el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS) dio a conocer pautas que explican cómo realizar la renovación. Esto es lo que usted necesita saber. ¿Soy […]
 
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  • Priority Date for India EB2 May Retrogress

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

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01MAY09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 15NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 15NOV09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01APR09 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    According to AILA, attorneys throughout the country have noted that clients have received a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a initial notice and appearing for biometrics capture. AILA has contacted USCIS about this issue and we will provide an update shortly. >>UPDATE from AILA:USCIS is aware of the issue of duplicate biometrics notices being issued in some cases and has stated that if a duplicate notice is received and the client has already attended an ASC appointment and had biometrics captured, it should not be necessary to attend the second appointment.  
  • Visa Bulletin for September 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01MAY09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 08NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08OCT09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01NOV08 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin for August 2014

    Sachin Ramesh Raval, Esq.
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    India Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 22JAN09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 08NOV03 China Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 08OCT09 Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01NOV08 Click here for the Visa Bulletin
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    Emigrate.co.uk News

  • Sleepless night for expat Scots ends with overwhelming No vote

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

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

    Kate Welch
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A Pakistani woman who fled to Canada in 2007 as a refugee after receiving death threats has been deported by Canada’s immigration authority in spite of an ongoing UN Human Rights appeal. Jamila Bibi, 60, accused of adultery and arrested in Pakistan in 2007, fled to Canada after she was granted bail, and had been living in Saskatoon... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Canada express entry skilled work visa fails to impress migrants

    Kate Welch
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    A recent study has revealed that Ottawa’s new migrant arrivals are less than impressed with the Express Entry System due to launch in January 2015. The new programme has already seen the recruitment of skilled immigrants across 50 job sectors in spite of the high number of recently-arrived qualified immigrants who are unable to find... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • New Zealand jobs fairs in Australia plan to claw back skilled Kiwis

    Kate Welch
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    New Zealand’s National Party is planning to set up job fairs in major Australian cities aimed at enticing skilled expat New Zealanders back into the home country employment market. As the fight to form the next New Zealand government ramps up, a statement by the National Party promises that, if re-elected, it will organise jobs fairs in... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
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  • Guide to getting a K-1 visa for your fiance

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICA On your random trip abroad, chances are you will meet local people of different cultures and background. Sometimes, even your regular trip to a destination that you have been many times may produce a chance meeting with someone who might just be the person that you are looking for to spend your life with. You might meet such a person during your train ride, airplane ride or a bus ride. Now, if that person was a US citizen also, you should congratulate yourself because you just saved $1310 USD at the time of this writing (8/2014). Chances are, though, that you are reading…
  • Family Based Green Cards Common Questions and Answers – Part Three

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICADisclaimer: All advice given here are strictly as is without any guarantees and reliability. The advice below is solely from personal experiences in filing such applications and process. The best and most reliable advice is always from a good immigration lawyer. Q: I am a United States Citizen and would like to apply for green card for my Mom & Dad. They stay in India but both have a travel visa for the US for 10 years. They have visited me 4 times for a stay of around 2 weeks each.  While researching to apply for their green card, I see that I have to fill two…
  • F-1, J-1, Adjustment of Status common questions and answers – Part Three

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICADisclaimer: All advice given here are strictly as is without any guarantees and reliability. The advice below is solely from personal experiences in filing such applications and process. The best and most reliable advice is always from a good immigration lawyer. Q. I live in Palestine, have been an exchange student in the US for high school when I was 15 years old. After that, I went home and graduated from high school. After I finished, I applied for a university to get a full scholarship including tuition, room & board for a 4 years bachelor. In the first summer, I…
  • Guide to Country Specific Documents Reciprocity for Immigration Applications

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICABirth, marriage, divorce, death and adoption certificates vary by country. Often times, your home country’s documents are issued or stored in a completely different manner than that of the US style. The civil authority that regulates recording of birth, marriages, death sometimes conducts its business in a completely different manner than the US style. Some countries did not even use birth certificates until the late 1980s. Sometimes, if the country went through a period of civil unrest such as a civil war or genocide, all birth records and marriage records were lost. If…
  • Family Based Green Cards Common Questions and Answers – Part Two

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    IMMIGRATE TO AMERICADisclaimer: All advice given here are strictly as is without any guarantees and reliability. The advice below is solely from personal experiences in filing such applications and process. The best and most reliable advice is always from a good immigration lawyer. Q: What year is in processing for us citizen parent filing for married son with children. A: Regarding the priority dates, always check the Visa Bulletin on the Dept of State website. The monthly bulletin details exactly what date and year the current processing is undergoing. For married sons of US citizens, this…
 
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    US Immigration Reform

  • Berlin Wall vs American border wall

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

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

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

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

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

  • Adjustment of Status: Its Requirements and Processes

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Laws Fail to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

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

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

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

    Scott McVarish
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    A new agreement announced on August 27, 2014 states that Homeland security officials will not use intimidation or threats against immigrants facing deportation. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times reports that many immigrants with ties to Southern California who voluntarily left the United States under threats will be allowed to return. This potentially historical settlement only pertains to Southern California, but some of the reforms may be adopted nationwide. This settlement will directly affect individuals who were voluntarily deported from Southern California between the years 2009 and…
  • VAWA and Victims of Violence

    Scott McVarish
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was drafted by the office of then Senator Joe Biden and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. The Act provides money for investigating and prosecuting violent crimes against women. It also allows certain victims of violence to remain in the United States. Under VAWA, an abused child or spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident can self-petition for lawful status in the United States. Individuals who request lawful status after being the victim of abuse may receive employment authorization and access to public benefits. VAWA can…
 
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