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  • Insight into anticipated EB-2 (India) Visa Priority Date Movements from AILA/U.S. Department of State

    The U.S. Immigration Law Blog by Ashwin Sharma
    Ashwin Sharma Esq.
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    EB-2 India is expected to advance at a minimum, 4 to 6 months in the coming months and more significant advances should be expected through May. During FY 2013, EB-2 India advanced to June 2008, and then retrogressed almost four years during the first quarter of FY 2014. EB-2 India did not advance again until the summer months, eventually reaching May 2009 in September before retrogressing again in November. Although the decision has been made to start advancing the cut-off date at this time, it is possible EB-2 India may only advance into the summer of 2009 by September. Charlie anticipates…
  • What you need to know about student visas

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    Romona Paden
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    If you're looking to come to the United States to study, congratulations! It is an exciting time in your educational career. To take this step, however, you will require a student visa. These visas give you the right to reside in the U.S. temporarily during your course of study, and the kind of degree or certificate you are undertaking will determine which visa you need. The F-1 visa: Your most likely choice People coming to the U.S. to study at a university, college, seminary, conservatory or any other academic institution (including a language training program) will need an F-1…
  • I-130 denial and appeal to BIA...

    ILW.COM Discussion Board
    john2006_john10
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Hello, Our i-130 petition was denied by USCIS. The reason stated was, not establishing the burden of proof. We got married before I ended up in removal proceeding. We have filed the notice to appeal. I would like to know how long would this BIA appeal take for a decision.I am not detained.I would also like to know, what options do i have if we loose the appeal. Thank you
  • I-130 denial and appeal to BIA...

    ILW.COM Discussion Board
    john2006_john10
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Hello, Our i-130 petition was denied by USCIS. The reason stated was, not establishing the burden of proof. We got married before I ended up in removal proceeding. We have filed the notice to appeal. I would like to know how long would this BIA appeal take for a decision.I am not detained.I would also like to know, what options do i have if we loose the appeal. Thank you
  • South Roxana investigation rekindled

    Alton Telegraph » News
    englewoodindependent
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Telegraph report yields further information into misconduct By Nathan Woodside nwoodside@civitasmedia.com SOUTH ROXANA — South Roxana Police Chief Bob Coles says an investigation into numerous possible instances of public official misconduct has been rekindled following a three-part investigative series published last week by the Telegraph. “Due to the recent media coverage of South Roxana, it has brought in new information which has caused the case to be reopened in regards to the former administration,” Coles wrote in a letter addressed Tuesday to Telegraph reporter Cory…
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  • I-130 denial and appeal to BIA...

    john2006_john10
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Hello, Our i-130 petition was denied by USCIS. The reason stated was, not establishing the burden of proof. We got married before I ended up in removal proceeding. We have filed the notice to appeal. I would like to know how long would this BIA appeal take for a decision.I am not detained.I would also like to know, what options do i have if we loose the appeal. Thank you
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

    federale86
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...ooga-tennessee
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Farid Fata

    federale86
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Killer, Welfare Cheat: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/f...riday/34079072
  • feeling a bit trapped

    stuckmom
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    asking for opinions. I am feeling quite trapped. I have been for a year now. I fell in love with a guy whom I thought had a work permit and such to be here legally... any ways, we lived together for a year and a half then I got pregnant with our daughter but I didnt know at the time, so 3 month into the pregnancy I found out that my boyfriend is NOT here legally, and has been using a fake social security number and such... and then I took a test that showed I was pregnant and now im trapped. but putting my best foot forward we consulted with an immigration attorney who said if he can prove he…
  • Fastest and cheapest way to get a divorce?

    elitemarry
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    Married in ector county. Staying in Los Angeles. One child. On child support. No visitation. Provide me Fastest and cheapest way to get a divorce.
 
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  • I-130 denial and appeal to BIA...

    john2006_john10
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    Hello, Our i-130 petition was denied by USCIS. The reason stated was, not establishing the burden of proof. We got married before I ended up in removal proceeding. We have filed the notice to appeal. I would like to know how long would this BIA appeal take for a decision.I am not detained.I would also like to know, what options do i have if we loose the appeal. Thank you
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

    federale86
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Terrorist: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...ooga-tennessee
  • Federale's Immigrant Of The Day: Farid Fata

    federale86
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Muslim, Immigrant, Killer, Welfare Cheat: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/f...riday/34079072
  • feeling a bit trapped

    stuckmom
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    asking for opinions. I am feeling quite trapped. I have been for a year now. I fell in love with a guy whom I thought had a work permit and such to be here legally... any ways, we lived together for a year and a half then I got pregnant with our daughter but I didnt know at the time, so 3 month into the pregnancy I found out that my boyfriend is NOT here legally, and has been using a fake social security number and such... and then I took a test that showed I was pregnant and now im trapped. but putting my best foot forward we consulted with an immigration attorney who said if he can prove he…
  • Fastest and cheapest way to get a divorce?

    elitemarry
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    Married in ector county. Staying in Los Angeles. One child. On child support. No visitation. Provide me Fastest and cheapest way to get a divorce.
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  • South Roxana investigation rekindled

    englewoodindependent
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Telegraph report yields further information into misconduct By Nathan Woodside nwoodside@civitasmedia.com SOUTH ROXANA — South Roxana Police Chief Bob Coles says an investigation into numerous possible instances of public official misconduct has been rekindled following a three-part investigative series published last week by the Telegraph. “Due to the recent media coverage of South Roxana, it has brought in new information which has caused the case to be reopened in regards to the former administration,” Coles wrote in a letter addressed Tuesday to Telegraph reporter Cory…
  • Heroin buyers appear as police search home

    englewoodindependent
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    By Sanford Schmidt sschmidt@civitasmedia.com WOOD RIVER — Authorities are seeking to take possession of money seized in a raid of a house where several people apparently stopped by to buy heroin as police were conducting a search. The money was found July 21 while police were conducting a search of a home in the 100 block of West Penning Avenue. The search was conducted after a confidential source made two controlled purchases at the home during the month of July. Police officers said they conducted a search of the trash from the resident of the home and found baggies with torn corners,…
  • Car-buyers in lurch as state probes sales

    englewoodindependent
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    By Nick Draper ndraper@civitasmedia.com SOUTH JACKSONVILLE — A state’s investigation of a South Jacksonville auto dealer has left those who bought cars but have yet to receive titles to the vehicles wondering what happens next. Secretary of State Police confirmed the agency is looking into the sale of vehicles from Morgan County Autoplex at 1801 S. Main St., but said little else because the investigation is on-going, according to Henry Haupt, deputy press secretary for the secretary of state’s office. The lot is now empty expect for a small building and a sign that has the…
  • State yanks gaming payments from cities

    englewoodindependent
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    By David C.L. Bauer dbauer@civitasmedia.com and Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree smcdaniel@civitasmedia.com SPRINGFIELD — Cash-strapped west-central Illinois cities and counties have lost another infusion of funds, with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday halting monthly video gaming payments. Although not a significant revenue stream, the payments still amount to thousands of dollars for municipalities that host video gaming establishments. Most cities and counties in the region allow the gaming devices, although some have rejected them. Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said in a statement that…
  • Rauner praises House vote to block lawmaker pay raise

    englewoodindependent
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    DAVID MERCER Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Members of the Illinois House voted Tuesday to block a pay raise for themselves and senators that has become a flashpoint in the state’s budget stalemate. The 110-1 vote would still need Senate approval before Gov. Bruce Rauner could sign it and stop the 2 percent cost-of-living increase that lawmakers are automatically due. If it takes effect, it would be their first pay raise in seven years. That vote followed a tense floor debate during which Republicans asked the bill’s lead sponsor, Democratic House Speaker Michael…
 
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  • State Department 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

    Immigration Prof
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    The U.S. Department of State has released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. "This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and...
  • Federal Court Finds California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Violated Title VII

    Immigration Prof
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Last week, a federal court in San Francisco ruled that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) and the California State Personnel Board (“SPB”) violated federal civil rights law by denying employment to Victor Guerrero, now a naturalized U.S....
  • Incarcerated Children and Mothers Denied Due Process

    Immigration Prof
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to account for the cascade of due...
  • Life is Like a Box of Chocolates? Immigrant Amor in the Air

    Immigration Prof
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Christine Armaio of the Associated Press reports on an interesting twist to immigrant love. On weekday evenings, immigrants from Latin America and living in Los Angeles and throughout the United States listen to Oswaldo Diaz's show and get an inside...
  • "Sea Slaves": Forced Labor

    Immigration Prof
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Ian Urbina has the third installment of the "Outlaw Ocean" series. "‘Sea Slaves’: Forced Labor" reports on men who have fled servitude on fishing boats who recount beatings and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become...
 
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    Immigration Impact

  • Story of Unaccompanied Child Underscores Importance of Legal Representation Needed for All Refugee Children

    Rosemary Laughlin
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Elvis Garcia is a migration counselor at the Catholic Charities Community Services of New York. He is also a former unaccompanied child who fled from his native Honduras in 2005 when he was 15 years old. Last week, Garcia and several others participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services to evaluate the response to the humanitarian situation at the southern U.S. border and highlight the recommendations regarding the treatment of children in their new report. During the roundtable, Garcia pointed to the lack of lawyers for kids as one of the biggest…
  • Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention

    Lindsay Harris
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    A federal judge issued an order in the Flores case that should go a long way to ending the government’s practice of detaining children and their mothers in unlicensed, secure facilities in Dilley and Karnes, Texas. Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of women and children fleeing violence in Central America. The longstanding Flores settlement guarantees minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children in immigration detention. These standards, the court concluded, are not being met. The judge’s order came after settlement negotiations…
  • Study Estimates the Impact of New Priority Enforcement Policies on Deportation Numbers

    Guillermo Cantor
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Migration Policy Institute released a new report that examines the potential impact of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new policy guidance for immigration enforcement, which attempts to focus immigration enforcement more specifically on certain categories of individuals while, according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, “deprioritizing those undocumented who have been here for years, committed no serious crimes, and have in effect become integrated members of society. Based on analyses of DHS administrative data, MPI estimates that the new enforcement priorities…
  • White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

    Leslie Dellon
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    As part of November 2014’s Executive Action announcement, the President issued a memorandum directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to recommend improvements to the immigration system. After seeking public input and receiving roughly 1,650 responses, the agencies submitted their recommendations to the White House and on July 15, the White House released its long-awaited report. The report is divided into three parts (1) modernizing the application and adjudication process, (2) streamlining legal immigration and (3) strengthening the humanitarian system. While the report is…
  • Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

    Mark Noferi
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    When thousands of Central American families fled violence to the United States last year, the Administration responded by opening family detention centers, which are detaining mothers and children as their asylum-based claims work through the court system. Family detention has since led to complaints of psychological harm, suicide attempts, protests and hunger strikes by detainees, and lawsuits over lack of due process, all at exorbitant cost. Yet a new paper by the American Immigration Council and Center for Migration Studies, A Humane Approach Can Work: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to…
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  • Immigration Reduction Is the Mainstream Position

    Steven A. Camarota
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Donald Trump's surge in the polls owes much to his willingness to talk about immigration. By focusing on issues such as border enforcement and immigrant crime, he has tapped into the public's unmet desire for a candidate who is genuinely skeptical about mass immigration. That desire is reflected in polling data that show Americans generally prefer less immigration over more immigration. Here is a sample of polls that ask about immigration as a broad issue, from the aggregator site PollingReport.com: read more
  • Where Are the Required Federal Audits of Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Agencies?

    Dan Cadman
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) has issued a report on its audit of two grants funded by DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to a Georgia entity called Tapestri, Inc., which describes its mission as "end[ing] violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities", according to the report. Though required by law, audits of immigrant and refugee-related grants are rare. read more
  • CNN's Amnesty Push Poll Refers To 'Illegal Immigrants Who Have Jobs'

    Jon Feere
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    In yet another flawed poll designed to create the fiction that Americans are super supportive of mass amnesty, CNN has released new findings, as reported by the Washington Post, showing that 56 percent of "Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here." The poll question reads: read more
  • Immigration Prosecutorial Discretion: The Exception that Undoes the Rule of Law

    Dan Cadman
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Last week, directors Sarah Saldana of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Leon Rodriguez of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing focused on the shabby state of immigration law enforcement, and most particularly on sanctuaries that refuse to honor ICE detainers, leading to murders throughout the country. The hearing was called "Oversight of the Administration's Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims". Several surviving family members…
  • NYT Readers Respond to "Anti-Immigrant Binge" Editorial

    Jerry Kammer
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    On Friday, the New York Times published an editorial that sounded an alarm. It was headlined "The Anti-Immigrant Binge in Congress". It didn't take long for the editorial board, the collective author of the piece and the institutional voice of the Times, to contradict its own headline and prove the fraudulence of the alarm. Here is the editorial's first sentence: "Congress is in danger of taking that most cursed of American political disagreements, the debate over illegal immigration, and dragging it farther toward insanity." (Emphasis added.) read more
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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Naturalization Test

    Patty Johnson
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) recently updated the naturalization test, which legal permanent residents must pass in order to obtain U.S. citizenship. To help you prepare, we’ve identified the top 10 things you need to know about the new naturalization test. 1. The Naturalization Test Features Two Major Sections, Civics and English The civics portion tests the applicant on U.S. History, the U.S. government, geography, symbols, and holidays. The English section includes speaking, reading, and writing components. 2. The Civics Test is an Oral Exam There are 100…
  • DACA News: Select 3-Year EAD Holders Must Return Work Authorization Cards

    Patty Johnson
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    USCIS is requiring a small number of DACA holders to return their 3-year employment authorization document (EAD) cards. The reason? About 2,100 3-year work authorization cards were issued after the February 16 deferred action injunction date. If you think this may apply to you, keep reading because we’ve broken down what you need to know about this important DACA update. The Facts An injunction was issued on February 16, which halted President Obama’s expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) executive orders from taking place. Before the injunction, USCIS…
  • Immigration Reform Policy Update: DHS Continues to Narrow Deportation Focus

    Patty Johnson
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    When President Obama introduced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pledged to refocus its deportation efforts on the biggest threats, such as those posing a risk to public safety and national security. Now, according to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is continuing to shift its enforcement of immigration laws toward three groups: convicted criminals terrorism threats people who’ve recently crossed the border illegally “In recent months, the DHS has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’…
  • LMO to LMIA: The 4 Biggest Changes to Canada’s Labour Market Assessment

    Patty Johnson
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    If you’re a Canadian employer who regularly hires foreign talent, you’ve probably had to complete the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) in the past to ensure your recruitment of foreign workers doesn’t displace a Canadian citizen from the local workforce. However, the government has made changes to the market test to add more regulations and rigorous compliance aspects to the system and, as a result, renamed the process the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). To help you understand how the changes could affect your company, we’ve broken down the top four differences between the LMO and…
  • What HRs Need to Know About the F-1 OPT, H-1B Cap-Gap

    Patty Johnson
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    While the H-1B lottery season is over, if you sponsored an H-1B petition for a student with an F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) status, there are a few things you should know about the “Cap-Gap.” What’s the Cap-Gap? When an HR professional sponsors an F-1 OPT holder and the H-1B application is selected for processing and subsequently approved, the earliest date the employment period can begin is October 1. But the F-1 OPT status often expires before then, leaving the student without a valid work visa. The period between the F-1 OPT expiration date and the start of the H-1B approval…
 
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  • Lawyers vs. Clients

    Jason Dzubow
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
                        Presenting an asylum case to an Immigration Judge or an Asylum Officer can be tricky business. There are an infinite number of ways to tell the story: How much detail to include, what to keep out, how to deal with derogatory facts. Not surprisingly, sometimes lawyers and their clients have different ideas about how the case should look. So what happens when lawyers and clients disagree? CYA First, we should acknowledge that there are areas where the lawyer’s interest and…
  • A Statistical Look at the Arlington Asylum Office

    Jason Dzubow
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
                        My intrepid associate, Ruth Dickey, has been analyzing data from our cases filed at the Arlington Asylum Office during the past few years. She reports her findings here: In December 2014, USCIS announced that it would address the asylum backlog in a new way: “First in, first out.” Prior to this new policy, the Asylum Offices were trying to complete as many cases as possible within 60 days. Cases that could not be interviewed within 60 days fell into the backlog. Over…
  • Asylum and EAD Delays – An Update from the Ombudsman

    Jason Dzubow
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
                        The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman recently released its 2015 annual report to Congress. The report discusses all aspects of USCIS operations, and provides some new information about the asylum backlog and the government’s efforts to improve the situation. To resolve the backlog, each Asylum Officer will have to complete 243 cases. Ugh. You may already be familiar with the Ombudsman’s office–they are the ones who provide…
  • Postcard from the Apocalypse: November 29, 2019

    Jason Dzubow
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
                          BEGIN TRANSMISSION:  If you’re reading this, maybe there’s still hope. Today is November 30, 2019. Dawn. Yesterday, the world came to an end.  This is how the Immigration Court backlog ends. I am one of the few survivors. The very few. And I am sending this transmission back in time by Tachyon beam in a desperate attempt to avert the apocalypse and to save humanity. By my calculation, this message should be received in July 2015. Back then, in your present, it…
  • I Moved. Should I File a Change of Address?

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

    Romona Paden
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is working to retrieve certain documents inadvertently sent out by the agency. The invalid documents are those three-year Employment Authorization Documents the agency sent out to some DACA recipients after Feb. 16, 2015—the date a federal injunction on the executive orders went into effect. The legal wrangling taking place since President Obama issued his executive orders in November 2014 means any action taken by USCIS since the injunction took effect are now void. According to an article on the topic posted on the USCIS site,…
  • Museums and Libraries Celebrate Citizenship

    Romona Paden
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    When the United States celebrated its 239th birthday this year, museums and libraries acted as prominent venues in the festivities. With more than 50 naturalization ceremonies across the country, more than one-third of them took place in some of the nation’s most famous libraries and museums. Settings for the naturalization ceremonies included the New York Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, Seattle Center, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Among the historic sites where the ceremonies occurred were George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia; Thomas…
  • Iowa Voters Support Path to Legal Status

    Romona Paden
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:29 pm
    As a first-tier state in terms of presidential election politics, candidates are ramping up their campaigns to meet the expectations of Iowa voters. And while the Midwestern state is not at the top of most lists in terms of its association with immigration, Iowa voters have given the issue some thought. In an opinion article published on TheGazette.com, Linn County Supervisor Brent Olsen blatantly calls on candidates—specifically Republicans–  to address immigration in a serious and genuine way. This is essential for any serious contender for the nomination, he writes in the…
  • Public Service Announcement – USCIS Warns on Scams Aimed at Immigrants

    Romona Paden
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    A wave of scams are making their way through immigrant communities across the nation as United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues a warning about Caller ID spoofing.  With the scam, perpetrators extort money or information from their target victims. With Caller ID spoofing, scammers deceive their target victims by sending a false name and / or phone number to the target victim’s phone display. Once the recipient is made to feel as if the phone call is made in an official capacity— that it comes from someone working at USCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement…
  • Spanish-Language Media Speaks Up for Latino Community

    Romona Paden
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The media coverage that accompanies presidential politics is growing in its dialect as Spanish-language outlets promise a bigger impact on the electorate than ever before. With a record 28 million Latino voters estimated to take part in next year’s elections, Spanish-language news and information outlets force the issues central to their audiences. While mainstream, anglo-centric media might focus on health care, unemployment and the nation’s economy, leaders within Spanish-language outlets say coverage of those issues central to Latinos is left to them. Dominant among these issues is…
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  • ICE to limit use of family detention centers

    Romona Paden
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:28 am
    U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California ruled the U.S. Department of Justice is violating a court settlement from 18 years ago prohibiting the detention of children. This ruling upholds one U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee made in April, and follows Gee asking the two sides for a settlement, which they failed to give, according to The Associated Press. There was a settlement in 1997 that prohibited anyone from holding immigrant children in unlicensed and secure facilities, which Gee found covers all children in federal immigration custody, even if they have been placed with their…
  • Most undocumented immigrants not the target of enforcement

    Romona Paden
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    A report from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, found up to 87 percent of undocumented immigrants would likely be able to stay in the U.S. under new immigration enforcement programs. Immigration reform has been a hot topic, and many aspects of the Obama administration's plans in this area have been contested. However, the new Priority Enforcement Program is underway and focuses on people who are a danger to national security or who have recently crossed the border illegally. People who have been in the U.S. for some time and are established here are…
  • EB-5 program drawing new interest

    Romona Paden
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:36 am
    Under the EB-5 immigrant investor program, someone who wants to become a U.S. permanent resident can do so if he or she invests $500,000 in a project in an area with high unemployment and creates at least 10 jobs in doing so. This benefit also extends to the investor's family. This is a popular avenue to a green card for those who can afford it – largely Chinese investors in the past, though interest from other countries is growing. "We have seen markets growing that had not been EB-5 players in the past," Peter Joseph, executive director of industry trade group…
  • What you need to know about student visas

    Romona Paden
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    If you're looking to come to the United States to study, congratulations! It is an exciting time in your educational career. To take this step, however, you will require a student visa. These visas give you the right to reside in the U.S. temporarily during your course of study, and the kind of degree or certificate you are undertaking will determine which visa you need. The F-1 visa: Your most likely choice People coming to the U.S. to study at a university, college, seminary, conservatory or any other academic institution (including a language training program) will need an F-1…
  • Texas allegedly denies birth certificates to U.S.-born children

    Romona Paden
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    Children born in the United States are by law entitled to U.S. citizenship, regardless of whether their parents are citizens. However, Texas is allegedly erecting very high barriers to undocumented immigrants looking to get birth certificates for their children. There is a lawsuit in Texas, filed in the U.S. District Court in Austin, addressing this issue. "As a result of this situation, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of parents from Mexico and Central America have recently been denied birth certificates for their Texas-born children," the suit reads. The issue at the heart of…
 
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Extension of Stay (H1B)

    Sachin Raval
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    USCIS announced that it will resume accepting Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service (Form Edition date January 29, 2015), for all H-1B extension of stay petitions. Premium processing for H-1B extensions had been suspended since May 26, 2015, in order to handle the H4 Employment Authorization cases for certain H-4 spouses in a timely manner.
  • Visa Bulletin For August 2015

    Sachin Raval
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:46 pm
    IndiaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01OCT08Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 01JUN04ChinaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 15DEC13Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN04Employment-based Other Workers cut off date for China will be: 01JAN04Click Here for the Visa Bulletin
  • Visa Bulletin For July 2015

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

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

    Sachin Raval
    12 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    IndiaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be: 01OCT08Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be: 22JAN04ChinaEmployment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN13Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be: 01SEP11Click here for the visa bulletin
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    Emigrate.co.uk News

  • Polish family emigrate to Plymouth after seeing images on Google Street View

    Alex Braham
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A Polish family has relocated to Plymouth after being impressed with the pictures they saw on Google Street View. Piotr Ladan and his family were preparing to move to the UK but were unsure of the exact location until they used Google’s images to choose a city. The family viewed pictures of Plymouth’s Armada Way and The Hoe - as well... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Europeans emigrating to Latin America for work

    Kate Welch
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    With high unemployment rates across parts of Europe, particularly Spain, many Europeans are moving to Latin America in search of work. A report by the International Organization for Migration and the European Union in May showed that in 2010 more Europeans emigrated to Latin American countries than the reverse; this was the first time this... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Mexican emigration to US drops dramatically

    Helen Young
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The number of Mexicans emigrating to the US has fallen sharply in recent years, according to recent research. Demographers from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Texas San Antonio say there was a peak in immigrants arriving from Mexico in 2003, and that it has dropped by more than 50 per cent since. Some 819,000... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Turkey: More than 18,500 migrants rescued from Aegean Sea

    Alex Braham
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    As the illegal migrant crisis in Europe continues to worsen, new figures have shown that 18,598 migrants have been rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard Command in the Aegean Sea since the start of the year. The migrants, who were trying to reach Turkey before making their way to other European destinations, were rescued in a total of 585... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
  • Egypt deports dozens of Sudanese over attempted illegal immigration

    Alex Braham
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Thirty-six Sudanese migrants have been deported from Egypt for their attempted illegal immigration to Italy. The migrants were apprehended in a fishing vessel at a beach in the northern Egyptian governorate of Kafr el-Sheikh. There were also dozens of other Egyptian migrants that were making the journey in the same boat. After the... Emigrate UK - Emigrate.co.uk News
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    Russian Speaking NY Immigration Lawyer

  • Humanitarian Parole

    ashautsova
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Humanitarian Parole Author: New York Immigration lawyer Alena Shautsova USCIS and CBP are authorized to parole into the US a person who is not qualified for a visa and does not have permanent residency for humanitarian reasons. An application for humanitarian parole has to be filed in the United States. Most often such a relief is used by parents of minor children who have to wait for a long time to immigrate to the US with their parents. Parole is also used for medical emergencies and for other humanitarian reasons or for significant public benefit. One of the reasons for parole can be…
  • Proving Real or Bona Fide Marriage

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

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

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

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

  • Iran Eases Visa Requirements to Boost Tourism

    Tahir
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Iran has relaxed visa requirements for the citizens of a number of countries in a bid to boost tourism industry. As a first step to a broader visa waiver program that is expected to include 60 countries, Iran lifted the travel restrictions on the nationals of 7 countries according to media reports on Monday. Iran has several ancient tourist attractions and generates about $7 billions from tourism each year.According to media reports, Iran has allowed visa free travel to the passport holders of 7 countries. The citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria will…
  • New NZ Immigration Rules Announced for Skilled Workers

    Tahir
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    New Zealand is introducing new immigration rules for skilled workers to encourage them to settle them in the regions outside Auckland. The new immigration measures include increased points for foreign skilled workers who intend to live in regional areas. The changes also provide 100 per cent increase in points for entrepreneurs who plan to setup businesses in the regions.  Prime Minister John Key announced the immigration changes at the National Party conference in Auckland on Sunday July 26, 2015. It is expected that new rules will help to develop the New Zealand’s regional areas by…
  • Obama’s New Policy Shift Will Protect More Illegal Immigrants

    Jessica Scott
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    United States President Barack Obama’s administration is planning to introduce a new immigration policy with a major focus on the deportation of illegal immigrants involved in criminal activities and posing threat to public safety. The shift in the immigration policy, based on the report by Migration Policy Institute, is expected to provide protection to about 87 per cent of the illegal aliens from the fear of being deported. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson praised the MPI study and said in a statement that new policy will transform the country’s deportation system.United…
  • UK Plans to Ban Entry of Criminal Immigrants

    Tahir
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    United Kingdom is planning to toughen its immigration rules from September this year to ban foreign criminals from entry the country in a bid to reduce the net migration. UK government has been unable to deport a number of foreign criminals on the grounds of human rights in the past. The new rules will make it difficult for those immigrants who have been involved in criminal activities in the past to come and live in the UK.  The accompanying family members will also be required to provide the police clearance checks within the past 10 years. In the initial stages, the rules will be…
  • UK to Ban Foreign Students to Work While Studying

    Tahir
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, is planning to ban the foreign students to engage in any employment during their studies. International students from non-European Union states will be required to leave the country after graduation and then apply for work visa to return to the United Kingdom. Business Secretary Javid Sajid had said earlier this week that foreign graduates should not abuse the study visa to use it as backdoor to gain residence in the country. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire also want the foreign students to leave. The restrictions are expected to lower the number of…
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    US Immigration Reform

  • Support the DREAM Act Today

    Mike Quinn
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
      We need to support the DREAM Act now and stop punishing children for the actions of their parents. These kids need a future they can get behind and work for. Only we can make this happen. Click Here to help.
  • The battle for the 14th Amendment

    mikequinn
    1 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    For as long as our constitution has been around, certain members of our community and their hired guns in Washington have tried to change our immigration laws in an effort to “keep our country white.” The 14th amendment has been under attack since it’s inception during the civil war. This infographic helps to demonstrate the […]
  • GOP needs a dictionary

    mikequinn
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Ever get tired of hearing anything you want to do to help those less fortunate is a form of socialism? Let’s take a look at what the dictionary says about  socialism: 1- any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2- a […]
  • H1b visa caps hinder our economy

    mikequinn
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Borui applied for an H-1B visa this year after creating his own company Polarr and hiring 3 Americans. Last week, he brought his story to Capitol Hill to advocate directly for immigration reform. Posted by FWD.us on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Is Obama like Lincoln?

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

  • How do I bring my Fiance to the United States?

    Siam Legal International
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    If you are a U.S. citizen, you can petition to bring your fiancé to the United States for the purpose of getting married. The U.S. government understands that the U.S. citizen and the fiancé might reside in different countries and want to avoid unnecessary travel or simply just want to get married in the United […]
  • US Immigration: Lawfully Admitted

    Robert Virasin
    29 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    The term “lawfully admitted” into the United States is an important term in U.S. immigration law. A person who has been lawfully admitted are accorded more benefits than individuals who entered the United States without inspection. Those who are lawfully admitted are provided benefits such as additional rights in removal proceedings, the right to adjust […]
  • Employment Authorization for H-4 Dependent Spouses

    Robert Virasin
    25 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that dependent spouses of H-1b immigrants (H-4 Status) will be eligible to obtain employment authorization. In order to qualify they need to be the principal beneficiaries of their H-1b nonimmigrants who has an approved Employment Based Immigrant Petition (I-140). The second option are for […]
  • DACA and a Path to Permanent Residency

    Robert Virasin
    14 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    In the United States, there are millions of children and young adults who were brought over to the United States illegally when they were young. Until recently, most of these young adults did not have a means of getting a driver’s license, work permit, or government identification. They were essentially living ghosts in society. Young […]
  • L-1: One Year Employment Requirement

    Robert Virasin
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    The L-1 non-immigrant visa is an often overlooked method for foreign companies to bring experienced managers and skilled employees to the United States to open a subsidiary entity. It is also a wonderful opportunity for employees to come to work in the United States and bring their families. However, there are restrictions on who would […]
 
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    MoreVisas

  • Having an Extreme Resolution on How to Find a Job in Germany?

    More Visas
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Stepping forward to Germany as an offshore jobseeker, needs a lot of zeal and will power, the plan of attack of many individuals is through their organizations where they can assist the progress of their move in Germany. In the same way for those who are having a deep fantasy of being a German citizen […]
  • Visit the Natural Attractions through Tourist Visa for USA

    More Visas
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    United States is the nation which is preferred most for the migration, as it is the nation which offers a huge number of opportunities in all fields. USA has overall 60 categories of non-immigrant visas and the Tourist visa for USA is one out of them. The country has thousands of colleges as well as […]
  • Great Career for the Skilled Workers Through Subclass 457 Visa Australia

    More Visas
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    Are you aspiring to migrate to Australia in order to work? Then immediately grab the opportunities to work in Australia as the subclass 457 visa provides you the best pathway of working temporarily in Australia. Australia is a perfect place for working as it has a fantastic climate and people who are friendly and mingle […]
  • Prosper in Canada by Obtaining Canada Visa from India

    More Visas
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Canada is the nation which lures most of the Indian migrants to migrate, work, study and settle down. Canada paves the path for the opportunities which are enticing in overseas and also an enriching experience of living abroad. This country is one among the top rewarded countries in order to fly to and it offers an experience […]
  • Explore Various Ways for Obtaining the Australia PR

    More Visas
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    A permanent resident of Australia will be allowed to work, reside and pursue their education in the nation without any objection upon their Australian immigration. Australia has 12th largest economy. It is one among the nations which are wealthy in the world. Most of the people choose Australia for migrating as permanent residents. The Australia […]
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