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Visa Policy Hurts U.S. Economy

USA Today reports that "businesses and trade groups that fear their competitive edge is hurt by the U.S. visa approval process at a time when other countries are eager to woo foreign customers. " " U.S. companies say a growing number of foreign business travelers — particularly from robust emerging markets such as China, India  Read more→

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Government Starts Verification Of Information Contained in Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Office has confirmed that the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) has commenced verification of information contained in nonimmigrant visa petitions received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Verification of information includes telephonic contact with petitioners related to factual aspects contained in the petition. 15 contractors who have been  Read more→

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UNICEF: 6 Million Pakistanian Children in Desperate Need

On August 17 UNICEF warned that serious funding shortfalls are jeopardizing its humanitarian operation in Pakistan. UNICEF is extremely concerned at the lack of funds for its water and sanitation operation, with millions of children at risk from water-borne diseases. "Providing clean water and adequate sanitation is key to the survival of millions of flood  Read more→

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Labor Department Obtains Almost $1 Million in Back Wages For 135 H-1B Workers

Smartsoft International Inc., a computer consulting company based in Suwanee, GA, has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in back wages and interest to 135 nonimmigrant workers temporarily employed by the company under the H-1B visa program. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor reached this agreement following a determination by the department’s  Read more→

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Editorial Labels "Secure Communities" Program "Immigration Bait and Switch"

In an August 18, 2010 editorial p The New York Times concluded: "‘Secure Communities’ won’t make the country more secure, not the way it is working. Police departments that don’t want to participate should be able to opt out. The Obama administration needs to fix it or jettison it." The program was designed to "catch  Read more→

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Editorial Labels “Secure Communities” Program “Immigration Bait and Switch”

In an August 18, 2010 editorial p The New York Times concluded: "‘Secure Communities’ won’t make the country more secure, not the way it is working. Police departments that don’t want to participate should be able to opt out. The Obama administration needs to fix it or jettison it." The program was designed to "catch  Read more→

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ICE Launches New Online Detainee Tracker System

Against a backdrop of increased immigration enforcement, the government has sought to implement more humanitarian policies in immigration detention that focus on the health and safety of detainees. These plans are a response, in part, to sever criticism levied at ICE officials for secrecy and abuse. In early August, ICE introduced its Online Detainee Locator  Read more→

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Customs and Border Protection Advises: What To Do If You Fail To Turn In Your I-94

What happens if a nonimmigrant visa holder forgets to relinquish his or her I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) when departing the United States. In such instances, it is possible that the individual’s departure was not recorded properly, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may conclude that he or she remained in the U.S. beyond the authorized stay.  Read more→

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