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Roll Call: Democrats Will Push Immigration Reform

On April 21, 2010 Roll Call reported "Democratic leaders are pushing ahead with plans to move comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year — even if it means punting on energy legislation until next Congress." "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed during a Tuesday afternoon meeting that a "moral imperative"  Read more→

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TIPS Re: International Travel After Marriage To A Foreign National

Newlyweds often want to honeymoon outside of the United States. Planning well in advance can lessen inconveniences and minimize the chance that the foreign national partner will be stranded abroad. If the foreign national plans to return to the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, other than an H-1B or L-1, the newlywed must evaluate whether  Read more→

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Evaluating Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Investor Visas: EB-5 vs. E-2

In recent years, the immigrant investor program (also called the EB-5 program) has gained popularity and media attention as a viable option for those of means to obtain lawful resident status. Even those traditionally less-well-off financially have considered the program in light of ever growing immigrant visa backlogs and the devaluation of the dollar (which  Read more→

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DHS Inspector General Exposes Abuses in 287(g) Enforcement; AILA Calls For Termination of Program

On April 2, 2010 the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General issued a comprehensive report confirming civil rights abuses in a federal program that "deputizes" state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration law. The Inspector General tells of local officers arresting individuals who have committed no offense – including even victims  Read more→

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Study: Foreign Workers Boost U.S. Economy

The March 22, 1010 issue of Newsweek reports "While immigrants are blamed for dragging down American wages and stealing jobs, University of California, Davis, economist Giovanni Peri comes to a different conclusion. "In a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, Peri trowels through nearly five decades of immigration data and finds that foreign workers  Read more→

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U.S. Brain Drain Due To Restrictive Immigration Policies

"Silicon Valley may be the cradle for tech start-ups, but some foreign-born executives, engineers and scientists are leaving because of better opportunities back home, strict immigration laws here and the dreary California economy with its high cost of living, USA TODAY reported today. " Fewer foreign students are coming to the Valley to earn engineering  Read more→

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IMMIGRATION ALERT– Test the Waters? "Extraordinary Ability" Employment-Based Visas Can Be Approved in 15 Calendar Days

Some highly skilled professionals, even those who hold long-term, nonimmigrant visa status (G-4 international workers, O extraordinary ability nonimmigrants, E treaty trader and investors) and who are not currently seeking a job change, may want to consider exploring their green card options by applying for an extraordinary ability immigrant visa. While this visa category is  Read more→

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IMMIGRATION ALERT– Test the Waters? “Extraordinary Ability” Employment-Based Visas Can Be Approved in 15 Calendar Days

Some highly skilled professionals, even those who hold long-term, nonimmigrant visa status (G-4 international workers, O extraordinary ability nonimmigrants, E treaty trader and investors) and who are not currently seeking a job change, may want to consider exploring their green card options by applying for an extraordinary ability immigrant visa. While this visa category is  Read more→

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Obama Commits to Immigration Reform in 2010 Provided GOP Helps

President Obama announcement yesterday that his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering and that he would proceed with an overhaul of the immigration system this year if he could attract necessary Republican support. After meeting with Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Senator Lindsey Graham Republican of South Carolina, the President  Read more→

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USCIS on Immigration Benefits Available to Chilean Nationals

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reminded Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals. Temporary relief measures available to nationals of Chile may include: The grant of an application for change or extension of nonimmigrant status on behalf of a Chilean national who is currently in the United States, even  Read more→

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