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CHINA: Burying practices and Hungry Ghost Day

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During the month of the Chinese All Souls Day, also known as Hungry Ghost Day, it is believed that the souls of the deceased are released from hell to roam around the living. This month begins on this particular year today, August 10th, 2010.

SEVEN NEW LAWSUITS AGAINST ARIZONA’S IMMIGRATION LAW SB 1070

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          SB 1070, an immigration law signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in April 2010, continues to cause uproar across the country, having far reaching social, legal and economic consequences on the Grand Canyon State of Arizona.  Like an iceberg, the tip above is far smaller than the underlying ice below.  Many protests, lawsuits […]

Utah Government Employees Release Private Information of 1,300 Immigrants

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by Bryan Catalano and Andres Gonzalez, Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates PC [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vkCVdPMkxg] CNN reported on July 22 that “The Utah attorney general’s office has announced a criminal investigation into the leak of immigrants’ personal information.” In a shocking display of disregard for people’s basic right to privacy, it has been reported by the Washington Post […]

Traditions that may still exist – Trokosi and its reference in “Wife of the Gods” by Kwei Quartey

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by Andres Gonzales, Journalism student at University of Maryland           In a recent novel “Wife of the Gods” by author Kwei Quartey, the age-old custom of Trokosi is discussed as Detective Darko Dawson investigates a murder mystery.         The Trokosi practice, originating in the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa, promotes the enslavement of young […]

Asylee Benefits: Once you have been granted asylum what can you expect?

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Derivative Asylum You have two years from the grant of your asylee status to file for your minor children under 21 and your spouse regardless or whether they are in the US or  overseas.  Failure to do so would foreclose this option to have them granted asylum.  If your child is over 21 at the […]

O & P Visas and their Requirements

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O Visas    The O Visas are set aside for aliens with extraordinary abilities in science, arts, education, business, or athletics, certain aliens accompanying or assisting those aliens, and their family members. Some requirements are: The O nonimmigrant must intend to work in their area of extraordinary ability or achievement. No numerical cap is placed on […]

DV-1 Lottery Selection and how Marriage Affects the Winner

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After DV-1 Lottery selection, what happens if the DV Lottery winner marries? 1.) For any changes (i.e. change of address, marriage, or new child) after winning the DV Lottery, the winner will need to update the Consulate detailing the new information. 2.) They will also need to pay additional immigrant visa fees for the new […]