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Easter Day 2011

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By Porscha White, BOILA Employee   April 24, 2011 is recognized as Easter Sunday to many people, but its date is not fixed because it’s based on the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring (vernal) equinox. Easter is mainly celebrated by Christians; however its history surrounds traditions from not only Christianity, but […]

Senate Dems To Obama: Stop Deporting DREAM Act Students

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Posted April 14, 2011 from Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Leading Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), called on the president on Wednesday to stop deporting undocumented young people who grew up in the United States. A letter signed by 22 Senate Democrats asks President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to prevent […]

Morton Promises to Investigate ICE Racial Profiling in Detroit

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Community activist Angela Reyes said ICE Director John Morton promised to do a case-by-case and systemic review of the agency’s enforcement policies. Ruben Torres, 45, a Detroit Public Schools engineer, also told of being stopped by an unmarked ICE vehicle as he attempted to get onto northbound Lodge on March 24. Torres said the agent […]

UAFA (Uniting American Families Act) Reintroduced for Same-Sex Couples

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From Out4Immigration: Legislation and Letter from Congress Increases Demand for Protection of Same-Sex Binational Couples, Families from Discriminatory Immigration Law The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) was reintroduced in the House and Senate this week by long-time equal rights advocates Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The legislation is backed by 98 […]

Motions to Reopen Removal Cases OK Outside the U.S.

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Court Protects Immigrants’ Right To Reopen Cases From Outside the U.S. Washington D.C. – A federal appellate court recently reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision (Reyes-Torres v. Holder) that would have prevented noncitizens from presenting new evidence in their removal cases – evidence that potentially could change the outcome – because they are […]

USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2012 H-1B Petitions

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released April 8, 2011 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions that are subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap. The agency began accepting these petitions on April 1, 2011. USCIS is monitoring the number of petitions received that count toward the congressionally mandated annual H-1B […]

Passport Day: April 9

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From the U.S. State Department: Passport Day in the USA Offers Appointment-Free Saturday Service APRIL 9 On Saturday, April 9, the Department of State will host its third annual “Passport Day in the USA.”  U.S. citizens throughout the country can apply for a passport book or passport card at any one of the regional passport […]

H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Cap Season

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The H-1B Program U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. For more information about the H-1B program, click here for H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa. How USCIS Determines if an H-1B Petition is Subject […]

The Naturalization Process and Exceptions to the Residency Requirements

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Lawful permanent residents may apply for naturalization provided they meet certain eligibility requirements. Naturalization is the process of becoming a United States citizen. To be eligible for naturalization, the Immigration and Nationality Act provides that applicants must meet certain residency requirements. The Act requires applicants to reside in the United States continuously as lawful permanent […]

Devastation in Japan: Immigration Relief for Japanese Nationals

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By Elizabeth Veit The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan have devastated the island. While citizens search for their loved ones they must also grapple with the threat of nuclear meltdown, loss of electricity, and shortage of food and water. These are but a few of the immediate concerns the country will struggle with in […]