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Articles Categorized: Visa

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 […]

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 […]

Summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)

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Below is a summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions: FB1ROW, China and India move backwards by eight (8) months to May 1, 2004.  FB1 Mexico moves forward by two (2) weeks to February 15, 1993. FB1 Philippines moves forward by three and a half (3.5) months to April 1, […]

What is the Status of Backlogged 21,000 Family Based Petitions (I-130)?

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Due to a huge backlog in processing pending I-130 petitions in November 2010, USCIS transferred approximately 36,000 I-130 petitions from their California Service Center to their Texas Service Center. USCIS hoped that this redistribution of work would result in more timely adjudication of these petitions. However, according to USCIS, due to a number of unforeseen […]

New Law Removes Fiancée Visa Entry Bar to Adjustment

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Finally, the Board of Immigration Appeals has come up with a solution for those who entered as K1 fiancées and then had their marriages break up.  I have had these situations myself where the spouse then was not eligible to adjust status based on a marriage to anyone else, even after having had a conditional […]