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President Obama considers increasing green cards and H-1B visas

Fri, Aug 22 1:10 PM by Romona Paden

While in the midst of considering executive action to address the U.S. immigration crisis, President Barack Obama is also weighing the possibility of increasing the number of green cards and H-1B visas issued to immigrants by as much as 800,000 annually. According to Fox News Latino, technology businesses' request to expand the number of H-1B Read more….

Many green card holders qualify for Obamacare

Thu, Mar 27 6:15 PM by Romona Paden

When an immigrant obtains permanent residency in the United States and is authorized to live and work in the country, they receive many of the benefits that people born here do. Many get Social Security after retirement and even federally funded financial aid for college. But some are experiencing trouble obtaining certain government-subsidized health care Read more….

Immigration reform should focus on green cards, not citizenship

Thu, Feb 20 1:22 PM by Romona Paden

A major source of contention for Republicans and Democrats when discussing immigration reform is how best to provide undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship. Those opposed to immigration reform want to avoid "rewarding" those individuals who entered the country without permission by giving them citizenship. Advocates for immigrants' rights are fighting to include all Read more….


Immigration advocates want action from Obama

Wed, Aug 27 1:05 PM by Romona Paden

Following a vacation in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, President Barack Obama returned to Washington, D.C. Now that he's back in the nation's capital, immigration advocates from around the country are calling for him to issue executive action to address the country's immigration crisis. President Obama announced in June that he planned to take action on Read more….

Immigrant children start school

Mon, Aug 25 12:18 AM by Romona Paden

Thousands of unaccompanied, undocumented minors are starting the school year across the U.S. after the Department of Education recently released a fact sheet stating that the children are entitled to an education regardless of their citizenship status. According to the Associated Press, children who are detained at the U.S. border with Mexico are almost never immediately returned to Read more….

Boston City Council approves Trust Act

Thu, Aug 21 11:51 AM by Romona Paden

Officials on the Boston City Council have approved the Trust Act, which will limit police from being able to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without a criminal warrant. According to the Boston Herald, the Trust Act is just one of many ordinances that are being implemented nationwide in order to increase protection for immigrants. "Mayor Walsh supports Read more….


O’Malley, Obama administration disagree on immigration

Fri, Jul 18 11:31 AM by Romona Paden

Maryland Gov​. Martin O'Malley has traditionally been a strong ally of President Barack Obama and his administration. During Obama's bid for re-election in 2012, O'Malley raised over $1 million for the president's campaign and, numerous times, supported him publicly in the media. However, the two seem to have reached an impasse where immigration reform is Read more….

Anti-Immigration protests met with pro-reform sympathies

Wed, Jul 16 5:39 PM by Romona Paden

While the nation waits for a response from Congress regarding President Barack Obama's request of $3.7 billion to stem the recent tide of undocumented immigrants, groups protesting the surge of undocumented individuals have begun to appear across the country. While this is somewhat unsurprising, an interesting dynamic has begun to unfold as anti-immigration protestors all over Read more….

Los Angeles will no longer comply with ICE hold requests

Wed, Jul 9 11:02 AM by Romona Paden

In a move that's drawn mixed reactions from the American populace, the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer follow immigration detainer requests issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency without fair judicial review. The announcement of the new policy came on July 7 from Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose office also posted multiple times on Read more….


Benefits of gaining U.S. citizenship

Tue, Oct 22 1:25 PM by Romona Paden

Permanent residents of the U.S., or those with a green card, have many of the same rights as U.S. citizens. However, if you get your U.S. citizenship, you will gain a few key privileges and responsibilities.  Voting One of the most well-known privileges of being a U.S. citizen is the ability to vote. You will have Read more….

What to do if you lose your passport

Fri, Jun 14 11:11 AM by Romona Paden

If you lose your passport on vacation, don't panic. There are ways to remedy the horrible situation of losing your identification overseas and enjoy the rest of your trip. While it is scary to be without your most important documents, don't waste time wondering what to do. Here is a list of important steps to ensure that your trip goes Read more….

Get a quick passport for summer travel

Wed, May 29 12:17 PM by Romona Paden

The U.S. Department of State is making it easier to get a passport for quick summer travel. The services are being sped up to allow students and families to go abroad. Passports are delivered within a four to six week time period, which can help travelers get to their destinations in a timely manner. However, the Read more….


President Obama considers increasing green cards and H-1B visas

Fri, Aug 22 1:10 PM by Romona Paden

While in the midst of considering executive action to address the U.S. immigration crisis, President Barack Obama is also weighing the possibility of increasing the number of green cards and H-1B visas issued to immigrants by as much as 800,000 annually. According to Fox News Latino, technology businesses' request to expand the number of H-1B Read more….

Supreme Court decision could further divide families

Tue, Jun 10 10:48 AM by Romona Paden

The Supreme Court, in a closely divided vote, ruled on Monday that there would be no exception given to children of immigrants who turned 21 prior to receiving their immigrant visa. Those not in favor of the decision argue that these children, who effectively "age out" of eligibility for citizenship, are being cheated by the slow-moving Read more….

Should you choose the immigrant or nonimmigrant visa?

Wed, Apr 30 3:22 PM by Romona Paden

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers two main types of visas, which are broken down into more specific categories. These two types of U.S. visas are known as immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Immigrant visas are granted to individuals who want to work toward becoming a citizen of the United States. The U.S. government Read more….


I-129: Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

Tue, Apr 1 3:55 PM by Romona Paden

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides many different types of visas to immigrants who want to enter the U.S. under various specific circumstances. The visas that are available through an application process can be for vacations, permanent relocation or employment purposes. One of the forms USCIS offers regarding employment is the I-129 Petition, which is Read more….

USCIS updates the Application for Naturalization

Mon, Mar 31 1:56 PM by Romona Paden

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing an initiative to make their forms easier to use for immigrant applicants. It is releasing an updated version of the Application for Naturalization form, known as Form N-400. The revisions to the application were brought about by USCIS's initiative to make their forms more understandable for immigrant Read more….

U.S. government to extend status for Haitians

Tue, Mar 11 2:47 PM by Romona Paden

Haitians living in the United States will continue to be protected under U.S. law by Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which will be extended an additional 18 months, according to the U.S. government. The Department of Homeland Security has designated places in the world where civil unrest or risk of natural disasters makes living there unsafe. The Read more….


White House prepares for executive action on immigration reform

Wed, Aug 27 3:03 PM by Romona Paden

Following requests by advocates for President Barack Obama to issue executive action regarding the immigration crisis in the U.S., the White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups.  According to the Washington Post, President Obama is allegedly preparing to announce executive action that may stop deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants, including Read more….

Mexican president wants immigration reform

Wed, Aug 27 12:47 PM by Romona Paden

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto recently went on a two-day visit to California, where he discussed the need for immigration reform in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, the president met with California Gov. Jerry Brown and the two talked about the historical and cultural ties that are shared between the U.S. and Mexico. The Read more….

President Obama considers increasing green cards and H-1B visas

Fri, Aug 22 1:10 PM by Romona Paden

While in the midst of considering executive action to address the U.S. immigration crisis, President Barack Obama is also weighing the possibility of increasing the number of green cards and H-1B visas issued to immigrants by as much as 800,000 annually. According to Fox News Latino, technology businesses' request to expand the number of H-1B Read more….

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