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A guide to the US Green Card lottery

Fri, Sep 5 2:57 PM by Romona Paden

Each year, the U.S. government holds a green card lottery. It's also known as the Diversity Visa Program and awards 50,000 individuals a green card.  U.S. green cards have another name: permanent resident cards. These documents are issued by the government and give immigrants the right to live, work and study in the U.S.  When the Immigration Act was established Read more….

Republicans threaten government shutdown over executive action

Thu, Aug 28 4:05 PM by Romona Paden

Some Republicans in Congress have warned the White House that they will work to shut down the government if President Barack Obama chooses to use executive action to address the country's immigration crisis. According to The Hill, the White House issued a statement that threats of a shutdown won't stop the president and his administration from Read more….

How to renew a US green card

Mon, Aug 25 1:25 AM by Romona Paden

When immigrants to the U.S. are granted permanent citizenship, they become green card holders. Individuals who are granted green cards are permitted to live and work in the U.S. permanently. However, you are required to renew your green card every 10 years. Immigrants can be issued a green card through family, a job, or refugee or Read more….


White House officials talk with Latino lawmakers

Fri, Sep 12 12:46 PM by Romona Paden

Days after President Barack Obama announced that he will wait until after November's congressional elections to act on immigration reform, chief of staff Denis McDonough spoke with Latino lawmakers in a private meeting. According to Politico, McDonough promised that the president will issue an order of executive action on immigration reform before the end of the Read more….

Boehner says immigration reform may happen next year

Wed, Sep 3 2:38 PM by Romona Paden

As members of Congress returned to Washington, D.C., after a month-long break to visit to their districts, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said immigration reform may be at the top of the chamber's agenda in early 2015. According to The Hill, Speaker Boehner said discussing immigration in Congress will depend on whether President Barack Obama uses executive action Read more….

Republicans threaten government shutdown over executive action

Thu, Aug 28 4:05 PM by Romona Paden

Some Republicans in Congress have warned the White House that they will work to shut down the government if President Barack Obama chooses to use executive action to address the country's immigration crisis. According to The Hill, the White House issued a statement that threats of a shutdown won't stop the president and his administration from 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….


A guide to US visas

Thu, Sep 11 12:43 AM by Romona Paden

There are a number of different visas available in the U.S., and knowing which one is right for you can be difficult to determine. Between work and study visas, immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, the process of applying for one can become complex.  What is a US visa? The U.S. government awards visas to those entering 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….


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 officials talk with Latino lawmakers

Fri, Sep 12 12:46 PM by Romona Paden

Days after President Barack Obama announced that he will wait until after November's congressional elections to act on immigration reform, chief of staff Denis McDonough spoke with Latino lawmakers in a private meeting. According to Politico, McDonough promised that the president will issue an order of executive action on immigration reform before the end of the Read more….

President Obama delays executive action on immigration reform

Tue, Sep 9 2:08 PM by Romona Paden

At the end of June, President Barack Obama announced that he would take executive action on immigration reform if Congress failed to do so by the end of summer. Then, on Sept. 6 at the NATO Summit in Wales, he said that he would wait until after congressional elections in November to say what his Read more….

President Obama expected to announce executive action on immigration reform

Fri, Sep 5 4:46 PM by Romona Paden

President Barack Obama issued a statement on Sept. 5 in which he said he will discuss his next steps for immigration reform in the near future. According to Reuters, the president did not say if he will wait until after the upcoming midterm elections in November to use executive action on the issue. What he Read more….

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