Thu, Mar 27 6:15 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Thu, Feb 20 1:22 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Wed, Feb 5 1:25 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Immigrants to the United States have many different options when applying for visas or green cards, and some are more creative than others. One example of an innovative way for immigrant investors to earn a green card is a new idea created to benefit independent truck drivers in the American Northwest. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Read more….
Fri, Apr 18 3:31 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Citizens of the United States can help their spouses or relatives become a lawful permanent resident by sponsoring their path to citizenship. Part of that sponsorship involves the citizen proving they have the financial means to support their spouse or relative when they come to the U.S. Relatives who are eligible for petition include the Read more….
Tue, Apr 1 11:27 AM by Eleanor Gaskin
Many people who commit a minor criminal offense are generally allowed to return to their normal lives afterward and face the consequences in court. But immigrants, whether or not they have a green card, face much more daunting repercussions: extensive jail time and potentially deportation. Such is the case of Mario Vargas, who was arrested Read more….
Fri, Mar 21 3:16 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Currently there is a law in Arizona that denies bail to undocumented immigrants who have been arrested. Although this is a voter-approved law, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently pleaded with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down that law. The ACLU, along with immigration activists across the country, believes Read more….
Wed, Mar 19 1:46 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Several prominent technology companies in California's Silicon Valley have banded together to voice their support for an overhaul of the immigration system. Many technological and engineering companies in the U.S. hire workers from other countries because those workers have different skill sets than American employees and are generally more experienced with the technology that is Read more….
Wed, Mar 12 5:08 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Immigrants seeking a pathway to citizenship may have different reasons for wanting to become a United States citizen. Some desire the opportunity to legally work in the U.S. Others want to be able to start their own company in this country and contribute to the economy. Many immigrants want the ability to vote to appoint Read more….
Mon, Feb 24 5:45 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Applicants for the citizenship exam are required to have an understanding of the English language – spoken, written and read, as well as knowledge of American history and the principles of the U.S. government. U.S. civics exam U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has provided applicants with 100 possible questions for the history and government Read more….
Tue, Oct 22 1:25 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Fri, Jun 14 11:11 AM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Wed, May 29 12:17 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Thu, Apr 17 3:57 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
The Exchange Visitor Program, or J-1 visa program, was implemented by the U.S. government in the early 1960s. The goal of the program is to promote cultural exchange by inviting non-immigrant visitors to enter the U.S. to obtain business or medical training. All immigrant applicants must be sponsored by a government program or private organization. Read more….
Wed, Apr 16 12:49 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Currently, a visa program in the United States is available to wealthy immigrants who have the funds to pay for a visa. These visas are known as investor immigrant (EB-2) visas, and with $100,000 and the promise to create 10 American jobs, an immigrant can secure one and move to the U.S. The U.S. is Read more….
Mon, Apr 14 2:25 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
Individuals preparing for a visa interview should be aware of several important guidelines. Failure to follow these steps may result in the application being denied. 1. Applicants should not make travel arrangements to come to the United States, dispose of any property they may rent or own, or resign from their current employment until the Read more….
Tue, Apr 1 3:55 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Mon, Mar 31 1:56 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Tue, Mar 11 2:47 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
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….
Thu, Apr 17 3:37 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
A recent report from the U.S. Justice Department indicated the number of deportation cases has steadily declined since 2009. Some experts believe that this is because undocumented workers are receiving legal advice from immigration reform advocates and actually hiring lawyers to help get their cases thrown out. Despite these optimistic numbers, undocumented immigrants are still working Read more….
Thu, Apr 17 1:11 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
The everyday challenges that undocumented immigrants in the U.S. face are difficult to overcome, but many immigration reform advocates are finding different ways to show their support. Some advocates of undocumented immigrants believe the most effective way to battle unfair treatment is to educate workers about their rights and what they can do to stand Read more….
Wed, Apr 16 3:38 PM by Eleanor Gaskin
More people are becoming aware of the U.S.'s attempts at immigration reform, and now even countries from around the world are getting a glimpse at the terms and agreements of the proposed bill. Advocates of better, more comprehensive immigration laws are putting the pressure on President Barack Obama, who has stated he will extend amnesty Read more….