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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….

Many immigrant families fail to report to ICE

Tue, Sep 30 11:55 AM by Romona Paden

After thousands of immigrant families were caught trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security said many of them failed to report to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement like they were told to do. According to the Associated Press, these undocumented immigrants were told to report to federal immigration agents within Read more….

Boehner promises immigration reform in 2015

Mon, Sep 29 12:06 PM by Romona Paden

House Speaker John Boehner said he believes he can convince the Republican Party to pass an immigration overhaul bill in 2015. However, according to Roll Call, he did not make clear exactly when he plans to schedule a vote because he first wants the country to establish stricter border security.  Boehner said one of the reasons Read more….

Lawyers wanted for child immigration cases

Mon, Sep 29 1:49 AM by Romona Paden

After approximately 60,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border after fleeing their home countries in Central America, many of them are due to appear in front of immigration judges to determine whether they can remain in the U.S. Although the children are granted the right to an attorney before going to court, there Read more….

Woman granted citizenship 86 years late

Tue, Sep 30 11:42 AM by Romona Paden

Anne Zajac of Liverpool, New York, has lived in the U.S. since she came to the country with her parents from Poland in 1928. That was 86 years ago, when she was 3 years old. According to the Associated Press, Zajac, now age 90, thought she was a U.S. citizen for decades. However, what Zajac Read more….

New policy allows undocumented immigrants to serve in US military

Mon, Sep 29 1:37 AM by Romona Paden

A new policy that was announced by the Department of Defense on Sept. 29 stated that undocumented immigrants will be permitted to join the U.S. military. According to USA Today, this will be the first time in decades that undocumented immigrants will have the chance to join the ranks of the military due to an Read more….

Cities join together to push for citizenship

Thu, Sep 18 4:40 PM by Romona Paden

Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City are banding together in an attempt to get legal immigrants U.S. citizenship. According to the Chicago Tribune, the initiative is called Cities for Citizenship and will allow the cities to expand their naturalization programs and give U.S. citizenship through a $1.1 million contribution from Citigroup.  The Center for 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….

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

Mon, Sep 22 4:31 PM by Romona Paden

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established in 2010. This policy was designed to allow individuals who unintentionally violated immigration laws to continue living their lives in the U.S. Parents often bring their children into the U.S. with them from another country, and as a result, the whole family becomes undocumented immigrants when they don't 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….

Hispanics rally for immigration reform in Ohio

Thu, Sep 25 4:47 PM by Romona Paden

A crowd of Hispanics gathered outside of the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 23 and held a rally for immigration reform. According to the Plain Dealer, chants could be heard as more than 100 Hispanics shouted "Si, se puede" (Yes, it can be done).  The group was made up of mostly working class Hispanics Read more….

Biden promises action on immigration reform

Tue, Sep 23 5:25 PM by Romona Paden

Vice President Joe Biden assured Hispanic leaders that President Barack Obama will take action on immigration. According to the Associated Press, Biden added that the president is committed to establishing a solution for immigration reform. Biden made the statement at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception that he hosted with his wife, Jill. During the event, Read more….

Boehner says immigration reform will help US economy

Fri, Sep 19 2:59 PM by Romona Paden

Following a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, House Speaker John Boehner said that reforming the nation's immigration system will boost the economy. According to The Hill, Boehner made the statement after a question was asked from an audience member, and wasn't something that he planned to discuss during his speech.  "Immigration reform will help Read more….

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