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SCOTUS Sets April Immigration Date

Ongoing court challenges to President Obama’s executive orders granting temporary legal status to as many as 4.5 million undocumented immigrants are set to crescendo this spring when the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case. The High Court takes the case at a time when the most recent federal appeals court ruling upheld …

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DHS Posts Final Rule on Visa Classifications

With the goal of removing “unnecessary hurdles” for those holding H-1B1, E-3 and CW-1 nonimmigrant classifications and the EB-1 immigrant classification, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has amended regulations with a final rule, posted in the Federal Register. According to a January 15, 2016 release on the rule, the revised regulations remove a distinct …

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Rubio Squares on Immigration

With a conservative stance on immigration as a driving theme in the Republican Party presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio is casting a bid toward social liberals in the party by adopting a stance that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. The move, announced on the NBC Sunday political news show “Meet the …

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Immigration Reform Advocates Continue Weighing In

While the 2016 presidential candidates debate immigration reform, organizations around the country are weighing in with their take on the topic in the hopes of influencing the debate. The discussion among these groups is happening in the wake of previously failed attempts to overhaul U.S. immigration policy over the past decade or so. One organization, …

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Some H-1B and L-1 Petitioners Face Higher Fees

Petitioners for certain H-1B and L-1 submissions are facing fee increases due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed by President Obama on December 18, 2015. For petitioners who employ 50 or more people in the United States, with half or more of those employees in  H-1B or L (including L-1A and L-1B) nonimmigrant status. The …

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Pew Explores Immigrant Patterns Across States

With immigration emerging as one of the primary topics of this year’s elections, the Pew Research Center looks at trends among immigrants, including employment patterns across the country. While immigrants make up 13 percent of the U.S. population and 17 percent of the workforce, employment patterns among the group are distinct from U.S.-born workers. “Understanding …

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Deportations Taint Holiday Cheer

Some of the goodwill President Obama has built up with the immigrant advocacy community over the last year or so has eroded over the last several weeks as federal officials conducted holiday-season raids on Central American immigrants targeted for deportation. While the president issued executive orders that allow for a more lenient policy toward undocumented …

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Muslim Cultural Trends Grow With Immigrant Population

When high-tend fashion house Dolce & Gabbana debuted its Abaya collection for spring 2016, the label was making a play to tap into a fast-growing market in the United States. Projected to reach a value of $484 billion by 2019, Arabic- and Islamic-influenced fashion is breaking toward substantial cultural influence. The Abaya collection, which Dolce …

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USCIS Extends Victim Outreach With 10,000 U Visas

In the seventh straight year since beginning the issue of U-1 nonimmigrant status visas, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory maximum of approval of 10,000 petitions. U visas are specifically available to victims of certain qualifying crimes and who have been victims of “substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing …

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New Year Launches Cuban Immigration Pilot

As the New Year rolls in, Cuban immigrants who are stranded in Costa Rica en route to the United States are getting the opportunity to renew their journey as Central American leadership has come together to cooperatively assist the immigrants to continue northward. The first of an unspecified number of immigrants who will be aided …

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