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Mi condición DACA está por expirar. ¿Y ahora qué?

August 25th, 2014 by Romona Paden

La primera camada de DREAMers que se aprobó para otorgar la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) será elegible para renovar su condición en los próximos meses. Recientemente, el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS) dio a conocer pautas que explican cómo realizar la renovación. Esto es lo que usted necesita saber. ¿Soy […]

United We Dream va por el sueño americano

July 24th, 2014 by Romona Paden

El apoyo político a una sección de la población que no puede participar de las elecciones públicas no es una tarea fácil, pero es un desafío aceptado por una organización que comenzó a operar en las sombras y que recientemente ha empezado a demostrar su fuerza públicamente.  United We Dream, el resultado evolucionado de diversas […]

Family Visas

Hague Convention Safeguards International Adoption

May 18th, 2015 by Romona Paden

With literally thousands of children from abroad who are adopted each year by U.S. parents—as well as the many international parents who adopt U.S. children—the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption—acts as an international agreement designed to safeguard individuals and families going through the adoption and immigration […]

Family Based Green Card Processing Times for Spouses

August 22nd, 2014 by Romona Paden

Being married or engaged to a foreign citizen brings up immigration rules that are often misunderstood. Despite the close connection established through such a relationship, the immigration of a spouse or fiancé is still a process that involves filling out forms, presenting evidence and paying fees—something that can take several years before ultimately gaining approval. And while some […]

Green Card

Mistakes Lead to Bad Luck in Green Card Lottery

August 20th, 2015 by Romona Paden

More than just sheer luck, winning a chance to earn a green card with the green card lottery entails skilled insight on the rules and processes of the Diversity Visa (DV) Program—the official name for the green card lottery. Green card lottery hopefuls can increase their chances of winning with a thorough understanding of the […]

Green Card Lottery Ends Soon

October 31st, 2014 by Romona Paden

As the window for entry into the 2016 Diversity Visa program (DV-2016)—the green card lottery—is about to close, nationals from around the world must submit their completed entries no later than Nov. 3, 2014. The US Department of State (DOS) only accepts the lottery entries electronically, disallowing any entries submitted through the US Postal Service. […]

Immigration

Hispanics Voters Spotlighted

September 23rd, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

The prominence of Hispanic voters in the run up to the 2016 election continues to grow as the sector is in the spotlight with media organization polls designed to drill down to explore specifics on where candidates get their support. A new survey by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), NBC News and Telemundo reflect the […]

Candidates Discuss STEM, H-1B Visas

September 16th, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

As immigrants make a large footprint in the realms of science and technology, organizations focused on the disciplines are reaching out to presidential candidates to gauge how possible public policy changes could affect science- and technology-focused industries. When ScienceDebate.org reached out to the presidential candidates earlier in September with a list of relevant questions, then, […]

Immigration Forms

Hague Convention Safeguards International Adoption

May 18th, 2015 by Romona Paden

With literally thousands of children from abroad who are adopted each year by U.S. parents—as well as the many international parents who adopt U.S. children—the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption—acts as an international agreement designed to safeguard individuals and families going through the adoption and immigration […]

DACA Expansion to Begin February 18

February 13th, 2015 by Romona Paden

President Obama’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will take the first steps toward implementation on February 18 when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins accepting applications for the program, announced in the fall of 2014. The expanded program extends deportation relief and work authorization to a wider […]

Immigration Reform

Kaine Speaks to Latino Voters

July 29th, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

When Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine introduced himself to a national audience on the stage at a Hillary Clinton rally in July, he addressed the audience at Miami International University by easily moving back and forth from English to Spanish. The introduction was an acknowledgement of the increasing importance politicians place on Latino voters to win […]

SCOTUS Ruling Spawns Protests, Arrests

July 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

When the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie ruling on President Obama’s executive action on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) was handed down in June, the decision to let a federal injunction on the DAPA order stand led immigration activists in Atlanta and around the country to respond to the news with protests aimed […]

Student Visa

US Citizen Marrying Foreign Student

February 26th, 2013 by Romona Paden

A foreign national is able to come to the United States to study on an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa. The F-1 visa is for foreign nationals looking to enter the U.S. to attend a university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or another academic institution, including a language training program. […]

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa

July 9th, 2012 by Romona Paden

The J-1 exchange visitor visa program is intentionally planned to boost up the interchange of people, knowledge and abilities in fields such as education, arts, and sciences. This J-1 visa classification is authorized for individuals who wish to participate in an authorized program related to teaching, studying, instructing, observing, consulting, demonstrating special skills or conducting […]

Study USA

How to Extend a Visa with Form I-539

August 1st, 2014 by Romona Paden

Although temporary visitors to the United States enter the country with a planned departure date, it’s possible to extend the stay by filing the appropriate paperwork. With Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, visitors can request an extension of time to remain in the U.S. To be successful in gaining request approval, however, it’s […]

Lista de verificación para la presentación de una solicitud de estudiante

January 13th, 2014 by Romona Paden

Generalmente, la solicitud de visa de estudiante debe incluir lo siguiente: El Certificado de Elegibilidad (Formulario I-20 del SEVIS), certificado por su institución educativa y firmado por usted, el estudiante. Evidencia (recibo) de pago del arancel del SEVIS. Formulario DS-160: Solicitud de Visa de No Inmigrante. Evidencia (recibo) de pago del arancel de la solicitud […]

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What is Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record?

May 22nd, 2014 by Romona Paden

Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, is the document that record the arrival and departure dates of U.S. visitors. Processed by Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Form I-94 information provides basic visitor information—things like the arrival date, visa status, and the date the visitor is required to leave the U.S. […]

United States Tourist

How to Extend a Visa with Form I-539

August 1st, 2014 by Romona Paden

Although temporary visitors to the United States enter the country with a planned departure date, it’s possible to extend the stay by filing the appropriate paperwork. With Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, visitors can request an extension of time to remain in the U.S. To be successful in gaining request approval, however, it’s […]

Visa de visitante de EE. UU. para ingresar en EE. UU.

January 7th, 2014 by Romona Paden

Estados Unidos es anfitrión de millones de visitantes cada año. Una gran cantidad de estos visitantes vienen a EE. UU. con una visa de visitante de EE. UU. Ingresar en EE. UU. con una visa de visitante de EE. UU.: La visa B2 o visa de visitante de EE. UU. es una visa normal en papel que le permite a […]

US Citizenship

Citizenship Drive Sputters Ahead of Election

June 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

Drive Although immigrant-advocacy groups began campaigning to drive citizenship ahead of the November 2016 elections, the effort appears to be falling short as naturalization applications are up only slightly over the same period in 2012. While an estimated 8.8 million immigrants are eligible to obtain naturalized citizenship, citizenship applications submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

Trump Drives Immigrant Citizenship

March 18th, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

After beginning a campaign to drive citizenship for legal residents in the country, the presidential election season appears to be hastening the sense of urgency for some. And the surprising catalyst in the upsurge in citizenship is credited by some to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. According to a recent New York Times article, Trump’s “harsh […]

US Passport

How Long Does it Take to Get a Passport?

September 26th, 2012 by Romona Paden

There are a few things that must be taken in to consideration when thinking about how long it takes to get a U.S. passport. Some people must sign their application in person at a passport agency, such as a city clerk’s office or post office. This will apply to you if you are in the […]

Filing for a U.S. Passport Application Online

March 12th, 2012 by Romona Paden

U.S. citizens will be allowed to apply online for a passport card.. This is possible under the U.S. Department of State’s pilot program that is being conducted for a limited time. There are certain eligibility requirements to be met to be eligible to participate in this program. The applicant must: be 16 years or older […]

US Visas

Agribusiness Calls for H-2A Visa Improvements

April 29th, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

With reported delays of 30 days or more in the processing of visas for the agricultural guestworker program– H-2A visas— leaders in industry are calling for the program’s modernization. A focus on improvements to the program, they say, is a more productive use of resources than working toward overall immigration reform. In a late April […]

Glitch Pinches Immigrant Work Visas

June 23rd, 2015 by Romona Paden

In the worst possible timing for farmers across the country, a failure in the federal government’s computer system that’s used for purposes of issuing temporary and immigrant visas has left thousands of workers stranded just over the border in Mexico. The glitch occurs just as the bounty of the summer’s harvest gets underway. According to […]

USCIS

Redesignation of TPS for South Sudan

February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has redesignated and extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from the northeast African country due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary temporary conditions there. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson determined the situation in the country prevents nationals from safely returning home. The redesignation and extension of TPS […]

Agencies update temp worker visa rules

December 1st, 2015 by Romona Paden

When the New Year rolls around in just a handful of weeks from now, updates to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs expands to 16 countries. Beginning Jan. 18, 2016, these countries will be added as meeting eligibility while one nation, formed on the dissolution of the […]

USCIS & Immigration Forms

Redesignation of TPS for South Sudan

February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Rico

  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has redesignated and extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from the northeast African country due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary temporary conditions there. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson determined the situation in the country prevents nationals from safely returning home. The redesignation and extension of TPS […]

USCIS Spotlights SIJ Issues

August 14th, 2015 by Romona Paden

While reading, writing and arithmetic are the ideal centerpieces for children navigating their way to adulthood, immigrant kids face heavier burdens with the added component of poverty and the associated ills that can present a stranglehold on the entirety of a lifetime. Immigrant children—meaning those minors who’ve come to the United States without a parent […]

Visitor Visas

Obtención de la visa B

January 16th, 2014 by Romona Paden

Esta clasificación de visa B permite a ciudadanos extranjeros visitar EE. UU. por cuestiones de negocios (B-1) o placer (B-2). Esta categoría no fue creada para trabajar o estudiar dentro de EE. UU. Si desea trabajar o estudiar en EE. UU., debe solicitar una clasificación de visa más adecuada a su situación específica. Si desea ingresar en EE. UU. […]

Características de la visa de visitante

January 13th, 2014 by Romona Paden

La clasificación de visa de visitante (visa B) se utiliza para visitas temporarias a EE. UU. por placer o negocios. No se permite trabajar en EE. UU. y no es necesaria la preaprobación por parte del USCIS. Debe presentar la solicitud directamente en el Consulado o la Embajada de EE. UU. Las visas de visitante tienen validez por […]

Work Visas

Glitch Pinches Immigrant Work Visas

June 23rd, 2015 by Romona Paden

In the worst possible timing for farmers across the country, a failure in the federal government’s computer system that’s used for purposes of issuing temporary and immigrant visas has left thousands of workers stranded just over the border in Mexico. The glitch occurs just as the bounty of the summer’s harvest gets underway. According to […]

Tech Small Business Struggles with H-1B Visa Constraints

April 27th, 2015 by Romona Paden

Silicon Valley tech giants are using the disruption model in their approach toward building pressure to ease visa restrictions on the high-tech workers on which they so heavily depend. While the multinational lobby to give a hefty boost to the current annual H-1B visa cap is well documented, executives at these leading companies are making […]


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