Immigration

Immigration Direct Offers USCIS Application Navigation

Whether coming to the U.S. on a short visit, a longer-term stay, or even with plans to adopt the country through citizenship, the form filing offered through Immigration Direct assists you in navigating through the paperwork maze of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). With simple step-by-step instructions, Immigration Direct works with you as a …

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USCIS Plans Oversight Division

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to establish an Organization of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Division to oversee the agency’s 19,000 employees. Officials within USCIS expect the addition of the OPR office to provide a means of investigation around waste, fraud and abuse as well as criminal infiltration or corruption. Originally reported by The Washington …

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DACA, Immigration Key Midterm Issues

As the campaigning for the 2018 midterm elections begins to ramp up, politicians position voter messages around issues like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, border security and immigration reform. Especially for those with a hefty constituency geared toward immigrant interests, the call to action centers on installing representatives who are ready, willing …

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Immigration and Border Patrol Issues Heat Up in California

California state officials continue brazen demonstrations against federal policy and enforcement efforts as the Oakland mayor offers city residents a heads up on raids conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s efforts in impeding ICE and other federal agencies ring harmoniously with that of other state officials claiming moral and …

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MIT Panel Discusses Immigration

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a panel discussion in early February centering on current and historic immigration from Mexico as well as U.S. policy approaches.  The discussion, “Understanding Immigration: How Can the U.S. Achieve a Fair, Human Policy for Accepting and Integrating Immigrants,” explored the trends, perceptions and realities of Mexican and other …

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Immigration Overhaul, Dreamer Legislation Fail

Legislative leaders in Washington D.C. opt to allow continued ambiguity for immigrant Dreamers as they choose a partisan stance during floor votes on overhaul proposals. The Senate failures come with the March 5 end date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program just a couple of weeks away. In mid-February, the series of …

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DHS Clears Hurdles for Border Wall

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a waiver around environmental, natural resource and land management laws to pursue “expeditious construction of barriers and roads” in the high undocumented crossing areas of New Mexico’s southern border. The federal government’s move, which affects a 20-mile segment in U.S. Custom and Border Patrol’s (CBP) El Paso Sector, …

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2017 Chain Migration Approvals Drop

The overall number of family-based visas approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the first 9 months of 2017 show a 25 percent year-over-year decrease. USCIS attributes the drop to an overall slowdown in the adjudication process as officials increase scrutiny on immigration law and the overall vetting process. Through Sept. 30, 2017, …

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DACA Discussions Heat Up the New Year

With legislators back in Washington after the winter break, lawmakers move into 2018 with an agenda to address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the limbo status currently imposed on beneficiaries. In their first week back in session, representative leadership plan meetings with White House officials to discuss DACA and overall immigration reform, among …

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