Monthly Archives: September 2012

Guatemalan Massacre Survivor Wins Political Asylum in United States

U.S. immigration authorities have granted political asylum to Oscar Ramírez Castañeda, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who learned only last year that he was a survivor of a civil war massacre of 250 villagers in 1982. Ramírez, a 33-year-old father of four who lives near Boston, received a letter Saturday from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

Asylum Request Needs Showing of Systematic Persecution

Sometimes, credibility of testimony isn’t the only bar to a claim of asylum. The history of persecution of a group can be an important factor in determining whether a petition against removal can stand. The First Circuit Court of Appeals looked at one such asylum case earlier this week and ruled in favor of deportation […]

2013 H1b Visa

H1B Layoff – Strategy When Changing H1B Employer

In an economic downtime, it is important to know what your options are when you are on a work visa.  Termination may come suddenly and you may find yourself scrambling to find another employer to sponsor you.  Understand your options and your responsibilities and understand how to avoid visa stamping, if you can, by following […]

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CBP Announced Discontinuation of Admission Stamp for F, M, and J Visas

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued a formal announcement that as of August 10, 2012 admission stamps will no longer be provided on Forms I-20/DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars traveling with F, M, and J visas. This change makes CBP processes consistent with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) […]

USCIS Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-821D – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Depends on where you live in the states, these are the mailing addresses for Direct Filing Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Arizona, California Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, U.S. […]

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US 2014 Diversity Immigrant VISA Lottery Program (2014 Green Card Lottery)

The annual diversity visa (DV) program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Visas […]

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The US Embassy and Consulates Announce a New Visa Processing System

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates Announce a New Visa Processing System As part of the U.S. Department of State’s continuing efforts to streamline the visa process worldwide, U.S. Embassy and Consulates across India are implementing a new visa processing system that will further standardize our procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through […]

House Passes 3 Year Reauthorization of EB-5 Program to President Obama for Signature

At 6:31PM EST today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 3245 (412-3) – which includes a three (3) year re-authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program through September 2015. Having passed by the Senate on August 2, the bill is now on its way to President Obama for signature – likely later this week. […]

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Judge Rules for Students with illegal immigrant parents in Immigrant-Tuition Suit

MIAMI (AP) — Students at Florida’s public colleges and universities cannot be charged higher out-of-state tuition simply because their parents are in the U.S. illegally, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore determined the policy violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution by forcing those students to unfairly pay three times […]