Monthly Archives: October 2012

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Statistic Shows Almost 4,600 Illegal Immigrants Get Approvals

Here is the update statistic on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process as of October 10, 2012. Click the image to enlarge The Department of Homeland Security is implementing the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which the president approved via memorandum on June 15. The first applications were accepted by Homeland Security’s U.S. […]

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Abused Immigrant Women Forced to Keep Quiet or Else Be Deported

San Francisco, CA In their second debate, the candidates for president talked —finally— about immigration, violence and women. What they did not talk about was violence against immigrant women and how our country’s anti-immigrant laws make it worse for us and our children. Too many immigrant women, forced into the shadows of society, have had […]

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In Pursuit of Deportation, ICE Ignores Rights of U.S. Citizen Children

The LA times published an interesting article yesterday titled: “Without a Country: Caught in the current of reverse migration.” The author describes the phenomena of U.S. citizen children being de facto deported to Mexico because of the deportations of their parents or guardians. Ironically, the main character of this article, Luis Martinez, had to illegally […]

Foreign Investors Turn To Invested US Schools for EB-5 Visa

Financial analysts have raised concerns about the stability of U.S. charter schools, with many being shut down by regulators for poor performance. This volatility has made it difficult for startup schools to find funding, which has led to an influx of foreign investors stepping in to fill the gap, according to a recent article from […]

Filing Deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Applications

USCIS Service Centers have been taking a more restrictive approach to filing deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications, which is resulting in unexpected denials. There are several deadlines to consider in handling an OPT application: Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(11)(i)(B)(2) “For post-completion OPT, the student must properly file his or her Form […]

USCIS Discusses New e-Filing System “ELIS” for Immigrant Students

Credit: GettyImages What is USCIS ELIS? USCIS ELIS is a user-friendly system created to streamline the application process for immigration benefits. It allows immigration benefit seekers and their legal representatives to create an account and file benefit requests online. USCIS ELIS provides more accurate and secure customer service. It also allows USCIS to process cases […]

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U.S. Marriage Act Is Unfair to Gays

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that gay Americans are a class of people who deserve the same kinds of constitutional protections as many other victims of discrimination. The 2-to-1 ruling, by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, came as the panel struck down the federal law prohibiting federal […]

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Microsoft Wants Government to Issue More H-1B Visa

Microsoft says the United States government should add 20,000 H-1B visas to its current 65,000-visa program. H-1B visas are employment-based visas that are granted to foreign nationals. The reasons for Microsoft’s concern make sense. With 6,000 job openings in the U.S, the technology giant knows it needs high skilled employees to fill positions in research, […]

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A Growing Consensus on Supporting Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is not a “liberal” cause; it is a common-sense cause that appeals to people from a variety of political persuasions. More than a few conservative intellectuals, commentators, politicians, religious leaders, and law-enforcement officials favor revamping the U.S. immigration system to make it more responsive to the economic demands, social realities, and security concerns […]

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Approvals Quickens, but Fast Enough?

For the first time since immigration authorities officially launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in mid-August, the federal government released statistics last Friday indicating that thousands of requests have been officially granted. But while the figures themselves are an encouraging sign, other evidence suggests that most applicants will not have their requests considered until after […]