Month: January 2014

Prepare for the H-1B Visa Filing Season

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is likely to start accepting applications for H-1B visas from April 1, 2014. However, USCIS will not accept applications filed before the program start date. Applications filed before the USCIS announces the start date will be rejected. Applications for these work visas can be filed only by the …

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Variations in DACA Application Rates Among National-Origin Groups

President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program grants a reprieve from deportation for certain undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. Many undocumented youth in the U.S. who meet the eligibility criteria for deferred action are applying for this temporary status in the country. However, youth from certain countries have a much …

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63 Countries Eligible to Take Part in H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

H-2A and H-2B visa programs allow U.S. employers to hire foreign workers. Workers who come to the U.S. through these visa programs fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs. To get agricultural workers H-2A non-immigrant visas, the sponsoring U.S. employers must offer those workers temporary or seasonal jobs in the U.S. The employers must demonstrate that …

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Republican Principles on Immigration Reform

A recent report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), shows that between 4.4 and 6.5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would be able to obtain U.S. citizenship under the immigration principles of the Republicans. This will happen if the U.S. Congress takes the step-by-step approach to immigration reform that the House Republicans …

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Immigration Reform and the November 2014 Mid-term Elections

Many believe that immigration reform will happen in 2014 as it is President Obama’s top priority. The Senate passed S.744, a comprehensive immigration reform bill, in 2013. This bill passed the chamber with bipartisan support but the House, which is not in favor of a comprehensive bill, is not willing to take up this bill. …

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House Republicans’ Immigration Principles

House Speaker John A. Boehner and the House Republicans are likely to release a draft of immigration principles by the end of this month. They are planning to release their principles before President Obama delivers his State of Union address and prior to their annual retreat. The Senate, with bipartisan support passed a broad immigration …

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Law Licenses for California Undocumented Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants in California can now practice law. The California Supreme Court ruled that the undocumented immigrants in the state can apply for law licenses and legally practice law. This ruling is favorable to Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the state bar exam. Though he is not a U.S. citizen, he can now …

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Immigrants Help Boost U.S. Economy and Create Jobs

Fixing the broken immigration system of the U.S. would help end the country’s job crisis. Studies show that immigrants do not take away the jobs of Americans but that they create jobs and help boost the country’s economy. Immigrants are innovative and they start businesses in America. They are more entrepreneurial than the native U.S. …

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