FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg and more than 60 US companies filed a Supreme Court brief in support of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. In the brief, employers say Obama’s executive orders would benefit the US economy.Details
WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.
The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.Details
Henry Yi (not his real name) is studying mechanical engineering and dreams of working for NASA. The 19-year-old UC Berkeley student says he couldn’t have done it without his parents – not only because of the sacrifices they made to bring him to the United States, but because they helped him apply for a program that has changed his life.
Yi, who declined to use his real name to protect his family, says it was his parents who first told him about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, announced in 2012, grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation and access to a work permit.Details
Becoming a legal immigrant is a very exciting process filled with many possibilities for the future. A door opens up that gives all the benefits of a U.S. Citizen without the right to vote; freedom to travel home without worrying about reentry, a right to work and all the legal protections of a U.S. citizens.
This process can also be quite costly. USCIS processing fees range anywhere from $0 to $1,000 per form while lawyer fees average $3,000 to $4,000. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use that money towards something more exciting, like a honeymoon or vacation or to open a savings account for your future children? There are a lot of ways to spend $4,000 but first let me show you how to keep it in your wallet.Details
Effective February 25, 2016, new guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual provides information on the general policies and procedures for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).Details
SAN JOSE – Hoang Truong says becoming a U.S. citizen gave him “the key” to unlocking a better life.
“When we become a U.S. citizen,” he said, “we have the key — the key to the higher education door, the key to freedom, the key to vote, the key to do whatever we want.”
Truong, who came to the country seven years ago from Vietnam, said he was watching TV one day when he saw there was an upcoming free workshop in San Jose to help people apply for citizenship. With help from the local organization Asian Law Alliance, Truong and his family were able to get fee waivers so they didn’t have to pay the $680 naturalization fees.Details
Supreme Court To Review Obama Executive Action On Immigration Roundtable Discusses Implication On Families
Feb 17, Anaheim, CA, New America Media host a media and community roundtable about the status of undocumented immigrant families and the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court review about President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Led by Odette Keeley, National Media Network Director speakers included legal experts and immigration advocates discussing what immigrant families should do now — and why this is a crucial time to act.Details
GOP leaders led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predictably wasted no time in swearing that anyone who President Obama named to replace the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia had zero chance of being confirmed. McConnell saw no contradiction in the fact that he had no trouble voting to confirm Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy to the high court in 1988, Reagan’s final year in office.Details
ORLANDO, Fla.–Filial piety has been part of the Chinese tradition for centuries, but would it have changed after the Chinese immigrated oversea? Are there any differences in practicing and reflecting filial piety? Are there cultural conflicts in American society?
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Chinese immigrants population in the U.S. has increased from nearly 400,000 in 1980 to over 2 million in 2013. Forty percent of them entered the U.S. after 2000.Details
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Sudan that prevent its nationals from safely returning. The extended designation is effective May 3, 2016, through November 2, 2017.Details