On April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting CW-1 petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. Employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) use the CW-1 program to employ foreign workers who are otherwise ineligible to work under other nonimmigrant worker categories. The cap for CW-1 visas for FY 2018 has not been set, but it is required to be less than the FY 2017 cap, which is currently set at 12,998.Details
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the addition of an exciting array of programming and events for its 15th annual festival. Highlighting a special evening with legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, the Symphony Orchestra of India’s Associate Music Director Zane Dalal will be featured on Thursday, April 6th. Gala tickets and passes are currently available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films are now on sale.Details
SB54 – known as the VALUES ACT – is simple. It’s a California state bill that separates the criminal justice system and the immigration system. Think of it like a big, beautiful wall between local police and Trump’s deportation machine.
But at this critical time, LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has chosen to stand with Trump, and is actively instigating CA Sheriffs and Senators to oppose the bill. We need to make sure there is a strong response denouncing his about-face, and sending a clear message that Trump’s politics won’t be tolerated in California.Details
A draft executive order currently under consideration by the White House would – for the first time – mandate census workers to ask respondents about their immigration status.
The mandate is embedded in a section of the Jan. 23 proposed order: “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” India-West previously reported on the draft order, which aims to reform H-1B, L-1, and OPT programs.Details
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H‑2B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. March 13, 2017 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017. What Happens After Reaching the Cap Except as noted below, we will reject…Details
Dr. St Claire Adriaan, Principal of Fatima’s school speaks at rally for release of her dad Romulo AVELICA-GONZALEZ undocumented immigrant detained by ICE. Born in South Africa, Adriaan spoke about how he was raised in Apartheid South Africa and how he helped fight it by becoming an educator. Pulling from his life as an educated black South African St.Claire understands the value of education as a weapon to fight oppression and discrimination.Details
In recent weeks, raids and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are reportedly increasing across the country following President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders.
Because of this, organizations such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) are advising immigrant communities to understand how to prepare for and respond in the event ICE agents show up to their homes, workplaces or any public spaces.
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco district attorney’s office is sending a message to Mexican crime victims: regardless of their immigration status, they should feel safe reporting crimes to local law enforcement.
In renewal of an agreement initially signed five years ago, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco Consul General of Mexico Gemi José González López signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week that the D.A.’s office and the Mexican consulate will work together to protect and support crime victims and witnesses who come forward.Details
No to hate! Middle Eastern student’s Message to TrumpDetails
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will open this year’s festivities with worldwide favorite Lipstick Under My Burkha a film censored by the Indian Film censor board. Widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally, the annual event will take place April 5-9, 2017 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles, California. This will be IFFLA’s first year in the state-of-the-art, world-class cinema in the heart of Los Angeles’ vibrant and developing downtown district.Details
USCIS is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs issued under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador for an additional 6 months. On July 8, 2016, DHS announced the extension of the designation of El Salvador for TPS for a period of 18 months. With that extension, DHS also automatically extended the validity of…Details