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After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments
After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have […]

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How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Business, Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

The State Department recently announced that, for the first time ever, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has reached its cap of 10,000 visas, largely due to an increase in Chinese investors. Although the EB-5 program—employment-based, fifth preference (or category)—has been around since 1990, the growth in its popularity as an investment tool has risen during […]

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High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Written by on May 9, 2014 in Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Despite the soaring demand there are only 85,000 H-1B visas available each year for high-skilled workers. And as a new report explains, these foreign workers who often work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are helping to boost the wages of native born workers without taking away jobs. In the report published by […]

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Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in U.S.

Changes Could Help Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work in U.S.

The spouses of some H-1B visa holders could receive work authorization in the U.S., according to a proposed rule change the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday. This change, as well as a proposal that would remove obstacles to staying in the U.S. for specific high-skilled workers, stemmed from an overview the White House provided […]

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H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 1 Comment
H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that the allotment of H-1B visas for the 2015 fiscal year, known as the H-1B visa cap, has been filled—a week after filing began. The principal temporary visa for skilled professionals, the H-1B allows U.S. companies to employ foreign professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree in a […]

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Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 0 Comments
Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Compete America, an association of high-tech companies advocating for reform of immigration policies affecting higher-skilled workers, launched a job loss calculator today estimating the numbers of American jobs lost due to the lack of H-1B visas, the primary work visa for higher-skilled workers. The calculator estimates that 500,000 new U.S. jobs could have been created […]

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Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

It is clear that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder understands that immigration can be a potent boost to his state’s economy. It’s also an important component of economic revitalization for a city such as Detroit. Improving the nation’s broken immigration system could have enormous economic benefits for Michigan and states across the country, so Snyder joined […]

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New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals […]

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Immigrant Victims Left Waiting After U.S. Reaches U Visa Cap

Written by on December 16, 2013 in Reform, Visas with 1 Comment
Immigrant Victims Left Waiting After U.S. Reaches U Visa Cap

The federal government has already reached its limit on the number of U visas—a special category for crime victims—available for the 2014 fiscal year. After only two months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials have already filled the 10,000 visas available this year. Every year since the visa program began in 2008, USCIS has […]

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Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act

Written by on December 11, 2013 in Administration, Family, Supreme Court, Visas with 2 Comments
Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, a case challenging the government’s restrictive interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). The CSPA provides relief for the longstanding problem of children included on a parent’s visa application who “age out” – that is, turn 21 and lose their status […]

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