Starting on April 3rd, the option for premium processing of H-1B visas will be suspended. This is an option that allows applicants to pay an additional fee for a chance of accelerated approval so they can get to work in the U.S. sooner.
President Donald Trump recently signed two executive orders pertaining to immigration. They have gotten a lot of attention because they call for the creation of a wall between the United States and Mexico, and for cutting off federal funding for sanctuary cities.
With president elect Donald Trump threatening to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is important to understand this program and what it means for young immigrants in the United States. In an article in the New York Times, former secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano attempts to clarify misunderstandings about the program and explain its true intent.
Immigration has been a top issue through several presidential election cycles. While Mitt Romney's immigrant rhetoric was certainly considered harsh in 2012, it now seems relatively mild in comparison with Donald Trump's blustery promise of build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. As the election approaches, Trump seems to have moved on to other topics, taking notable and ill-advised swipes at former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado of Venezuela. Trump plays by his own set of rules, but the fact remains that the GOP stance doesn't hold much appeal for most immigrants and their children, with Latinos skewing Democratic at least since the 1980s and Obama winning 71 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.
One of the last hurdles to overcome on the road to U.S. citizenship is the naturalization test. It is administered to test an applicant's ability to read, write and speak English. It also tests the applicant's knowledge of United States government and history. Careful preparation for this test is critical for success.
Potentially Good News on Immigration Reform. Late Monday, the Department of Justice file a Petition for Rehearing with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas when a ninth justice is Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As you may recall, last month the Court handed down a "non-decision" because of a 4-4 tie.
In March, the Library of Congress announced that it would no longer use the term "illegal alien" as a subject heading. The term would be replaced with "noncitizen" and "unauthorized immigration." This move was the result of a grassroots campaign spearheaded by students and university librarians at Dartmouth College. The American Library Association (ALA) has also sided with the campaign to change terminology.
Immigrants come to the United States to build a better life for themselves. Sometimes they are fleeing dangerous situations. Unfortunately, many arrive in this country only to find that they are faced with an entirely new set of threats. A pair of recent news releases from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) detail some of the unique schemes that have been used to defraud immigrants.
When it comes to immigration law matters, misconceptions abound. K-1 visas, also referred to as fiancé visas, are complex. However, matters may become unnecessarily challenging when petitioners and fiancés fall prey to myths about the process. Here are five important myths to be aware of if you are petitioning for a fiancé visa:
Immigration, counterterrorism and social media. We all knew this was coming. Social media is, well, social. Anything we put out on social media stays there and is available for the world to view. That view can be by good guys or by bad guys. In his February 11th State of Homeland Security remarks, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson addressed DHS' renewed efforts to ensure that counterterrorism will remain the cornerstone of the DHS mission.