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Nigerian Immigrant Accepted To All Eight Ivy League Schools

Harold Ekeh, a high school senior in New York, was born in Nigeria and came to the United States when he was eight years old. He wrote his main college essay about the struggle to adjust to a new country and highlighted how he frequently questioned his parents about why they moved from Africa. Despite his struggles to acculturate after immigrating, Ekeh was recently accepted to all eight of the Ivy League Schools in the United…

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Many Iconic “American” Brands Were Founded By Immigrants

As United States lawmakers argue about the economic effects of immigration on the country, they might well consider that many of America's most profitable companies were started by immigrants. Noteworthy is the fact that many recognizable and "American" brands were founded by foreign born individuals or children of immigrants. These include some of the most iconic and profitable companies such as: Tesla Motors, Google, Yahoo, Intel, eBay, Pfizer, Radio Shack, Comcast, Goldman Sachs, Kohl's, Honeywell, AT&T,…

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New Deal Approved For Abused Immigrant Children To Remain In Us

Last Friday, a California federal judge approved a deal between the federal government and a class of abused immigrant children, in which the immigrants will have a path to United States residency under the “special immigrant juvenile program and the applications of those who aged out of the program will be re-opened. The suit, filed on behalf of four immigrant children who had been abused and made dependents of state courts, challenged certain United States Department…

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April 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication put out by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, that is a part of the United States Department of State. The main purpose of this bulletin is to provide an updated waiting list (also known as Priority Date) for immigrants that are subject to the quota system. Immigrants to the United States are essentially classified under two categories: 1. those that need a waiting list, such as those seeking admission…

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Republican Representatives Introduce Dhs Reform Package

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the United States government first proposed by the U.S. Commission on National Security in January of 2001 and expedited in response to the September 11th attacks.   DHS is charged with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States and its territories.  On March 1, 2003, DHS absorbed the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Formerly "INS") and assumed its duties. In doing so, it divided the enforcement…

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Beneficios Económicos Predicho De Nuevo Reglamento De Obama

Dejando a un lado los prejuicios polÍ­ticos contra la reforma de la inmigración, y no obstante la retención temporal por motivos polÍ­ticos en acciones ejecutivas Inmigración del presidente Obama, los beneficios económicos de la acción diferida (DACA y DAPA) son imposibles de ignorar. Mientras implicaciones económicas están en el centro de las controversias, economistas e investigadores de polÍ­ticas públicas han sido capaces de hacer un caso fuerte para el impacto positivo a largo plazo previsto de…

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Predicted Economic Benefits Of Obama’s New Regulation

Setting aside political biases against immigration reform and notwithstanding the politically-motivated temporary hold on President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions, the economic benefits of deferred action (DACA and DAPA) are impossible to ignore.  While economic implications are at the center of the controversies, economists and public policy researchers have been able to make a strong case for the predicted long-term positive impact of both comprehensive immigration reform and the President's executive actions. According to a thorough analysis…

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Quota Exemptions To H-1b Visa Cap

Amid the flurry and hype over the regular quota for H-1B petitions, it is important to note that there are certain circumstances in which H-1B petitions are not subject to the annual statutory quota or cap.  "Cap-exempt" means that there is no annual numerical limit, no set filing dates, and no set employment start dates. The cap exempt provision of the H-1B visa program allows certain United States companies and organizations to employ an unlimited number…

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Importance Of Filing H-1b Quickly

I would like to inform clients interested in obtaining an H-1B visa that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will begin accepting new H-1B quota-based applications starting on April 1, 2015.  The earliest start work date will be October 1, 2015.  USCIS experts are predicting that they will receive more petitions than the H-1B cap during the first few business days of April, suggesting that a lottery is likely. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant…

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April Hearing Scheduled For Immigration Executive Action Case

Many of our current and prospective immigration clients, eligible for the extended DACA and new DAPA programs, have been asking about the status of President Obama's Immigration Executive Order.  These new programs to which I am referring are among a series of immigration executive actions initiated by Obama on November 20, 2014 which would essentially spare from deportation as many as 5 million people living in the United States illegally and allow them to obtain employment…

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