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California to Become “Sanctuary State.” What Does It Mean?

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In early October 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would vastly limit who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities. The bill, Senate Bill 54, will take effect in January, making California a “sanctuary state.” Opponents of the … Continue reading California to Become “Sanctuary State.” What Does It Mean?

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Administration Announced Important Step In Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest Entrepreneurs

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On August 8th 2016, the Administration announced (https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-rule-to-welcome-international-entrepreneurs) an important step in attracting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next great companies and create jobs here in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Articles/FR_2016-20663_793250_OFR.pdf) clear criteria to identify on a case-by-case basis … Continue reading Administration Announced Important Step In Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest Entrepreneurs

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Changes may be in-store for the Visa Waiver Program

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Travelers from certain countries who to come to the U.S. may enter without obtaining a visa. This process is called the Visa Waiver Program because in certain situations when traveling to the U.S. for a short period of time the visa requirement is waived. The Visa Waiver Program applies to … Continue reading Changes may be in-store for the Visa Waiver Program

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State Governors’ Opposition towards Syrian Refugees Fleeing to U.S.

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Due to conflict and civil war there are reportedly 12 million Syrians fleeing Syria and seeking refuge in other countries. President Obama announced that the U.S. will expand the amount of Syrian refugees admitted and would admit 10,000 refugees to the U.S. over the next 12 months. However, after the … Continue reading State Governors’ Opposition towards Syrian Refugees Fleeing to U.S.

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Visa Options for Artists and Entertainers

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While the U.S. offers several different types of visas for foreigners coming to the U.S., some of the less discussed visas are those for artists and entertainers. P and O visas are available to artists and entertainers coming to the US to work, teach or learn. The P visa is … Continue reading Visa Options for Artists and Entertainers

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Immigration Views of Democratic Presidential Nominee Hopefuls

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Immigration always seems to be a popular area of debate centered around presidential elections. The candidates have differing views but all seem to agree that reform is needed. Below is a summary some of the immigration proposals and initiatives the three democratic candidates and Joe Biden, not an official candidate … Continue reading Immigration Views of Democratic Presidential Nominee Hopefuls

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Immigration Views of Republican Presidential Nominee Hopefuls

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With the race for the 2016 Presidential Nomination dominating the news and major media sources, the candidates’ views on immigration are surfacing. The views on the Republican side range from Jeb Bush’s reported support of comprehensive immigration reform to Donald Trump’s alleged plan of increased border security and mass deportation. … Continue reading Immigration Views of Republican Presidential Nominee Hopefuls

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How to a Renew Green Card

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A green card is the documentation granted to lawful permanent residents (LPR) by the USCIS which demonstrates that the holder is authorized to legally work and live in the United States. Green cards generally expire after 10 years. If the green card expires, it must be renewed for the holder … Continue reading How to a Renew Green Card

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Criminal Convictions Can Result in Serious Immigration Consequences

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Criminal convictions are always accompanied with consequences. However the consequence for immigrant visa-holders can be dire. Depending on the nature of the crimes committed, immigrants can face deportation, inadmissibility or other visa problems. Serious crimes that involve violence or deceitful conduct such as aggravated felonies or crimes of moral turpitude … Continue reading Criminal Convictions Can Result in Serious Immigration Consequences

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Talks of Ending Birthright Citizenship

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Generally, every child born in the United States is granted American citizenship. This is known as birthright citizenship. This policy has recently been the subject of scrutiny as many opponents of birthright citizenship have expressed desire to end this historic tradition. The main argument for ending birthright citizenship is the … Continue reading Talks of Ending Birthright Citizenship

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