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Mexican immigration to U.S. at a standstill, report says

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

By msnbc.com staff and news services WASHINGTON — Faced with a persistently weak economy, the number of immigrants flowing into the United States from Mexico has declined for the first time in decades, according to a study released on Monday.   In all, the Mexican-born population in the U.S. last year — legal and illegal […]

Wow, fees decreased??! Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will decrease the immigrant visa application processing fees for all immigrant visa categories.

April 19th, 2012 (No Comments)

http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3906.html Important Notice – New Application Fees: Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will decrease the immigrant visa application processing fees for all immigrant visa categories. Fees paid on or after April 13, 2012 will reflect the new fee amounts. The National Visa Center will resend the Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee bill to those individuals […]

Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term

April 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — In his most specific pledge yet toU.S. Hispanics, President Barack Obama said Saturday he would seek to tackle immigration policy in the first year of a second term. But he cautioned that he would need an amenable Congress to succeed. “This is something I care deeply about,” he told Univision. “It’s […]

Foreign-Filed I-601 Waivers: New Procedure starting late Spring/Early 2012

April 15th, 2012 (2 Comments)

In a teleconference on March 9, 2012, USCIS announced plans to transition all usually foreign filed I-601 applications for unlawful presence, criminal, misrepresentation, and other kinds of inadmissibility waivers to one central Lockbox filing location in the U.S. The practice now is to submit the waiver filing with the USCIS office connected to the foreign consulate. The […]

How to not to be fooled by US Immigration Law

April 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

How to not to be fooled by US Immigration Law Immigration law is not always logical. I remember before I was an immigration attorney I thought there could be no way the U.S. Government would keep foreigners who married US citizens from living in the country. “That is crazy!” I thought. My husband and I, […]

Twelve Things to consider about the Provisional Waiver – I-601A waiver

April 12th, 2012 (No Comments)

Twelve Things to consider about the Provisional Waiver – I-601A waiver  Law Office of Ruby L. Powers – Immigration Law Firm focused on Waivers It is not yet available (as of April 2012), but everything points to it being available later in the year. You must already have an approved I-130 or I-360. It can’t […]

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers – March 30, 2012 – I-601A waiver

April 11th, 2012 (No Comments)

Reminder: This proposed process is not in effect. To learn more, read this alert. What USCIS Proposes On March 30, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register requesting public comment on its plan to create an alternative process for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for […]

USCIS Office of Public Engagement: USCIS News Release –USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility

April 9th, 2012 (No Comments)

USCIS Office of Public Engagement: USCIS News Release –USCIS Proposes Process Change for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 03/30/2012 11:54 AM EDT Dear Stakeholders,    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  in the Federal Register outlining its proposal to create an alternative […]

3,100 undocumented immigrants held in largest-ever sweep

April 2nd, 2012 (No Comments)

Article Federal agents arrested more than 3,100 unauthorized immigrants last week in the country’s biggest-ever operation targeting criminal and fugitive immigrants for deportation, immigration officials said Monday.   Gillian Christensen, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, told msnbc.com that the agency has focused on deporting known criminals since President Barack Obama took office. Now, 50 percent of […]

Illegal crossings fall at US-Mexico border, but tensions remain high

March 11th, 2012 (No Comments)

Illegal crossings fall at US-Mexico border, but tensions remain high By Julia Preston updated 3/11/2012 12:11:18 AM  PHOENIX — The impact of steep declines in the number of migrants illegally crossing the border with Mexico in recent years has rippled across Arizona and other border states, with federal and local law enforcement seeing big drops in crime related to […]

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