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DHS will formally announce this morning that it will offer deferred action to DREAMers.

June 15th, 2012 (No Comments)

DHS will formally announce this morning that it will offer deferred action to DREAMers. Preliminary information indicates that eligible applicants must: Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16 Have been present in the U.S. for 5 years as of June 15, 2012 Have maintained continuous residence Have not been convicted of one […]

STARS Act Highlights Potential Pitfalls of Rubio DREAM Proposal

June 5th, 2012 (No Comments)

When news broke yesterday that a Florida congressman introduced an alternative version of the DREAM Act, many assumed it was Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been promising for months to introduce such legislation. In fact, the bill in question—dubbed the STARS Act—was introduced by Rep. David Rivera, a member of the House who introduced similar […]

Teen stuck in Mexico over ‘Leap Day’ error may miss graduation speech

May 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

By Miranda Leitsinger, msnbc.com A teen who is slated to give the salutatorian speech at her high school graduation Saturday may miss the big event because of an immigration deadline that she missed by a day. More..

Almost-deported valedictorian Daniela Pelaez helps introduce immigration reform bill

May 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

By James Eng, msnbc.com A little more than two months after she came close to being deported, high school valedictorianDaniela Pelaez joined a Florida congressman on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as he introduced a bill to allow undocumented students to remain in the U.S. if they get a college degree.   More..

Minorities now account for most U.S. births, census data show

May 17th, 2012 (No Comments)

New 2011 census estimates due to be released indicate that ‘an important landmark’ has been reached in U.S. demographic evolution as longtime immigration growth ebbs, an expert says. Associated Press May 16, 2012, 11:06 p.m.

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, […]

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