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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, […]

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 […]

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