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USCIS Announces Higher Scrutiny for Petitions to Extend Nonimmigrant Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to almost all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. Adjudicators are instructed to thoroughly review the …

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The Expected Expansion of the Provisional Waiver (I-601A)

The Expected Expansion of the Provisional Waiver (I-601A) By Board Certified Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers November 4, 2015 The Provisional Waiver (I-601A) process currently allows certain people who are present in the United States to request from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a provisional waiver for certain unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility prior …

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Republican Ideas on Immigration Could Legalize Up to 6.5 Million, Study Says

By JULIA PRESTON Win McNamee/Getty ImagesA Dream Action Coalition demonstration last month. Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the United States could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to an estimate published Tuesday by the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan research group in …

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U.S. citizens ditch passports in record numbers

If the recent quarter’s pace continues, 2013 will become a landmark year for saying goodbye to America, tax-wise. By Lynnley Browning Mahmood Karzai, no longer a U.S. citizen. FORTUNE — Americans are ditching their U.S. passports in record numbers, a sign of growing frustration with a system that taxes U.S. citizens on their global wealth …

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House GOP divided on immigration but united against Senate, Obama

By Frank Thorp, Luke Russert and Carrie Dann, NBC News Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:54 PM EDT NBCNews.com House Republicans huddled behind closed doors Wednesday in a long-awaited “special conference” to discuss tactics, air grievances and plot the way forward – or out of – the national debate over comprehensive immigration reform. While the “lively” …

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Statement by President Obama on Senate Passage of Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release June 27, 2013 The White House Office of the Press Secretary Statement by President Obama on Senate Passage of Immigration Reform Today, with a strong bipartisan vote, the United States Senate delivered for the American people, bringing us a critical step closer to fixing our broken immigration system once and for all. I …

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Senate passes sweeping immigration overhaul

Senate passes sweeping immigration overhaul By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News In a bipartisan vote, the Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping, historic overhaul of the nation’s immigration system – the first attempt to tackle such reform in six years. But the bill appears to face a procedural brick wall in the GOP-led House, …

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After first bipartisan vote, tensions begin to flare on immigration reform

After first bipartisan vote, tensions begin to flare on immigration reform By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News The day after an overwhelming bipartisan vote to begin work on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, that debate got a little less, um, Kumbaya. A procedural squabble erupted on the third day of formal discussion on the …

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Senate Floor Debate Must Maintain Spirit of Compromise, Adhere to Certain Principles to Ensure A Workable System

For Immediate Release Senate Floor Debate Must Maintain Spirit of Compromise, Adhere to Certain Principles to Ensure A Workable System June 11, 2013 Washington D.C. – Today, the long-awaited opportunity to reform the country’s dysfunctional immigration system moves one step closer to reality as the full Senate begins consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic …

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Rubio, House GOP again warn immigration bill lacks support without border fixes

By Kasie Hunt, Frank Thorp and Carrie Dann, NBC News Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that there will not be enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s immigration bill as it is currently written even if the legislation can find the 60 votes it will need in the upper chamber. “I can …

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