The Department of State is requesting comments  on the revision of DS-2029, Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America.  Comments are due by 3/11/2016

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According to American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA, along with 65 other organizations have signed-on in support of “Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016.” On January 13, 2016 Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced the act to remove limitations for dual citizens participating in the Visa Waiver Program.

Read more about the letter and act here.

Update: Be sure to check the form date when filing Form I-907 for Premium Processing as there has been an update as of 1/29/15. Version 12/11/15 is also acceptable.

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the February 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016).

October 2015 Issue of USCIS E-Verfiy Connection. Please see USCIS website to download or click here.

USCIS updated its welcome guide for new immigrants. The guide contains information designed to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number, and how the U.S. system of government works. The guide is free, and is available in 14 languages.

 

Amidst the continued firestorm of the September 25th Visa bulletin blunder that is now being referred to as “visagate”, The New York Times reports on the disruption of the lives of highly skilled immigrants as the consequence. Read more here.

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Photo Courtesy of University of Houston Libraries

Proving to be a major hot topic in current political debates gearing up for the 2016 presidential election, businesses from tech to agriculture are making claims for immigration reform. According to CNN Money, the hospitality industry cannot find enough employees for labor intensive jobs, two-thirds of construction companies are suffering from labor shortages, the tech industry is struggling to retain high skilled employees as they face a backlog of working visas, and farmer’s lack sufficient workers to pick crops, even after offering wages of $30 an hour. Immigration reform will continue to be discussed throughout the political campaigns.

 

 

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Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal  posted an article surrounding the U.S’s mistake regarding the priority date which affects how many people are allowed to apply for a green card this month. As thousands phoned up their immigration attorneys and dashed about gathering documents for the process, their hopes and dreams were soon shattered on September 25 when they were told that they would not yet be allowed to apply.

Amid the frustration, the mix-up was coined “visagate” and there is now a class-action lawsuit that challenges the government’s decision.

 

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the February 2015 Visa Bulletin. This is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the 2015 fiscal year (FY2015).