Immigration

2.8 Million Non-Immigrant Visas Rejected in 2017

Non-immigrant visas saw changes in 2017 on the order of the current U.S. President, Donald Trump. These changes in the policy were made only to restrict entry of people from certain countries. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released numbers regarding non-immigrant visas to see if there have been any changes in numbers since the policy changes in 2017. …

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International Students: Are You Unlawfully Present in the United States?

Are you “unlawfully present” in the United States? On August 9, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a new policy regarding what is called “unlawfully present” particularly for exchange and foreign students in the U.S. The change has many students concerned. First, “unlawfully present” is used to describe the status of students who spend some time …

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President Trump Delivers 2018 State of the Union Address

Each year the president of the United States delivers the State of the Union Address, a message to the members of Congress on how the president views the current state of the country and plans for the future. It is stated in the U.S. Constitution that the President, “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend …

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MAVNI Program Faces the End?

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The MAVNI program, a program that allowed non-immigrants to join the U.S. Military and earn U.S. citizenship may be coming to an end. The program discontinued in June 2016 after being started in 2009. MAVNI gave the opportunity to certain legal non-citizens who were fully licensed health care professionals or who spoke one of the 44 sought-after languages to join the U.S. Military. In …

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USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not …

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President Trump Reveals Revised Executive Order on Immigration

President Trump signed a new travel ban with changes that administration officials said they hope get stopped in the courts again. What is different with this executive order? There is a 90-day ban on issuing new visas for citizens from the following six muslim-majority countries: Libya Syria Sudan Iran Yemen Somalia The 90-day ban is to allow time to evaluate …

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MAVNI Recruits Sue Department of Defense

Some former international students who were able to earn their U.S. citizenship through MAVNI  (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest), a program that allowed non-U.S. citizens to join the military and in return become U.S. citizens, are now suing the Department of Defense. Seven individuals who were former international students and joined the military through MAVNI are suing claiming, “unconstitutional national origin …

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Trump’s Immigration Order Suspended by Federal Judge

Federal Judge James Robart ruled Friday night in a lawsuit in Washington state and Minnesota, causing the suspension of all actions related to President Donald Tump’s immigration order. The judge said in the ruling that they “have met their burden of demonstrating that they faec immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the singing and implementation of the Executive …

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What You Need to Know About Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricts immigration from seven countries (predominately Muslim), suspends refugee admission for 120 days, and permanently bans all Syrian refugees. The seven countries affected are: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. According to CNN, Trump said: “I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out …

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