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Cincinnati Will Be A ‘Friendly’ City For Immigrants

Mayor John Cranley cited several new initiatives he expects Cincinnati to take in making the South-west Ohio city the “most immigrant friendly city in the United States.” Cranley hopes to oversee an immigration Task Force, which Cranley started in 2014, to help create international attraction. Among the initiatives the Task…

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New STEM OPT Regulations Proposed: What it means for F-1 Students and Employers

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed several changes to its F-1 non-immigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for those working on degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The proposed extension would increase the OPT period to 24 months, which would allow…

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STEM Immigration Reform Bill up for House Vote Today

A Republican bill, named the STEM Jobs Act, will come to a vote today that would grant 55,000 US permanent resident visas, otherwise known as green cards, to foreign nationals who graduate from US colleges with advanced degrees in the technology fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The bill…

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H1B Degree Equivalency: What Counts As Work Experience?

To qualify for H1B employment, the petitioner must establish that the foreign national is a professional/specialist. This is established by showing that the person has at least a bachelor’s degree or has the equivalent level of work experience or specialized training. This may cause difficulty for the H1B beneficiary whose…

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Undocumented Immigrants with Law Degrees Could Be Able To Practice Law, Courts to Decide

Many undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children have graduated from US law schools, passed bar exams, and are seeking to practice law in the US as attorneys. Yet because they are undocumented immigrants, they are forbidden by the state bars from being admitted as attorneys…

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Department of Homeland Security Expands List of STEM Degree Programs

A Department of Homeland Security press release just announced it has expanded the list of STEM college and university degree programs. STEM degrees are bachelor degrees and above in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. These degrees qualify eligible graduates who are in the US on student visas…

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Tech Companies Promote Immigration Reform in Meetings with Congress

Impatient with the current state of immigration discussions in Congress, some high-tech companies have started their own programs to support undocumented children and young adults who want to attend college and legally build careers in the United States. Tech companies have also lobbied Congress to allow more legal immigration, explicitly…

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ICE Offers Employment Authorization to Some Syrian Students Due to Civil Unrest

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency that investigates and enforces immigration laws and regulations, announced on April 3 that it will allow certain Syrian students present in the United States to obtain employment authorization for a limited time. The agency will suspend the usual regulatory limitations for qualifying…

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Undocumented Students Rally in Detroit and Other Cities to Protest Deportation

A series of protest rallies have sought to highlight the issues faced by young undocumented immigrants. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) has declared March to be “National Coming Out Month” and encourages young people to publicly acknowledge their undocumented immigration status. Of course, this carries certain risks to individual…

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Visa Bulletin Prediction for Indian and China Born Citizens for May- June 2012

Last week, the man responsible for the advancement and retrogression of immigrant visa numbers in the Visa Bulletin made a stark announcement during an appearance he made at a conference held by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Chicago about the eminent future of visa availability for the EB-2 category.…