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April 2015 Archives

What business travelers need to know about B-1 visas

Advancements in communication technology have served to transform the face of international business. Indeed, a live video teleconference can now be held between parties separated by an entire ocean with just a few clicks, while email and live chat facilitate regular, instantaneous communication for multinational corporations. Despite the relative ease with which international parties can now communicate, business travel nevertheless remains an absolute necessity. In recognition of this fact, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has long offered those looking to enter the country temporarily for business purposes the chance to secure what is known as a B-1 visa.

Record number of H-1B visa applications for fiscal year 2016

On April 1 of every year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officially begins accepting applications for the available 85,000 H-1B visas, which allow employers to bring foreign workers here to the U.S. to work in the high-demand fields of engineering, science and computer programming.

What happens after federal judge refuses to lift immigration injunction?

Back in February, our blog discussed how a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction spoiling plans to start rolling out programs designed to realize the objectives spelled out in President Obama's historic executive order that would prevent the deportation of as many as five million undocumented immigrants.

Korean adoptee facing deportation prompts reconsideration of law

Imagine living your entire life in one country from the time you are a small child. You are engrained in the culture, you speak the language and you have known no other home. Imagine now that you are suddenly faced with being deported back to your country of origin -- a country you may not know anyone and may not have ever even been to. Anyone would fear what could happen next.

Spouses of H-1B visa holders will soon be allowed to work

Many people in New York know of the H-1B visa. It allows highly skilled workers from other companies to work for U.S. companies. What some people may not realize, however, is that the spouses of these individuals -- usually living in the country on an H-4 visa -- are not allowed to pursue careers in the U.S.

Changing mandate regarding immigrant detention

It appears that we’re seeing fewer immigrants held in detention centers in the United States. In any case, the number is the lowest in close to 10 years. Though for most years in the last decade, the numbers of immigrants detained exceeded 30,000, the numbers of immigrants detained in 2015 fell to 26,374 people.

Exceptions to the naturalization test for elderly individuals

The naturalization test is the last step toward becoming a citizen of the United States. As many people in New York know, however, the test is anything but easy. While diligent preparation is enough for some people to pass, others -- including the elderly -- have limitations that make it near impossible for them to even take the test. Fortunately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers exceptions and accommodations.

Why are New York's dairy farmers calling for immigration reform?

It may surprise people to learn that the state of New York is actually one of the leading dairy producers here in the U.S. In fact, the Empire State actually became the nation's biggest yogurt producer back in 2012, and is currently home to more than 40 yogurt producers, up from a mere 14 back in 2000.

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