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March 2014 Archives

Efforts underway in NYC to bring more 'dreamers' to DACA program

Since its introduction, the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program has proven to be a remarkable success. Indeed, by the end of 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved the petitions of 521,815 applicants, 26,682 of whom live right here in New York.

If followed, current policy would stop many deportations

While it isn't likely that unfair deportation proceedings will stop any time soon, President Obama's administration recently announced that it would review current deportation practices. Obviously, one major problem is that immigrants who have lived in the U.S. a long time and who have not committed a crime are being deported, even though the proposed immigration reform would make those same immigrants eligible for legal status.

When is a waiver necessary if someone overstays their visa?

There are many types of non-immigrant visas that foreigners can apply for in order to come to the United States. One that some readers may not be familiar with is a P-3 visa. This type of visa is granted to entertainers and artists as part of a “culturally unique” program. The program has to meet specific criteria and the artist does not need to be considered “outstanding” in their field.

Mayor's call for ID cards includes all undocumented immigrants

Newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made headlines across the state and around the nation last month after making several bold proclamations during his first State of the City address. In particular, much attention has been devoted to de Blasio's promise concerning so-called municipal identification cards.

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