The Blocking of an Entrepreneur: A Broken Immigration System at Work

"3D printing technology is about to revolutionize the way we understand manufacturing, and the country that takes the lead in this new technology will be the winner ofwhat The Economist magazine has called the third industrial revolution. A state of the art hearing aid or a high tech component for...

Tech Leaders Plan Virtual Push on Immigration

"High-tech leaders including the former heads of AOL and Mozilla are organizing a "virtual march for immigration reform" aimed at pressuring lawmakers to enact sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws. The effort unveiled Monday is particularly focused on making it easier...

Rethinking Immigration: If America Will Welcome More Entrepreneurs, Why Not More Creatives?

"While we obsess on the need to invite more immigrant entrepreneurs, why is there no comparable fixation on the importance of welcoming entrepreneurship's kissing cousin, creativity? We acknowledge the creativity of knowledge workers, yet we fail to see the urgency of freely inviting members...

Senate Hearing Today: How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Address the Needs of Women and Families

“How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Address the Needs of Women and Families” Senate Judiciary Committee, Full Committee; DATE: March 18, 2013 TIME: 02:00 PM ROOM: Dirksen 226 "Eliminating or restricting family-based immigration would tear apart existing family structures...

Some DACA Applicants Find Unexpected Relief in Special Visas

"During these consultations, many have learned that they are eligible for other, more permanent, forms of immigration relief, like special visas for crime victims. More than a dozen immigration lawyers around the country — from private practice, advocacy organizations and university law clinics...

MPI Issue Brief on Low-Wage Visas

"The current US legal immigration system includes few visas for low-skilled* workers — 5,000 visas for lawful permanent residence out of an estimated 140,000 employment-based green cards annually — and employers have relied heavily on an unauthorized workforce in many low-skilled occupations...

Afghan Interpreters for the U.S. Are Left Stranded and at Risk

"Thousands of Afghan applicants are caught in an approval process that lasts more than two years. As many as 5,000 were waiting to begin the process as of last fall. The State Department declined to comment on the number of applications submitted, the backlog or any phase of the visa approval process...

Will BSEOIMA13 Provide Enough Visas, Fast Enough?

"The gang of eight's less-skilled worker-visa proposal is well-crafted: a break-the-mold, 21st century program that's user-friendly for employers and provides ample protections for workers, foreign and American. The problem: It's much too small – less than half the size it needs...

Visa Pinch Cramps Colorado Economy

"Among the issues raised by Colorado business leaders: The shortage of farm workers caused growers to lose thousands of dollars when squash and peppers went unpicked last fall. Unanswered ads for ranch hands meant calves died because no one was available to deliver them. A dearth of bilingual ski...

New U.S. Policy Gives Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications

"The United States will treat the visa applications of same-sex married couples in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, announcing a policy change set in motion in June, after the Supreme Court struck down a law against same-sex marriage. The policy...

U.S. to Hit Infosys With Record Immigration Fine

"The federal government is set to slap Infosys Ltd. with the largest immigration fine ever, claiming the Indian outsourcing giant illegally placed workers on visitor, rather than work, visas at big corporate clients across the U.S. The government is expected to announce Wednesday it will fine...

Afghan Interpreters Denied Visas; DOS Says They Face No 'Serious Threat'

"A growing number of Afghan interpreters who worked alongside American troops are being denied U.S. visas allotted by Congress because the State Department says there is no serious threat against their lives. But the interpreters, many of whom served in Taliban havens for years, say U.S. officials...

News Excerpts From The Jan. 1, 2014, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Issues New Guidance Following Settlement of Asylum Clock Suit | On December 2, 2013, the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge issued two memoranda concerning implementation of the employment authorization “clock” for asylum applicants in removal proceedings. The issuance of the memoranda...

Michigan Governor Seeks Visas to Lure Skilled Immigrants to Detroit

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for highly skilled immigrants willing to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit for five years. "Let's send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world...

White House Blocks Visas for Certain Persons Contributing to Situation in Ukraine

Executive Order, Mar. 6, 2014 : BLOCKING PROPERTY OF CERTAIN PERSONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et...

AmEmb Caracas Curtails Visitor Visa Appointments

"We regret that as a result of the expulsion of several consular officials and Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2...

Texas Teachers Face Deportation

"A few years ago, a school district in Texas found itself with a booming immigrant population and few teachers who spoke Spanish. So they started an ambitious recruitment program that brought in 260 teachers – from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela – to meet their growing demand. Now...

Lacking Agricultural Visas, Growers Blame GOP

"When Chuck Herrin, who runs a large farm labor contracting company, looks out at the hundreds of workers he hires each year to tend to the countless rows of asparagus, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and plums, he often seethes in frustration. It is not that he has any trouble with the laborers. It is...

State Department Visa/Passport Computer Crash Update: July 31, 2014

Information Regarding Ongoing Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) Performance Issues and Steps Taken "The Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) is still performing below its normal operational capacity. However, to give you an idea of the progress we have made, from the start of the operational...

Families Counted Together Stay Together: How to Eliminate Visa Backlogs

"There is nothing in the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires each derivative family member to be counted on an individual basis against the worldwide and country caps. That being so, President Obama tomorrow can issue an executive order providing that this long-established practice be...

Lost in the System: Under Taliban Threats, Afghan Translators Stranded in Visa Process

"He marched in tow with American soldiers. Friends were ambushed and killed. Without a firearm, the cunning that put them in the Taliban’s crosshairs also was their only defense. Each day brought gunfire, the whoosh of a rocket-propelled grenade, the pop of an IED. The delay? American bureaucracy...

Real Reform Starts With More Visas: Daniel M. Kowalski

"We need a surge of green card visa numbers on the front end, right now, to wipe out the backlog of thousands of family members and potential employees who have been waiting in line patiently for years. And to eliminate a future buildup of another undocumented immigrant population, we need many...

Modi, Visas and Religious Freedom Inadmissibility Grounds: Cyrus D. Mehta

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been welcomed by the Indian diaspora without reservations in the United States. This is his first trip to the United States after his tourist/business was revoked on May 18, 2005 under Section 212(a)(2)(G) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under...

Revised NIV Reciprocity Schedule for China - Nov. 2014

"Effective immediately, the reciprocity schedule for Chinese nationals is revised for the B-1, B-2, B-1/B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, and M-2 nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories. All other visa validities for nationals of China will remain unchanged. Please note the changes (old figures in parenthesis...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Takes Executive Action on Immigration | On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a series of memoranda as part of a much-anticipated “executive action” to remedy problems in the nation’s immigration system. A memorandum entitled...