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Southern Miss band chants 'Where's your green card?" to U.S. citizen basketball player

"Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico. Keep that in mind as you watch Rodriguez get ready to take a free throw during Thursday's game against Southern Miss in the video below. CAPTION By Richard Mackson, US Presswire As Rodriguez is walking...

Oscar De La Hoya Loses Bout, Wins Green Card

"Little did Oscar De La Hoya know, that when he lost his first bout in controversial and memorable fashion to Felix Trinidad, he helped win a deserving fellow his permanent resident status. On September 18, 1999, Felix Trinidad beat Oscar De La Hoya in a hotly disputed split decision,...

Canadian Pin-Up Model Wins 'Extraordinary Ability' Green Card for Burlesque

"The world of burlesque has become even more noteworthy, thanks to iconic pin-up model Bettina May . May, a Monday favourite and creator of Victoria’s first two neo-burlesque troupes, the BettiLu Bombshells and the group now known as the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, has just received the first...

Crunching the Green Card Waiting List Numbers

"The following figures have been compiled from the NVC report submitted to the Department on November 1, 2012, and show the number of immigrant visa applicants on the waiting list in the various preferences and subcategories subject to numerical limit. All figures reflect persons registered under...

President Signs Rare 'Private Bill' Granting Green Card to Medical School Hopeful

"A Nigerian immigrant's dream came true when President Barack Obama signed into law a rare private bill granting him permanent residency in the Unites States. Victor Chukwueke, who lives in Michigan on an expired visa, came to the United States 11 years ago to undergo treatment for massive face...

Five Myths About The Immigration 'Line'

How long is the wait, really? - Daniel M. Kowalski, Feb. 1, 2013 .

Exiled by Love: Gay Couples With No Path to Green Card Leave U.S.

"Not long ago, Brandon Perlberg had a growing law practice and a Manhattan apartment he shared with his partner, who is British. They hosted themed dinner parties and wine tastings for a wide circle of friends. But Mr. Perlberg, an American who is gay, now lives in London. Early last year he reluctantly...

On Path to Citizenship, Some Immigrants Keep Green Card, Never Naturalize

"As lawmakers wrangle over changes that could offer a path to citizenship to many of the estimated 11 million immigrants who are here illegally, not all immigrants who become eligible actually go through with naturalization. Often, the immigrant journey simply ends with permanent legal residency...

Why Wealthy Chinese Are Giving Up U.S. Green Cards

"An American passport can be a costly accessory-with U.S. citizenship come U.S. taxes. The WSJ's Wei Gu explains why some wealthy Chinese are instead taking advantage of offers to become citizens of cash-strapped European countries and wealthy Asian cities." - WSJ video, Mar. 14, 2013 ...

The Immigration Obstacle Course: Many Paths to Green Card, Citizenship

"The talk about reforming the American immigration system has focused on getting 11 million undocumented workers on the path to citizenship. It’s a simple idea that obscures a thorny truth. There is no single path to citizenship. There are hundreds." - Erin McClam, NBC News, Apr. 10,...

Waiting Half a Life for a Green Card

"For Sergio Garcia, the magic number is 25. That's how many years he will have waited for his green card if, as he estimates, he gets it in 2019. Garcia, 36, is one of millions of immigrants seeking a green card, or legal permanent residency in the U.S., which he has called home for most of...

To Get Green Cards, These Immigrants Must Prove They Are Extraordinary

"One is a federal scientist with a Harvard pedigree and a body of ground-breaking research. The other is a burlesque performer with the looks of Rita Hayworth and a ground-shaking shimmy. Both women have been deemed “aliens of extraordinary ability” by Uncle Sam -- an elite cadre of...

For Gay Immigrants, Marriage Ruling Brings Relief and a Path to a Green Card

"The Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to strike down the federal law against same-sex marriage brought a stunning improvement in the lives of Steven Infante, an immigrant from Colombia, and his American husband — less than an hour after the ruling was announced. Mr. Infante and...

Why Some Green Card Holders Never Naturalize

"For many people around the world, a United States passport is a near-sacred goal, and given half a chance to get one, they would hungrily seize it. In Washington, the partisan debate over immigration has become mired, in part, over whether to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million...

Texas Explosion Leaves Widowed Immigrant Mother Tangled in Red Tape

"When Sandra Villalobos left her home here in February to go to Mexico, the plan was to return with her 11-year-old daughter, who had been raised there, and a green card. She brought her disabled 7-year-old daughter, Mariana, with her. Villalobos’ husband accompanied them for a short time...

Obama's Uncle Wins Rare 'Registry' Green Card

"A federal immigration judge ruled Tuesday that President Obama’s uncle can remain in the United States, sparing him deportation to his native Kenya in a case that riveted attention on the elderly man who had lived under the radar in this country for 50 years. For most of that time, he was...

Want a Green Card? Invest in Real Estate

"For foreign investors who have the money, the [ EB-5 investor visa ] program can be an easy way to gain legal residency in the United States. In 2009, Yi Lin, 47, was working as a media executive in Shanghai when he began thinking of applying for a green card through the program. He spent two...

I was locked up because I went to a Texas national park without my papers

Lise Ragbir, Dec. 23, 2015 - " I forgot my permanent resident card when I went on holiday. That’s why border patrol agents took me away and put me in a cell. ... In Big Bend National Park my husband, father, daughter and I stood on the banks of the yellow-green waters of the Rio Grande. On...

USCIS Grants Green Card 41-Years Later, Finally Recognizes 1975 Same-Sex Marriage

Sveta Apodaca, June 9, 2016 - "In a series of recent decisions, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have recognized as valid the April 21, 1975 marriage of two gay men, Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan, leading to the agency’s...

Melania's Missing Press Conference

Philip Bump, Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2016 - "Trump's campaign promised to answer questions about a more personal component of the immigration issue. In early August, Trump pledged that his wife Melania, a native of Slovenia, would hold a press conference explaining how she managed to navigate...

Melania Trump Claims 2001 Green Card Via EB-1 'Extraordinary Ability' Path

Politico, Sept. 14, 2016 - "Melania Trump has published a letter from an attorney [ Michael J. Wildes ] who says he reviewed her immigration history and that she entered the country for the first time in 1996 and complied with all visa laws. "I am pleased to enclose a letter from my immigration...

Who is Stuck in the Green Card Backlogs? - A Guide for the Perplexed, by Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 31, 2016 - "“ In the realm of Nature there is nothing purposeless, trivial, or unnecessary ” ― Maimonides , The Guide for the Perplexed David Bier of the Cato Institute in No One Knows How Long Legal Immigrants Will Have To Wait calculates that there are “somewhere...

DHS OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance

DHS OIG, Nov. 21, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to struggle to ensure proper Green Card issuance. The audit was conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report...

They met with immigration officers to apply for legal residency — only to be arrested by ICE

Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, Apr. 7, 2017 - "Leandro Arriaga has been in the United States illegally since 2001. He stayed despite a deportation order and over the past 16 years has made a living fixing and remodeling homes. He also started a family. But the father of four had grown tired...

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

USCIS, Apr. 19, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing...