Join the Army and Become a U.S. Citizen

Effective February 23, 2009, and through December 31, 2009, certain individuals who are present in the United States on valid, non-immigrant visas, and who possess certain language skills and/or who are healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses) may apply to enlist…

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National Sign-on Letter to the President Elect on Immigration Reform

Over 1,200 advocacy groups delivered a letter to the Obama Administration outlining priorities for immigration reform. The letter stressed the urgency with which the new Administration should approach immigration reform, noting that efforts to address the ills of our immigration…

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Obama Inaugural Speech

Our Obama Watch party was a great success! We want to thank all our guests who attended. In case you missed it, here’s President Obama’s Inaugural Speech.

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Physicians with MBBS degrees are M.D.s!

In the past year, some officers at the Texas Service Center (TSC) had been denying EB-2 / I-140 petitions based upon labor certification, finding that an MBBS degree is not equivalent to an M.D. in the U.S. In an appeal…

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Military to Enlist Legal Aliens who Hold Critical Skills

The Defense Department announced on December 5, 2008 that it has authorized the military services to implement a pilot program that will temporarily permit enlistment into military service certain legal aliens (who have lived in the United States for at…

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HIV Travel/Immigration Ban Lifted – Sort Of

On July 24, 2008, the House passed H.R. 5501, which includes a provision that would repeal the HIV travel/immigration ban by amending the current health-related ground of inadmissibility to exclude any reference to HIV. The Senate passed the same bill…

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New York District Court Strikes Down Professional Licensure Law

A Court finds a New York state professional licensure statute unconstitutional under both the equal protection clause and the supremacy clause in that it discriminates against those who are not citizens or permanent residents. Plaintiff is a veterinarian on a…

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Two Year Work Cards to Be Issued

On June 9, 2008, Chertoff annouced that USCIS will begin issuing two year work permits, instead of one year work permits, for certain individuals who have pending adjustment of status cases (pending green cards). To read the release, click here….

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Office of the Inspector General Releases FBI Security Check Procedures Audit

This month the Office of the Inspector General released the results of their FBI Security Procedures Audit. The redacted, 123 page report released to the public summarizes the current FBI name check program, it’s deficiencies, and makes recommendations. Notably, last…

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Checking That You Are a U.S. Citizen on an I-9 Form Will Cause Inadmissibility

In March, 2008, the 8th Circuit held that an individual who checked the box on the I-9 Form given to him by a private employer stating that he was U.S. Citizen was found inadmissible. Despite marrying a U.S. Citizen five…

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