Monthly Archives: May 2011

Obama’s 05-10-11 Remarks on Immigration Reform

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In a sweeping seech in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, President Obama rallied voters to unite in support of comprehensive immigration reform – a longstanding campaign promise on which he has yet to deliver.

While immigration rights activists largely approved of the sentiment behind the gesture, many argue that more action must be taken – and that the president could, if he wanted to, provide serious relief for some undocumented immigrants without the help of Congress.

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USCIS Fact Sheet On Public Charge

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Public charge has been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation. An individual who is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a legal permanent resident. However, receiving public benefits does not automatically…Continue Reading

USCIS Issued FAQ on Gap between F and H status

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USCIS issued an FAQ today that discusses the automatic extension of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 status in the U.S. for students with pending or approved H-1B petitions for an employment start date of 10/1/11, under the Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B cap. Which petitions and beneficiaries qualify for a cap-gap extension? H-1B petitions…Continue Reading