The $500,000 Green Card

Immigration to the United States has long been one of the most vexing issues for foreign nationals seeking a new life on this side of the American border. But a new ABC News investigation looks at one of the most obscure paths to a U.S. visa and green card — one being...

EB-2 India and China Cut-Off Dates Advance Significantly in March

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India and China. Beginning March 1, 2015, EB-2 applicants born in India with a...

No comprehensive immigration reform until 2017?

A month into the new Republican-controlled Congress, a comprehensive immigration-reform solution seems as far away as ever. Though some Republicans last year argued that a GOP-run U.S. House and U.S. Senate might be inclined to tackle immigration reform early this year — and...

Who is ‘Lawfully Present’ Under the Affordable Care Act?

By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. Alphonse X the Wise of Castile Many non-citizens will be subject to additional payment to the Internal Revenue Service if they do...

ISRAEL – Short-Term Work Visa Program Renewed

The 30-day Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visa program has been re-implemented after its suspension at the end of 2014. This short term work visa authorizes stays for up to thirty days over a twelve month period. While the standard B1 work authorization process takes...

Senate Democrats Again Block Homeland Security Funding Tied to Immigration

WASHINGTON — For the second consecutive day, Senate Democrats blocked their Republican colleagues from bringing a bill to the floor to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which has become a proxy for a broader policy disagreement over President Obama’s executive actions on...

Charles Foster Named to Chair Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force

Charles Foster Named to Chair Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force HOUSTON – Feb. 5, 2015 – Charles Foster, founder and chairman of Foster LLP, has been appointed chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force. As an immigration attorney, Foster...

INDIA – PIO and OCI Card Programs Have Merged

The government of India has merged the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) programs. The PIO card was first implemented in 2002 as a benefit to foreign nationals who could establish at least a third generation tie to Indian origin. The PIO card is...

Senate Democrats again block bill derailing Obama on immigration

(Reuters) – Senate Democrats held firm on Wednesday and for the second time this week blocked a Republican proposal to cut off funding for President Barack Obama’s immigration reform policies. The legislation, which also funds the Department of Homeland Security,...
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