Obama defends immigration action, challenges Congress

NASHVILLE — President Barack Obama spoke here Tuesday in an effort to enlist support for his executive action last month to defer the deportations of up to 4 million immigrants living in the country illegally. In brief remarks at a Nashville community center, Obama defended...

U.S. Immigrants in Limbo Over Obama Immigrant Rules

When President Barack Obama outlined why he was letting as many as 4 million immigrants stay and work legally in this country last month, it sounded like he was talking about Arturo Hernandez. Hernandez, 42, meets the criteria for Obama’s deportation relief. He has a...

Why Congress Should Save the Green Card Lottery

The partisan fight over immigration reform is far from over, but one casualty is likely to be the U.S. green card lottery, the tiny program that confers legal immigration status on people from countries underrepresented in America’s melting pot. The Senate’s immigration bill,...

Belgium: Salary Thresholds Increasing in 2015 for Fast-Track Work Permit B and Blue Card Applications

The Belgian Ministry of Employment has increased the minimum salary required for both the Fast-track Work Permit B and the European (EU) Blue Card. The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for highly skilled non-EU citizens. The Blue Card was designed by the EU to assist...

Democratic Mayors Back Obama’s Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

Short on the heels of a nonbinding House vote to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration, some 20 Democratic U.S. mayors are meeting today in New York City to send a different message: They want to help implement the president’s plan. The meeting,...

INDIA – U.S. Citizens Now Eligible for Tourist Visas on Arrival

In response to the recent increase in Indian visa applications and associated backlogs and delays at Indian consulates across the U.S., U.S. citizens are now eligible to obtain visas on arrival for travel to India as tourists. The visa on arrival takes the form of an electronic...

Investor visas offer wealthy foreigners fast-track to green cards

Dec. 07–When Houston entrepreneur Roberto Contreras went shopping for capital to finance a $70 million luxury residential tower he was planning near the Galleria, he didn’t look for equity in the usual places. Instead he cast his net a lot wider, finding 20...

Governor Perry Mandates Use of E-Verify By State Agencies and Their Contractors

In a press release on December 3rd, Texas Governor Rick Perry, announced his executive order that Texas state agencies under the direction of his office must now use the Federal Government’s E-Verify program to verify the employment eligibility of all current and prospective...

SWITZERLAND – Work Permit Quota Numbers to be Reduced in 2015

Beginning January 1, 2015, and pursuant to a recent amendment to the Swiss Ordinance on Admission, Stay, and Employment (OASA), the number of Swiss work and residence permits available to foreign nationals will be reduced in 2015. Quota Reductions for Non-EU/EFTA nationals The...

Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation

(Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration. The move, likely to come early next year...
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