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2010 in review

The stats helpers at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and the Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.  Crunchy numbers: A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.  We have over 900 followers on Twitter, as…

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Columbus was a Polish Immigrant

He is celebrated as the humble Italian weaver who ended up discovering the Americas. But the conventional wisdom relating to Christopher Columbus is under threat after academics concluded the explorer was actually a Polish immigrant. An international team of distinguished professors have completed 20 years of painstaking research into his…

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Monetizing the Green Card

Many companies face difficulty in obtaining financing today. When traditional sources of financing are unavailable, Companies can turn to an unexpected resource to acquire capital — immigration law. Specifically, the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program can provide U.S. companies with an innovative source of financing. The EB-5 program enables foreigners…

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immigration law and gay marriage

Under US immigration law, gay Americans don’t have a right to sponsor their foreign partners for green cards. Instead, these couples must separate or leave the country, forced into exile because their families are not recognized under federal law. In San Jose, Judy Rickard will spend Thanksgiving without her partner…

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Thanks to all of you for reading our blog

Feel free to contact us on any Immigration Law matter. We understand Immigration Law. It is all we do. We know that you work hard. So do we. We will answer your questions in a way that you can understand, without complicated legal jargon. We charge reasonable fees. Attorneys work…

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About Harlan York

Listed in both Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, Harlan York is Former Immigration Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association. For fifteen years, Mr. York has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law. Mr. York notes among his most memorable cases: o   Visa petitions for winners…

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Houdini inspired immigrants 100 years ago

Houdini’s first important magic trick was called the Metamorphosis. “Bess Houdini would be put into a sack, and she would go into the trunk. A curtain would be closed around it for a moment, bang, the curtains would open, Bess would be standing on top of the trunk. And inside…

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A legally married man faces deportation because he is gay

Henry Velandia is married to a U.S. citizen, but he might be deported anyway.  That’s because the Venezuelan-born salsa teacher’s legal same-sex marriage in Connecticut isn’t recognized by the federal government. So his husband — Josh Vandiver, a Princeton University doctoral student from Colorado — can’t sponsor him for residency…

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Wonder Woman, Superman and Aquaman were all immigrants

Allan Angel is an immigrant from the Philippines, now living the American dream as a comic book artist in San Jose, California. He has created his own comic book publishing house which he calls “Integrity Comics,”  a place where he gives young people the chance to be published albeit on…

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Win the visa lottery!!! Watch out for scams!!!

from Irish Emigrant: good summary The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the State Department and to give up to 55,000 visas to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the US. Applying for the lottery is free and needs to be done on-line directly with…

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are foreign PhD holders sticking around?

this data comes from a WSJ piece published earlier this year Most foreigners who came to the U.S. to earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering stayed on after graduation—at least until the recession began—refuting predictions that post-9/11 restrictions on immigrants or expanding opportunities in China and India would send…

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Social Security and illegal immigrants

Edward Schumacher-Matos on Social Security and illegals: By 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants, representing 5.4% to 10.7% of the trust fund’s total assets ($2.24 trillion) that year. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution…

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Secure Communities Project Expands

ICE is rapidly expanding its Secure Communities Project, a strategy that enables the government to identify any immigrant booked into custody by local law enforcement. Before this, an arrestee’s fingerprints were checked during the booking process for criminal history information only against the FBI database. Now, fingerprint information is checked…

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New $14 Fee for Visa Waiver Travelers Announced

On August 6, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced the implementation of a $14 fee beginning September 8 for applications made through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This fee affects all travelers visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, which is available to nationals…

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Harlan York, Immigration Attorney serving clients in all fifty U.S. States. Customers Flee Phoenix Out of Fear of Arizona Immigration Law

Customers Flee Phoenix Out of Fear of Arizona Immigration Law Harlan York, Immigration Attorney serving clients in all fifty U.S. States. From Los Angeles Times Article Link: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/22/nation/la-na-immigration-phoenix-20100723 Reporting from Phoenix — Every time a customer buys some of the large fabric tote bags from the Dollar Store at 43rd…

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Going Green: Green Cards are Green Again

USCIS has redesigned the permanent resident card, or “green card” to make it more secure, and began issuing the new card in green last month. While originally issued as a green colored card, hence its nickname, the card has long since been issued in white. The card (also known as…

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USCIS Recommends Uniform I-601 Waiver Process

For many who seek to immigrate to the US, and for others here who want to apply for a green card, grounds of inadmissibility can stand in their way. Inadmissibility based on minor crimes and other small violations can render a foreign national ineligible from entering the US, receiving a…

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DHS Eliminating Paper I-94W Forms for Visa Waiver Travelers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is eliminating the use of paper I-94W forms (“green” I-94s) for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) arriving in the United States at all airports by the end of this summer. VWP travelers are encouraged…

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when a visa delay is good for your health

From mmajunkie: “Former WEC champ Paulo Filho might need to send a thank you note to immigration officials. After Filho had trouble securing a work visa in time for Wednesday’s scheduled “super fight” with Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard at at Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La., two-time UFC veteran…

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