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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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Immigration Enforcement Intensifies: Updates on Removals and Enforcement Initiatives

As part of the Administration’s effort to remake the enforcement of immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have aggressively stepped up various enforcement activities, including a 10 percent increase in deportations (400,000 people are expected to…

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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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Oh no, not that COMPLETELY INSANE “December 21, 2000” RULE !!

Immigration lawyers who read this post will know what we’re talking about.  It’s a good story. Back in December 2000 (the 21st, to be exact), a law under §245(i) of the Immigration Act was passed. Without going to get into all the legal mumbo, basically this was the deal when…

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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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New Immigration Fees Now in Effect for Visas; USCIS Proposes to Increase More Fees

Nonimmigrant visa and border crossing card application processing fees are now $140 for most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (machine-readable visas or MRVs) and $14 for Border Crossing Cards (BCCs). The Department of State also established a new, higher fee for certain categories of petition-based nonimmigrant visas and treaty trader and investor…

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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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Harlan York, the #1 Immigration Attorney. Current H1B visa availability

Current H1B visa availability Harlan York, the #1 Immigration Attorney. Your best choice for an Immigration Attorney if you live in Bergen County, NJ (Hackensack and Garfield).   As of last week, USCIS had received approximately 13,600 H1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap. Moreover, about 5800 petitions have been…

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I-9 Compliance: Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid Liability

With worksite enforcement a priority for ICE, employers need to take heed: even employers that have not been accused of knowingly employing undocumented workers can expect site visits and can be held liable for clerical violations and subject to steep civil fines. Well-intentioned employers often find inadvertent paperwork errors or…

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temporary protection – be wary

The second tragic earthquake in Haiti reinforces how temporary protected status is a necessity for nationals of that devastated country. Temporary Protected Status is applicable when events such as political unrest (i.e., civil war) and disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc.) and other extraordinary conditions exist in a particular nation. Those…

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Immigration Consequences of Plea Bargains (for attorneys & immigrants)

NOTICE ON IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF PLEA BARGAINS www.ImmigrationLawNJ.com E VERY DAY, THOUSANDS OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS PLEAD GUILTY TO CRIMES THAT WILL RESULT IN THEIR DEPORTATION. WE CAN HELP. Many guilty pleas trigger deportation. Millions of clients with GREEN CARDS arrive as children. They’ve lived in the US for SO LONG…

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Lauren Anselowitz, Immigration Attorney. TORTURE? She said “not our clients.”

TORTURE? She said “not our clients.” Lauren Anselowitz, Immigration Attorney.  Harlan York and Associates. Your #1 Immigration Firm. Lauren won a couple of really big cases in the last few weeks.  Two cases under the U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT): http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cat.html It’s an incredibly tough standard: http://www.justice.gov/eoir/press/09/AsylumWithholdingCATProtections.pdf You must show…

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Been here since you’re a child? Wanna go to college or join the military? The Dream Act. From Harlan York and Associates, the #1 Immigration Law Firm!

The Dream Act Been here since you’re a child? Wanna go to college or join the military? From Harlan York and Associates, the #1 Immigration Law Firm! You better have a green card, support the DREAM Act! http://dreamact.info/students   From the site: The DREAM Act  Over three million students graduate…

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I REALLY want to stay here

A woman came to see us today for consultation. Sixty-seven years old. She has lived here for more than TWO DECADES. On numerous occasions, the woman made efforts to file for her green card through sponsorship by employers. The applications fell apart due to one company going out of business…

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Sooner or Later

“we will never fully secure our border until we create a lawful way for foreign workers to come here and support our economy . . . We must also find a sensible and humane way to deal with people here illegally. Illegal immigration is complicated, but it can be resolved…

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