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Protect Yourself From an Immigration Raid

You can protect yourself from an immigration raid!

If ICE agents or police come to detain or arrest you at your home, do not let them in unless they present a valid warrant with your name on it that is signed by a judge.

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My OPT is Almost Over, What Are My Options

Is your OPT (Optional Practical Training) near expiration and you don’t know what to do?

OPT allows students (F-1) to work for a year in an area, related to their field of study. Once the year is up, students have a 60 day grace period.

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Increase in Deportation and Arrests

President Trump’s Administration has prioritized immigration by implementing executive orders that could go after every undocumented immigrant in the US.

Since President Trump has assumed office, there have been immigration raids enforced by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents assigned to regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York. The raids were part of a nationwide immigration roundup named Operation Cross Check, which accounts for a small portion of the 21,362 immigrants the Trump administration took into custody for deportation proceedings from January through mid-March. As a result, there has been a 32% increase in deportation arrests over the same period last year. Most have criminal records but many were not criminals.

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Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry

Effective as of September 1, 2017, The Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) now has an updated subsection titled “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry” which states:

“If an alien violates or engages in conduct inconsistent with his or her nonimmigrant status within 90 days of entry, as described in subparagraph (2)(b) below, you may presume that the applicant’s representations about engaging in only status-compliant activity were willful misrepresentations of his or her intention in seeking a visa or entry.”

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I Married a Foreigner

If a foreign national marries a U.S. citizen, the foreign national becomes an immediate relative of the U.S. spouse and may be able to apply for U.S. permanent residency as a result of the marital relationship.

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Harlem’s Thriving Immigrants

Harlem’s reputation as an international neighborhood is unrivaled by any other neighborhood in Manhattan. Immigrants from around the world settled in Harlem and their children have made significant contributions that have greatly impacted politics, commerce, and the arts. Since the first advent of Spanish, Italian, and Jamaican immigrant to the flourishing Senegalese, French, and Dominican communities present all over Harlem, Harlem has become synonymous with diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.

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Fraudulent Marriages for a Green Card

US citizens and permanent residents can sponsor foreign national spouses through a petition for a Green Card by marriage. US citizens can sponsor spouses as “immediate relatives.” For immediate relatives, visa numbers are available immediately, which means that there is no need to wait for a visa number to become available. As soon as the U.S citizen’s petition is approved, a visa number is made available and the foreign spouse can apply for a US Green Card.

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Do You Have Gaps in Your Itinerary for your O or P visa

Gaps in a Beneficiary’s itinerary are sometimes unavoidable. Whether it is due to impending filing dates, the Beneficiary’s lack of future employment, or because the Beneficiary will also be working in her/his native country, gaps in the itinerary can be overcome.

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DHS Proposes New Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a new rule, suggesting a series of changes to be implemented during the processing of Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Based on the 2017 Data Set for Form I-485, released by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there was a total of 164,012 new applications received during the reporting period. As of the end of the reporting period, only 152,008 were approved, 15,364 were denied, terminated, or withdrawn, and 682,619 were still awaiting a decision.

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Constitution Day and Citizen Day

We must live and remember the legacy of our founding fathers, “to establish a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. Americans all over the country celebrate Constitution day and Citizenship day each year on September 17th, as well as Constitution week on September 17-23. The U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia by delegates to the Constitutional Convention from 12 states September 17th 1787.

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Ciao Tutti! Mollo Tutto e Vado in America!

Il format Americano del CV è ben diverso da quello Europeo.  L’America è un paese con più di 300 milioni di abitanti e quindi puoi immaginare quanti CV le aziende ricevono ogni giorno. Il tuo CV deve essere interessante,  creativo, diverso e incisivo. Importante non appesantirlo con informazioni inutili come : data di nascita, nazionalita, indirizzo, informazione sulla patente, ecc.

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Check Your Notices to Appear in Court for Defectiveness

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Pereira v. Sessions in favor of Wescley Pereira, a Brazilian immigrant, in a significant recent decision that opens new options to apply for relief from deportation.

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Are you Extraordinary

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.To qualify for an O-1 visa, the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim and must be coming temporarily to the United States to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability.

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A Brief Overview of the Current Executive Orders

In response to gang related violence and drug cartels, thousands of families have fled their countries to seek refuge in the United States. This shift in immigration is known as the Central American Refugee Crisis. U.S. Federal Bureau Investigation indicates that El Salvador leads with a homicide rate of 60% while Honduras following with a rate of 42.8%, and Guatemala with rate of 26.1%.  In addition to the dangerous journey, many days without water, and gun fire, President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy may be the most concerning obstacle families must overcome.

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I want to become a U.S citizen

Naturalization is the legal process of obtaining U.S. citizenship after birth. A naturalized citizen is allowed all the rights and privileges of natural born citizens, including the right to vote, serve on a jury and participate in government and the political process. The Naturalization Act was the country’s first law which regulated the naturalization of foreign born Americans passed by the United States Congress on March 26, 1790. Now, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 governs naturalization.

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