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Monthly Archives from May 2010

Interested in How Many Immigrants Are in the U.S.?

In April, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its Annual Immigrant Flow Report.  The report details statistics on the Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) visas (better known as ‘green cards’) issued in 2009.   According to the report, 1,130,818 LPR visas were issued in 2009, an increase of 2.1% over the previous year.  60% of those represented foreign nationals already living and working in the U.S. applying for a change in status and the remaining 40% […]

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Greece Added to the United States’ Visa Waiver Program

In March 2010, the Department of Homeland Security added Greece as a member of the Visa Waiver Program.  This announcement significantly eases travel of Greek citizens to the U.S.  Under the program, Greek visitors may enter the U.S. for 90 days without having to first secure a non-immigrant visa.  Greece joins 35 other countries already in the Visa Waiver Program including Australia, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.  The program was created in 1986 […]

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Are National ID Cards the Answer to Immigration Reform?

With about 11 million undocumented foreign nationals currently living and working in the United States, some feel the solution to our immigration issues lie in the use of biometrics and the creation of a national ID card.  The debate over using biometrics and national ID cards surfaces ever few years, most notably following the events of September 11, 2001.  In fact, the 9-11 Commission Report recommended the use of tamper-proof identification to increase national security.  […]

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United States Changes Mexican Visa Policy

The Department of State recently decreased the validity of certain U.S. work visas for individuals coming from Mexico from two years down to one year.  The change applies to H1-B, H2-B, E-1, E-2, TN and L-1 visas and will affect Mexican nationals applying as new applicants as well as those seeking visa renewals on or later than February 22, 2010.     For example, typically, a TN applicant receives a three year visa.  However, under the new […]

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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

A group of U.S. senators led by Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, has released a detailed outline of a proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill entitled the Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR). The 26-page plan comes at a time when immigration reform is reaching growing support on both sides of the political spectrum and, if enacted, will affect practically every aspect of current immigration policy. The bill first addresses the need for complete […]

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