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March 2014 Archives

Submission window for H1-B visa applications approaches

This time of the year is often known for the mad scramble that many undertake in order to file their taxes with Uncle Sam. Yet many in Miami may not know that another important federal deadline looms, particularly for those companies hoping to sponsor new employees looking for an H1-B visa. April 1 marks the first day that these applications can be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for approval. And if recent history is any indication, those who haven’t already begun filling out their applications in earnest risk missing out on this very brief window.

Mass border crossing planned for over 125 immigrant families

Many of the immigrant families living in Miami and throughout the rest of the United States may have family members who are undocumented. Circumstances may eventually compel some of these undocumented family members to return to their countries of origin; others may be forced to leave through deportation. Reuniting these families again down the road may be difficult, as many of those members who leave are not allowed to return.

Oath of Allegiance ceremony sees 47 immigrants earn citizenship

Much of the news that aspiring citizens in Miami hear these days may seem to center on the ongoing debate over federal immigration reform. Such developments may leave them discouraged regarding their chances to of reaching their goal of becoming naturalized citizens. Yet despite recent political maneuverings, it should be remembered that a path to U.S. citizenship is still currently available. Stories of those who’ve endured the naturalization process may serve as inspiration to immigrants that even though the road ahead of them may be a long one, the payoff at the end is certainly worth it.

House Speaker meets with President to discuss immigration

Those in Miami who've followed the current push for federal immigration reform know that doubts have recently surfaced regarding whether or not the legislation proposed by the Senate last year would actually make it the agenda of this year's Congressional session. Mid-term elections and other financial topics have seemingly pushed the issue to the side. Yet recent comments from prominent leaders on both sides if the aisle have suggested that immigration remains at the forefront of the minds of federal lawmakers. Recent activity from Capitol Hill offers both good and potentially bad news on this front.

New trend shows Syrians entering the U.S. from Mexico

A common perception that may exist regarding undocumented immigrants in Miami and throughout the rest of the U.S. is that they're all coming in from Central American countries. Yet a recent unique trend has emerged among those immigrants who are entering the U.S. illegally. And while their countries of origin are far, far away from Central America, they are finding the path the U.S. permanent residency to be much easier than other immigrant groups.

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