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May 2014 Archives

Police error could end up sending immigrant back to China

Even in the absence of the proposed immigration reform currently being debated on Capitol Hill, there are still a number of ways that undocumented immigrants living in Miami can find a path to permanent residency. However, attaining such rights is rarely an easy process, and one shouldn’t be surprised if he or she is made to deal with a lot of red tape or face a number of other challenges along the way. Often, one can so all that he or she is required to do, and still encounter difficulties thanks to the mistakes of others.

Is the President going to force the House's hand on immigration?

It’s been nearly one year since the news came out here in Miami and throughout the rest if the U.S. that the Senate had sent legislation to the House that was full of sweeping immigration reforms. Among the issues addressed in this bill were strengthening security at the borders, granting more work visas, and providing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in here. Yet since being sent to Congress, the bill has bogged down, with House Republicans leery that the bill could seriously increase unemployment.

Groups across the country helping with the naturalization process

There are millions of people currently in Miami and throughout the rest of the United States currently enjoying the benefits of living here, yet not completely covered by all of the rights and privileges afforded to citizens. The path to U.S. citizenship can be a long and windy road that lasts many years and can be full of hardships along the way. Many of those who achieve the qualifications for permanent residency choose to stop there simply because they may not feel as though they have it in them to see the journey through to citizenship. While being a legal resident does place one’s immigration status on firmer ground, it doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of their residency status being revoked in the future. As a matter of fact, thousands of permanent residents are deported from the U.S. every year for a variety of different reasons.

In-state college tuition for Florida's undocumented immigrants?

Most in Miami probably already know that there a number of advantages that those immigrants who've either attained U.S. citizenship or been granted permanent residency enjoy over undocumented immigrants. Yet with the number of undocumented immigrants growing every year, federal and state lawmakers are beginning to realize the need to extend certain benefits to this demographic, as well. While proposed federal legislation has continually stalemated in Washington, many states have been able to pass their own laws to offer assistance to undocumented immigrants.

Annual H1-B visa lottery passes amid calls for change

Once again, the window to process applications for H-1B employment visas has come and gone. The annual lottery conducted to determine the 85,000 lucky applicants who will be granted visas has also passed, leaving the more than 170,000 applicants here in Miami and throughout the rest of U.S. to wait and see if they happen to be among that select group. This year followed the trend of recent years, with the application cap being hit within the first week. Now, those whose names aren’t drawn in the lottery are left to wait until next April to put their names back into the hat, along with an ever-growing pool of new workers hoping for the same thing.

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