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Immigration News: US Visas

US Immigration to visit more L-1 US visa employers

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ fraud unit, the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate, has announced its intention to up the number of visits made to the sites of L-1 US visa employers, i.e. those employers who hire foreign workers on both the L-1B US visas for employees with specialized knowledge and the L-1A …

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British frequent flyers to jump US airport immigration queues

Frequent travelers from the United Kingdom to the United States will soon be able to jump the interminably long immigration queues at airports by becoming part of a scheme to enable them to make use of automated passport kiosks. Washington has elected to extend the Global Entry scheme to citizens of the United Kingdom with …

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Trump denies being against H-1B US visas

Republican presidential candidate nominee Donald Trump says he supports the idea of talented overseas students remaining in the United States after they have finished studying and gaining employment in places such as Silicon Valley. Trump made the perhaps unexpected comment during the third televised presidential debate of the Republican Party. “I’m in favor of people …

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Irish immigration bill proposes utilizing unused visas

An influential House of Representatives member is set to table a bill that would allow Irish immigrants to put in an application for unused E-3 US visas originally designed to be used by Australians, says Charlie Flanagan, the Irish foreign minister. In an interview conducted in New York last week by the Irish Voice, Flanagan …

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US visa changes costs immigrants millions

A sudden change in policy by the State Department has seen tens of thousands of skilled immigrants suddenly left unable to submit the applications for legal permanent residency that they had been preparing. This is despite many having already paid expensive medical and legal fees, a new lawsuit alleges. The immigrants affected are largely from …

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H1-B visas costing Americans jobs

The idea of temporary work US visas ‒ when originally designed by Congress ‒ was to bring in overseas workers who possessed difficult-to-find, specialized skills that would create jobs in American firms, allowing them to expand and the US economy to grow. In practice, however, it appears that some firms are using workers on H1-B …

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Farmers favor Carson’s visa idea

Early this summer an agricultural crisis was sparked by a computer glitch. The yearly migration of guest workers from Latin America and Mexico came to an abrupt halt when digital verification systems suddenly became incapable of sending out millions of temporary US visas, resulting in the season’s harvest commencing with crops going untended and over …

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EB-5 visa program slammed by immigration supporters

Supporters of immigration reform are protesting against the controversial EB-5 US visa program, with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego activists slamming it as “immigration reform for the 1%”. The program enables rich foreigners to invest between $500,000 and $1m in a US business and become eligible to get a green card if …

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Visa experience to be digitized

Regardless of their opinion on the issue of immigration in general, the great majority of Americans agree that the US visa application process is badly in need of upgrading. A new White House report has now been issued that examines how the system needs to be organized and digitized. The Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal …

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Bush wants sanctuary cities to be denied aid

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and current Republican presidential nomination candidate, says that one way to corral undocumented immigrants who have been responsible for committing crimes would be to block federal police money to cities that continue to harbor these illegal immigrants. Speaking in southern New Hampshire at a campaign event in a VFW …

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Americans support US visas for low-skilled legal immigrants

The great majority of Americans are aware of the need for low-skilled workers in the United States and support a US visa program for legal immigrants willing to perform physically demanding work; however, most are unaware that there is a short supply of such programs, according to a new poll from ImmigrationWorks USA. 78% of …

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