Archive for July, 2010
President Obama is battling to block a controversial new immigration law aimed at driving more than 400,000 undocumented workers out of the state of Arizona. Read more at news.sky.com
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Immigration Laws as the name suggests govern the lawful entry of persons to the U.S. In other words these laws take control the legal status of the people in terms of citizenship, obtaining permanent residence, etc. Each country has its own laws and regulations which in turn is regulated by the international law. INS plays a major role to keep up it’s mission following the laws and thereby administering the immigration system fairly and correctly.
The progress of Immigration laws has not been standard through out. INS was created after the Immigration and the Nationality Act came into action. Initially there were five major federal departments involved in the immigration process, out of which Department of Home Land Security was replaced by INS.
There was a time when persons who wanted to migrate to U.S. had to undergo so many procedures and they were not directed in the right path. The opinion that a common man had about immigration is, I don’t get one bit of this law into my mind, but after INS taking charge of the whole show the opinion now is ‘I get an answers to anything under the earth regarding the immigration’. This prove how the INS plays a major role in guiding and helping a layman regarding the process and procedures of immigration.
A foreigner can enter the U.S. in two major ways, its either for a permanent stay or for a temporary stay. There are different visas for each kind of stay. Immigrant visa, in case he wants to stay permanently in the U.S. like the K1 Visa, etc. Or Non Immigrant Visa for a short stay in U.S. like the B1 Visa, H2B, etc .The immigration INS helps customers by providing all the requirements and guides through out the whole process. The INS also ensure that there is an effective service and everyone who approaches them are treated with dignity, thereby producing world class results.
Further every year, the Federal government conducts a lottery program called the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program. This program grants 50,000 visas to people all around the world. However the law states that no diversity visas shall be provided for natives of “high admission” countries. The law defines this to mean countries from which a total of 50,000 persons in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States during the previous five years.
Immigration reforms bring a lot of changes by decreasing the influx of illegal immigrants, there by increasing the legal immigrants which in turn improves the overall skill level of the immigrants who make their entry for the first time in the U.S.
Immigration to U.S has become an easy process in spite of the laws. The INS makes the process as simple as possible. And by abiding with the laws it makes a foreigner feel that the process is no more a pain as it seems to be. Any person who would love to seek entry, live, study and work in U.S. can go ahead and fulfill their dreams.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 18 so far )
WASHINGTON – The government has issued all 10,000 visas available this year for immigrant crime victims who help authorities investigate and prosecute perpetrators.
The last of this fiscal year’s supply of visas was approved Wednesday morning, marking the first time the government has hit the statutory “U” visa limit since the program became active two years ago.
The visas were created as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. They are given to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human smuggling and other crimes in exchange for cooperation with law enforcement.
In 2007, attorneys for immigrants who had been victims of crime sued the federal government for failing to issue any visas. Only 52 were issued in 2008. About 6,000 applications were approved last fiscal year.
Ali Mayorkas, director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, said that an increased focus on U visa processing, as well as increased outreach and resources to crime victims groups and law enforcement, have contributed to increased applications.
“We will not turn our attention away from victims of crime,” Mayorkas said.
Another 10,000 visas will be available in October, when the 2011 fiscal year begins. Until then, the federal government can grant interim legal status to non-citizens whose applications are approved for the visas so they can work.
Most visas are given to people not allowed to be in the country, but some are given to people with some sort of permission to be in the U.S.
Crystal Williams, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said she is pleased the government “has turned its own situation on U visas around so thoroughly.”
“I hope this shows that the years of benign neglect of this visa are behind us,” she said.
The milestone highlights challenges law enforcement officers face in investigating and prosecuting crimes involving mostly illegal immigrants. Many are too afraid of deportation to report crimes. Critics of a new Arizona immigration law fear the law may affect immigrants’ willingness to assist law enforcement.
The use of all 10,000 visas indicates the visa’s efficacy to law enforcement, said Gail Pendleton, co-director for ASISTA, a group that advises the Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women.
The next step is for Congress to eliminate the 10,000 limit, which Williams called a self-defeating quota.
“Putting a numeric limit on something like U visa is absurd in the first place,” Williams said.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
In plain terms, immigration is entering and staying in a country to which you are not a native.The United States of America, the land of opportunities and a nation of immigrants, boasts of diversity in culture and tradition due to her immigrants. No other country enjoys the benefit as the US in terms of immigraton. Everyone loves to go to this land where immigration plays a major role in the country’s economy.
Getting a visa, being sposored by relatives for a green card or getting a green card through one’s own eligibility are the commonly used immigration procedures. From an immigrant’s point of view, he gets the opportunity to live and work in the US, whereas from the country’s perspective,the financial benefits out of immigration are indeed remarkable. You can start the immigration ins process through an immigrant or non-immigrant visa. Non-immigrant visas are for temporary visits to the U.S. for tourism, study, or work. Immigrant visas allow for Permanent Residence in the U.S.
After you enter the US as a visa holder, you can adjust your status to a green card holder (permanent resident) subject to conditions for certain visa holders. Once you become a greencard holder, you move a step forward as you become eligible for citizenship. Being a green card holder or being a US citizen has its own advantages. Having a greencard acts as a proof of lawful permanent resident status in the US. A greencard holder has the right to live and work permanently in the US. On the other hand, a US citizen has the liberty to enter and exit the US at any time. He becomes eligible to vote as well. There are many other additional benefits. The immigration process is simple if the US authorities are fully satisifed with the intention of your visit to the US.Always ensure you enter the US legally. Plainly, if you entered the US with the permission of the US authorities, it means you entered legally and will certainly help in all your future moves in the US. People who enter illegally are those who failed to get permission to enter. This naturally will be a hindrance in their work and stay in the US. The immigration laws make it extremely difficult for those who entered illegally to get a green card. So it is alsways advisable in the best interest of immigrants to enter legally. There are different ways to get a greencard, You can get one through family sponsorship where your family member who is a US citizen or a greencard holder sponsors you. You can also get an employment based greencard where you must be sponsored by a qualified US employer. The diversity visa lottery is another way to get a green card. Here 55,000 immigration applicants will be randomly selected to get a green card. A person granted Refugee Status or Asylum may also apply for a Green Card but is subject to US immigration laws that differ accordingly.
Once you become a greencard holder, you can help your family members come to the US. It also opens the doors to citizenship. Being a greencard holder is the main eligibility criteria for citizenship. To have a peaceful stay in the US, ensure that you follow the immigration laws which would prove your visit worthy.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 5 so far )