Latino immigrants are majority population in California

In March 2014, for the first time ever, the official population of California will be 39-percent Latino immigrants, nudging past the 38.8-percent of state residents who are white non-Hispanic and far more than the comparatively small Asian American and African American demographics.  California has become the second state to undergo such a shift in population after New Mexico.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Deportation for Minor Crimes in Immigration Court

A New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show.  CLICK HERE to read more.

H-1B Work Visa Limit of 20,000 Reached for 2015

Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) received sufficient H-1B work visa petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.

Before running a random selection process, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period which ended today. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random selection process.

A computer-generated process will randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all cap-subject petitions that are not selected, unless found to be a duplicate filing.

U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

Health Care for Immigrants under Obamacare – Enrollment under Affordable Care Act

 As the March 31, 2014 deadline draws near for many in the United States to sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many immigrants (legal and illegal) are confused whether they are subject to this deadline and fines for non-enrollment.  This article will address health care for immigrants under Obamacare and immigrants enrollment in Affordable Care Act.  The ACA’s health insurance “marketplaces” is available only to U.S. citizens and people who are “lawfully present” in the United States.  Undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients are excluded from the ACA programs but may be eligible for emergency Medicaid or state-funded programs.

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Is Immigration Reform in 2014 Likely?

Well, it’s a new year and House Speaker, John Boehner, seems to have changed his tune and view on immigration reform in 2014.  In the first week of the New Year, Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser and advocate for immigration reform.  However, Mr. Boehner’s has been hot and then cold on the issue of immigration reform in just the first two months of the year.

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Renewing DACA-Deferred Action-DREAMer Status

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process announced for those individuals granted DACA from June 15, 2012 until August 15, 2012, when USCIS started receiving requests. The process of renewing DACA (DREAMer) has NOT yet been announced for individuals who received deferred action by making a request on or or after August 15, 2012. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has not issued a renewal form so applicants are advised to use existing forms and note “Renewal Request”. Request for renewals must be submitted 120 days before your current period of deferred action under DACA expires.

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NEW Citizenship Application Released – Form N-400 – Low Cost Prep $299

A new version of Form N-400 was released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and it extend the application from 10 pages (previous version) to 21 pages.  The new Form N-400 uses 2D barcode technology for each page which will ensure quick and accurate processing of the application as USCIS gets ready for on-line paperless processing in the near future.  The filing fees and requirements have not changed.  CLICK HERE to view the new version of Form N-400.

Our office will prepare and file your citizenship application for the low cost of $299 (exception apply).  CLICK HERE for more information.

Tips for Submitting DS-260 – Immigrant Visa Application

Before issuance of an immigrant visa, all applicants are required to electronically submit Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration) – formerly Form DS-230. Many immigrants do not have access to computers and are not Internet savvy; hence the transition from a paper form to web-based form has not been easy for many with pending immigration petitions at the U.S. Embassy.  CLICK HERE to read more.

34,000 immigration detention beds mandated through September 30, 2014

A New York Times editorial sheds light on the recent trillion-dollar appropriations bill passed by the House of Representative that includes $39 billion for the Department of Homeland Security.  It mandates that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds through September 30, 2014.” This represents, at a cost of $2.8 billion, “the highest detention capacity in history.”  In an economy where many are still unemployed and can barely make ends meet, our government would rather spend billions detaining mostly non-violent immigrants.  There are many alternatives to immigration detention programs (i.e., bond, anklet supervision, etc.) where the government would spend less monitoring immigrants rather than paying $122 per day under the current budget.  CLICK HERE to read the New York Times editorial.