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Increases in USCIS filing fees ($800 naturalization fee!) and burdensome procedures ahead

The cost of citizenship may go up Immigrant advocacy groups are decrying an array of proposed federal measures, including application fee increases and online filing requirements, that they fear will sharply reduce the ability of some legal immigrants to become… Continue Reading

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If the Democrats take back the House expect immigration relief. In fact, start preparing for it now.

The midterm elections are extraordinarily important this time around. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which being immigration reform, it is very important that the Democrats win the House this year. The Republican controlled House of Representatives… Continue Reading

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USCIS Announces Filing Change for Form I-539 Application for Extension/Change of Nonimmigrant Status for the Purpose of Student Reinstatement

Beginning October 30, 2006, local USCIS offices will forward any new filings for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, for F-1 and M-1 student reinstatement, to the California Service Center or the Vermont Service Center, depending on where the… Continue Reading

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Increased immigration will help the US

Federal Reserve Chairman Bob Bernanke believes that immigration will assist in offsetting the imminent economic problems facing the United States due to the aging workforce. The current rate of immigration is insufficient to completely offset the problem and at least… Continue Reading

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Didn’t need a passport to enter the US before? Now you will.

Starting in January, all visitors to the US arriving by air will need a passport to enter. Vistors from countries previously exempt from the requirment, such as Canada, must comply as well. In January 2008, this requirement will be extend… Continue Reading

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Council on Foreign Relations article on immigration

Summary: The United States is far less divided on immigration than the current debate would suggest. An overwhelming majority of Americans want a combination of tougher enforcement and earned citizenship for the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. Washington’s… Continue Reading

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Shrinking Naturalization Backlogs?

The US Government pledged to reduce the backlogs on cases in the USCIS pipeline. Long waits and inconsistent processing times are par for the course when dealing with immigration cases. This is true for N-400 naturalization applications along with all… Continue Reading

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The power and weakness of a Writ of Mandamus

Though Congress has seen fit to take away jurisdiction (for just about everything) from the courts, they still have the power to compel federal agencies to act. A petition for a writ of mandamus, is the vehicle through which a… Continue Reading

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