houston immigration attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2012 – Talented immigrants are not coming to the U.S. thanks to the mess the immigration system is in. It is costing the country skilled workers that could help the economy. The just released report, “Not Coming to America: Why the U.S. is Falling Behind in the Global Race for Talent” uncovers some very real concerns for us as a nation. To summarize, the main reason we are losing out on gaining skilled and other workers to help us rebuild our economy is a direct result of the nightmarish immigration system we have […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2012 – If immigration reform dealt with real issues, other than legalities, discrimination would be front and center in the process. “Immigration reform is necessary, but does not deal with many of the real underlying issues that affect immigrants every day, such as discrimination. White Americans are not asked where they came from or where they were born. However, those of any color are routinely asked, if not made to produce papers to prove they have a right to be in the U.S. Immigration reform needs to be less about a path to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2012 – While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates about what it will do with Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, journalists and opinion-makers have been pouring over every word from the oral arguments to try and determine what the court’s decision might be. The press on the day of the court’s oral arguments was that the justices seemed to indicate that they generally agreed with Arizona on the issues. “Closer reads on the day’s events show that only one of the issues before the court had the justices sounding sympathetic to Arizona,” remarked […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2012 – As legal immigration reform legislation like the Startup Act slowly makes its way through the United States Congress, advocates for reform as an economic recovery driver are frustrated by Washington’s inaction. “The issues at stake when it comes to reforming our visa programs are nothing less than issues of national economic importance,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “This is an opportunity to reform the laws that allow highly skilled foreign workers to come to the United States or stay here and help build stronger American companies or start new companies […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – The United States is changing the way it detains immigrants who have overstayed their visas or come into the country illegally. The new facility that opened in Karnes City, Texas in March is a significant departure from the old detention centers that were designed and guarded like federal prisons. Civil liberties lawsuits spurred the U.S. government to change the way it treats and detains foreign nationals found on American soil illegally. Few of the people detained in these facilities are there with a violent criminal history. In 2009, only about 11 […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2012 – Citizenship ceremonies happen all the time all over the country and every one of them is a special, emotional experience for the immigrants who become citizens of the United States. Sometimes, those ceremonies can be special, emotional experiences for the immigration officers swearing in the new citizens. An immigration officer in Tampa has just celebrated such an experience at a March ceremony when she presented citizenship papers to a neurosurgeon who saved her life last year. Melissa Wingerd, a three-year veteran of immigration services, suffered a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2012 – Two pieces of proposed legislation that could lend help to start-up companies and entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses are being stalled in Congress. The StartUp Visa Act of 2011 has been jostled since last spring. This bill would establish a new visa for a sponsored alien entrepreneur who is financially backed by an investor and whose activities here will generate employment, revenue or capital investment. This new visa would be terminable if conditions were not met. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee supports the bill and thinks it would help the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2012 – Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee supports expanding the Visa Waiver Program that would allow nationals from more countries to visit the United States for business or vacation without the hassle of getting a visa from an American consulate. “I would love to see the program expanded to include more countries,” said Banerjee. There are 36 countries participating in the program. Nationals from those countries can come to the United States on business trips or vacation for as long as 90 days without obtaining a visa from the U.S. State Department’s consular […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2012 – U.S. State Department data shows that it was a tough year to transfer an employee from India to the United States in 2011. L-1 visas were especially tough to obtain at U.S. posts in India during fiscal year 2011 as 28 percent fewer applications were accepted than were in FY 2010, according to the National Foundation for American Policy. The numbers dropped from 35,896 to 25,898. Meanwhile, the number of L-1 visas granted in the rest of the world went up by about 15 percent. “The denial rates at some of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2012 – A recent study shows U.S. employment is boosted both by immigrants with advanced degrees and less-skilled workers despite regular claims that immigrants steal American jobs. Researchers found that for every 100 foreign-born workers with an advanced degree from an American university, another 262 jobs were created for U.S. workers. “The data from this research clearly shows that Washington needs to step up and develop legal immigration policies that will boost this country’s economy,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “I believe in the economic potential of targeted legal immigration reform.” Researchers […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – A bill that could ease restrictions on skilled immigrants trying to work at technology companies in the United States cleared its first hurdle in late November, by a U.S. House vote of 389 to 15. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 strives to change existing law that says skilled workers from any particular country can claim only seven percent of the 140,000 work visas given out each year. By removing the percentage that caps visas per country, lawmakers hope to attract more technology workers to American firms and more […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2012 – An Alabama law designed to cut down on illegal immigration has caught two foreign car manufacturing employees under a provision that permits law enforcement to verify the status of anyone at traffic stops. The state has been working for decades to build a reputation as hub of auto manufacturing. Critics of the state’s new strict rules say the car company executives are an unexpected example of how the law hurts the state’s business reputation. A German Mercedes Benz executive was arrested in November when he did not have proper immigration status […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s move to streamline its form processing for citizenship and naturalization forms is earning praise from some who regularly work with the forms. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee said any move that creates more consistency and reliability in the application process is a good one. “The application process for immigrants to this country has been clogged up with red tape and confusing requirements for too long,” Banerjee said. “The lockbox facilities for processing the paperwork and fees should be a great help.” This fall, USCIS began […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2011 – The U.S. Consulate General in India recently centralized its blanket L category visa processing center in Chennai on the country’s southwestern coast. Blanket L visas are given to executives, specialized professionals or managers who are transferring within a company, according to a release from the Consulate General. Now, companies in India will have to send all of their Blanket L applicants to Chennai for interviews. “Blanket L visas in India can now only be processed in Chennai,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “Since Chennai has the honor of being the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2011 – Four Texas communities will be served by stronger citizenship preparation initiatives thanks in part to grants through the Department of Defense. Organizations in Pearland, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin secured funds as part of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Adult Reading Center in Pearland, a suburb of Houston, and the Austin Learning Academy’s Family Learning Center both landed grants to aid English language instruction and civics lessons to help immigrants in the naturalization process. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee said the grants […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2011 – NASDAQ CEO Robert Griefeld testified before the U.S. Senate this summer about how bureaucratic red tape prevents many of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs from starting their companies in the United States. “Many of Texas’ technology companies need the talent that too often leaves the country after graduation,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. Griefeld told the Judiciary Committee that Congress’ failure to reform the legal immigration laws is hurting the American economy at a time when the country can least afford it. Thousands of doctoral and masters students graduate and leave the country […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2011 – Immigrants are frequently worried about deportation, no matter whether they are legally in the U.S. or not. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, more than 70 percent worry about themselves, family members or friends getting kicked out the United States. The best way to make sure that an individual or family’s legal status is upheld is to get a qualified Houston immigration attorney to proactively file for the appropriate visa and green cards and renew them in a timely manner. “There are many steps to make sure you maintain […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2011 – The Texas legislature has introduced proposals to restrict access to education for grade school and university education, but so far none of them have passed. It has been quite a contentious year of immigration reform proposals, but tuition equity laws still remain in place in the state. “There are many benefits to making schooling accessible to citizens and immigrants,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Better education makes for a better society and individuals who can contribute to the economy and culture in numerous ways.” The National Immigration Law Center says […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2011 – The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) recently held their 2011 Immigration Summit Luncheon & Business Expo to show how immigration reform affects area businesses and people. The HHCC has more than 4,000 members that cover every facet of industry – from big business to manufacturing, energy production and construction, to retail and service jobs, and cutting-edge technology and health care businesses. Members discussed and debated the latest immigration policies, including the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and how they are impacting Houston’s families and economies. The HHCC is the largest Hispanic […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2011 – Inner-city neighborhoods and rural areas will benefit with the renewal of the H-1C nurses program. The H-1C temporary visa program attracts foreign nurses to live in the U.S. in exchange for a visa that allows them to live here for three years. The program addresses health care shortages in areas where high-quality nurses are greatly needed. “This program is much needed in areas where employers find it hard to attract nursing talent,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “The hospital or facility can look outside the U.S. to petition on behalf […]


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