houston immigration | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2011 – As the Senate wrangles with the DREAM Act, it is important to remember stories of immigrants who were given the chance to become U.S. citizens, immigration lawyers say. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM) is part of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 that focuses on border security and enforcement measures. The DREAM Act allows children who moved to the U.S. before 16 years old, and have been here for at least five years, to become legal citizens. They would have to graduate high school, have […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2011 – Houston is a city with many immigrants from diverse countries and cultures. The latest Census data shows that more than 1.27 million immigrants call Houston home. And more than 22 percent of them are highly skilled and at least have a bachelor’s degree. The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program recently published “The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas” report. It noted that many of Houston’s immigrants over the age of 25 years old are highly skilled. “Houston is a city with some of the finest universities, science and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2011 – The EB-5 visa program that attracts immigrants to invest and start businesses in the U.S. is proposing some changes that will help expedite applications. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services wants to improve its intake and review process and is examining the main things it can do to streamline the EB-5 program. A total of 10,000 visas per year are allotted for immigrant investors who create a business with a $1 million investment and 10 American jobs or who invest through USCIS regional centers. The investment can be lowered to $500,000 […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2011 – Sugar Land in the greater Houston area is a great example of how immigrants can make a good impact on their community. The area used to be Imperial Sugar’s headquarters, which encompassed most of the town’s activities. But with worldwide companies moving into the town from the 1980s on, Sugar Land has dynamically changed for the better. The city’s 85,000 residents are made up of a diverse base of citizens, many attracted to the good school system. Asian, Indian, Hispanic and African Americans all account for a large part of the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice recently issued a guidance letter on the rights of all children to enroll in school. The guidance from their civil rights divisions is in response to student enrollment trends that, “chill, discourage, or exclude students because of their parents’ or guardians’ actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status.” Both federal departments want to send a clear message to educators and school administrators that equal educational opportunities to all children living within a district are the law. Civil rights laws and Supreme […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2011 – Businesses that hire H-1B specialty occupation visa workers should be mindful of an increase in audits by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS has its inspectors go on-site to these businesses and also audits I-9 forms for compliance. Non-compliant employers will face penalties, so it is recommended to get legal counsel involved early on to ensure a business’s hiring and documentation processes are done correctly. The USCIS Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program can check any business in any industry to verify that they are not employing undocumented […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2011 – Businesses that hire H-1B specialty occupation visa workers should be mindful of an increase in audits by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS has its inspectors go on-site to these businesses and also audits I-9 forms for compliance. Non-compliant employers will face penalties, so it is recommended to get legal counsel involved early on to ensure a business’s hiring and documentation processes are done correctly. The USCIS Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program can check any business in any industry to verify that they are not employing undocumented […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2011 – The 2012 application period for H-1B petitions is now open at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Beginning April 1, the USCIS will start accepting applications with the correct fees until the cap of 65,000 is reached. Interestingly, the first 20,000 applicants with U.S. master’s degrees or higher are waived from this H1-B cap. “It is very important for make sure all the statutory and regulatory guidelines are met as a petition for H-1B status is prepared,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Otherwise, delays, requests for more documents, and the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2011 – After the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, Japanese nationals in the U.S. with certain American immigration status questions can seek help from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS) The USCIS will assist individuals and families who are stranded due to the circumstances or whose immigration documents are about to expire. “The USCIS wants to help people maintain their lawful immigration status,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Seek an immigration attorney’s counsel for your particular situation and we can help push your needs through the USCIS.” The following relief […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2011 – H-3 visas can be a promising way for foreigners to get American training. The program allows foreigners to stay in the U.S. for a maximum of two years to train in any field except for graduate medical training. Once training is completed, the foreign national must go back to their home country. “Many individuals seek this type of visa because their home country doesn’t have this type of training,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Their careers will be boosted in their homeland after receiving the training.” H-3 can only be […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2011 – Last year, more than 11,100 military personnel became U.S. citizens. This is the largest number of naturalized since 1955, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics reported. Current members of the U.S. armed forces and recently discharged members can seek expedited application and naturalization. Many spouses and unmarried minor children are also eligible. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and specific individuals in the National Guard and the Reserves can also qualify. In Texas where there so many military bases, an experienced immigration attorney can help with […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2011 – Couples that are currently near the two-year mark on their I-551 Conditional Permanent Resident green card need to be aware of what the U.S. government will want to make their card into a true permanent resident card. The government monitors the couple’s status to see if the marriage is going well and will last. Unfortunately, there are enough violators who are U.S. citizens that marry a foreigner to help them out. So any foreigner who does want the permanent classification that lasts for 10 years will need to file a I-751 […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently revised the Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, also known as Form N-648. Immigrants suffering from disabilities or impairments can apply for an exception to waive the English and civics requirements. The USCIS is holding public info sessions in regards to the N-648 changes, but it is highly recommended to have an experienced immigration attorney review an individual’s case. The new form is touted to help immigration officials understand a medical professional’s diagnosis of the particular disability and how it affects naturalization guidelines. The new […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2011 – When most Americans think of immigrants, they think of Mexicans or Latinos because of the latest Arizona anti-immigration laws and the anti-immigration sentiment that is running through the fabric of the country. However, the immigrant experience actually runs the gamut as they come from all over the world. But imagine every imaginable variable thrown into the spoke of a bicycle wheel. That is how far and wide the human drama continues as the stories of each complex and unique immigration story develops. Heartbreaking stories, such as the one about an uninsured […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2011 – One of the missions of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Fraud Detection and National Security proponent, is maintaining the integrity of the legal immigration system. They perform a variety of fraud detection methods, such as conducting interviews and investigations of immigrants seeking citizenship. One method of fraud detection tools they now use is searching social networking sites such as Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Classmates.com, and others, to mine for information. People use these sites to stay connected with friends and families and in some cases to feed their narcissistic tendencies just […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2011 – Already in more than 650 jurisdictions and in 32 states, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to expand the two-year Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program called “Secure Communities” to every state by 2011. Unlike other local/ICE partnerships, there is no need for Memoranda of Agreement between local law enforcement agencies, or the need for local law agents to be deputized in order to enforce immigration laws. ICE also plans to extend its reach to 3,100 state and local jails nationally by 2013. Secure Communities allows ICE to have access to […]


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In order to apply for citizenship, also known as naturalization, an applicant must meet all stringent requirements through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2010 – In order to apply for citizenship, an applicant must be a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or in other words, a green card holder through employment or political asylum. An applicant must be 18 years old or older and must physically be in the United States for at least two-and-a-half years of the past five years and not be absent from the U.S. […]


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Just before Congress ended its last session before the November elections, two senators introduced a bill that could be the last best chance for the U.S. to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2010 – Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.B. 3932, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. By addressing proposals on border, interior and worksite enforcement, legalization, and future flows of immigration, the bill offers a wide approach to filling the holes that the current immigration system lacks. “It is satisfying to see Congress making a solid effort at […]


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Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee offers some insightful commentary in the wake of the passage and enactment of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2010 – When Arizona’s Republican governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law last month, Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee was not applauding. “The law is racist,” she says, “and will unfairly target people who don’t look white. Although Governor Brewer denies that it will be used as a tool for racial and ethnic profiling, I’d be amazed if it doesn’t do exactly that.” Banerjee perceives the law as a […]


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