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What Are Family-Based Visas?

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1965, American citizens and lawful permanent residents can legally sponsor relatives currently living apart in a foreign country to migrate to the United States and obtain a permanent residency visa. Permanent resident visas, commonly referred to as green cards, grant immigrants permanent residency in the United States…

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What Is a Genius Visa?

The “genius visa” (EB-1A) is a subcategory of employment-based visas. It also bears the distinction of being the most prestigious green card, as it grants permanent residency. This visa is given to foreign nationals at the top of their field who can demonstrate an extraordinary ability in science, business, education, art, or athletics. Past recipients…

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What Is an EB-1 Visa?

The EB-1 visa is an employment-based visa that is intended for priority workers who have either extraordinary abilities or are outstanding professors or researchers. The EB-1 visa also includes some multinational executives and managers who are transferred to the United States. EB-1 is a first-preference visa and is considered a green card, as it establishes…

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What is the U.S. Citizenship Test?

To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must take and successfully pass the U.S. citizenship test. The test is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is composed of 10 total questions. Any person taking the test must answer at least six of the questions correctly to pass the exam. This…

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Thomas M. Griffin to Speak on How Haiti can Rescue Itself

The people of Haiti, plunged into yet another crisis following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July, have been migrating in droves to the United States and Mexico. The difficulties of this island nation from weather, poverty, and social/political unrest are well known, but those offering solutions to these difficult problems are rare. Human…

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What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy. It was implemented via presidential memorandum by then President Barack Obama in 2012. DACA provides temporary legal status for young illegal immigrants. These are individuals that were children when they entered the United States, and it defers legal actions against them for two years…

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What are the Four Categories of Immigration Status?

An immigrant will be classified under one of four statuses: U.S. citizen, permanent or conditional resident, non-immigrant, and undocumented. These statuses can change throughout a person’s lifetime. U.S. Citizen Status U.S. citizens are either born in the United States or have become naturalized after three or five years as a permanent resident. A person may…

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Immigrant Workforce Bills can Help Pennsylvania Workforce

The United States has gone through a long stretch of virus-related disruptions. Especially in the spring of 2020, there was serious concern about whether the supply chains for essentials, like food and medical supplies, would hold. The food supply chain experienced extreme stress during the first few months of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It became…

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Do I Need a Sponsor to Become a United States Citizen?

Immigration is a very complex issue, and it becomes even more complicated when a sponsorship is involved. A sponsorship is an important step to citizenship for many people. However, it is necessarily required. It might seem that it is essential to successfully immigrate, but there are circumstances in which a sponsor is not required. Whether…

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International Students Dealing With New Rules and Vaccines

It has been a difficult couple of years for college students who had to take remote classes and miss out on the college experience. While it was certainly difficult for American students, it was far more difficult for international students who were unable to travel and had to settle for online classes while still paying…

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