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O-1 Visa Basics

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is designated for individuals possessing extraordinary talent or achievement in athletics, art, business, education, science or television and motion pictures. The O nonimmigrant classification includes categories for individuals who demonstrate these talents and achievements and those who accompany them to assist them in their skill or profession in some essential way. […]

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Can Your Citizenship Be Taken Away?

The United States government began looking into fraudulent naturalization cases over 10 years ago, and in 2016, found that 315,000 fingerprint records had not been uploaded to a Department of Homeland Security database. This database is used to verify immigrants’ identities when they enter the country. The findings indicated that at least 800 immigrants that […]

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What is the E-Verify System?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created an on-line employment eligibility verification system, “E-Verify,” to assistance employers with confirming the legal status of workers. This includes a website accessible to employers, employees and the general public who wish to obtain electronic information on employment eligibility verification. Employers who enroll in E-Verify can access the […]

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Foreign Adoptees Discover They are not Citizens

For nearly 50,000 adult adoptees in the United States, America is the only home they have ever known. Adopted as babies, infants, and toddlers, most have no memory of their homeland. Many of these adoptees fully believed they were American citizens, only to find out later their parents had not completed the proper paperwork for […]

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Categories of Inadmissibility for Entry into the United States

The Department of Homeland Security and other immigration agencies use a system of categories to determine if a person should be denied access into the country or denied a change in status if they are already in the U.S. Regardless of their immigration status or how long they plan to stay, every single person applying […]

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Majority of Americans Support Immigration

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 75 percent of Americans now believe that immigration is a positive thing for this country. The percentage rose four points from last year, and is at an all-time high. The poll surveyed 1,520 participants from June 1 to June 13, with an error margin of three percentage points. Only […]

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What to Expect When Entering the United States

Whether entering the United States by air, land, or sea, immigrants or those traveling with non-immigrant visas to the United States may feel anxious or even afraid of the unknown. Even with a valid visa, some entrants experience hiccups when entering the U.S. Knowing what to expect upon entry into the country can help the […]

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New Anti-Immigration Policies to Impact Foreign Skilled Workers

New immigration policies will make it more difficult for the United States to bring skilled tech and engineering workers into the country. In a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna detailed changes the agency is making to prevent degreed foreign professionals from living […]

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ICE Arrests in Pennsylvania

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested 49 immigrants from the Philadelphia area this May, and Mayor Kenney’s spokesperson claims that ICE raids are leaving the immigrant community anxious with a general distrust of all law enforcement. City officials are concerned that this sentiment will begin to effect police officer safety and the overall ability […]

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Impact of Travel Bans on Immigrant Families

Though the Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the legality of President Trump’s travel ban, the policy went into full effect in December of 2017 and will remain so until a decision is made this June. The travel ban affects residents of Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and Somalia, and many are questioning if this ban […]

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