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Comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced in the House

By Tatiana - Posted on 02 October 2013

On 10/02/2013 the Democratic leadership in the House held a press conference to announce their introduction of a comprehensive immigration reform bill modeled after the successful bipartisan Senate bill, S.744. Please contact your congressional representatives and urge them to support the bill!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2015 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2015)

By Tatiana - Posted on 16 September 2013

For DV-2015, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

Entries for the DV-2015 DV program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 2, 2013. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. If you submit more than one entry you will be disqualified.

Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2015 Program
Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.

Senate passed immigration bill, but it is not good law yet

By Tatiana - Posted on 27 June 2013

On 06/27/13, the Senate took an important step forward with a vote of 68-32 in favor of final passage of S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act." This moves the United States one step closer towards immigration reform, which will allow a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

This is not the final step in the process. Now the next move is up to the House of Representatives, which has its own bills, along with the bill passed by the Senate, to consider. Let’s stay hopeful that the legalization provisions in the Senate bill will enacted by the House and will become law.

What’s next for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill?

By Tatiana - Posted on 07 June 2013

Everybody is asking me the same question these days: what are the next steps in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) process? This is what is going on. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- NV) stated that a full Senate vote on CIR (S. 744) is expected to take place before the July 4th Congressional recess.

The bill will need 60 votes in the Senate, and it is quite likely that these votes will be secured. Then the bill will move to the House of Representatives. The House has its own CIR bill (crafted by so called “Gang of Eight” congressional representatives). Based on how many votes the bill can obtain in the Senate, we will be able to make further predictions as to what will happen to the CIR in the House…

DV-2014 entrants may now check the status of their entries

By Tatiana - Posted on 02 May 2013

DV-2014 entrants will be able to check the status of their entries starting 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 1, 2013 through Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. Additionally, Entrant Status Check will provide successful selectees instructions on how to proceed with their application. The Kentucky Consular Center no longer mails notification letters and does not use email to notify DV entrants of their selection in the DV program.

Основные положения предполагаемой иммиграционной реформы

By Tatiana - Posted on 16 April 2013

В конце января 2013 г. президент Обама и восемь сенаторов (четыре республиканца и четыре демократа) выпустили два независимых предложения о поправках в системе иммиграции в нашей стране. Все это время, эта так называемая «Группа восьми» сенаторов и другие парламентарии упорно работали, чтобы подготовить новой иммиграционое законодательство, отвечающее интересам Соединенных Штатов. По сообщения газеты Вашингтон пост, 16 апреля «Группа восьми» восьми объявила, что они представят новый законопроект для обсуждения в сенате в течение нескольких дней. Вот краткий перечень основным положений предлагаемого законодательства.

Напоминаем нашим читателям, что данный законопроект еще не вступил в силу, и может сильно измениться в ходе парламентских дебатов. Также напоминаем, что данная публикация не является юридическим советом. За советами обращайтись к адвокату напрямую. Итак, основные положения:

1. Большинство из 11 миллионов человек, которые находятся в стране нелегально, смогут претендовать на грин-карту через 10 лет, и на гражданство через три года после получения грин-карт. На этот 10-летний период заявителям будет предоставлен временный статус, позволяющий работать, получить водительские права, и возможно, выезжать из страны с правом возвращения.
Заявители должны заплатить $ 1000 штрафа, заплатить налоги, выучить английский язык, продолжать работать и пройти проверку на криминальные нарушения. Предполагается, что под этот закон подпадут все, кто прибыл в Соединенные Штаты до 1 января 2012 года. Лица, подпадающие под действие закона Dream Act (т.е. закончившие школу в США и некоторые другие группы лиц) смогут получить грин-карты в течение пяти лет и гражданство сразу после этого.

2. Предполагается увеличение квоты для высококвалифицированных инженеров и компьютерных специалистов вдвое по сравнению с 2013 г., с 65,000 до 110,000 виз, и в последующие годы, до 180,000. Возможно, работодатели с большим количеством H-1B виз должны будут платить более высокую заработную плату.

3. Предполагается ввведение новой визы для гастарбайтеров, называемой "W-виза". Предполагается выделение 20,000 виз для иностранцев, претендующих на низкоквалифицированные рабочие места. Новая программа начнет действовать с 2015 года. Количество виз увеличивается до 75000 в 2019 году.
H-2A визы для работников сельского хозяйства ограничены количеством в 337,000 в течение трех лет.

4. Предполагаются изменения программах воссоединения семьи. Будет предоставлено неограниченное количество виз в год для иностранных супругов, детей и родителей граждан США и постоянных легальных жителей.
Однако, через восемнадцать месяцев после вступления в силу закона, преркащается подача документов на иностранных братьев и сестер граждан США, и женатых детей старше 30 лет. Так что те, кто думает подавать или не подават документы по этим программам, должны поторопиться.

5. Также предполагается, что будет ликвидирована лотерея грин-кард. Вместо нее подача документов на независимую иммиграцию в США будет подаваться по системе баллов, сходной с той, что существует, например, в Канаде, в учетом семейных связей и трудовых навыков заявителя.

Напоминаем, что мы постоянно обновляем информацию о ходе иммиграционной реформы на нашей интернет-странице, www.immigrationwise.com. Как только можно будет подавать документы по новой программе, мы разместим детальные инструкции на этом сайте.

Proposed immigration reform highlights

By Tatiana - Posted on 16 April 2013

At the end of January President Obama and eight Senators (four Republicans and four Democrats) issued two independent proposals to overhaul our country's immigration laws. Since then, this "Gang of Eight" Senators and a secret group of House members have been working hard to introduce legislation to create a common sense immigration process for the United States. On April 16, 2013 the Senate Gang of Eight announced that they would be introducing the bill into the Senate within days-the Washington Post reports on some of the basic outlines of the Gang of Eight's plan.

Most of the 11 million people who are in the country illegally could apply for a green card after 10 years and citizenship three years after that.
Applicants must pay a $1,000 fine, pay back taxes, learn English, remain employed and pass a criminal background check.
Immigrants must have arrived in the United States before Jan. 1, 2012, to be eligible.
Dream Act youth can obtain green cards in five years and citizenship immediately thereafter.

Visas for highly skilled engineers and computer programs would double from 65,000 to 110,000. In future years, the cap could rise to as much as 180,000.
Require employers with large numbers of H-1B visas to pay higher salaries and fees.
Guest worker “W-visa” program

New visa program for 20,000 foreigners in low-skilled jobs starting in 2015. Number of visas increases to 75,000 in 2019.
New federal bureau to analyze employment data to make recommendations for annual guest-worker visas caps beginning in 2020, to exceed no more than 200,000 annually.
Construction companies limited to no more than 15,000 visas per year.
“Safety-valve” to allow additional visas over the annual cap provided employers pay workers higher wages.
Farm worker H-2A program

Visas for agriculture workers limited to 337,000 over three years
Wages based on survey of labor-market data for various farming jobs.
Changes to family visa program

Allows unlimited number of visas per year for foreign spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.
Eighteen months after the law takes effect, eliminates visas reserved for foreign brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and married children over 30 years of age.
Eliminates diversity visa program starting in 2015. Creates new merit-based visa category using point system based on family ties and work skills.

President Obama’s Immigration Speech

By Tatiana - Posted on 29 January 2013

President Obama called for a comprehensive immigration reform, saying that most Americans agree that it is time to "fix the system that has been broken for way too long" and that immigration reform will strengthen our economy and our nation's future. We hope that the immigration reform will provide a realistic path to legal status for the 11 million undocumented aliens in the US.

AMERICANS SUPPORT IMMIGRATION REFORM THAT INCLUDES PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

By Tatiana - Posted on 19 January 2013

A new, groundbreaking bipartisan poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm, and Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, revealed that majority of U.S. voters favor common sense immigration reform that includes a path to earned citizenship for current undocumented immigrants. The national survey of 1,003 registered voters, sponsored by Service Employees International Union, America’s Voice Education Fund, and National Immigration Forum, showed that voters want a long-term fix for the immigration system that includes a path to full citizenship for immigrants who are in the US illegally. Almost four out of five voters said they support a system that requires immigrants to pay taxes, holds employers accountable for hiring legal workers and prevents them from exploiting immigrant labor, improves border security and ensures that undocumented immigrants have a chance to work towards citizenship. The plan is broadly favored across partisan, ideological, regional and ethnic groups.

A major immigration bill later this year?

By Tatiana - Posted on 14 January 2013

Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he supports "the principles" of an immigration reform proposal from Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a sign that the party may be considering an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
"Senator Rubio is exactly right on the need to fix our broken immigration system," the congressman wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. "I support the principles he’s outlined: modernization of our immigration laws; stronger security to curb illegal immigration; and respect for the rule of law in addressing the complex challenge of the undocumented population. Our future depends on an immigration system that works."
It appears that both Republicans and Democrats are now building coalitions for support for what could be a major immigration bill... Stay tuned.