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  • Temporary Alien Labor to Meet Temporary or Seasonal Needs (H-2A & H-2B)

    U.S. employers may petition for skilled or unskilled alien workers to meet temporary or seasonal needs in positions for which qualified U.S. workers are not available. It is important to note that the employer’s need for such services must be temporary . There is currently an annual cap of 66,000 visas for H-2B workers. There […]
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  • Most illegal immigrants deported last year were criminals

    The U.S. deported nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants last year, and an increasing number of them were convicted criminals, according to figures set for release Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security.   Click here to read the USA Today article. ]]>
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  • Cultivating a new crop of farmhands

    With the fall apple-picking season upon Western New York farmers, finding workers has become a concern for those who need to have crops picked. Buffalo News reporter Maryellen Tighe’s front page story addresses problems farmers face because of tougher immigration laws, local people changing to other work, the lack of an effective guest worker program, […]
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  • Mexican Journalist Wins Asylum in Texas

    Last summer, Alejandro Hernandez Pacheco was almost certain he was going to die before he miraculously fled Mexican drug cartel members that had kidnapped him.  Read his story in the Texas Tribune by clicking here . ]]>
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  • States Introduce Record Number Of Immigration Bills

    Homeland Security Newswire reported that, in trying to find solutions to the nation’s immigration problems, nearly 1,600 immigration bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year. To read the article on the Homeland Security Newswire website, click here . ]]>
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  • Undocumented immigrants face checks on Amtrak, Greyhound

    August 14, 2011 – Miami Herald reporter, Sarah Gonzalez, reports that federal agents appear to have stepped up checks for undocumented immigrants on Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses and other forms of public transportation. Click here to read the entire article from the Miami Herald. ]]>
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  • American Bar Association urges Congress to reject birthright law

    August 9, 2011 – The American Bar Association passed a resolution Tuesday urging the U.S. Congress to reject any changes to the Constitution that would eliminate automatic citizenship for anyone born in the United States.   Click here to read the article in on the ABA website. ]]>
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  • Justice Department sues to block Alabama immigration law

    August 1, 2011 – Brian Lyman from the Montgomery Advertiser reported that the Justice Department went to court to block Alabama‘s pending immigration law from taking effect next month.   Click here  to read the article posted in the Montgomery Advertiser. ]]>
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  • Washington State cancels driver's license after reporter discloses being an illegal immigrant

    Associated Press, July 21. Washington state has canceled the driver’s license of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who publicly said he is an illegal immigrant. Department of Licensing spokeswoman Christine Anthony says officials opened an investigation after Jose Antonio Vargas’ essay about his background was published in the New York Times Magazine. He wrote that […]
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  • More illegal immigrants from India crossing border

    Napolitano: At some point this year, border-jumpers from subcontinent will account for about 1 in 3 non-Mexicans caught in Texas By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, WILL WEISSERT, The Associated Press  Click here to read the article at USAToday.com. ]]>
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  • Re-entry Permits: The Basics on Preserving Your Green Card During Long Term Travel

    While the vast majority of U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents and Conditional Residents (green card holders) reside permanently in the U.S. after obtaining their status, there are instances when an individual may need to spend an extended period of time outside the U.S.   A good rule of thumb to follow is if you plan to be […]
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  • Immigrant Visa Application

    Step 1- A sponsor in the U.S. files a petition with the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS).  Generally speaking, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an […]
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  • Non-Immigrant Visa Application Process

    Below is an overview of the steps needed to apply for a non-immigrant visa.  To ensure the approval of your application, all aspects of the process must be followed exactly.  Universal Visa Services can take the worry out of these tasks as well as completing them as expeditiously as possible.  Additionally, we can provide you […]
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  • SEVP Approved Schools as of December 28, 2010

    United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently updated their list of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved schools. The schools listed have all been certified to participate in the program.  The program allows foreign students interested in obtaining an education in the United States to complete a visa petition, pay the required fee, […]
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  • SEVP Certification

    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) School Certification Branch (SCB) is responsible for evaluating petitions submitted by insititutions wishing to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security for attendance by nonimmigrant students. Nonimmigrant students who come to the United States to pursue full-time academic or vocational/technical training are usually admitted in one of two nonimmigrant […]
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  • (Presentation) Case Study: Immigration Options for Students

    Click on the links below to access a powerpoint presentation on Immigration Options for Students.  The presentatiion is broken down into two parts. Case Study Part 1 of 2 Case Study Part 2 of 2
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  • Sample Adjustment of Status Interview Appointment Notice

    Sample ASC I485 – Click the link to the left to view the document.
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  • Your Adjustment of Status Interview

    An application for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485), which has been filed with CIS, requires that the individual applicant (and in some instances, the spouse) be interviewed prior to adjudication. For many people, the prospect of being interviewed by an immigration officer can be stressful.  However, for those who are prepared, an immigration interview should be […]
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  • Your Biometrics Appointment

    Many applications which have been filed with CIS require that a comprehensive record check be conducted on the individual applicant prior to adjudication and/or interview.  CIS captures an applicant’s biometrics via electronic fingerprinting and a criminal and immigration records search is then conducted.  For many people, the prospect of being fingerprinted can be stressful.  However, […]
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  • Your Immigrant Visa Interview

    An applicant for an immigrant visa must be interviewed at a U.S. consulate abroad prior to permanent residency (immigrant visa) being issued.  Typically these applications are based on a previously approved family or employment-based petition. For many people, the prospect of being interviewed by a consular officer can be stressful.  However, for those who are […]
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