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January 2013 Archives

Bi-partisan Senate group proposes path to citizenship

On Monday, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators came out with the preliminary framework for an immigration reform bill that would provide many undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship. The Senators called the proposal "tough but fair," and said there are still many details to work out.

Senate group proposes more 'STEM' green cards

Today, a group of U.S. Senators who are leading the effort for bi-partisan immigration reform released an outline for an immigration bill that would include a special visa for immigrants in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields. The visa would make immigrants with a Ph.D. or master's degree eligible for green cards.

Special waiver allows family members to avoid 10-year ban

Starting March 4, undocumented immigrants who are immigrant family members of U.S. citizens will have a much easier time gaining legal status because of a recent policy change led by the Obama Administration.

Senator pushes for more work-based visas

While much of the nation is experiencing a cold spell, immigration reform is gaining heat in Congress. Recently, Senator Marco Rubio got people talking when he outlined his ideal immigration plan in the Wall Street Journal. Sen. Rubio's plan focuses extensively on expanding visas for highly-skilled workers.

Exceptions from the U.S. naturalization test

In order to be naturalized and become a United States citizens, applicants must meet several requirements, including passing a test. The naturalization test is administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and consists of two parts: a civics test and an English language test.

Deriving U.S. citizenship automatically from a parent

As most people know, children born in the United States automatically become citizens at birth. Children who are born outside of the U.S. to U.S.-citizen parents and meet certain requirements can also become citizens of the United States at birth.

Immigration news to follow during 2013

Throughout 2012, we wrote about many important news stories dealing with immigration. One of the biggest stories came last summer with the announcement of the "deferred action" program, which puts a temporary halt on deportation and grants two-year work visas to qualifying young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

White House says immigration reform push will come this month

According to a recent statement by a White House spokesman, the Obama Administration will spearhead a push for immigration reform in the United States by the end of January. The plan of action is aimed at making good on the President's re-election campaign promise of immigration reform.

Bi-national gay couples lack immigration rights

Despite the fact that 10 states and Washington D.C. have legalized gay marriage, there is still a federal law on the books that defines marriage as between a man and a woman only. So long as that law stands, same-sex couples who are legally married in states that recognize it can still be denied important rights under federal law -- including spouse and fiancé immigration rights.

Rule change allows residency applicants to stay in U.S.

A new federal immigration law was announced yesterday that will allow many undocumented immigrants who are spouses, parents or children of U.S. citizens to stay in the United States while they apply for residency, instead of being forced to return to their home countries.

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