Visa Pilot Program: Easier and Faster Visa Applications

Today the Department of State shared a plan to greatly speed up visitor visa processing, in response to a White House Executive Order calling for measures to boost U.S. tourism, economy and job creation. With the establishment of a new Visa Pilot Program, the department plans to reduce the amount of visa interviews for certain foreign Read more about Visa Pilot Program: Easier and Faster Visa Applications[…]

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears

A beautiful song about Annie Moore, the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island to the United States, on January 1, 1892. Below is a well made YouTube video of the song with lyrics; and here is another one showing live performance by the Celtic Woman. Enjoy.

New Grounds – Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
by Brendan Graham

On the first day of January,
Eighteen ninety-two,
They opened Ellis Island and they let
The people through.
And the first to cross that threshold
Of the isle of hope and tears,
Was Annie Moore from Ireland
Who was all of fifteen years.

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Top 5 Immigration Stories of 2011 for Legal Immigrants

Over the past few days many articles have been published to look back on the year’s biggest immigration stories. I liked Leslie Berestein Rojas’ Top 5, and also ImmigrationProf’s Top 10, among others. However, if you look through the lists you will see one thing in common: illegal immigration issues dominated the entire 2011. It is not that Read more about Top 5 Immigration Stories of 2011 for Legal Immigrants[…]

What do I do if my school is no longer SEVP certified

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a government managed program that monitors U.S. based schools and foreign nationals in F, M or J status. It uses the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to ensure only legitimate foreign students or exchange visitors can participate in the U.S. education system. SEVP acts as Read more about What do I do if my school is no longer SEVP certified[…]

Avoid Immigration Scams

Yesterday USCIS released yet another warning on “misleading” websites and the fees they charge for preparing immigration forms and applications: In recent weeks, USCIS has received a large number of applications prepared by an online business that charges users to complete their USCIS forms. In most cases, the charge for preparing an application is the Read more about Avoid Immigration Scams[…]

USCIS Launches Campaign to Promote Citizenship

USCIS is strongly encouraging eligible permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. In less than a month, USCIS posted six entries (out of a total of eight) on their blog to promote citizenship and naturalization: June 1: Visit our Citizenship Resource Center May 27: One Woman’s Path to Citizenship: Bangladesh to the United States May 25: Read more about USCIS Launches Campaign to Promote Citizenship[…]

Should non-citizens salute the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance?

You are at a football game, the American flag is going up, everyone around you is standing up, with their right hand on the heart and singing the national anthem. Or, you’re at your kid’s school, watching 500 schools children and their parents loudly reciting the pledge of allegiance. You certainly don’t want to be Read more about Should non-citizens salute the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance?[…]

Illegal Alien Apprehensions by US Border Patrol

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released an report on total illegal alien apprehensions by fiscal year, border (Southern, Northern, and Coastal), and border sections (major border cities and regions). What is interesting is that the total number of arrests dropped significantly from 2005 to 2010: The sharp decline in apprehensions of illegal immigrants is Read more about Illegal Alien Apprehensions by US Border Patrol[…]