Washington, D.C. - After passage of Arizona's controversial SB1070 law last year, other states threatened to introduce similar measures. South Carolina, Mississippi, and Nebraska have already begun working on SB1070-style legislation. Meanwhile, legislators seeking true solutions have begun pursuing progressive immigration policies. On a teleconference yesterday, immigration policy experts discussed the ramifications of pursuing anti-immigrant legislation as well as alternatives to SB1070, many which seek to boost economic and job growth on the state level. Read more...
The immigration agencies rely on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, in determining whether a marriage is valid for immigration purposes.As a result, lesbian and gay U.S. citizens and permanent residents are barred from successfully petitioning for their spouses.In addition, lesbian and gay noncitizens are precluded from obtaining other immigration benefits, including relief from removal, based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.Recent developments, however, suggest that DOMA’s days may be numbered.Already, one district court has concluded that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, and the Obama Administration has decided it no longer will defend the law in federal court challenges.Read more...
We often receive applications from small companies who are interested in hosting a J-1 exchange visitor.
Federal J-1 program regulations require that host organizations with fewer than 25 employees or less than $3 million in gross annual revenue be visited by an American Immigration Council representative prior to the first application approval.
The Host Site visit usually takes about 30 minutes and helps us ensure that the J-1 trainee/intern and the host organization will have a positive exchange experience.
HOST SITE VISIT POLICIES:
• The Host Site Verification fee is $500 and should be submitted with the application packet (see the Fees page) • The International Exchange Center has up to 30 days to conduct the visit
REMINDERS FOR THE DAY OF THE VISIT:
• Schedule the visit on a day the J-1 trainee/intern’s supervisor and other employees are present in the office • The company representative should be prepared to show the American Immigration Council representative the facility and J-1 trainee/intern’s workspace • The company representative should be able to explain the training plan stated on the DS-7002 form
Immigration Policy Center Updates 50 State Fact Sheets and Infographics
Released on Thu, Jan 12, 2012
Washington D.C. - Today, the Immigration Policy Center is pleased to re-release our 50 state fact sheets updated with the most current government and academic data available. In addition to the fact sheets, we have added 50 state infographics which highlight the top data points of each state in a graphic format.
The fact sheets and infographics are a synthesis of current government and academic data which highlight the growing economic and political power of immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in each of the 50 states. These materials are free for download, printing and distribution, and can be shared via social media or on your website.
Washington, D.C.—USCIS released in full the four remaining contested documents in a FOIA lawsuit brought by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) and Steptoe & Johnson LLP on behalf of AILA. The documents plainly describe - in more detail than documents previously released in this lawsuit - “fraud indicators” that result in greater scrutiny of certain H-1B applications. These documents are troubling evidence of a near presumption of fraud in H-1B applications submitted by small and emerging businesses and for certain types of positions at these businesses. The following documents were released:
Is the U.S. losing some of its juice as a destination for foreign tourists? Syed Shahid Ali, a member of the International Olympic Committee from Pakistan, raised that issue ahead of the IOC picking Rio to host the 2016 Summer Games over Madrid, Tokyo and last-place finisher Chicago.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Asylum Clock Class Action Settlement
Washington, D.C.—The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), along with its co-counsel, recently announced a settlement of A.B.T., et al. v. USCIS, et al., a nationwide class action challenging the manner in which the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) determine an asylum applicant’s eligibility for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This FAQ addresses key questions related to the settlement agreement, such as: who is a class member; what policies and practices are changed by the settlement; how class members will benefit from these changes; when the changes go into effect; and how a class member can complain if the settlement is not properly implemented in his or her case.
The lawsuit was brought by the LAC, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Massachusetts Law Reform Project, and the Law Offices of Gibbs Houston and Pauw. For more information about the lawsuit, including a copy of the settlement agreement, visit the LAC’s Asylum Clock webpage.
Even during the ongoing recession, immigration reform legislation that legalizes undocumented immigrants would boost the American economy, according to a new study out of UCLA. The report said that legalization, along with a program that allows for future immigration based on the labor market, would create jobs, increase wages and generate more tax revenue. Comprehensive immigration reform would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years, according to the report.