Skip to Content

Programs:

Legalization

Application Resources

APPLY FOR J-1 VISA SPONSORSHIP

Are you a potential J-1 intern or trainee?  A U.S. company or organization looking to host an international exchange visitor?  An immigration attorney representing a host company or foreign national interested in the J-1 visa?  The International Exchange Center is here to assist you in navigating the J-1 process.

Begin an application by clicking the green "Apply Now for Our J1 Program" button on the right. All applications are now filed electronically; we no longer use paper applications.

Not sure if you qualify? Take our short survey located on the right below the "Begin the Application" section.

LINKS AND RESOURCES:Read more...

IPC Data Cited in Latin Times

Published on Thu, Apr 24, 2014

The Latin Times recently cited the IPC report "Understanding Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Law" in an article titled "ICE Data Says Agency Rarely Uses ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’ To Close Cases Against Immigrants".

"The Immigration Policy Center notes that discretion can be used at any stage of an immigration case, from the apprehension phase – when it comes to stopping, questioning and arresting particular people, focusing resources on certain violations or conduct, or detaining people already in police custody or under supervision – to referring cases to courts to begin deportation proceedings.  In most of the country, it appears that authorities rarely practice such discretion after proceedings are already opened: between October 2012 and March 2014, the group reports, ICE intervened to close only 6.7 percent of cases they’d earlier referred to the courts.  The percentage varied widely by region; in Tucson and Seattle, it was around 30 percent."

Published in the Latin Times

LAC Docket l Volume II, Issue 3

The Newsletter of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center

June 12, 2012
Our Work | Requests for Evidence | Quick Links | Donate


OUR WORK

Enforcement



Enforcement

LAC Wins Release of H-1B Fraud Documents
AILA v. DHS, No. 10-01224 (D.D.C. summary judgment granted in part March 30, 2012)

In May 2012, USCIS released in full the remaining contested documents in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the LAC and Steptoe & Johnson LLP on behalf of AILA. Filed in July 2010, the case sought the public release of records concerning USCIS fraud investigations in the H-1B program. For the past several years, USCIS’s H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that depend on temporary foreign workers with specialized knowledge to operate successfully.Read more...

Immigrants Integral to Social Security's Future

Released on Wed, May 13, 2009

Reports released by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees this week have re-focused public attention on the deteriorating financial condition of the nation’s main health and retirement programs. These reports underscore not only the severity of the current recession, but also the demographic crisis confronting the nation as the native-born population ages. The coming wave of retiring Baby Boomers reminds us of the increasingly important role that immigrants play in the U.S. economy as taxpayers, workers, consumers, and homebuyers.

View Release

Immigration in Maryland

IPC Statement on Heritage Foundation Voter Fraud Report

Released on Mon, Jun 30, 2008

Lack of evidence is no obstacle for the Heritage Foundation, which on July 10 issued a rambling memorandum claiming that an unknowable yet large number of non-citizens are voting illegally and subverting the electoral process. Rigorous research has shown that voter fraud in the U.S. is almost non-existent and that most allegations of voter fraud by non-citizens stem from faulty records, partisan politics, and common-place error.

View Release

November 2013 Monthly Minute: American Food (credits)

If you are the owner of content that was used in our video "November 2013 Monthly Minute: American Food" (link: http://youtu.be/ArYpK1CoCAc) and you would like to request that your work be removed, please contact us at J1Program@immcouncil.org and we will be glad to comply with your request. Thank you!

CREDITS:

Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_food_origins#America

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_cuisine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_the_prehistoric_Southwest

Music:

“Ground Cayenne” by The Good Lawdz
Song URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Good_Lawdz/A_Lil_Sumthin_Sumthin/The_Good_Lawdz_-_A_Lil_Sumthin_Sumthin_-_07_Ground_Cayenne Page URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Good_Lawdz/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Photos:

*Note: Some of the images below may have been excluded from the final version of the video.

Page URL: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AHabanero_closeup_edit2.jpg File URL: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Habanero_closeup_edit2.jpg Attribution: By Fir0002 at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], from Wikimedia CommonsRead more...

Introduction of Immigration Reform Bill Jump Starts Reform Talks Going into 2010

Released on Tue, Dec 15, 2009

Today, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), in the House of Representatives. The 87 original co-sponsors of the bill include members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Progressive Caucus.

View Release

California

Council Resources for
AILA San Diego, Southern California, Nothern California, Santa Clara Chapter:

California Policy Resources       Northern California Education Resources  

San Diego Education Resources   San Jose Education Resources

The Council in the News      Practice Advisories       Immigration Impact Blog

 

Your San Diego Council Ambassador: Diana Vellos Coker
Read more...

14th Annual Creative Writing Contest Launched

5th Graders Celebrate America Nationwide

Released on Thu, Sep 02, 2010

The American Immigration Council's Community Education Center has launced the 14th Annual "Celebrate America" creative writing contest.  Every year thousands of 5th graders from across the country participate in local contests.

View Release