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Obama announces shift in stance on stopping deportations

DENVER: President Barack Obama’s recent surprise announcement that his administration would change its deportation policy to become more “humane” shows how the immigration battle has narrowed after months of congressional… Read more »


NC immigration proposals get mixed review in study

A sponsor of proposed immigration laws in North Carolina says a study shows some of the more stringent ones may be costly or unnecessarily repetitive. The state Department of Public Safety… Read more »


DOL policy on laid-off US workers

The filing of a labor certification application is normally the first step when an employer sponsors a foreign national employee for permanent residence. Under the labor certification process, the employer… Read more »


Obama blames Congress for mass deportations

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has said he was powerless to stop mass expulsions of illegal immigrants, which prompted one Latino advocacy group to brand him “deporter in chief.” The… Read more »

750 immigration detainees on hunger strike

750 immigration detainees on hunger strike

TACOMA, Washington: Immigrant-rights activists rallied outside the Northwest Detention Center in Washington State, while at least 750 detainees protested their treatment with a hunger strike and called for an end… Read more »


Thomas Cook, Y-Axis to offer immigration services

MUMBAI: Integrated travel and travel-related services company Thomas Cook (India) has said it has joined hands with Y-Axis, an immigration and visa consultant, to offer convenient and seamless experience to… Read more »


PIO lawyer appointed head of NYC immigrant affairs dept.

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin lawyer has been appointed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as head of immigrant affairs in his office and will be responsible with seeing through… Read more »

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New immigration, customs norms for flyers

NEW DELHI: A new customs form bearing additional fields for declaration of prohibited and dutiable goods for passengers flying into India has come into effect. Passengers coming to India will… Read more »

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British Airways boss calls on UK to sort out visa system

LONDON: British Airways chief Willie Walsh has called on the UK government to change its immigration rules to ensure Asian tourists are not put off from coming to the country…. Read more »


State Dept. predicts Visa availability soon

Visa availability. In the Visa Bulletin for March 2014, the Department of State’s Visa Office makes the following estimates of visa availability in the coming months: EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement) Employment… Read more »


US easing immigration rule for terrorist support

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the US or stay here and who gave “limited” support to… Read more »

British eurosceptic

British eurosceptic leader hails ‘wonderful’ Swiss vote

LONDON: The leader of Britain’s main eurosceptic party hailed “wise” Swiss voters for backing curbs on EU immigration, saying it would encourage others across the continent. Nigel Farage, the head… Read more »


Indian Embassy in UAE warns of online visa scam

DUBAI: The Indian Embassy in the UAE has unearthed an apparent online visa scam and has warned foreigners against falling victim to fraudsters operating a fake website claiming to facilitate… Read more »


USCIS expands site visits to review L-1 petitions

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate has expanded its employer site visits to include review of L-1 post-adjudication petitions. Recent reports indicate that the agency is reviewing extensions of L-1… Read more »


UK migration minister resigns over foreign cleaner

LONDON: Britain’s immigration minister has resigned over the illegal employment of a foreign cleaner, a major gaffe given the U.K. government’s muscular clampdown on immigration of all kinds. Cameron’s Downing… Read more »


In an election year, GOP wary of immigration issue

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s new declaration that he’s open to legal status for many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders,… Read more »


Good chance of immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has said there is a good chance of pushing through contentious US immigration reform this year. The reform, currently being debated in Congress, would pave the… Read more »


Jindal calls immigration system ‘completely backwards’

WASHINGTON: Describing the current US immigration system as “completely backwards”, Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said the country needs a system of “high walls and a broad gate”. “When… Read more »


BALCA does not speak for Secretary of Labor?

In the ongoing litigation over the authority of the Department of Labor (DOL) to promulgate H-2B prevailing wage methodology in the Third Circuit, Louisiana Forestry Ass’n v. Secretary of Labor, No…. Read more »


Washington Senate OKs immigrant financial aid bill

OLYMPIA, Wash.: The Washington state Senate has approved a measure to expand college financial aid to include students who were brought to the state illegally as children. Senate Bill 6523… Read more »