Category archives for: Immigration

Employment-based Priority Dates Continue to Advance

By Reuben S. Seguritan The August 2014 Visa Bulletin shows that the Philippine employment-based third preference (EB-3) cut-off date will jump by seventeen weeks from January 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010. China will advance by over two years to November 1, 2008 and India will move by over one week. The third preference cut-off […]

Non-Immigrant Options for Investors

By Reuben S. Seguritan The EB-5 immigrant investor program has captured the attention of so many prospective immigrants because of the low demand for visas under this category relative to the heavily backlogged third preference (EB-3) and, for some countries, the second preference (EB-2) categories. At present, the EB-5 program presents one of the fastest […]

What You Need to Know Before Renewing DACA

By Reuben S. Seguritan Young immigrants whose two-year deferred action under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is about to expire are reminded to submit their renewal applications. The USCIS recently released the process for renewal and urged the filing of renewal requests 120 days or 4 months before the date the […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Aged-Out Beneficiaries

By Reuben S. Seguritan The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 9 that the automatic conversion provision under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) does not benefit most derivative beneficiaries of family based preference petitions. For thousands of immigrant families especially Filipinos hoping to be reunited with their aged-out children, this would mean more years, […]

Call for Executive Action on Immigration

By: Reuben S. Seguritan As the chances of passing an immigration reform bill in Congress grow slimmer, President Obama faces mounting pressure from Democrats and immigrant right advocates to exercise his executive authority. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said that Congress only has a few weeks until its August recess to act on immigration reform. […]

New Visas Vital in Global Race for Talent

Although jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are increasing three times faster than jobs in the rest of the economy, there are not enough American students in these fields such that by 2018, there will be a shortfall of 223,800 STEM workers. This is according to a May 2012 report by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Partnership for New York City entitled “Not Coming to America: Why the US is Falling Behind in the Global Race for Talent”.

Same-Sex Marriages under Immigration Law

After years of offering civil unions as an alternative to marriage, President Obama recently expressed support for same-sex marriage. In a dramatic shift from his long-held position, Obama said that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

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