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Trump's Merit-Based Immigration Plan: What Does It Mean?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 21, 2017 10:41:14 AM

The latest idea for Republican-sponsored U.S. immigration reform is the concept of “merit-based” immigration. This policy would overhaul a system that has been in place for more than half a century. President Trump unveiled this idea in his speech to Congress a few weeks ago.

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What Happens During a Medical Exam for Immigration?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The path to American citizenship has grown more tenuous over the past month as the Trump administration abruptly shifted policy on immigration. What hasn’t changed are the health requirements for foreigners seeking entry or visa status in the United States. 

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How Trump Immigration Policy is Affecting Chicago

Posted by Matthew Katz on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Imagine leaving the country to visit your grandparents only to be turned away at the U.S. border when you tried to return home to your wife and children. This is the kind of story that has been playing out with some local Chicagoans since Trump immigration policy went into effect.

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Five Things You Need to Know About the New H-1B Visa Bill

Posted by Matthew Katz on Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The H-1B visa program, designed to provide a legal pathway to highly skilled immigrant workers, may be changing. In early February, President Trump announced a 90-day review of the program. While these changes could happen through executive order, a few bills are circulating that may instead be pushed through Congress.

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Donald Trump Travel Ban: Is Your Visa at Stake?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Feb 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It’s probably safe to assume that President Donald Trump isn’t happy about what’s been happening since he issued his January travel ban. Shortly after his inauguration, he signed an Executive Order barring entry into the U.S. for foreigners from seven primarily Muslim countries. The President cited the terrorist threat from these countries as being very high, stating, “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.”

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Green Card Rules: How to Keep Your Permanent Residency

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jan 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Congratulations on obtaining your green card! Now that you’re a permanent resident of the United States, you’ve inherited a host of new legal rights. However, with those rights come rules and responsibilities that you’ll have to abide by in order to maintain your permanent residency. Some of these rules are obvious, such as not committing crimes. But there are others, like informing the USCIS within 10 days of moving to a new home, which you may not be aware of. In the content below, we’ll go over your new green card rights as well as the green card rules you need to know in order to keep your permanent residency for life.

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How to Get a Green Card for Parents of US Citizens

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jan 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Many naturalized U.S. citizens have family members who still live abroad. Luckily, there are options that allow those family members to gain permanent residency. In the content that follows, we’ll go over how to get a green card for parents of U.S. citizens as well as the eligibility requirements both you and your family will have to meet.

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Top 3 Pathways for European Immigration to America

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jan 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

While Europeans used to account for the majority of U.S. immigration, European immigration to America dropped dramatically after the 1960s and continues to decline. This is in part due to the abolishment of national-origin quotas, which gave preferential treatment to European immigrants. But just because European immigration to America is on the decline, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, the process for European immigration to America is generally the same as it is for most other countries. In the content below, we’ll go over some of the best routes (temporary and permanent) that you can take to live in America.

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Es Verdad Que Donald Trump Puede Deportar a Millones de Inmigrantes?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jan 19, 2017 2:37:00 PM

Durante su campaña, Donald Trump hizo un sin fin de promesas amplias a sus partidarios, incluyendo su plan para deportar "millones" de inmigrantes que actualmente viven en los EEUU indocumentados. Pero ahora que ha obtenido su lugar como el próximo presidente de los Estados Unidos, cual es la realidad de esta situacion?

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Could Donald Trump Actually Deport Millions of Immigrants?

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Throughout his entire campaign, Donald Trump made numerous pie-in-the-sky promises to his supporters, including his plans to deport “millions” of immigrants who are currently residing in the US illegally. But now that he’s secured his place as the next president of the United States, can he feasibly follow through on his plans?

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