The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, the latest step toward addressing the backlog of green card applications we have covered in recent weeks. The bill passed with support from both sides of the aisle, with a final vote of 365 in favor and 65 against.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which was fast-tracked in the U.S. House of Representatives and is set for a vote this week, aims to remove country-based limits in the employment immigration system. The bill has drawn support from both Republicans and Democrats and focuses on reducing wait times for highly-skilled workers.
“Consular processing” refers to the process of applying for a visa while outside the United States, through an embassy or consulate. Some go through this procedure before entering the U.S., while others who have been in the United States for a time must go back to their home country for consular processing.
Proposed immigration laws unveiled last week aim to scale back the system that has allowed immigrants to bring their spouses and families to the United States for decades. Instead, the new plan would favor immigrants bringing certain educational backgrounds or skillsets to the American workforce.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the world face persecution in their home country because of their sexuality or gender identity. And for decades, many of those individuals have come to the United States hoping to find a better life. Seeking asylum is just one way someone who fears violence or discrimination can work towards American citizenship.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people file applications to obtain United States visas. They gather their paperwork, line up jobs, and do everything they can to show they are set up for success. But, thanks to changes in the way the State Department reviews visa applications, obtaining a visa became more difficult in 2018.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, same-sex married couples hold the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to immigration.
The immigration process in the U.S. is becoming increasingly complex. The current administration is creating additional hurdles for foreign nationals from certain countries who wish to enter the U.S. However, for citizens and nationals of other countries, the process is comparatively simple.
About 20 miles south of the Canadian border, at a convenience store in Havre, Montana, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer stopped and detained two local residents who were picking up a few groceries. Their crime? Speaking Spanish.
You’re driving home late at night after a long day at work. Suddenly, you look up and see the lights of a police car flashing in your rear-view mirror. The officer pulls you over and asks whether you’ve been drinking. You haven’t; you’re simply exhausted. The officer, however, doesn’t believe you—and arrests you on the spot.