The former governor of Florida once stated that to increase work-based immigration, family-based immigration will have to be reduced to avoid an increase in the number of immigrants overall. Since many members of Congress and the United States Senate seem to share that sentiment, family visas may be more difficult to come by with the anticipated passing of an immigration reform package.
A report released Tuesday says that new immigration from Asian countries now outnumber the immigration of Hispanics. The Pew Research Center also says that recent Asian immigrants are three times more likely than any other foreign nationals to get permanent resident status through employment based visa processes rather than family sponsorship in immigration law.
Financing for professional sports facilities can involve complicated issues. Tampa-St. Petersburg leaders are reportedly looking at U.S. immigration law as a potential source of revenues for a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. The actual source of revenues would be foreign investors, but the investments would flow through the EB-5 investor's visa program authorized under immigration law under an idea that chamber of commerce leaders have been studying.
An entrepreneur is looking to federal immigration law to help some weak community banks to revitalize communities. The woman looked long and hard for an area to apply her concept. She looked at areas in Florida and on the West Coast, but later decided to try her concept close to the nation's capitol to test out her idea.
A Miami family sits in the middle of an immigration issue that has led more than 2,500 students and others to hit the streets in protest. Last week, a federal immigration judge ordered two sisters to leave the country by March 28. One of the sisters is an 18-year-old woman who has lived in the United States since she was 4-years-old. The young woman is the valedictorian at North Miami High School, with dreams of someday being a surgeon.
U.S. immigration officials held a summit earlier this week to introduce an initiative dubbed "Entrepreneurs in Residence." Many entrepreneurs have studied in the United States, only to take that education overseas to start businesses that compete against U.S ideas.
In 2004, a Vietnamese woman came to the United States looking for a better life for her and her son. She arrived on a fiancée visa, engaged to marry a Vietnamese American. Unfortunately, she left her son behind with his biological father. She says "it was an ordeal" for her to come to the U.S. without her son at the request of the boy's father, but she had great hopes for the future.
More than 200 immigrants participated in a naturalization ceremony in Miami last week. The number of immigrants who took their oath of allegiance and became U.S. citizens in South Florida reflected what appears to be happening around the country in recent years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials say the last two years have seen an increase in citizenship applications.
Federal lawmakers have discussed the DREAM Act for years, but no measure has made it through Congress. The idea would provide a pathway for certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status in the United States. The proposal would allow undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children with their parents with the opportunity to gain permanent residency through attending college or joining the military.
For years an employment-based immigration program, known as the EB-5 visa program did not receive a large amount of interest. However, when the United States economy tanked in 2007 and 2008, investor interest in the program changed.