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President Biden Issues Presidential Directive Keeping Refugee Admissions at All-Time Low — Visa Lawyer Blog — April 19, 2021

Welcome back to Visalawyerblog! In this blog post we discuss the Biden administration’s recent decision to keep refugee admissions at an all-time low, a decision that has angered lawmakers and pro-immigrant advocates alike. On April 16, 2021, President Biden issued a controversial Presidential directive that aims to keep the refugee admissions ceiling at the same […]

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Media: Changing Climate, Changing Migration: Is Cl..

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have left Central America in recent years, and climate extremes have been identified as one of the factors that might be driving this movement, along with elements such as political instability and violence. In this episode, we hear from geographer and climatologist Diego Pons, of Colorado State University, to dissect […]

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Article: Immigrants from the Dominican Republic in..

Immigrants from the Dominican Republic are the fourth-largest Hispanic immigrant group in the United States, after Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Cubans. The Dominican foreign-born population increased by 33 percent from 2010 to 2019, making its nearly 1.2 million people close to 3 percent of the overall U.S. immigrant population of 44.9 million. The number of Dominican […]

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Research: COVID-19 and the State of Global Mobilit..

The year 2020 marked a sudden break in mobility across international borders. The COVID-19 pandemic decimated tourism and business travel; cut the lion’s share of seasonal and temporary labor migration; temporarily ground refugee resettlement efforts to a halt; and held up the processing of visas of all kinds, from those for international students to family […]

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Disparities Facing U.S. Children in Immigrant Families: New Data and Ideas for Indicators to Promote Equity

This webcast will explore new findings from an MPI analysis that compares key sociodemographic characteristics of immigrant and U.S.-born parents of young and school-age children and underscores their two-generational implications. Speakers will discuss potential ways to incorporate measures with an eye to achieving more responsive and effective service designs and improving equity and access more generally […]

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I-765 EAD Applications for Optional Practical Training (OPT) Can Now Be Filed Online — Visa Lawyer Blog — April 12, 2021

Welcome back to Visalawyerblog! It’s a brand-new week and we are excited to share with you a recent update that will benefit F-1 students applying for employment authorization under the Optional Practical Training program (OPT). Today, April 12, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students requesting OPT may now […]

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Entry of Immigrant and Fiancé(e) Visa Applicants in the National Interest Despite COVID-19 Regional Presidential Proclamations — Visa Lawyer Blog — April 8, 2021

We are excited to report some happy news for immigrant visa applicants and fiancé(e)’s of U.S. Citizens, who were previously subject to the COVID-19 Regional Presidential Proclamations, known as Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 10041. Together, these Proclamations restricted and suspended the entry into the United States, of immigrants and nonimmigrants, who were physically […]

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