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Illegal minors: Some came ‘accompanied by a stranger’

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“I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. He held my hand, as I boarded an airplane for the first time.” This is how Jose Antonio Vargas (Jose), a Pulitzer prize-winning Filipino journalist, described his departure for the United States. It was 1993 and he was 12 years old at the time.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

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A positive development on petitions by US-citizen parents

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The recently released August 2014 Visa Bulletin of the US Department of State reveals an unusual movement in the priority dates of certain petitions of US citizens. For the first time in many years, the priority dates for the first preference category (F1) petitions by US citizens on behalf of their adult single children are advancing faster than petitions by green card holders under the F2B category. What is accelerating the priority dates under the F1 category?

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Good moral character matters in immigration and naturalization processes

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Jonas was petitioned by an American employer to work as a software engineer. He was given a working (H1B) visa in 2005, valid until 2008. A year after his arrival, however, Jonas was arrested while traveling domestically from Los Angeles to New York. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his luggage. Jonas was taken into custody and charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, a criminal offense.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Convicted sex offenders are not qualified to file family petitions

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Deportations from the United States usually arise in cases of non-US citizens committing crimes or violations of immigration law. However, in certain instances, deportation may also arise when it is discovered that the petitioning fiancé or spouse had been convicted of a sexual offense against a minor.

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Global Pinoy,Headlines | Read More »

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US Supreme Court decision dashes hopes of immigrant families

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Following a United States Court of Appeals decision some two years ago, parents entertained hopes of being reunited with their adult children quickly.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Global Pinoy,Headlines | Read More »

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