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House Judiciary to Conduct Series of Immigration Hearings
April 16, 2008
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman, John Conyers, Jr. (DMI), and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (DCA), announced that the oversight hearing on the H2B program will be the first in a series of immigration hearings. The subcommittee and the full committee will conduct several hearings on this issue in the coming weeks
Enhancements to Student and Exchange Visitor Program Announced
April 11, 2008
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced today that it has significantly enhanced the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and, for the first time, is proposing to raise fees to support the improvements.
Student Exchange Visitor Program FAQ’s
April 11, 2008
Here are some of the ICE FAQ’s on the proposed fee increase to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Operator of English Language Schools Charged for Allegedly Running Visa Fraud Scheme
April 09, 2008
In a startling discovery by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a Beverly Hills man who operates two schools that teach English to foreign students was arrested on federal charges for allegedly running a visa fraud scheme that allowed foreign nationals from around the world to obtain student visas to enter the United States, even though they had no intention of attending the schools or were fraudulently trying to remain in the United States.
CBP Urges Mexican Holiday Travelers to Apply Early for I94 Documents at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa POE
December 12, 2007
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced that the Mexican border crossing card (or “laser visa”) holders who plan to make an extended visit to the United States during the December holiday season will be able to obtain an essential visit document faster and more conveniently due to a change in processing procedure being implemented at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border stations.
Senators Call to Expand Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program
November 08, 2007
Senator Joe Lieberman (IDCT) and 18 of his Senate colleagues called on Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to expand an important work authorization program that enables foreign graduates of U.S. universities to contribute to the U.S. economy. Expansion of the program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), would ease pressures affecting employers in Connecticut and nationwide, who are increasingly unable to fill highskilled positions.
Sensenbrenner Introduces Bill To Address America’s Illegal Immigration Problem
November 01, 2007
Former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (RMenomonee Falls), introduced a bill today that offers real solutions to end illegal immigration. Among its provisions, Sensenbrenner’s bill includes proposals to secure the nation’s borders, crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, increase the penalties against people who smuggle in illegal immigrants, and double the number of H1B visas issued each year.
Mikulski Pulls Off another H2B Miracle
October 16, 2007
As Chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee Senator Barbara A. Mikulski’s (DMd.) successfully added language to the fiscal year 2008 CJS spending bill to extend a critical provision of her Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act that expired on September 30 and protects small and seasonal businesses – including Maryland’s seafood and cannery industries – from devastating cuts to their workforce. The bill passed the Senate tonight with a vote of 7519.
Governors Push for Immigration Reform to Protect Skilled Workforce
September 11, 2007
The debate on building a highly skilled and competitive workforce for increasing opportunities in hightech jobs took a new turn when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined by Governors from 12 other states, today sent the following letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging Congressional action this year on immigration reform that recognizes states’ needs to remain competitive in a global economy.
EOIR declares BIA Pro Bono project as successful
February 10, 2005
An Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) evaluation of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project indicates that the project has been successful in increasing the level and quality of “pro bono” (free of charge) representation for “respondents” (persons in immigration removal proceedings) who appeal their cases to the BIA.

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