Earlier this week, President Barack Obama presented the State of
the Union Address. The State of the Union Address is meant to
inform the American people of the direction in which the President
hopes to lead the country in the coming year. Some may find
it inspiring, some may be discouraged.
As in prior years, and prior speeches, the President called for
immigration reform. There seems to be a consensus between the
President, many members of Congress, and the public, that
immigration reform is needed. Perhaps this year there will finally
be meaningful action to improve the country's immigration
Most American citizens can vote in elections for
representatives at all levels of government. Our voices can
be heard based on our votes.
For those who want to make a life here, gaining
eligibility to vote is perhaps the most important reason to become
a US citizen. Citizenship provides the opportunity to be
A threshold requirement which must be met in order to
apply for naturalization to US citizenship is the duration of time
during which a person has held US permanent residence.
Typically, for an employment-based permanent resident, the
period of time is 5 years, along with a 2.5 year physical
presence requirement. For others, the permanent residence and
physical presence requirements may be less. And, there are of
course other eligibility criteria such as being of good moral
character, being able to read and write basic English, and several
There are many "pros" and perhaps for some
people, a few "cons" to naturalizing. One may want
to consider such things as the ability to sponsor certain relatives
for US permanent residence, there may be tax issues to consider,
survivor benefits, and lots of other things to that can affect this
important decision. In the end, however, having a right to
vote is a privilege that may outweigh all else.
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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced today that the annual H-1B quota for both the regular
65,000 visa petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 visa
petition U.S. master's degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it had completed its annual H-1B lottery and had selected a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 petition U.S. master's degree cap.
April 5, 2017 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 8th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 58th overall, featuring a record lowest score of 431 and inviting 3753 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs.
In connection with the Trump Administration's desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well as newly focused enforcement initiatives.
Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI) announced a maximum number of 5000 Skilled Worker Program applications submitted on line ("Mon projet Quebec"), will be accepted for its intake period in 2017. The period of reception will be revealed at a later date.
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