Posted on January 27th, 2011
House Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced a bill that would allow PhD students who graduate with degrees in technology, science, math or engineering to automatically receive a green card for permanent residency. Flake first introduced the bill, called the Staple Act, in 2009. The Staple Act would also exempt some foreign university graduates from the H1-B cap.
Every year, the U.S. government holds 20,000 H-1B visas for foreign students with diplomas from U.S. universities. Without an H-1B visa, foreign university graduates can only work for up to 29 months in the United States.
Flake says of the bill, “Unless we want to see the next Google or Intel created overseas, we’ve got to enact legal immigration reforms that allow foreign-born, U.S.-educated students who have earned advanced degrees to remain and work in the country after they’ve graduated”.
If you or someone you know is looking to obtain a green card for permanent residency or an H-1B temporary worker visa, contact the Orange County immigration lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 today.
Posted on January 20th, 2011
Edwin M. Lee, former city administrator, recently became the first Asian-American mayor of San Fransisco. Elected officials across the state say Lee, who is of Chinese descent, is a milestone for the city’s history.
Nearly a third of San Fransisco’s population is made up of Asian-Americans. Oakland, where Asian-Americans make up 15 percent of the population, also recently elected their first Asian-American mayor, Jean Quan. Quan is also the first Asian-American woman mayor of a major city in the United States.
Lee and Quan have constantly remained true to their past and fought for not only Chinese-American immigrants’, but all immigrants’ rights. At a swearing in ceremony for Lee, the mayor paid tribute to the thousands of immigrants drawn to San Fransisco, and all of California, during the gold rush in the mid-1800′s.
To discuss the naturalization process with an experienced and compassionate immigration attorney, contact the Orange County naturalization attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 and set up an appointment with one of our lawyers today.
Posted on January 14th, 2011
Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act. The act would allow children who were brought to the country illegally to become citizens through school or military service. Last month, the Senate failed to pass the DREAM Act with a 55-41 vote.
President Obama expressed his disappointment that the Senate was unable to pass the DREAM Act and stated that he “will not give up on the DREAM Act, or on the important business of fixing our broken immigration system”. Since the vote, several state legislators have shown that they are not giving up on the DREAM Act either. In California, assemblyman Gil Cedillo introduced a the DREAM Act to apply to the state of California.
Cedillo says that he plans to divide the bill into two separate bills. The first would allow illegal immigrant students that are California residents to apply for a Cal Grant. Cal Grants provide student financial aid through the state to students from low income families and with acceptance to a state community college or University of California school. The second bill would allow illegal immigrant students that are California residents to apply for a fee waiver if they are accepted to another public school or university.
Contact the Orange County immigration lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 today if your or someone you know is a student looking to obtain a student visa in California.
Posted on January 7th, 2011
Yesterday, a San Francisco teenager was granted six months to stay in the country and prepare for her immigration case. The teen, 18-year old Elizabeth Lee, her brother and her mother immigrated to the United States from Peru in 2000. Lee graduate from Lowell High School in San Francisco and was accepted to atten the University of California at Berkeley for this past fall.
Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Lee’s mother, Melissa Lee, in June. Lee was released but officials said that the family would be deported from the country on January 19th.
Officials from the ICE granted the six-month stay this week on humanitarian grounds and because Lee has a strong case to stay in the country. A spokesperson for a rally held in Elizabeth Lee’s honor just said of the extra time, “We believe she has a strong case to remain in the country lawfully. This will allow her to reopen the case so that new evidence can be put forward”.
If you or someone you love immigrated to the United States and want to petition to remain in the country, contact the experienced and compassionate Orange County immigration petitions attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about your rights.