Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Program that offered a quick path to Citizenship to foreign nationals through Military Service may not be delivering on that promise

MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest), is a program that was created in 2009 by the Defense Department in order recruit foreign nationals that possess specific skills that are considered valuable to the national interest, such as language and medical skills.  In return for their military service, these recruits were offered an expedited path to U.S. citizenship. 

The program has had it’s share of controversy from the start and was eventually shut down in 2016, after the Obama administration opened it up to DACA recipients, allowing them to apply for it.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Department of State Revises the Foreign Affair Manual to Provide Consular Officers Guidance in light of Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order.

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr

As of August 2017, the Department of State (DOS) has updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which details the policies and procedures by which Consular Officers are to follow in the issuance of visas at appointments abroad. These revisions have been made based upon President Trump’s April 2017 Executive Order (EO) 13788, “Buy American and Hire American.” This EO posits targeted directives with the goal of “ensure[ing] the integrity of the Immigration System in order to ‘Hire American.”

Prior to the FAM revisions and the April 2017 EO, the Immigration Bar and non-immigrant visa (NIV) holders traveling abroad have been gathering anecdotal evidence of rigorous adjudications at the consulate.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

F-1 and OPT Travel FAQs

As the opening date for filing H-1B petitions on April 1st approaches, many graduating students and students on OPT have questions about traveling and maintaining their status. These FAQs address the typical scenarios confronting students.

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