Immigration News

“The Difference Between Passport and Passport Card”

In the US, there are two types of passports: the traditional passport book, and a passport card. The passport book is a thin cardboard cover with your picture and information inside it. It has several pages for visas and travel documents. The US passport card is a small passport card, about the size of a credit card that contains your photo and identifying information. The traditional passport book is still required for most travel purposes. If you are traveling by air or to most countries, you will need a traditional passport book, with pages for your various visas. However, you can also get a passport card. The US passport card can be useful in a number of situations.

“Getting a green card via work”

A lot of people who enter the United States in order to work wind up getting a non-immigrant visa, but if they receive a job offer while in the country they can put in an application for permanent residency, or in other words apply for a green card.

“Basic Immigration Laws”

Over the past few years, immigration law has become much more strict, with more stringent visa requirements and longer waits for administrative actions. Fees and penalties have also been raised. Recently, the government has started collecting biometric information from immigrants in order to better identify people in the system.

“McCarthy: No House votes on immigration this year”

The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won’t vote this year on the issue. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with immigration proponents that there weren’t enough days left for the House to act. “There’s 13 days left, it’s very hard to do anything in 13 days,” Salas said of McCarthy. The Senate passed a comprehensive bill in June that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and tighten border security, but piecemeal bills in the House have faded away since the summer. Most House Republicans reject a comprehensive approach as well as the Senate bill, with many questioning the offer of citizenship to people who broke U.S. immigration laws to be in this country.

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“Yes, High-Skill Immigration Reform Is Still Dead This Calendar Year”

Posted by Alex Wilhelm

Breaking non-news out today: Immigration reform is dead in 2013. Next year is an election year. That means the potential of primary challenges for sitting House members, which is a threat that can be used to force voting patterns. The far right is opposed to a path to citizenship, and it will be a flashpoint in the debate, between the parties and chambers of Congress next year.

“Immigration Reform News 2013 Update: Obama Meets John McCain at White House to Discuss Immigration Progress”

Obama has indicated his belief that there is significant support across party lines to get real progress made in relation to immigration reform right now. Recently re-elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that he wanted his state to offer tuition to undocumented immigrants. He, as well as a number of other Republicans, have voiced their support for a pathway to citizenship being created by immigration reform.

“Did Romney Self-Deport His Immigration Plan?”

11/15/13 03:20 PM, Mitt Romney may be softening his old policy of “self-deportation” for undocumented immigrants, a move that many Republicans blame for his dismal performance with Latinos in 2012. Romney said about bill that should provide a path to citizenship for the undocumented: “I don’t think those who come here illegally should jump to the front of the line or be given a special deal, be rewarded for coming here illegally, but I think they should have a chance, just like anybody else, to get in line and to become a citizen if they would like to do so.”

“Teenagers Confront Boehner on Immigration Reform”

11/13/13 12:00 PM  By Emma Margolin

House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t seem to want to budge on his refusal to take up comprehensive immigration reform this year–despite getting a stern talking to from two teenagers over breakfast. Later in a press conference with some older journalists, Boehner maintained his hard line.

“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300 page bill that nobody has ever read, which is what the Senate did is not going to happen,” said the speaker. “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”

“Boehner Won’t Compromise with Senate on Immigration”

11/13/13 11:45 AM   By Steve Benen

Late last week, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) confirmed that comprehensive immigration reform is dead, at least for the rest of 2013. And what about next year? The odds appear poor – after all. Boehner told reporters he’s open to a piecemeal approach, voting on smaller immigration bills that far-right Republicans might consider tolerable.

“House GOP Scuttles Immigration Push”

11/11/13 08:00 AM  By Steve Benen

President Obama openly mocked the very idea of failure: “Obviously, just because something is smart and fair and good for the economy and fiscally responsible and supported by business and labor and the evangelical community and many Democrats and many Republicans – that does not mean that it will actually get done. This is Washington after all.”

Immigration Overhaul Dead in the House?”

Despite a rush to write the obituary for immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner has not closed the door on the issue entirely.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner startled immigration advocates this week when he said his chamber would never consider a sweeping immigration bill passed by the Senate and wouldn’t commit to voting on House immigration proposals by the end of the year.

But despite a rush to write the obituary for an overhaul of immigration, Boehner has not closed the door on the issue entirely. While many have been disheartened because of the slow pace on immigration in the House, supporters have turned up the pressure this week in a variety of ways to get the House GOP moving.

House committees have approved five smaller immigration bills — three that enhance immigration enforcement and two that would increase the number of visas for foreign workers — and Boehner wants to continue that process.

“Mitt Romney: Illegal Immigrants Should have Path to Citizenship”

By David Sherfinski    The Washington Times           Friday, November 15, 2013

2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who called for a vague “self-deportation” policy for those in the country illegally during the Republican primary campaign, said Friday that illegal immigrants should be offered an eventual path to citizenship, once again entering a debate that has bitterly divided the Republican party in recent years. “I do believe that those who come here illegally ought to have an opportunity to get in line with everybody else,” he said.

“Obama to Stop Deporting illegal Relatives of U.S. Troops, Veterans”

The Obama administration on Friday carved out yet another category of illegal immigrants it says it will no longer deport — in this case saying that relatives of U.S. troops and veterans who previously served can apply to stay in the country.

In addition, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the veterans have earned the right to have their illegal immigrant relatives stay in the country with them.

The administration said the new policy applies to spouses, children and even parents of troops and veterans. They can apply for parole, which lets them stay in the country for one-year increments, which can be renewed by the department.

“Hispanic’s Arrest Reignites Debate over Arizona ‘Show your Papers’ Immigration Law”

 By Stephen Dinan      The Washington Times              Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Arizona ACLU said Tuesday that police in that state have used racial profiling to target Hispanics under that state’s strict immigration laws, filing a legal complaint against the city of South Tucson and opening up another legal battle against the state’s “show your papers” law.

Some states have approved in-state tuition rates or granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Last month, California enacted a law preventing police from holding illegal immigrants for deportation if they have been accused of only minor crimes.

“Immigration Reform Would Save Uncle Sam $197 Billion Over Next 10 Years”

Author: Mattea Kramer on June 20, 2013

According to a report just released by the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill – officially, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act – would reduce federal budget deficits by $197 billion over the next decade.

“Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions”

But it is also true that the 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States are already taxpayers, and that their local, state and federal tax contributions would increase under reform. Undocumented immigrants currently contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $10.6 billion in 2010 with contributions ranging from less than $2 million in Montana to more than $2.2 billion in California. This means these families are likely paying about 6.4 percent on average of their income in state and local taxes.

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“USCIS Reminds Filipino Nationals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan of Available Immigration Relief Measures”

Release Date: November 15, 2013

In light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (named “Yolanda” by Philippine authorities), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to remind Filipino nationals that they may be eligible for certain immigration relief measures if requested.

USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status in the United States. Therefore, Filipino nationals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan may be eligible to benefit from the following immigration relief measures:

  • Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
  • Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;
  • Extension of certain grants of advance parole, and expedited processing of advance parole requests;
  • Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs);
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
  • Assistance to LPRs stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when the LPR is stranded in a place that has no local USCIS office.

For more information on USCIS humanitarian programs, visit or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.