August 7, 2013 |
International stars in sports such as baseball, hockey and basketball have long been afforded special immigration status to play on U.S. teams. Think David Beckham, the former Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player from Britain, or Dodgers rookie phenom Hyun-Jin Ryu, a pitcher from South Korea. Now add Danny "Shiphtur" Le, of Edmonton, Canada, to the elite list. Le, an online gamer, is one of the world's top players of League of Legends, a virtual capture-the-flag game in which two teams of fantasy characters compete for a glowing orb. Le is so deft at racing down the virtual field and opening up gaps for teammates that he recently became the first so-called eSports player to be granted a type of visa normally awarded to athletes featured daily on ESPN.
August 2, 2013 |
Spouses in same-sex marriages will be given the same preferential consideration in their visa applications now enjoyed by those in opposite-sex marriages, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday. Kerry made the announcement in the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in London, one of the largest of the 222 visa centers in the world. His statement was distributed via email to reporters around the world. “As long as a marriage has been performed in a jurisdiction that recognizes it, so that it is legal, then that marriage is valid under U.S. immigration laws, and every married couple will be treated exactly the same,” Kerry said.
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July 30, 2013 |
Asian American advocates are urging people who want to sponsor a family member for an immigration visa to apply now, in case Congress eliminates the preferences. The massive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June would no longer allow United States citizens to get green cards for siblings or married adult children. In the House, which is taking a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, a bill has been introduced that would do away with sibling visas. Under both proposals, spouses and unmarried children would still be eligible for green cards.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to be second in command at the Department of Homeland Security vigorously denied allegations Thursday that he helped a company run by the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton secure a special visa for foreign investors. "I have never in my career used undue influence to influence the outcome of a case," Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a Senate panel considering his nomination.
May 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Evelyn Rivera was 3 years old and living in Medellin, Colombia, when her family obtained U.S. tourist visas to visit Florida. They weren't just aiming for Disney World. Medellin in the early 1990s was the capital of Pablo Escobar's cocaine empire, and deadly car bombs and kidnappings were rampant. So Evelyn's mother took the toddler and her 4-year-old sister on a flight to Miami with no plans to return. "My parents wanted to make sure we were safe," said Rivera, now 24 and living in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Their one-way trip to America is one of millions that have long frustrated U.S. authorities.
May 23, 2013 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to send the bipartisan immigration bill - more formally known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernizing Act - to the full Senate. The 800-plus page bill is by far the most ambitious attempt to overhaul the nation's immigration system in nearly three decades. The version that will reach the floor is, not surprisingly, imperfect, but the fact that it emerged from committee at all, and largely intact, is a testament to both political parties' willingness to compromise - a characteristic that has been in short supply in Washington for a long time.