Visas. Legal news and articles for January 27 - 31, 2014

Burmese Migrants Advised to Return as Thai Work Visas ExpireThai Government 'Lacks Interest' in Solving Burma Migrant Labor AbuseHouse GOP releases plan for immigration reformHeavy demand results in untimely retrogression for EB-2 IndiaDetroit's existing immigrant communities feel left out by a new proposal to ...Rick Snyder, Agenda-Setter: Detroit Visas Idea Gets National Attention2-year prison sentence in fraudulent visa conviction2-year prison sentence in fraudulent visa convictionThai Protests Leave Many Burmese Migrant Workers Without VisasChina says New York Times reporter broke visa rules, will leaveChina says New York Times reporter broke visa rules, will leaveHow Detroit's bankruptcy could affect immigration reformLA employment agency owner sentenced for visa fraudHow Detroit's bankruptcy could affect immigration reformDetroit wants its own high-tech visa

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Man jailed for forging foreign maids permits
EastDay.comJanuary 3, 2014

A MAN who forged documents to get visas and employment permits for five Indonesian and Filipino maids was sentenced to five years in jail, bringing into focus the issue of illegal foreign maids on China's mainland. The man, surnamed Xu and in his 60s, ...more »

Welcome to the New America: Low-Wage Nation | The Nation
The Nation.January 2, 2014

More and more, Americans are trapped in the uncertainty and injustice that immigrant workers know all too well, whether they're here on temporary work visas cleaning luxury condos or undocumented and scrambling for daily construction jobs. Increasingly ...more »

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Burmese Migrants Advised to Return as Thai Work Visas Expire
The Irrawaddy News MagazineJanuary 31, 2014

... the Burma Embassy and officials from the Thai Department of Employment agreed in principle that migrants could “return” to Burma by crossing over the border for only one night and would then be allowed to apply for new visas at border processing ...more »

Thai Government 'Lacks Interest' in Solving Burma Migrant Labor Abuse
The Irrawaddy News MagazineJanuary 31, 2014

The new report by Finnwatch comes as Thailand's promised settlement of work visa issues for hundreds of thousands of Burmese workers in the country remains in chaos months after a plan was drawn up with the Burma government to resolve the problem.more »

House GOP releases plan for immigration reform
azcentral.comJanuary 31, 2014

Employment verification: There must be a workable, national electronic employment verification system so that employers can ensure they are hiring employees who can legally work in the United States. Reforms to the legal immigration system: Visas and ...more »

Heavy demand results in untimely retrogression for EB-2 India
Lexology (registration)January 30, 2014

Employers and their attorneys monitor the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin to determine when sponsored employees may file adjustment of status applications on Form I-485 (the last step in the permanent residence process). While, in general ...more »

Detroit's existing immigrant communities feel left out by a new proposal to ...
Public Radio InternationalJanuary 29, 2014

At a press conference last week, Governor Snyder took the issue of immigration a step further. He asked the Obama Administration to designate an additional 50,000 employment-based visas for skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs during the next five years.more »

Rick Snyder, Agenda-Setter: Detroit Visas Idea Gets National Attention
Deadline DetroitJanuary 28, 2014

The feds should allow the states to sponsor the visas, creating a new category of "state-based visas" in addition to the existing employment-based visas. -- Alan Stamm. Earlier on Deadline Detroit: Gov. Snyder Wants 50,000 New Immigrants to Come to ...more »

2-year prison sentence in fraudulent visa conviction
UPI.comJanuary 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency has been sentenced to two years in prison for filing false work visa petitions, federal authorities said. Lilia Tabafunda, 58 -- owner of People's Resources International ...more »

2-year prison sentence in fraudulent visa conviction
UPI.comJanuary 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency has been sentenced to two years in prison for filing false work visa petitions, federal authorities said. Lilia Tabafunda, 58 -- owner of People's Resources International ...more »

Thai Protests Leave Many Burmese Migrant Workers Without Visas
The Irrawaddy News MagazineJanuary 28, 2014

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand are struggling to extend expired working visas as continuous anti-government protests in Bangkok and elsewhere affect the country's administration, leaving thousands at risk of arrest, according to sources. “Because ...more »

China says New York Times reporter broke visa rules, will leave
Chicago TribuneJanuary 28, 2014

Ramzy remained in the country on the visa that he had received while working for Time, which was valid until the end of 2013. Chinese authorities then issued him a 30-day visa, valid until January 30, ostensibly to give him enough time to prepare to ...more »

China says New York Times reporter broke visa rules, will leave
swissinfo.chJanuary 28, 2014

Ramzy remained in the country on the visa that he had received while working for Time, which was valid until the end of 2013. Chinese authorities then issued him a 30-day visa, valid until January 30, ostensibly to give him enough time to prepare to ...more »

How Detroit's bankruptcy could affect immigration reform
Alaska DispatchJanuary 28, 2014

The move would require a federal action to increase in the employment-based visas for immigrants, as well as a drastic change in the way that such visas are awarded. As a result, immigration experts are skeptical that Governor Snyder's plan will become ...more »

LA employment agency owner sentenced for visa fraud
89.3 KPCC (blog)January 28, 2014

The owner of a Wilshire Center employment agency has been sentenced to two years in prison on charges stemming from a visa fraud investigation. Lilia Tabafunda, 58, was accused of filing at least 100 falsified work visa petitions on behalf of people ...more »

How Detroit's bankruptcy could affect immigration reform
Christian Science MonitorJanuary 28, 2014

Rick Snyder (R) of Michigan put forward a new and controversial plan Thursday to award 50,000 visas over five years to immigrants willing to settle and work in Detroit as part of his efforts to revitalize the bankrupt city. Skip to next paragraph ...more »

Detroit wants its own high-tech visa
IDG News ServiceJanuary 27, 2014

Raising the employment-based visa cap enough to meet Detroit's goal would require approval by Congress. But Snyder, at this point, is only asking for White House action, which means reallocating, and not increasing, the existing employment-based green ...more »

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