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According to the US Department of State, over 33,000 immigrant visas and 414,000 nonimmigrant visas were issued in January 2022 alone. Some may have waited years for their visa approval and hope to stay in the United States permanently. Others come to the United States for vacation, to visit family, or to pursue an education.… Read More

The recent conflict between Ukraine and Russia could result in “Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century,” declared by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Currently, it is believed that more than 2 million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries.  While there is currently no word on how many Ukrainian refugees the United States has committed… Read More

Congratulations on making it to the final step before becoming an American citizen! Your long immigration journey has now brought you to the naturalization interview and citizenship test. During this process, you’ll undergo a two-part test that assesses your basic understanding of the English language and American civics.  Understanding the English language is an essential… Read More

Every country has its own unique quirks and customs that are unlike anywhere else. In the United States, the climate, culture, and lifestyle can vary from state to state, making every visit to a different state a completely new experience.  Getting to the United States is just one part of your journey. Living in the… Read More

The process of obtaining a visa to enter the US can be lengthy, but it’s also quite rewarding, providing you with new opportunities and new experiences. However, once you enter the United States, you may wish to leave for a family emergency, business, academic purposes, or leisurely travel. If you have plans to return to… Read More

USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is notorious for its slow processing times for green card applications and family and employment-related visas, causing some applicants to wait months or even years for a final decision. Many factors play into how long your immigration case will be processed, such as an annual quota cap,… Read More

Currently, one in seven US residents is an immigrant, making up 14 percent of the population, and each with a unique story to tell. Like you, many have had to face the realities of integrating into a new country, learn to navigate their way around a new language and culture, and grapple with maintaining their… Read More

As a newcomer to the United States, American politics heavily influence your access to work, public assistance, and other benefits. Understanding how the US government is structured, the branches of government, and how a bill becomes a law can give you some insight into US immigration policies.  Immigration rules and regulations are primarily dependent upon… Read More

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has seen a significant number of labor shortages across many industries, resulting in empty grocery stores and retail shelves, rising inflation, and reduced store hours despite increased consumer spending. The difficulty in finding and retaining workers could be attributed to the significant decline in foreign-born… Read More

Although many American retailers start filling the shelves with Christmas paraphernalia long before Halloween closes out, Thanksgiving is the event that typically kicks off the holiday season in the United States. Thanksgiving sets the tone for the weeks to come with a celebration of food, family, and giving thanks for what we are grateful for. … Read More