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  • Tit for tat: Moscow lists U.S. officials to be barred [Moscow blacklists US officials...]

    08/12/2011 8:06:39 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2011 | Eli Lake
    Moscow is preparing a list of U.S. officials it will ban from Russia in retaliation for a White House policy to keep Russian human rights abusers out of the U.S. Russia's Foreign Ministry this week began preparing a list of officials connected to the U.S. apprehension of suspected arms dealer Viktor A. Bout and convicted drug dealer Konstantin Yaroshenko, according to reports in the Russian press. The State Department last month announced that it has a list of Russian officials connected to the 2009 slaying of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who would be denied visas to visit the United States...
  • Chinese investors spent $24B on "golden visas" in U.S. and elsewhere

    05/12/2017 2:39:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 12, 2017 | Staff and The Associated Press
    BEIJING - When the sister of White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner promoted investment in her family's new skyscraper to investors in Beijing earlier this month, she was pitching a controversial American visa program that's proven irresistible to tens of thousands of Chinese. Over the last decade, more than 100,000 Chinese have poured at least $24 billion into "golden visa" programs across the world, an Associated Press analysis has found. These programs offer residence in exchange for investment in a country's businesses. Nowhere is Chinese demand greater than in the United States, which has taken in at least $7.7 billion...
  • Trump Effect: After Infosys, Another Top IT Company To Ramp Up US Hiring

    05/07/2017 4:11:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hans India ^ | May 7, 2017 | Reuters
    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would beef up hiring in the United States, a move that comes amid U.S. President Donald Trump's tough stance on the H-1B visa rules. Cognizant gets more than 75 percent of its revenue from North America and relies heavily on workers on H-1B visas to provide IT services to clients. H-1B visas are non-immigrant visas that allow U.S. companies to temporarily employ foreign workers. The majority of Teaneck, New Jersey-based Cognizant's roughly 260,000 employees are based in India.....
  • In Beijing ballroom, Kushner family flogs $500,000 'investor visa' to wealthy Chinese

    05/06/2017 2:40:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Sydney Morning Herald | May 7, 2017 | Emily Rauhala
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.smh.com.au/world/in-beijing-ballroom-kushner-family-flogs-500000-investor-visa-to-wealthy-chinese-20170506-gvzn58.html
  • Rich South Africans invest in green cards (Hiring Americans)

    04/25/2017 9:09:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    iAfrica ^ | April 25, 2017 | LCR Capital
    According to information released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), South African demand for US EB-5 visas has more than doubled since 2014. The EB-5 investor visa allows visa holders to obtain a green card for themselves and their immediate family members by investing $500,000 into U.S. businesses provided they create a required number of jobs. “For the first time, our industry now has access to the actual number of investors who applied, as apposed to just the number of EB-5 visas approved,” said Rogelio Caceres, co-founder of LCR Capital, a private equity investment firm that assists...
  • How our nation's immigrants can fund American infrastructure

    04/22/2017 12:20:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2017 | Michael Halloran
    We may be about to fund sorely-needed American infrastructure projects at no cost to taxpayers while simultaneously showcasing one approach to merit-based immigration. Next week, Congress is expected to advance a bill to extend the EB-5 program, which grants residency to investors committing $500,000 to $1 million to approved development projects that subsequently create full-time jobs. While the program has had a long history of job creation, of late it has demonstrated its capacity for bringing in new dollars to fund pivotal infrastructure developments as well. Recently, for instance, the EB-5 program has funded the expansion of Seagirt Marine Terminal...
  • Why The H-1B Visa Racket Should Be Abolished, Not Reformed

    04/22/2017 9:31:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2017 | Ilana Mercer
    Billionaire businessman Marc Cuban insists that the H-1B visa racket is a feature of the vaunted American free market. This is nonsense on stilts. It can't go unchallenged.Another billionaire, our president, has ordered that the H-1B program be reformed. This, too, is disappointing. You'll see why.First, let's correct Mr. Cuban: America has not a free economy, but a mixed-economy. State and markets are intertwined. Trade, including trade in labor, is not free; it's regulated to the hilt. If anything, the labyrinth of work visas is an example of a fascistic government-business cartel in operation.The H-1B permit, in particular, is part...
  • Black college students could benefit from Trump’s worker visa order

    04/18/2017 4:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | April 18, 2017 | William Douglas
    Science and technology students at the nation’s historically black colleges could get a boost from President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at altering a visa program that brings highly skilled workers to the United States. Leaders and advocates for historically black colleges and universities have been monitoring the immigration and jobs debate, telling the Trump administration and congressional lawmakers that so-called science, technology, engineering and math graduates from HBCU schools are readily available to fill high-tech jobs that are currently going to foreign workers. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who hosted a gathering of black college presidents in Washington, said Trump’s...
  • Trump To Sign ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Orders (H1B Visas Finally Targeted)

    04/18/2017 7:23:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order in Wisconsin on Tuesday directing a government-wide review aimed at putting new teeth back into decades-old “Buy American” and “Hire American” directives. The 220-day review process, which could lead to additional executive orders and possibly legislation, will focus on preventing foreign workers with H-1B visas from, as one senior administration official put it, “undercutting American labor at less cost,” which the official labeled as “an abuse” of the current system. “This is a clear statement from the president of the United States to shore up some of these abuses,” the official continued....
  • Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program (About Darned Time)

    04/18/2017 1:43:44 AM PDT · by cba123 · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2017 | By CATHERINE LUCEY and SCOTT BAUER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an order dubbed "Buy American, Hire American," said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources. The officials said the order, which Trump will sign at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to...
  • My Word: Program has created jobs, it must be allowed to do so (EB-5 Visas)

    04/10/2017 7:18:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The East Bay Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | Angelique Brunner
    Washington can be a tough place to read. Even so, there’s a policy debate at hand that I find puzzling. We have a new president who has boldly promised to create 25 million jobs over the next decade and a conservative Congress deeply concerned with reducing the tax burden on the American people and addressing the national debt. And yet there is a federal program on the books right now that answers all calls but faces possible expiration on the eve of the Trump administration’s 100-day mark. How could that be? The EB-5 program puts Americans to work. According to...
  • Feds Raid Suspected $50M Visa Fraud Ring Near Los Angeles

    04/06/2017 2:37:49 PM PDT · by posterchild · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | Apr 5, 2017 | Laurel Wamsley
    Federal authorities raided a Los Angeles-area business on Wednesday that the FBI suspects of orchestrating a $50 million visa fraud scheme. Filings in federal court allege that the California Investment Immigration Fund sought money from more than 100 Chinese investors, and in the process helped many of them to obtain U.S. green cards through a visa program called EB-5. But, says FBI Special Agent Gary Chen in those filings, those projects were never built.
  • This one group gets 70 percent of high-skilled foreign worker visas

    04/04/2017 8:23:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/04/2017 | Tracy jan
    If you were bright -- and gifted in science and engineering -- the H-1B visa was your ticket to the United States. But maybe not for long. The lottery for such “high-skilled" worker visas opened Monday, with the 85,000 slots expected to fill in a matter of days. Nearly three-quarters of the visas are expected to go to Indian workers, as they have in recent years. But the Trump administration injected new uncertainty into the H-1B visa process Monday -- warning employers against discriminating against U.S.-born workers and announcing site visits to companies that employ a high ratio of workers...
  • WIN: Computer programmers may no longer be eligible for H-1B visas

    04/03/2017 2:09:26 PM PDT · by johnk · 51 replies
    axios ^ | 4/3/2017 | Kim Hart
    "...What it means: This aligns with the administration's focus on reserving the temporary visas for very high-skilled (and higher-paid) professionals while encouraging low- and mid-level jobs to go to American workers instead. The new guidance affects applications for the lottery for 2018 fiscal year that opened Monday..."
  • Trump administration warns companies on H-1B visas: Hire Americans over foreign guest workers

    04/03/2017 5:22:23 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    The Justice and Homeland Security departments issued startling warnings Monday to companies applying for the country’s most prominent foreign guest-worker program, telling executives to look for Americans to fill those jobs first and promising more investigations and prosecutions of businesses that abuse the system. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of the Homeland Security Department, also released rules on Friday that could curtail the number of computer programmers who get H-1B visas, designated for specialty occupations that American companies have a tough time filling.
  • U.S. tells companies not to overlook qualified Americans (Says will prosecute visa misuse)

    04/03/2017 5:07:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 3, 2017 | Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press
    The Trump administration issued a stern warning to U.S. companies as they began applying for coveted skilled-worker visas Monday, cautioning that it would investigate and prosecute employers that overlook qualified American workers for the jobs. The message came on the opening day of applications for American employers seeking visas known as H-1B, which are used mostly by technology companies to bring in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries. “U.S. workers should not be placed in a disfavored status, and the department is wholeheartedly committed to investigating and vigorously prosecuting these claims,” Tom Wheeler, acting head of the Justice...
  • Alternative route to US citizenship

    04/02/2017 9:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hindu ^ | April 2, 2017 | Lokeshwarri S K
    With the new US President’s anti-globalisation and anti-immigrants stance, those wishing to toil their way in to a US citizenship might find it hard in the near future. But money might buy you a rightful place under the US sun. This can be achieved with the help of the EB-5 program, that can get you permanent residency and eventually citizenship, provided you have a deep pocket. Many countries, including the UK, Australia and exotic locales such as Malta and Cyprus provide a channel to high networth individuals to obtain multiple citizenship if they invest specific sums or meet some criteria,...
  • Immigration Enforcement

    03/30/2017 4:51:46 AM PDT · by PK1991 · 26 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 3/29/17 | National Public Radio
    NPR reports: "They come from places like Vietnam, China, Mexico and Guatemala, lured by promises of better-paying jobs and legal immigration. Instead, they're smuggled into the U.S., forced to work around the clock as bussers, wait staff and cooks, and housed in cramped living quarters. For this, they must pay exorbitant fees that become an insurmountable debt, even as their pay is often withheld, stolen or unfairly docked."
  • Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants

    03/23/2017 5:50:45 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 03/23/2017 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Trump administration is making it tougher for millions of visitors to enter the United States by demanding new security checks before giving visas to tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents. Diplomatic cables sent last week from Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson to all American embassies instructed consular officials to broadly increase scrutiny. It was the first evidence of the “extreme vetting” Mr. Trump promised during the presidential campaign.
  • 30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes

    03/19/2017 3:23:50 PM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3.18.2017 | Russ Read
    Approximately 30 countries are refusing to accept the deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar. While these countries are refusing to accept the deportations of these criminals, the U.S. government is still issuing visas and student visas to citizens of those countries, according to the Texan congressman. There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it. “We’re not enforcing it, which is amazing....