Biden Aims to Rebuild and Expand Legal Immigration

Documents obtained by The New York Times show far-reaching efforts by President Biden to remake the immigration system and undo much of his predecessor’s legacy.

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They Live in the U.S., but They’re Not Allowed to Come Home

Thousands of immigrants who live in the United States on temporary visas and traveled to India in recent weeks have been stranded there under the Biden administration’s travel ban.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #indian-americans, #state-department, #travel-warnings, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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‘Are You Like This Doggy?’ U.S. Embassy Asked Chinese Students. It Backfired.

In a social media post about visa applications, the consular section in Beijing posed a question that some critics called racist.

#china, #education, #foreign-students-in-us, #social-media, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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Covid and Travel: Why an Estimated 100,000 Americans Abroad Face Passport Problems

Consular appointments for U.S. citizens overseas are nearly impossible to come by as many embassies, plagued by Covid restrictions and staff reductions, remain all but closed.

#americans-abroad, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #immigration-and-emigration, #passports, #state-department, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #visas

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Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement

A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.

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Think Covid’s Messed Up Your Travel Plans? Try Getting Into China.

To keep the virus out, Beijing has enacted some of the world’s toughest border controls. Lives have been upended, and business has been disrupted.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #visas

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Enduring Miles and Months Apart to Keep the Love Alive

Long-distance — especially international long-distance — relationships have always been difficult. The pandemic has made spending Valentine’s Day together even more elusive.

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Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate

The suspension of most legal immigration, combined with the pandemic, has left visa applicants in limbo. Even if President Biden ends the bans, it could take years to process everyone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states, #visas

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Justice Dept. Suit Says Facebook Discriminates Against U.S. Workers

The lawsuit adds to Facebook’s woes in Washington, where the social network also faces antitrust questions.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members

New guidelines mean that travel visas for China’s 92 million party members will be limited to one month, single entry — if the State Department can figure out who they are.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #united-states, #visas

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Women in ‘Birth Tourism’ Ring Had 119 Babies on Long Island, Officials Say

Six people were charged in federal court with bilking Medicaid of $2.1 million and taking $750,000 from pregnant women in Turkey seeking to give birth in the United States.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #turkish-americans, #visas

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The Digital Nomads Did Not Prepare for This

They moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in.

#americans-abroad, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-tax, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sabbaticals-and-career-breaks, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations, #visas

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Chinese Reporters in the U.S. Left Uncertain by Political Spat

Caught in a tit-for-tat battle over the media between the two countries, the worried reporters say they help bring a nuanced view of American life back home.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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New Visas Limits Would Be a Self-Inflicted Wound for the U.S.

The Trump administration wants to make it harder for foreign students, exchange visitors and journalists.

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Afghanistan Stampede Leaves at Least 12 Dead

At least 12 people died as thousands crowded a soccer stadium. Many were seeking medical care in Pakistan, which recently eased its pandemic border restrictions.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #deaths-fatalities, #immigration-and-emigration, #pakistan, #stampedes, #visas

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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

Four weeks before the election, the Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. companies have long valued.

#foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

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Indians Firms May Benefit From Trump’s H-1B Limits

As the president clashes with the courts, some companies and investors say tougher limits on temporary work visas will help push jobs overseas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #visas

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Foreign Workers

The court overruled limits on visas for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #visas

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Computing Pioneers Endorse Biden, Citing Immigration

They said the administration’s policies were driving away technology talent and could do long-term damage to their industry.

#alphabet-inc, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cerf-vinton-g, #computers-and-the-internet, #endorsements, #foreign-students-in-us, #google-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #john-hennessey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology, #visas

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China Freezes Credentials for Journalists at U.S. Outlets, Hinting at Expulsions

CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Getty Images are affected. Chinese officials told journalists, who can still work, that their fate depends on what the United States does to Chinese media employees.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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U.S. Sanctions 24 Chinese Companies Over Role in South China Sea

The Trump administration moved to cut off two dozen Chinese companies from the American market on Wednesday, saying they had contributed to China’s controversial island-building campaign.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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The Great Au Pair Rush

When the Trump administration shut the borders to many new au pairs, those already in the country found they had something new: options.

#au-pair-in-america, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #foreign-workers, #hiring-and-promotion, #national-domestic-workers-alliance, #state-department, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

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India Offers Escape to Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Facing Attacks

Members of the dwindling minority communities, gutted by recent deadly violence, welcomed an emergency exit but expressed worry that what would await them in India is poverty.

#afghanistan, #hinduism, #india, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #terrorism, #visas

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U.S. Wants to Bar Members of China’s Communist Party. Who Are They?

With more than 90 million members and led by Xi Jinping, the party encompasses people at the heights of Chinese power and the civil servants of everyday life.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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Kicked Out of China, and Other Real-Life Costs of a Geopolitical Meltdown

When countries clash, here’s what happens to those of us caught in the middle.

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U.S. Weighs Sweeping Travel Ban on Chinese Communist Party Members

The presidential order under consideration would be based on the same statute in the Immigration and Nationality Act used in a 2017 travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #state-department, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #xi-jinping

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Trump Appointee Might Not Extend Visas for Foreign Journalists at V.O.A.

The action could be a blow to the news-gathering abilities of Voice of America, an independently operated media agency funded by the government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #fang-bay, #foreign-workers, #miles-james-m, #news-and-news-media, #open-technology-fund, #pack-michael, #radio-free-asia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #voice-of-america

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Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students

Universities opposed a policy that would require students to take at least one in-person class or be denied permission to study in the United States.

#assn-of-american-universities, #bacow-lawrence-s, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #foreign-students-in-us, #healey-maura-1971, #international-study-and-teaching, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas

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International Students in Online Courses Face Lost F1 Visas, ICE Says

International students will be required to take at least one in-person class to keep their visas, at a time when many universities are prioritizing online instruction.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #foreign-students-in-us, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #visas

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The Activist Investor Done With Finance

Jeff Ubben is leaving the hedge fund he founded for a new venture focused on “inclusive capitalism.” He thinks traditional finance is played out.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #stocks-and-bonds, #ubben-jeffrey-w, #valueact-capital-partners, #visas

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Companies Criticize Visa Suspensions, but Impact May Be Muted for Now

President Trump’s executive order came at a time when hiring has slowed, and many U.S. consulates are not conducting interviews for temporary green cards.

#american-immigration-lawyers-assn, #center-for-immigration-studies, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #visas

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Google, Amazon condemn Trump order cutting off foreign worker visas

Closeup photograph of immigration documents.

Enlarge / Illustration of a green card sitting on an open passport. Green card holders are not currently affected by the new order, but the administration says immigration-restricting order will leave 525,000 jobs vacant this year for US citizens to fill. (credit: Epoxydude | Getty Images)

Tech firms are pushing back against the Trump administration after President Donald Trump yesterday issued an order suspending the issuance of a wide range of work visas, including the type that allows high-skilled workers and their families to enter the country and work for American technology companies.

Monday’s proclamation renews and expands on an earlier order issued in April.

Both the April and June orders claim that admitting workers from other nations at this time would put the United States at an economic disadvantage while the nation tries to recover from massive job losses related to COVID-19. The new order extends the existing limitations on immigration into the US through at least the end of the year, and it additionally prohibits several categories of non-immigrant worker visas from being issued in the back half of 2020. The visas now being limited include types H-1B, which applies to high-skilled degree-holding workers; H-2B, which applies to temporary workers in non-agricultural industries; J, which applies to exchange visitors, both educational and professional; and L, which applies to individuals transferring to a US location within the company for which they already work.

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#amazon, #facebook, #google, #immigration, #policy, #politics, #research, #visas

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The Visas and the Fury

As President Trump moves to restrict work-based immigration, the business world — particularly Silicon Valley — is speaking out.

#foreign-workers, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #navarro-peter, #visas

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Trump Suspends H-1B and Other Visas That Allow Foreigners to Work in the U.S.

The move is fiercely opposed by business leaders, who say it will block their ability to recruit critically needed workers from countries overseas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Trump Suspends Visas Allowing Hundreds of Thousands of Foreigners to Work in the U.S.

The move is fiercely opposed by business leaders, who say it will block their ability to recruit critically needed workers from countries overseas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Gaps in Vetting Visas Allowed Saudi Gunman Into U.S. Pilot Training

The gunman who killed three in Florida was not directed by Al Qaeda, nor inspired solely by online ideology. He was a new kind of terrorist, harder to spot: an extremely enterprising freelancer.

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Businesses Brace for Possible Limits on Foreign Worker Visas

Citing the economic slump, the president is looking at a limit on H-1B, L-1 and other visas as well as a program allowing foreign students to work in the United States after they graduate.

#executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-economy, #visas

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For Migrants in Russia, Virus Means No Money to Live and No Way to Leave

The coronavirus has highlighted migrants’ inferior status in Russia. With no jobs, and sometimes no health care, many want to go home — but find they can’t.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #moscow-russia, #russia, #visas

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Does Hong Kong Have a Fighting Chance Against China?

The Communist Party was always going to try to tame Hong Kong, but its latest efforts are something else.

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U.S. to Expel Chinese Graduate Students With Ties to China’s Military Schools

The move is the latest in the Trump administration’s efforts to impose limits on Chinese students. But many university officials say the government is paranoid, and that the United States will lose out.

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Immigrants on H-1B and Other Work Visas May Face Deportation

The Trump administration is unlikely to allow laid-off holders of H-1B and other work visas to extend their stay in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#american-immigration-lawyers-assn, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #visas

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An Adoption, a Pandemic and an Evacuation

The Mosiers flew to India in March to pick up their daughter. The country locked down before they could leave.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indian-americans, #orphans-and-orphanages, #parenting, #visas

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Trump Plans to Suspend Immigration to U.S.

The president portrayed the measure, his most wide-ranging attempt yet to seal off the country from the world, as a bid to save Americans’ jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#asylum-right-of, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Hospitals Are Inundated. Some Foreign-Born Health Workers Are Blocked From Helping.

Nurses and doctors are ensnared by red tape and visa rules that prevent them from working in U.S. hospitals, where they are needed to respond to the coronavirus.

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #epidemics, #foreign-workers, #hospitals, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #migration-policy-institute, #nursing-and-nurses, #visas

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Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week.

Sophie writes our “Dear Sophie” column, where she answers questions about immigration status, particularly for founders and others in the tech ecosystem who want to work in the United States.

In our conference call, we talked about the changes happening to H-1B visas, what COVID-19 is doing to the immigration system and some of the top concerns of founders in these perilous times. Below the jump, you’ll find an edited transcript, or you can listen to the call in its entirety.

As with all legal advice, always speak with your own retained attorney about specific details regarding your own cases as illustrative examples may or may not apply to your own unique situation.

#extra-crunch, #h-1b, #hiring, #immigration, #lawyers, #personnel, #sophie-alcorn, #tc, #verified-experts, #visas, #work

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