Visa backlogReuniting families is once again at the forefront of immigration legislation. The proposed bill, The Reuniting Families Act, was reintroduced in Congress last May 20 by U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY). This bill seeks to reunite U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents with their families by reducing the wait times in family-based immigration, reclassifying certain family-based categories, increasing per country limits and reallocating and utilizing unused visas in categories where there are huge backlogs.

Category: Immigration Posted on  1 Jun 2009

Filipinas in NYC area find new meaning in Mothers DayFilipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE-NYC) wanted to honor the mothers of KABALIKAT, who have sacrificed time with their families to pursue either live-in or full-time jobs as domestic workers and care givers. Kalayaan Hall of the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center was at full capacity, and over 30 mothers from KABALIKAT, Domestic Workers Support Network, a project under Philippine Forum; and the local community, including the Jornaleros Unidos, came together to celebrate Filipina mothers.

Category: Advocacy Posted on  16 May 2009

NYC area Filams March for LeganizationDespite heavy thunderstorms, Filipino-Americans joined other immigrant communities at Union Square in New York to rally and march for immigrant rights in the United States this past Friday, May 1. The 50+ strong NYC May Day Filipino contingent, consisting of members from the Philippine Forum, Sandiwa, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), Anakbayan NY/NJ, New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP), and BAYAN USA, marched two miles together from Union Square to Foley Square in the pouring rain.

Category: Advocacy Posted on  8 May 2009

Immigration: 2nd Preference for professionalsWith With the unavailability of visa numbers in the employment-based third preference (EB3) category, which means a wait for green card of about seven years, a viable option for qualified professionals from all countries, except India and China, is the second preference (EB2) category. The EB2 category has a yearly worldwide allocation of 40,000 visa numbers, plus any unused visas in the first preference category. Visa numbers are currently available for all countries for this category, except China and India.

Category: Immigration Posted on 14 May 2009

Tampa Filipino American Leadership ConferenceReminiscent of the latter years of the Marcos dictatorship, Filipinos in America are becoming more concerned over Philippine political affairs, particularly the 2010 presidential elections. More and more are reacquiring their Philippine citizenship, a privilege granted by the 0dual citizenship law, and those who are not yet US citizens are registering as overseas absentee voters. .

Category: Politics Posted on 7 May 2009
Immigrants rightsThe day after nation-wide mobilizations on May 1st to support immigrant rights and an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, Jersey City community members gathered for a forum at the Five Corners Library here to listen to speakers address the topic of “Immigration Under Obama.”

 

Category: Advocacy Posted on 7 May 2009

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