Immigration BLOG

President Obama’s Announcement of Executive Actions on November 20, 2014

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions.  These initiatives include: Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents* program, provided they pass required background checks Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant programs…
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2014-2015 Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program

The Michigan Health Council announced on June 20, 2014 that application packages for the 2014/15 Michigan Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program are now available and that the application submission window is October 1 to October 31, 2014. You may wish to begin working on this application process soon. The immigration attorneys in our Michigan law firm can assist with this process.

Varian Fry

While reading the book “And the Show Went On,” by Alan Riding, which details cultural life in France during the German occupation of 1940-1944, I learned about the heroic actions of a young American journalist by the name of Varian Fry. Mr. Fry had visited Germany while in his twenties and witnessed the beating of an elderly Jewish couple by the Gestapo. He knew firsthand the brutality of the Nazi regime. Fry knew German and French, and he enjoyed reading French novels, literature, and classic stories. After Nazi Germany occupied much of France, Fry became alarmed that many of the giants of literature and art who were French Jews were now in immense danger. He knew none of them personally, but he thought that, due to the pleasure they afforded him through their art, it was his duty to make an effort to rescue as many of them as possible….
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