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Immigration Relief for Filipinos Affected By Typhoon

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Typhoon Haiyan has claimed over 4,000 lives in the Philippines, according to the latest tally of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Over 4 million have been displaced and the livelihood of about 5 million workers has been severely affected.

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Prior Mother’s Sham Marriage Does Not Bar Stepchild Petition

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When a US citizen petitions his spouse for a green card, he may also file a petition for his spouse’s child if the marriage creating the stepchild-parent relationship took place before the child’s 18th birthday. As immediate relatives of the US citizen, separate petitions must be filed for the spouse and stepchild.

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EB-3 Cut-off Dates Advance in December

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The December 2013 Visa Bulletin shows that the worldwide employment-based third preference (EB-3) cut-off date will advance by one year from October 1, 2010 in November to October 1, 2011. The Philippines third preference cut-off date will move by three weeks to January 8, 2007.

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Fight for Immigration Reform Gains Momentum

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Tens of thousands of people joined the demonstrations and rallies held in 150 sites nationwide last October 5 to pressure Congress to pass the immigration reform bill. Advocates dubbed the day, the “National Day of Immigrant Dignity and Respect.”

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Adjustment of Status for Children of Fiancé(e) Visa Holders

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The K-1 visa, also known as fiancée visa, allows a U.S. citizen to bring a foreign national fiancée into the United States. In order for the fiancée to be eligible to adjust status to permanent residence, they must marry within 90 days of the fiancée’s arrival in the U.S.

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Green Card for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

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Foreign nationals of extraordinary ability are eligible to become lawful permanent residents under the employment-based first preference category (EB-1). They do not need a job offer from a U.S. employer, which means that they can self-petition or file the immigrant petition themselves. 

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Immigration Reform Still Possible This Year

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With the recent government shutdown and the self-inflicted beating the Republican-controlled House of Representatives experienced resulting from it, many are wondering whether there is still hope for immigration reform this year. 

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Obama Urged to Stop Deportations

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Immigration advocates are appealing to President Obama to exercise his executive power and stop the deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the country while Congress is at a standstill on immigration reform.

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Green Card for Ministers and Religious Workers

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Religious workers may qualify for permanent residence as a special immigrant. They can apply within the United States through adjustment of status, or from abroad by obtaining an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulate. Typically but not always, the religious worker is already in the U.S. on R-1 or temporary religious worker status.

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Driver’s License for the Undocumented

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A bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive a driver’s license will soon become a law in California. Both houses of the California legislature recently passed the bill, AB 60, and it is now on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

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