U.S. Welcomes Refugees, Urges Other Countries to Do The Same

The United States resettled 56,000 refugees in 2011 in a partnership with many civic organizations around the country. Similar numbers are expected for resettlement in 2012, according to officials at the State Department as they highlighted the
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United States Will Stop Deporting Some Young Immigrants

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced June 15 that, effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for (more...)

Leach Hosts Group At State Capitol For Armenian Awareness Day

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today hosted students from Radnor’s Armenian Sisters Academy at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg for his Armenian Awareness Day, which included a dance performance, cultural exhibit and press conference. “I’d like to thank everyone who participated in and attended today’s event, especially (more...)

Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month 2012

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Three hundred and fifty-eight years ago, a band of 23 Jewish refugees fled Recife, Brazil, beset by bigotry and oppression. For them, receding shores marked the end of another chapter of persecution for a people that had been (more...)

HIAS Pennsylvania Celebrates 130 Years with Their Annual Event

Tonight, HIAS Pennsylvania celebrates its Annual Event, focusing on the theme of the “Resilience and Renewal” of immigrants and refugees. It will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM at the HYATT at the Bellevue on Broad and Walnut Streets. The 2012 Golden Door honorees are: The Parkway Corporation and Zuritsky/Winigrad Families, Wendy Voet, (more...)

Arizona’s Case SB 1070 at the Supreme Court

On April 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Arizona's harsh anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. If this conservative court upholds SB 1070, numerous states that have held off on moving forward on their own versions of Arizona’s ‘papers please’ racial profiling (more...)

Eligibility to Participate in U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia

The U.S. Mission in Russia is pleased to announce an expansion of our current interview waiver program as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order to substantially increase travel and tourism to the United States.  Starting immediately, certain applicants who have previously been issued a visa (more...)

Pro Bono Citizenship Day Events In March 2012

For more than 200 years, America has remained strong because of its diverse citizenship and the common civic values we share.  On the Philadelphia area’s Pro Bono Citizenship Day, local attorneys will help lawful permanent residents achieve their American dream by applying for U.S. citizenship.  Co-sponsored (more...)

Andrew Carnegie – The Richest Man in the World

This article is excerpted from the book Outline of the U.S. Economy, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. View the entire book (PDF, 3.26 MB). In the post-Civil War Gilded Age, a generation of immensely wealthy industrialists rose to prominence. Hailed as “captains of industry” by (more...)

New Report Spotlights Untapped Talent in US

A new report is spotlighting a hidden opportunity in the United States – skilled immigrant doctors, engineers and others who are currently working in low-skilled jobs. " Talent is Ready: Promising Practices for Helping Immigrant Professionals Establish Their American Careers" was released by the Chicago-based IMPRINT, an umbrella group of (more...)

“Employers of Distinction”

Three local companies were recently named Employers of Distinction by the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and will be honored at a December 7 ceremony. The companies are the Feasterville-based Vita Care Home Health; Chandler Hall, in Newtown; and Kaplun Manufacturing in Levittown. The Employers of Distinction (more...)

Nonimmigrant Visa Petition: Let’s Make It Easier Together

Dear friends, Perhaps you (or someone you know) faced this situation when you wanted to invite a relative to visit you in the U.S. for a short period of time only to find out that the travel visa was denied due to the fact that the current U.S. law stipulates that (more...)

Happy Birthday, Statue of Liberty!

The Statue of Liberty is having a birthday extravaganza on October 28, the 125th anniversary of her dedication. The 93-meter-high copper beauty will celebrate with a flotilla of ships, a naturalization ceremony, a cake, musical performances, readings, speeches and fireworks. Shown above, the statue stands on Liberty (more...)

Immigration Voices of Change in Southeastern Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia region’s lengthy immigration history has included an ever-changing flow of people from many regions of the world. The 2010 census demonstrated the powerful impact immigrants continue to have today, as Philadelphia’s population grew for the first time in 60 years. Yet despite the myriad contributions (more...)

U.S.-Russia Agreement on Issuing Visas

Secretary of State Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov today announced an agreement on the issuance of nonimmigrant business, tourist, private and humanitarian visas to the Russian Federation, and for business and tourist visas to the United States, as well as short-term official travel visas to (more...)