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There are fewer visas, but Chinese students still want a U.S. education

Feb 19, 2021
Chinese students spend years mapping out the path to U.S. colleges. The pandemic has disrupted all of that.
"Contemplation in the afternoon," is one of the many pieces of art Li Jiayan has posted on social media in hopes of getting more freelance work while she figures out the next steps in her study plans.
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Trump administration takes aim at "birth tourism"

Jan 24, 2020
New visa rules add restrictions for pregnant visitors and those seeking other medical treatment in the U.S.
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Travel ban takes its toll on small businesses

Apr 12, 2019
Businesses are struggling with hiring, access to capital and family separation.
Shahab Mothena, co-owner of Amir Deli in Brooklyn, is waiting for his Yemeni wife, currently living in Egypt, to be issued a visa. 
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H-2B visas need fixing, employers and immigration attorneys say

Jan 18, 2019
You’ve probably heard of H-1B visas. Those are the ones lots of tech firms use to bring in highly skilled workers from countries like India. Lesser-known but still vital to the economy are visas like the H-2A. Those are temporary, seasonal visas handed out to the people who help grow and harvest our food. Then there […]

The Trump administration may restrict visas for certain Chinese students in STEM fields

May 30, 2018
Reports say grad students may be issued visas good for just a year at a time, rather than the multi-year type that are common now.

What it actually takes to bring a relative to the U.S.

Mar 5, 2018
When a U.S. citizen sponsors a relative to come to the country, it can take a few months or as long as 25 years.
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President Donald Trump is considering eliminating diversity lottery visas. What would be the economic impact?

Nov 22, 2017
Today is the last day for people around the world to apply to what’s known as the diversity lottery program. That’s the program that gives U.S. visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration. The recent round of applications is for fiscal year of 2019. The program made recent headlines after a recipient […]

H2-B visa demand is leaving some businesses understaffed for summer

May 10, 2017
Unemployment is at its lowest rate in roughly a decade. For lots of businesses, that means summer help is going to be harder to find — and more expensive. That’s especially true for smaller resort businesses that rely on temporary foreign workers to staff their hotels and restaurants. Those workers typically come on what’s known […]

What are EB-5 visas, and why were they used by Kushner’s family to court Chinese investors?

May 8, 2017
The family of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner was in the news over the weekend. The reports said Kushner’s sister was in China drumming up investment for a Kushner family project in New Jersey. Chinese investors were apparently told they could get a U.S. visa if they ponied up $500,000. The EB-5 visa is meant for […]