Martin Immigration Law now has a YouTube channel! We will be posting videos as they are finalized. We hope that this visual medium will help clients understand various aspects of complex US immigration laws more easily. Each video plays for 4 minutes or less, and provides a basic overview of the topic. Future videos will cover nonimmigrant visas, work visas, PERM process, I-140, Adjustment of Status, and any topics you suggest.
Please check out our first video, explaining the permanent residence (green card) process through marriage to a US citizen. Let us know what topics you would like to see covered in future videos.
Recently I wrote about the Department of Homeland Security's report on visa overstays. I found this infographic that shows the overstays by country. I bet that not many people would expect that our Canadian neighbors would be number 1 in this immigration violation!
The US Department of Homeland Security announced further restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program. In addition to the immigration restrictions on people with ties to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria announced earlier (see earlier post http://www.martinvisalawyer.com/blog/category/visa-waiver), similar restrictions now apply to people with connections to Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
For a copy of the DHS press release, see here.
For more information, contact Immigration Attorney Elaine Martin
You will find more statistics at Statista
Democratic watchdog organization Freedom House recently released its annual rankings of the world's most suppressed nations, finding that global freedom is under pressure. A plethora of crises in 2015 led to harsh crackdowns on dissent by authoritarian regimes around the world as well as increased levels of xenophobia in democratic countries.
Freedom House found that global freedom has declined for the tenth year in a row. 72 countries experienced a decline in freedom while only 43 made gains. In 2016, 40% of the world's population is considered free with 24% partly free and 36% not free.
For more details, see https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2015#.VsNiWFgrKM8
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.