Fun Immigrant Facts and Stereotypes

Is it true that anything is possible in America?

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

America the land of milk and honey
America the global village,
America the superpower.

Yes I believed and still believe that your DREAMS can come true in America.
Even with all the challenges that American have faced, they have proofed time and again, that only in America do dreams come true.
There is HOPE that dreams come true. If others have accomplished their dreams in such a big way, give yourself hope and courage, and pursue yours.

America and Americans still prove to be the greatest in the world.
Americans are willing to help immigrants regardless of class, creed or religion,
America is open to DREAMERS who are ready to pursue their dreamers relentlessly,

Even though it might seem otherwise, tell me any other continent that is so welcoming to dreamers….

America is the melting point of impossibility.
America gives basic platform to all.
In America DREAMS come TRUE.

Dream big and pursue your Dreams

Best of Luck

Much Love

Yours
Life Lover

Life Heroes

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

In life, there are always people who are willing to put their life in risk  for the common good of majority.
This people are commonly referred to as Heroes. Some of our big time heroes go unnoticed, while other are not well recognized.

For immigrants dreamers, it is a challenging task, to be out there hoping that the government will at least recognize your pleas.

Even though we have cases of immigrants who are paying the cost of wanting dreams true, let not forget that every individual can be a hero in one way or the other.

To be a hero all you need to do is to pursue things that not only help you, but help the community. Just think of how you could support your neighbor in fulfilling the dreams that benefit all!

Best of Luck

Much Love

Yours
Life Lover

Immigrants are for Real Dreamers…..Go Dreamers

Written By: admin - Jan• 11•13

DREAM Activist’s Family Picked Up by Immigration Authorities

PHOTO: Facebook

Erika Andiola with her mother, Maria Arreola. (Facebook)
Jan. 11, 2013

The mother and brother of a prominent immigrant rights activist in Mesa, Ariz., were released today after being arrested and detained last night by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Erika Andiola is a well-known face among DREAMers and serves as the political director for the DRM Action Coalition, a group that lobbies for immigration legislation. After she wrote about the arrests on her Facebook page last night, news spread like wildfire across social networks and on blogs. Petitions garnered thousands of signatures throughout the night and organizations like Dream Activist and United We Dreammobilized their members in response.

According to Andiola, plainclothes immigration agents came to her family’s home last night and knocked on the front door. “We didn’t find out they were immigration till we opened the door,” she said.

Andiola’s mother, Maria Arreola, had a standing deportation order from 1998, according to José Peñalosa, an immigration lawyer representing the family. Peñalosa said that at that time, Arreola attempted to enter the country legally, but did not have the proper documents.

Arreola’s case may have come to the attention of federal immigration officials after an arrest in September. Arreola was arrested for speeding, driving without a license and not being able to produce identification. At the time, Erika and her mother told the press the arrest was linked to SB 1070, Arizona’s “show me your papers” law. Local police sent Arreola’s name to federal immigration authorities, but she was released from custody, a local CBS affiliate reported.

However, Andiola said that she wasn’t sure if the deportation order was the only reason immigration agents targeted her home last night. Andiola said that agents also questioned her brother, who was outside speaking with a neighbor. Her brother, Heriberto Andiola Arreola, was also taken into custody. He was released today but only after a deportation case was opened against him, according to the family’s immigration lawyer.

ICE issued a statement about the case this morning. “Although one individual had been previously removed from the country, an initial review of these cases revealed that certain factors outlined in ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy appear to be present and merit an exercise of discretion,” Barbara Gonzalez, ICE press secretary, said in the statement. “A fuller review of the cases is currently on-going.”

The family’s immigration lawyer said that Arreola is the one being considered for prosecutorial discretion.

Alongside Erika Andiola, Arreola and her son are also relatively prominent figures advocating for immigrant rights in Arizona. According to a press release by United We Dream about Andiola, “she and her family are well known to ICE leadership in Arizona, who have challenged their tactics for years.”

Since the White House has touted immigration reform as a “top priority” in 2013, the role of immigration enforcement has taken center stage. A report released earlier this week showed that spending on immigration enforcement outweighs the cumulative spending of all major federal criminal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This particular case shows the human impact of immigration enforcement in a state best known for battles over the issue.

Andiola is also one of the more than 100,000 Dreamers to be approved for President Barack Obama’s deferred action program, which allows undocumented young people to live in the U.S. without threat of deportation and apply for a work permit. In December, she posted a picture of her newly received Social Security card to Facebook, saying, “the nine digit magic number that has made my life impossible for such a long time has just arrived.”

During the ordeal, Andiola posted updates on her Twitter account:

“My mother and my brother were taken from my house today right in front of me and my little brother by #ICE. Is this how it feels? #WTF,” she tweeted in the early morning.

You can do anything you want to do (in America). Is it?

Written By: admin - Jan• 10•13

Immigrant Entrepreneurship Has Stagnated For First Time In Decades, Says New Study

Billionaire Immigrants

Courtesy of 5-Hour EnergyManoj Bhargava

Manoj Bhargava

Indian-born Bhargava came to the U.S. as a teen and enrolled at Princeton U. He dropped out  and returned to India where he spent 12 years as a monk. Back in the U.S. he did well in plastics until he stumbled onto a formula for energy drinks that became wildly successful 5-Hour-Energy.

Immigrant entrepreneurs have always had a significant impact on U.S. culture and economy, and that continues to be true today. Immigrants started 28% of all new U.S. businesses in 2011, despite accounting for just 12.9% of the U.S. population, according to “Open For Business: How Immigrants Are Driving Small Business Creation In The United States”, a report published in August by The Partnership for a New American Economy.

Our own ranking of America’s wealthiest makes the point as well: 29 members of The Forbes 400 (full list below) are immigrants including four new entrants. Pakistan-born Shahid Khan, for instance, came to the U.S. at age 16, with $500 that his father had scrimped together, to study engineering. He is now CEO of auto parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate and the new owner of theJacksonville, Jaguars. “You can do anything you want to do (in America),” Khan told Forbes earlier this year. “You have to work hard, you have to create your own luck, and you have to have some luck also. But here, it’s possible.”

But the American Dream isn’t what it used to be for non-natives, say other billionaires. “The U.S. used to be the best place for new business,” says 5-HourEnergy creator Manoj Bhargava, who moved to the U.S. from India, “Now it has competition and, in fact, some places are now better. The most dangerous issue is the perception, true or not, that we are getting worse.”

Canadian-born Jeff Skoll, who was the first president of Ebay and has since produced such films as An Inconvient Truth, had even more critical remarks:

My opinion is that the US has gone out of its way to make legal immigration for highly qualified professionals more and more difficult. Foreign born entrepreneurs, technologists, graduates of US universities and academics are being denied work in the US in ever increasing numbers. While we may retain the motto of “give us your tired, your huddled and hungry”, in reality the US has become a fortress denying the dreams and aspirations of a generation of immigrants who would only make US society stronger, safer and more productive. It is to our detriment to continue these blatantly self destructive practices.

A new report by the Kauffman Foundation backs his claim that things are going the wrong direction, and that immigrant entrepreneurship, in tech and engineering fields, has stalled for the first time in decades and is “on the verge of decline.” The study, released today, shows that the proportion of high tech immigrant-founded companies slipped from 25.3% to 24.3% nationwide. In Silicon Valley, the drop was more dramatic; the percent of companies with at least one immigrant founder fell from 52.4% to 43.9%. An earlier Kauffman report released in March showed that the immigrant rate of entrepreneurial activity decreased from 0.62 percent in 2010 to 0.55 percent in 2011(though still up from .35 percent in 2005) while the native born rate declined at a much slower rate.

“We know anecdotally that there is some reverse brain drain due to great opportunity in India and China,”says Dane Stangler, Director of Research and Policy at Kauffman, “The number one reason is economy opportunity but there is also plenty of evidence that our system has become more unwieldy, unwelcoming, more burdensome for immigrant entrepreneurs to navigate.” Stangler specifically cites the Entrepreneurs Visa’s thresholds including having had to have already attraced significant investment.

Anna Lee Saxenian, dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Information, who has been studying immigrant entrepreneurs for more than two decades and also worked on the report, doesn’t see a flight so much as a plateauing, due in part to 9/11 and tougher immigration policy. “The U.S. used to be THE only place for technology entrepreneurs, now there are many places. I think our immigration policy is unnecessarily restrictive for highly skilled immigrants who almost always add value and possibly new jobs to the economy,” says Saxenian.

One of the country’s most successful immigrants, News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch, echoed her concerns. Co-chair of Partnership for a New American Economy, a nonpartisan group advocating for immigration reform, along with Mike Bloomberg and others, Murdoch blames Washington for not doing more in this area. “America is a great nation built on the hard work and ingenuity of immigrants,” said Murdoch (who came to the U.S. in the 1970s) in August ahead of an immigration panel discussion with Bloomberg, “Unfortunately, Washington has failed to enact immigration policies that acknowledge the role of immigrants in our economic successes, or consistently support the employment needs of America’s businesses.”

Since then, the Senate and House have introduced four bills to give green cards to foreign students earning advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a move commended by the Partnership, which, if eventually passed, could help start to slow the reversal.

One of the country’s most successful immigrants, News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch, echoed her concerns. Co-chair of Partnership for a New American Economy, a nonpartisan group advocating for immigration reform, along with Mike Bloomberg and others, Murdoch blames Washington for not doing more in this area. “America is a great nation built on the hard work and ingenuity of immigrants,” said Murdoch (who came to the U.S. in the 1970s) in August ahead of an immigration panel discussion with Bloomberg, “Unfortunately, Washington has failed to enact immigration policies that acknowledge the role of immigrants in our economic successes, or consistently support the employment needs of America’s businesses.”

Since then, the Senate and House have introduced four bills to give green cards to foreign students earning advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), a move commended by the Partnership, which, if eventually passed, could help start to slow the reversal.

By Luisa Kroll, Forbes Staff (www.forbes.com)

Visiting UK? Apply for correct visit visa to avoid unnecessary frustrations

Written By: admin - Jan• 10•13

Visiting the UK – make sure you apply for the correct visit visa

THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY CHARLES KELLY ON JANUARY 2, 2013
POSTED UNDER: NEWS

Around 90 million people travel through UK borders every year. If you come from a visa national country and want to visit the UK you will need to apply for a visa. There are a number of sub-categories visitor to the UK, and you need to choose which category is the most suitable for you before applying for your visa.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) website section ‘Visiting the UK’ explains what you are allowed to do and what you are not allowed to do while you are in the UK as a visitor on a visitor or UK tourist visa.

If you are coming to the UK as a visitor or tourist, you are allowed to stay here for up to 6 months in most cases. For trips longer than 6 months, you should read the Visas and immigration section to find out about non-visitor immigration categories.

Many people go through the whole visa process, pay for flights and travel all the way here only to be refused entry by an immigration officer at the border. This also happens to British people who do not obey the rules in other countries.

Reasons for refusal can vary from carrying illegal substances or because the immigration officer is not convinced that the purpose of your visit is what you say it is.

For instance, you say you want to do some sightseeing, but the officer discovers you are carrying copies of your CV and job application letters, clearly indicating that your primary purpose of visiting the UK is to look for work.

Other examples where officers become suspicious is where you have not declared information such as a fiancé in the UK, who also happens to be calling you on the airport immigration phone asking why you have been detained!

In order to be allowed entry or transit through the UK, you must meet certain requirements. To find out what you can expect when you arrive at the UK border, you should carefully read the Travel and customssection of the UKBA website.

If someone in the UK is ’sponsoring’ you for your visit, they must read the Sponsoring a visitor pages on the UKBA website.

UKBA service standards state that they will decide 90 per cent of applications within 3 weeks, 98 per cent within 6 weeks and 100 per cent within 12 weeks.

There are a number of categories of visitor including:

  • Tourism and visiting friends
  • Business visitor
  • Student visitors
  • Prospective students
  • Child visitor
  • Parents of children at school
  • Sports person visitor
  • Entertainer
  • Visitor in transit
  • ADS visitor – a new category for Chinese national coming to the UK as part of a group for a maximum of 30 days

If the purpose of your visit to the UK is get married or register a civil partnership in the UK, and you plan to leave the UK soon after the ceremony, you should apply to come here as a visitor for marriage or civil partnership.

From 9 July 2012 the UK Government changed the Rules on number of important changes to family migration routes. Brits who want to marry a non-EEA European Economic Area national and live in the UK together will have to showing earnings of at least £18,600 per annum.

In cases where the foreign-born spouse has children, their British partner would have to earn £22,400 or more, plus £2,400 for each additional children.

You can also apply to come here as a visitor for private medical treatment at some of the world’s best hospitals.

Please note that the UK is not part of the Schengen visa area.

Common reasons for refusing a visit visa include: submitting forged or false documents (which will lead to a UK ban) and doubts by the Entry Clearance Officer that you are likely to return after your trip and join the hundreds of thousands of visa overstayers - e.g. you have no job to go back or and all your family live in Britain.

Most refusals against a visit visa no longer carry a right of appeal so you will have to apply for an administrative review or reapply.

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 1, 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed, Spouse Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email:

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk for free immigration news updates.