Immigration

US to halt fast processing of H-1B visa petitions for high-skilled workers

WASHINGTON—The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said Friday it will suspend premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions from April 3 and it may last up to six months. The department wants to “reduce overall H-1B processing times” by halting premium processing, according to a press release on its website. The H-1B is a …

Minister open to allowing appeal process in revoking citizenship

OTTAWA—Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he’s open to the idea of adding a new appeal process in cases where people are being stripped of their citizenship. He says he would carefully consider any amendments the Senate proposes to Bill C-6, echoing comments made last fall by his predecessor, John McCallum. The legislation would revoke some …

Federal poll showcases difference in attitudes on immigrants versus refugees

OTTAWA—A newly released federal survey on attitudes towards immigration suggests Canadians are somewhat more enthusiastic about accepting economic migrants than they are about refugees. While 52 per cent of those polled in the Immigration Department’s annual tracking study felt the right number of immigrants were coming to Canada, 23 per cent thought it was too …

Officials: New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials said Tuesday, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days. Four officials told The Associated Press that the decision followed pressure …

Website set up by former refugees connects newcomers with employers

WINNIPEG—A former refugee has launched a website aimed at connecting newcomers to Winnipeg with meaningful employment. Omar Rahimi’s site “Hire A Refugee” connects refugees with people seeking labourers. He tells CTV Winnipeg that most of the work centres around home maintenance, including painting, furniture moving, demolition and snow shovelling. Rahimi says he was inspired to …

Trump says he’s open to ‘compromise’ immigration bill

WASHINGTON –President Donald Trump, signalling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he’s open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The president, in a lunch with news …

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

SEATTLE –Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump’s new travel ban – mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order was expected as soon as Wednesday. A …

Illinois town in Trump territory backs detained immigrant

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. –A southern Illinois community that solidly backed President Donald Trump has rallied behind a Mexican restaurant manager who doesn’t have legal permission to live in the U.S. and has been detained by immigration officials. Letters of support for Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco have poured in from West Frankfort’s mayor, police chief, high …

Despite Manitoba concerns, immigration minister not convinced of an asylum trend

OTTAWA –Canada’s immigration minister says he’s not yet convinced a recent increase in the number of asylum seekers crossing the border illegally from the United States constitutes a growing trend, despite concerns raised by Manitoba that the situation may be getting out of hand. In the days and weeks that followed a move by President …

Wall with Canada? White House spokesman, media share a laugh over question

WASHINGTON—White House spokesman Sean Spicer laughed off the idea of building a wall along the northern U.S. border Thursday after a journalist from Montana floated the notion during his daily media briefing. Spicer and the assembled reporters had to guffaw when the NBC News reporter, taking part via video link, asked whether there were plans …

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