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The DREAM Act to be Revived in Congress

Posted: November 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: National News | No Comments »

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he would introduce the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act as a stand alone bill during the lame duck session of Congress.

First introduced in 2001, the DREAM Act would address the plight of young immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. and managed to succeed despite the challenges of being brought here without proper documentation. The proposal would offer a path to legal status to those who have graduated from high school, stayed out of trouble, and plan to attend college or serve in the U.S. military for at least two years.

Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, many at the top of their classes, but cannot go on to college, join the military, work, or otherwise pursue their dreams. They belong to the 1.5 generation: immigrants brought to the United States at a young age who were largely raised in this country and therefore share much in common with second-generation Americans. These students are culturally American, growing up here and often having little attachment to their country of birth. The vast majority are bicultural and fluent in English.

Research has shown that providing a legal status for young people who have a proven record of success in the United States would be a boon to the economy and the U.S. workforce.  University presidents and educational associations, as well as military recruiters, business and religious leaders have added their voice to those calling for passage of the bill. The DREAM Act is even part of the Department of Defense’s 2010-2012 Strategic Plan to assist the military in its recruiting efforts.

Unfortunately, immigration status and the associated barriers to higher education contribute to a higher-than-average high-school dropout rate. The DREAM Act would eliminate these barriers for many students, and its high-school graduation requirement would provide a powerful incentive for students who might otherwise drop out to stay in school and go on to college.

For research and resources on the DREAM Act visit IPC’s resource page:

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm Sponsors Chillounge Nights and Will Award FREE VIP Tickets

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, the leading immigration law firm in Sarasota, announced today its sponsorship of upcoming Chillounge Nights in St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

The 3rd Annual Chillounge Night in St. Petersburg is scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 2010, from 6 pm to 11 pm.

The event will take place outdoors in Straub Park, one of the beautiful waterfront parks in downtown St. Petersburg located on Beach Drive (between First and Fifth avenues).  The park will be transformed into a magnificent outdoor lounge featuring live jazz music, al fresco dining, a full range of beverages, a fireworks display, a Brazilian samba parade, a fashion show, a cigar lounge, and the famous Chillounge furniture collection (which now fills six truckloads).

Chillounge Night was conceived by Rainer Scheer of Sarasota.  Mr. Scheer has hosted Chillounge Nights in Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Delray Beach, Florida, and the list of host cities continues to grow.  The next edition of Chillounge Night in Sarasota will take place in spring 2011.

Each Chillounge Night event benefits local charities.  The upcoming Chillounge Night in St. Petersburg will benefit Creative Clay and The Woodson Museum.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm will be awarding free tickets to the VIP section of Chillounge Night in St. Petersburg.  The VIP section features free food (sponsored by Ceviche), free cocktails and beverages, extra lounge seating, and a special proximity to all of the event festivities.  Anyone interested in the free tickets to the St. Petersburg event should email their name, email address and telephone number to Jaensch Immigration Law Firm care of:  Two tickets will be awarded per person.  A drawing will be held if demand for tickets exceeds the number of VIP tickets available.  VIP tickets normally cost $80 per person and are now sold out.  General admission tickets are available at the gate or may be purchased on line at:

About Jaensch Immigration Law Firm: The law firm was established in Sarasota in 1984 and provides a wide range of immigration legal services to students, investors, entrepreneurs, professional and skilled workers, athletes, coaches, aliens with extraordinary and exceptional credentials and more.  The law firm is headed by P. Christopher Jaensch, Managing Partner, and Peter J. Jaensch, Founding Partner.  The main website of Jaensch Immigration Law Firm is  Its blog, which features local immigration news, is:  For more information contact Firm Administrator, Veronica Garcia, at 941-366-9841  extension 303 or send email to

London Consulate Announces Holiday Schedule for E Visa Issuance

Posted: November 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: National News | No Comments »

Embassy of the United States of America
Visa Branch, 5 Upper Grosvenor St., London, W1A 2JB


Dear E visa Applicant/Personal Representative,

We are writing in connection with the Nonimmigrant E visa appointment schedule for Christmas and New Year 2010/2011.  The E visa unit will be closed and unable to offer any service from December 23, 2010 – January 4, 2011.

The last available appointment date for an interview for employees including derivative dependants of an approved/registered treaty company in valid status with the US Embassy London scheduled through the Embassy’s appointed Operator Assisted Information Service is on December 22, 2010.

The last available appointment date for an interview scheduled by email for visa applicants and their derivative dependants of a treaty company pending approval/registration at the US Embassy London is on December 17, 2010.

Normal service will resume for all E visa interviews at 8.00am on January 5th 2010.

Visa applicants and their personal representatives are advised to please plan their travel accordingly to avoid the inconvenience of a needless journey as no service is available during this period.

Thank you for your understanding, happy holidays.


E Visa Unit
American Embassy