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Observaciones iniciales despues de una semana de consultas sobre Accion Diferida

Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Ha pasado una semana desde que se puso en efecto la nueva política de la acción diferida y queremos compartir algunas de nuestras observaciones despues de ver el proceso en efecto.

Para empezar, estamos impresionados con la cantidad de personas que quieren solicitar la acción diferida. Estos días hemos estado asesorando a solicitantes potenciales, estableciendo si son elegibles o no, y empezando a prepar solicitudes.

Acción Diferida y los números de Seguro Social:

Modern Social Security card.

Uno de los asuntos que encontramos es el uso de números multiples de Seguro Social. Dado que el formulario I-765 (solicitud de autorización de empleo) pide todos los numeros de Seguro Social que se ha usado, esto puede presentar problemas.

En este momento no hay ningunos casos de prueba que nos puedan demostrar como va a tratar el USCIS este asunto. No sabemos por completo las implicaciones de usar números multiples o falsos de Seguro Social. Si alguien lo ha hecho, les recomendamos que ejerzan prudencia en el proceso de solicitud. No podemos garantizar aprobación pero sabemos que el USCIS está revisando las solicitudes caso por caso.

Be Careful What You Tweet!

Posted: May 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: National News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »
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The Department of Homeland Security has no sense of humor when it comes to messages broadcast over public social media networks according to USA Today.

Two British tourists were recently deported for making unwise tweets before their trip to Los Angeles.  One of the travelers apparently tweeted that he was going to “destroy America” during the trip.  It might be British slang for getting intoxicated but it’s understandable why some would see it as a threat.

Later on this same person tweeted that he was “diggin’ up Marilyn Monroe.”  He claimed it was a Family Guy reference, the Department of Homeland Security was in no laughing mood however.

As the two British travelers were passing through passport control on their way in to the States they report that they were detained, questioned, and held overnight before being placed on a plane back home.

In a statement, US Customs and Border Protection explained:

“Based on information provided by the LAX Port Authority Infoline – a suspicious activity tipline – CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) conducted a secondary interview of two subjects presenting for entry into the United States.  Information gathered during this interview revealed that both individuals were inadmissible to the United States and were returned to their country of residence.”

All on account of a few tweets.

More Brazilian Visa Applicants Good for Sarasota-Bradenton

Posted: April 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The United States Diplomatic Mission to Brazil processed 115,269 visa applications in March 2012, a 62% increase over the same month last year.

Why is this good for Sarasota-Bradenton?

Reports from local realtors and the press give the impression that many of the Brazilian visa recipients are visiting the Sarasota-Bradenton area.  With the booming Brazilian economy, many people from that country are looking for places to invest their wealth.  Brazilians are largely credited with turning the Miami condominium market around.  The same could happen on the Gulf Coast.

Consular Workload Brasilia Sao Paolo Rio de Janeiro Recife Total
Average Applicants per Day 757 2522 1563 476 5489
% Change from March 2011 61% 38% 84% 14% 54%
Visas Processed this Month 15,892 55,477 34,379 9,521 115,269
% Change from March 2011 69% 52% 103% 14% 62%
Visas Processed Year to Date 41,459 136,078 93,841 25,259 269,637
% Change from March 2011 42% 47% 106% 7% 56%
Current Wait Time for Visa Appointment


35 7 15 N/A


Supreme Court Rejects Retroactive Application of Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA)

Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: National News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

A provision in the  Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 that stated that the law could be applied retroactively was rejected by the Supreme Court two days ago in their ruling on Vartelas v. Holder, No. 10-1211.  The provision stated that Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who entered a criminal plea could not be allowed back into the United States after traveling abroad.  This provision was being applied to Legal Permanent Residents who had entered criminal pleas before the law was in effect.  The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against this practice citing the “deeply rooted presumption” against applying new laws retroactively.

Here is a link to the Supreme Court decision.

Foreign-Born Population in Sarasota and Manatee Grew 57% in Last 10 Years

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” recently reported that during the last 10 years, the foreign-born population of Sarasota and Manatee counties increased by 57%.

One source mentioned on the article states,

“I’m pretty sure that when Florida comes out of this recession, it’s going to be a very different place,” according to Brad Edmondson, a demographic consultant who has studied Sarasota County. “Basically, the migration streams are changing, and have been changing for a while,” he adds.

The article points out that the influx of immigrants is not due to any single predominant source.

It states that demographers say this represents an economic development opportunity, because unlike other U.S. communities relying on a dominant industry, Southwest Florida has no single feeder country funneling immigrants to jobs. These new residents are largely coming by choice, and creating change with each arrival.

In Sarasota County, the migration from Mexico since 2000 has been 3,708 people, with South America and Europe virtually tied for second at 2,290 and 2,286, respectively.

Some nationalities have seen relatively dramatic increases.  According to the article, the number of Bangladeshis has increased from 7 to 90.

Sarasota County has also seen significant growth in the number of its French-speaking residents.

Based on Census data, the Haiti-born population tripled in the city over the decade and the France-born population more than doubled. There are now 487 Haitians and 221 French living in the city.

Here is a graphic provided by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that illustrates the new migration patterns.

Number of German-speaking visitors in Florida increased in 2011

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We learned the following from Cristina Kieser, the director of sales and marketing at the “Florida Sun News,” Florida’s leading German-language magazine:

Florida continues to be one of the most popular destinations for German speaking travelers & investors!

In 2011, 341,000 visitors from Germany came to Florida. That’s an increase of 12% from 2010. With a total of 138,000, the number of visitors from Switzerland jumped by 24%. In the same year, 42,000 Austrians have come to Florida, a 3% increase from the year before.

Feel free to contact Cristina if you would like to advertise with her.

Cristina Kieser

Director of Sales & Marketing

West Florida

Florida Sun Magazine, Inc.

1521 Alton Road # 136

Miami Beach,FL33139

Tel.   305.538.4410

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