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President-Elect Trump last night tweeted a proposal that persons who burn the U.S. flag should “perhaps” lose their American citizenship. Regardless of one’s views on flag burning as protected free speech, the specter of the government depriving Americans of their citizenship is terrifying and unconstitutional. Continue reading Trump’s Irresponsible Proposal: Deporting U.S. Citizens
Every people has creation myths, whether it’s the Bible’s Adam and Eve or the Daoists’ primordial chaos separating into yin and yang. For America, Thanksgiving is part of the creation myth. Continue reading Thanksgiving Celebrates America’s Tradition as a Nation of Immigrants
What data does the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) collect? Here’s a sample EVUS enrollment: Continue reading Sample EVUS Enrollment
Here’s an abstract of a forthcoming article in the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal by Norman P. Ho of the Peking University School of Transnational Law. Continue reading Chinese (PRC & ROC) Nationality Laws and Reconceptualizing Asian-American Identity
The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) published this plan on Sept. 27, 2016, to combine the existing two tracks to obtain work authorization into a single process. Previously, one track involved applying to the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau for a work permit (就业证), and the other track involved applying to the Foreign Expert Bureau for a foreign expert permit (专家证). The new process will result in issuance of an ID card with a unique ID number for the foreign worker. Continue reading State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs: Notice on Implementation of Plans for Employment Licenses for Foreigners Coming to China for Work
Donald Trump has been elected 45th president of the United States. His administration will pose new challenges for immigrants and immigration lawyers. There have been other challenges in the past. To name a few from recent history: Continue reading Trump’s Election Poses Challenges for Immigrants and Their Lawyers
As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
USCIS has issued a final rule increasing filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees go into effect December 23, 2016. USCIS explains that fees are increasing “for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent.” Continue reading USCIS Filing Fees Increase
The U.S. Embassy provided a briefing to American Chamber of Commerce members on the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) platform on October 21. The presenter was Christine Parker, visiting from the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington to help with EVUS promotion. Continue reading Slides from EVUS Briefing by U.S. Embassy in Beijing (Oct. 21, 2016)