Posted On: July 12, 2012

White House Blog Issues Post on Immigration's Positive Impact to the Economy

The White House Blog issued a recent post titled “Ten Ways Immigrants Help Build and Strengthen Our Economy.” It spoke of America as a nation of immigrants where our history and success would not be possible without the presence of immigrants and their contributions to our economy. The following are cited as the top 10 ways in which immigrants have helped build the American economy:

1. Immigrants start businesses.
2. Immigrant-owned businesses create jobs for American workers.
3. Immigrants are also more likely to create their own jobs.
4. Immigrants develop cutting-edge technologies and companies.
5. Immigrants are our engineers, scientists, and innovators.
6. Immigration boosts earning for American workers.
7. Immigrants boost demand for local consumer goods.
8. Immigration reform legislation like the DREAM Act reduces the deficit.
9. Comprehensive immigration reform would create jobs.
10. Comprehensive immigration reform would increase America’s GDP.

To view the article in full, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/12/ten-ways-immigrants-help-build-and-strengthen-our-economy.

Posted On: July 11, 2012

August 2012 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5749.html. Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is at January 1, 2009 for all countries, except for India and China for which visas are currently unavailable; EB-3 is at Sept. 8, 2006 for all countries, except for India (Oct. 1, 2002), China (Nov. 8, 2005), and Philippines (June 15, 2006); EB-3 other workers is at Sept. 8, 2006 for all countries, except India (Oct. 1, 2002), China (June 15, 2003), and Philippines (June 8, 2006); EB-4, religious workers, EB-5, and targeted employment areas and regional centers are all current. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at March 15, 2010 for F2A (spouses and children under 21 of lawful permanent residents) and the longest queue for F4 Philippines (brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) of February 1, 1989.