US rolls out personal online data screening for foreign applicants

The “extreme vetting” that the Trump administration has recently promised to come in US immigration is now being implemented across US Consulates and Embassies. Foreign citizens from various countries applying for a US visa may now be required to disclose all social media usernames, email addresses, and phone numbers used over the previous five years.   Under the new ruling, applicants must...

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More international students decide to stay and work in the US under OPT, but this could change soon

The number of international graduates from U.S. colleges, who stay in the country to work, has steadily increased in the past few years, American fact tank Pew Research revealed.   According to its latest study, the federal government approved at least 700,000 Optional Practical Training program (OPT) applications from the fiscal year 2008 through to 2014.   The OPT is a program designed by...

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The latest on the H-1B Executive Order, and why it remains harmless as of the moment

Every year, in April, a total of 65,000 H-1B visas are made available to all US employers who want to sponsor foreign workers so that they can fill vacant, industry-crucial job posts in their respective companies. The number of available slots each year suggests that the visa program is very accessible, especially with an additional 20,000 set aside for workers with advanced degrees, meaning a...

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Trump as president is all about staying true to his promises—and it is terrifying

  If there’s one thing that is unique about the new administration, then it would be its penchant for flip-flopping on statements. We say the “administration” and not just “the president” since even his staff seem to have gotten the about-face bug.   This has harmed the people and put them in a state of perplexity. For instance, no one would know if a statement is official unless the press...

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11 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to the US

  The US is such a big country that it would be hard to give tips on living here in general, but there are some similarities between states that you can consider. Indeed, Americans do share certain qualities that would be perfect to look at, especially if you’re an outsider planning to live in this country for a long time.   Of course, before moving to an unfamiliar country like the US, you...

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4 Unique American Customs Every Immigrant Must Know

The United States of America sits at the center of the world.  It boasts of the biggest economy on the global stage, thus making it the richest and the most powerful of all.    From an outsider’s standpoint, at least to some, this is also what made the US somewhat of a global trendsetter.   Indeed, on closer inspection, Americans are still unique in their own way. They still do things...

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Everything an immigrant parent should know when enrolling a child in a US school

The US ranks 28th in the global education standings, an impressive feat since there are over a hundred countries in the world. This also explains why a lot of parents with American visas want to give their children a part of this exceptional education.  As a parent, you already know what to tell your kid if he’s going to school in an unfamiliar world. You’d surely tell him to make friends,...

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Why the US is a great option for international students

According to the latest data compiled by the US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), there are now over 1.2 million international students studying in the United States, an increase of almost 3 percent from last year. Surely, there are a multitude of reasons behind this staggering figure showing how popular the US is among international students.   Essentially, the US is the most powerful...

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