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Bollywood Influencing Western Entertainment and Culture

India’s Hindi language film industry, commonly known as “Bollywood,” has been producing lavish, romantically themed movies for almost a century. Within the last few decades, however, it has become a multi-billion dollar juggernaut, spilling far beyond India’s borders. It stands to reason, then, that Bollywood’s influence would eventually begin to have an impact on the [...]

New TV Show Explores Immigrant Experience Amidst Apocalyptic Setting

While zombies and the immigrant experience don’t immediately mesh in most people’s minds, a popular network TV show is about to combine the two in an exciting new way. Fear the Walking Dead, prequel to the popular AMC series The Walking Dead, is scheduled to debut next month and will explore the weeks leading up [...]

Former Peace Corps Volunteers Now Help Immigrants in Baltimore USCIS Field Office

When President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, he hoped that the government-run volunteer program would “promote world peace and friendship” by sending young Americans abroad to provide service in other nations. Fifty-four years later, more than 220 thousand Peace Corps volunteers have contributed to the socioeconomic development of 140 [...]

Technology Leads Immigration System into the 21st Century

Technological advances continue to be among the defining factors of the modern era. The technology around us grows faster, more intuitive, and more capable of performing tasks that would have seemed impossible a generation ago. Technology is such an integral part of our world economy and culture that it permeates virtually every aspect of our [...]

Highlighting Contributions of Chinese Immigrants to Transcontinental Railroad

Between 1865 and 1869, a major milestone in U.S. history was achieved as the first transcontinental railroad (originally known as the “Pacific Railroad”) was constructed. Finally completed in May of 1869, the railroad revolutionized transportation in the United States by allowing passengers to travel coast to coast affordably and efficiently. Included among the workers who [...]

Honors and Recognitions for the Murthy Law Firm

The Murthy Law Firm is proud to have three of our attorneys recognized in the London-based Who’s Who Legal. Sheela Murthy, Aron Finkelstein, and Khorzad Mehta have been nominated by their peers as leading practitioners in corporate immigration law. Since 1996 Who’s Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in 34 areas of business [...]

Refugees Fleeing Violence in Iraq Face New Challenges upon Resettling in the U.S.

As the last U.S. ground troops withdrew from Iraq toward the end of 2011, many Americans breathed a sigh of relief as our troops returned home. But for thousands of Iraqi refugees forced to flee their war-torn homeland, the struggle was far from over. Between 2006 and 2014, the United States has admitted more than [...]

Murthy Law Firm Attorneys Speak at 2015 AILA National Conference

Thousands of lawyers focusing on U.S. immigration law are joined by senior federal government officials and attorneys working for nonprofit organizations serving immigrant communities across the country, converge each year for the AILA Annual Immigration Law Conference. Several attorneys from the Murthy Law Firm will participate in the conference this year, as in prior years. [...]

New Exhibit Featuring IndianAmerican Culture Urges Viewers to Think “Beyond Bollywood”

When most people of non-Indian descent in America think of India and its culture, images of “Bollywood” likely spring to mind. The slang term for India’s billion-dollar film industry immediately conjures up elaborate song-and-dance sequences, colorful costumes, and romantic plotlines that are the hallmark of the popular Hindi-language films produced in the city of Mumbai. [...]

IndianAmericans Emerge as Winners at Scripps National Spelling Bee

History was made last week in the world of competitive spelling, as two co-champions were named in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Thirteen-year-old Vanya Shivashankar and fourteen-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam shared a trophy on the stage in National Harbor, Maryland, where the competition is held every year. The two beat out 283 other contestants, ranging in [...]

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