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IndianAmerican Teenager Honored with 2015 Immigrant Youth Achievement Award

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has selected the recipient of the 20th annual Immigrant Youth Achievement Award, and his inspiring efforts to improve his local community make him a very deserving honoree. At an awards ceremony held on April 16, 2015, the AIC, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. that is committed to honoring immigrant history [...]

Highly Skilled Immigrants Boost our Economy, but Strict H1B Cap Holds Them (and Us) Back

As the United States continues to make strides in its post-recession economic recovery, much emphasis has been placed on industries based in STEM areas; that is science, technology, engineering, and math. In an increasingly global and hyper-competitive economy, STEM based fields extend far beyond the established tech world of Silicon Valley. Across the nation, nearly [...]

Report Shows Disproportionate L1B Denial Rate for Indian Nationals

In the United States, immigration laws typically are designed to provide U.S. companies with the tools necessary to compete and even thrive in the modern day global business environment. One such tool is the L1B nonimmigrant category, which ostensibly was created to allow multinational companies to transfer overseas employees with specialized knowledge and skills to [...]

Myths Surrounding Immigrants “Stealing Jobs” Still Prevail

With the announcement this past November of President Obama’s executive action on immigration, a long simmering debate has once again boiled over – do immigrants ‘steal’ jobs from American workers? While recent polls reveal that the majority of Americans favor some form of a “path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants, they also suggest that Americans [...]

Immigrant Small Business Owners Boost Economy – Still Face Challenges

As our nation continues its financial recovery following the Great Recession of 2009, Americans are once again enjoying the benefits of a stabilized economy, including lower unemployment rates, better salaries, and an improved housing market in many areas of the country. One important contributor to the recovery that has often gone overlooked is immigrant entrepreneurship. [...]

Sheela Murthy: Next Chair of Maryland’s Chamber of Commerce

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the only statewide organization that represents the interests of every employer in Maryland, including businesses, universities, hospitals, local chambers, and regional organizations, representing all its diverse industries and various jurisdictions. The next Chair of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will be Sheela Murthy, founder [...]

H-4s Soon to Feel the Pride of a Job Well Done

Before the recent change in law that will allow certain H-4s to qualify for employment authorization documents (EADs), this population – many of whom are highly educated women from South Asia – was totally dependent. Being relegated to the H-4 dependent category not only made a spouse, usually a woman, dependent for her immigration status; [...]

Immigrants Influence Our Nation’s Taste Buds

Immigrants who have been coming to this part of the world in search of a better life have brought with them the flavors of their homelands, shaping American culture in the process. Their unique skills and experiences, combined with their strong drive to succeed, have had tremendous influence on how all who are here live [...]

Fellowship Aims to Train Journalists in Reporting on Immigration Matters

Over the next five years, it is projected that one-in-three children living in the United States will be from immigrant families. As the fastest growing group of American youths, immigrant children and their respective families face unique economic, social, and educational challenges as they transition to life in the U.S. Their experiences, however, are not [...]

Employee Morale Problems Are an Epidemic at Department of Homeland Security

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Americans were left feeling frightened and vulnerable. With nearly 3,000 lives lost, the shocking assault on our nation was the most devastating enemy attack in U.S. history, and made it clear that we were facing new and unparalleled threats. Americans looked to then President George W. Bush [...]

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