News from the Caribbean:
July 8, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- Last week's announcement that the United States is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba should also trigger a repeal of outdated immigration policies that afford special immigration privileges to Cuban nationals, says the country's largest immigration reform group.
May 23, 2015
PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In mid May, a young Haitian woman and her ten-year-old daughter found that, after five years of legal residency in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), due to government policy they had to return to Haiti to join her siste’rs family struggling in Haiti to survive. She did not want...
December 8, 2014
When President Barack Obama first got elected he said that one of his top priority items would be immigration reform. The millions of people who have paid their immigration fees to be processed for them to obtain their permanent residencies, citizenships and those people who have been...
November 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As of 12:00 pm EST on Saturday, citizens of St Kitts and Nevis now require a visa to travel to Canada. Following the announcement on Saturday, the St Kitts and Nevis government said that nationals in good standing travelling to Canada between...
October 18, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Oil- and gas-rich Trinidad and Tobago remains a land of opportunity and currently serves as a haven for 110,012 illegal immigrants. “You are talking about over ten percent of your adult population,” National Security Minister Gary Griffith said following his ministry’s...
October 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.
September 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that nearly one in six adults in the US is foreign-born. The report, based on newly released Census Bureau data, also found that the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) grew by 1.4 million from July 2010 to July 2013.
January 29, 2014
It now seems that more than anything else, the freedom of migration is again a meaningful facet as resolutions are turning a new tide towards immigration reform in Washington. Although the Senate has already passed a broad overhaul of the immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million...
January 11, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A new round of migration talks took place on Thursday between delegations of the United States and Cuba, headed, respectively, by the assistant undersecretary of the Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department, Edward Alex Lee, and the...
November 27, 2013
Connecticut has a significant number of foreign-born residents. So perhaps it's time to create a Commission on Immigrant Affairs -- not a "clearing house" as a former politician has been advocating around town. That new organization got off to a bad start when he and his colleagues forgot to invite certain...
July 24, 2013
Is it really necessary for House Republicans to espouse a new proposal to address the status of illegal immigrants against the already existing Senate comprehensive bill? As preposterous as it may sound, it now seems obvious that power and hegemony are the tools that promote and reflect ideas as...
July 3, 2013
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, has expressed his particular satisfaction at the approval by the United States Senate of the immigration reform bill. The heavy vote in favour of the bill by the Senate sends a very hopeful message to the millions of immigrants...
July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has expressed his satisfaction on the passing in the US Senate of the immigration reform bill. Insulza highlighted that this bill “is a fundamental step towards the possibility of a more dignified life for...
June 26, 2013
Here again, an essential drama is unfolding in Washington. As the Senate commences consideration of immigration legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, the Conservative vision is again blurred. A rebellious faction of Republicans backed by Conservative groups...
June 24, 2013
It is clear that the future of immigration reform depends on the approval of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Due to the growing political significance of the Latino community in recent elections, the Republican Party will not be able to gain control of the White House in...
June 21, 2013
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, has called upon Hondurans who live in the United States to re-register in the 11th expansion of Temporary Protective Status (TPS 2013), taking advantage of the four-week extension approved by the government of the United States.
May 21, 2013
On April 10, thousands of immigration reform supporters gathered together in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to rally for the inclusion of a reliable path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented residents living in the United States.
May 1, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Proposed US immigration reforms could have positive implications not only for Caribbean nationals living in the United States, but also for countries of the region, asserted a former cabinet minister in The Bahamas.
May 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection has announced that the automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record is now effective, which will streamline the admissions process for individuals lawfully visiting the United States.
April 24, 2013
For the first time in many years, major immigration reform appears like a real possibility. Labeled as the mother of all policies, it is now considered the most crucial policy of the Obama administration. However, while it is illuminating to quench the fire of illegal...
April 8, 2013
As the UK government toughens up immigration controls and with the promised dismantling of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Caribbean nationals and governments must take notice of these significant developments. Within the context of a difficult...
March 22, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is transitioning to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit.
March 18, 2013
HOUSTON, USA -- Members of the Houston Latin and Caribbean communities attended two community forums organized by the local Houston congressional delegation of Congressman Al Green, which on Saturday March 9 featured as invited guest...
February 27, 2013
The time for broad immigration reform in the United States has arrived. As a country founded by immigrants, the United States, which has long extolled the American dream and the pursuit of happiness, has a moral obligation to right the wrongs...
February 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has welcomed the efforts in favour of immigration reform announced by President Barack Obama and a group of Senate Democrats and...
January 15, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The changes in the Cuban migration law announced last October came into force on Monday, in order to ease migration in a legal, orderly and safe way, while strengthening relations between Cuba and its émigrés.
December 27, 2012
MISSISSAUGA, Canada -- To address Canada’s growing demand for skilled workers, a new federal skilled trades program for prospective immigrants is being launched on January 2, 2013, which could interest many in the Caribbean.