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H-1B Petitions are in the Hands of USCIS … So Now What?

H-1B Petitions are in the Hands of USCIS … So Now What?

 

These last few weeks of “H-1B season” have been a particularly busy time for immigration practitioners. As of Tuesday, April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B petitions for the 2015 fiscal year.  

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

Buffalo-based publishing company No Frills Buffalo recently released two new books, “In Accord” by Kristen Chambers and “My Hyacinth Mountain” by Antonino Monti.

Chambers, a former professor of social work, worked for many years as a youth and family counselor in Buffalo. Before that, she worked as a counselor and advocate with at-risk youth and families in rural school districts in northern New York. Presently, she designs curriculum at the Center for Development of Human Services at Buffalo State College. In addition, she is the author of two plays, “Tuesday’s Child” and “North to Freedom.” 

Resident Nonimmigrant Population Report Provides Interesting Data

Resident Nonimmigrant Population Report Provides Interesting Data

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report on the size and characteristics of the resident nonimmigrant population in the United States on Jan. 1, 2012. Resident nonimmigrant refers to foreign nationals who are legally admitted into the U.S. for specific, temporary services and with a residency class of admission. The characteristics analyzed include category of admission, country of citizenship, destination state, age and gender.

Resident Nonimmigrant Categories

Visa Fraud and Abuse Can Have Serious Consequences

Visa Fraud and Abuse Can Have Serious Consequences

 

Many employers who hire foreign nationals to work in the U.S. sat up and took notice when Infosys, the giant Indian technology outsourcing company, agreed to pay $34 million in a civil settlement in 2013. The New York Times, among other media outlets, reported that after a two-year investigation, federal prosecutors in Texas found Infosys had committed “systemic visa fraud and abuse” when bringing temporary workers from India for jobs in American businesses. The payment is the largest ever in a visa case. 

Buffalo Designer Buddhahood featured at BFW 2014

Buffalo Designer Buddhahood featured at BFW 2014

Eco fashion is a sustainable fashion trend that is inspiring a variety of eco-conscious designers. Brooklyn Fashion Week 2014 opening the first day featuring some of the hottest emerging eco designers. Buddhahood is a Buffalo based lifestyle brand that fuses the eco fashion and mediation I caught with the designer at Fashion week Brooklyn 2014 for a interview and here's what he had to say.

Getthebuzz716: Tell me a little about your brand. Where are you from?

Buddhahood: Buddhahood is a line of graphic silk screened clothing. It’s collaboration between Fine Artist and graphic designer Dario Mohr and Fashion Designer OMI of SaiOne Elmwood. We are based out of Buffalo NY.

Getthebuzz716: What does fashion week Brooklyn mean to you?

Tips on Avoiding Immigration Scams

Tips on Avoiding Immigration Scams

 

With 843,000 immigrants coming into the United States during fiscal year 2013, it’s no surprise that immigration services have greatly expanded. While most services seek to help immigrants, some individuals are trying to take advantage of these newcomers with various immigration scams. 

Immigration scams come in many forms. The most popular happen via telephone, email, websites and local businesses. These scams can delay your application or petition, cost you unnecessary fees or possibly result in removal proceedings. Knowing the identifying qualities of these scammers can save you time and money, and provide some much needed peace of mind. 

Communications Career Day for Students Set for April 5

Communications Career Day for Students Set for April 5

College students interested in careers in public relations or advertising are invited to attend Communications Career Day on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center auditorium, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

            The annual event is organized by the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Advertising Club of Buffalo, with assistance from the Buffalo State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.