International students face employment hurdles

Graduating from college should be an exciting and happy moment. However, that has not been the case for me as an international student. I speak four different languages, spent tens of thousands in tuition and worked diligently. And yet job hunting remains extremely stressful and frustrating. Continue reading

Family-based visas to change with immigration reform

Image courtesy of the National CAPACD.
( National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development)提供。

Asian American citizens trying to bring overseas family members to the States may face setbacks under proposed immigration reform changes. The Senate bill passed on June 27 would eliminate visa categories for siblings and adult children older than 32 after 18 months, striking a blow for family reunification. The bill is pending review by the House of Representatives. Continue reading

Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative helps immigrants through team effort

Sher Omerovic, GBCI program manager. (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)
GBCI的項目經理Sher Omerovic。(圖片由黃靈美提供。)

Free citizenship clinics attract plenty of folks, as the Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative can attest. With seven large group workshops in 2011, each event drew 150 to 200 registered individuals eligible for U.S. citizenship. About 20 smaller clinics also took place, resulting in more than 2,000 citizenship applications completed in 2012. Continue reading

Senate approves landmark immigration bill: What it means and what happens now

The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration reform bill on June 27, the first in almost 30 years. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act focuses on a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Continue reading

Diverse Coalition of Asian American, Civil Rights, Latino, Faith and Women’s Groups Endorse Bipartisan Legislation that Equalizes Immigration Opportunities for Women

A diverse group of organizations, including Asian American, civil rights, Latino, faith and women’s groups endorsed the Hirono-Murray amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill, which would create new and fair opportunities for women immigrants and their families. Continue reading

AACA gala celebrates 46 years of success

State Rep. Donald Wong of the 9th Essex District. (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

The Asian American Civic Association gala took place aboard the Odyssey Cruise Ship on June 7. Despite torrential rain from Tropical Storm Andrea, 95 percent of the guests attended the gala to raise $260,000 for the agency’s language and job-training programs. Continue reading