Immigration to the United States

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Visa wait times for international students has many reconsidering US studies

Getting an acceptance letter from a US university is cause for celebration. However, getting a student visa in time to attend the first day of class can be a bigger achievement. That’s because the wait can last months, even more than a year, for some countries. The World looks into the delays that are discouraging global talent from coming to the US.

President Joe Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet.

Biden seeks allies on migration crisis at US-Mexico border

A person walks through a parking lot at Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.

Mass Bay Area tech layoffs thrust thousands of H-1B visa holders into frantic job hunt

Animesh Namjoshi poses for a graduation photo after receiving his diploma at Seven Lakes High School

This Houston student grew up in the US. Now he may be forced to self-deport to India due to a visa backlog.

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Liberians hesitate to apply for permanent resident status in US over daunting process

A group of noncitizens crossing the border at night, silhouetted against a light

Biden proposes a legal term change to recognize the humanity of ‘noncitizens’

Words matter, according to an immigration scholar. It is far easier to deny the humanity of an “alien” than to do so for a “noncitizen.”

An inmate wearing an orange suit mops near blue plastic bags inside a detention center.

Immigrants, rights activists call on Biden to end private detention


Advocates say that ending the migrant detention system is one more piece of the puzzle in achieving racial justice and ending migrant abuse. 

n this Aug. 30, 2019, photo, migrants, most who were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, receive bottles of water given by volunteers in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico.

Why Biden’s day one promise to end ‘Remain in Mexico’ program may go unfilled

On the campaign trail, candidate Joe Biden pledged to end the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program on day one. But the president-elect has walked back that promise in recent weeks.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents look at women and children

Trump proposes harsh asylum rules disqualifying many applicants


The proposal includes a number of changes that would make it more difficult for applicants to gain asylum in the US — including changing which applicants would get asylum hearings in the first place.

DACA plaintiffs walk arm-in-arm down from the US Supreme Court after justices heard oral arguments in the consolidation of three cases before the court regarding the Trump administration’s bid to end the DACA program on Nov. 12, 2019.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A timeline


On June 18, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration, allowing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to stand.