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America brings relief to college students

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“Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us?” said President Barack Obama.

Among millions of immigrants to America, international students hoping to attend school in the US may now be able to apply for more affordable tuition and even aids in some states as well as to stay longer after their graduation. Specifically, students in STEM can remain for 29 months after finishing school, others for 12 months. Obama’s new action also includes the extension of the federal OPT (Optional Practical Training) program that allows foreign students to work in the US (off campus) during school or afterward. The President plans to make the work visas more accessible to foreign students.

Marlene Johnson, executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, said the immigration action was necessary for those who want to contribute to the country’s economy.

“Immigration, at its core, is about people and their hopes for better lives for themselves and their families. This is just as true for immigrants who come to the United States to work in the fields harvesting crops as it is for immigrants working in the laboratories at our most prestigious universities,” Johnson said in a statement. “As we continue to lose our market share of globally mobile students and scholars to countries with friendlier immigration policies, we particularly applaud the president for recognizing the importance of having avenues for students to stay and work here.”


Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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How to get a Green Card



If you have had the opportunity to visit or study in America and fallen in love with the country, more than once you might have visualized yourself singing “The Star Spangled Banner” with pride. So how to become a permanent resident of this melting pot?

**The MOST COMMON ways:

1. FAMILY based: Parents, spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of US citizens (at least 21 years old) are prioritized to obtain a green card. There is no limit to the number of green card that can be issued in this category.

2. EMPLOYMENT based: A permanent job opportunity can definitely make you eligible for a green card. Some special categories of jobs are in preference:

– Broadcaster
– International Organization Employee
– Physician National Interest Waiver
– Religious Worker


INVESTMENT based: Entrepreneurs who invest a million dollars or at least $500,000 to create ten permanent full-time jobs for qualified US workers are eligible to apply for a green card. (America is highly in favor of profit).

**The other and LESS COMMON ways:

1. SELF-PETITION: Some immigrant categories allow you to file for yourself (“self-petition”). This option is available for either “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” or certain individuals granted a National Interest Waiver.

2. K Non-immigrant: The K-visa categories for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their accompanying minor children (K-1 and K-2 visas) were created to speed up the immigration process for such individuals so they could travel more quickly to the United States.

3. Legal immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act: enable certain individuals who are present in the United States and would not normally qualify to apply for adjustment of status in the United States to obtain a green card (permanent residence) regardless of:

– The manner they entered the United States
– Working in the United States without authorization
– Failing to continuously maintain lawful status since entry

4. ASYLEE status: If you were admitted to the US as a refugee or qualifying member of an asylee, you can apply for a green card a year after your entry in the States.

Last but not least, a green card holder of at least 5 years can apply for US naturalization.

Good luck with your American dream!


Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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Live Chat feature for Greenhandshake

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Understanding the demand of quick and convenient communication, Greenhandshake has recently added a Live Chat window on which will allow anyone to easily send inquiries to Greenhandshake support team and receive quick responses. With this new feature, we look forward to giving everyone a comfortable experience using our service.

Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

Happy Lunar New Year 2015

2015 Chinese New Year English Greetings Red Background Illustrat

Tet (Lunar New Year celebration) is coming in 2 weeks! HOW EXCITING!! Without Tet, I don’t feel like 2015 is here YET. That being said, Vietnamese people in America at some point can feel like a new year has never come for them because they cannot have a proper and originally traditional Tet celebration in a foreign country. (OMG. Why am I still writing 2014 on my check??)

Nhật absolutely feels the same way as he wrote “The meaning of this Lunar New Year is family and friend reunion. I’ve been away from home, Vietnam, where most of my family live, and I dearly miss this moment of the year.”

Are you living in America? Do you miss having Banh Chung (Vietnamese traditional sticky rice cake) and desperately want a true Tet atmosphere right in the US? ORRRR mayyy be, you are in the international students club at your university and because of this occasion, you want to SHOW your fellows what a TRUE TET CELEBRATION is? Connect with our Vietnamese community on Greenhandshake at and start off a wonderful year! Tet can be the occasion for a reunion, but it can also be a chance to make new friends and build your network.

Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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