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.”

Source: http://www.usnews.com/…/obamas-immigration-actions-bring-re…

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How to get a Green Card

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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

**The MOST EXPENSIVE way:

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!

Source: http://www.uscis.gov/greencard

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First few days of the Year of the Goat bring good news to Greenhandshake. Bloomberg Business has selected Greenhanshake to introduce to readers all around the world.

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Greenhandshake: Helping Newcomers to the U.S. Find the Help They Need

An innovative online marketplace is helping newcomers to the U.S. to find the help they need from members of their own community who are already settled in the country.

Greenhandshake is a trusted community marketplace which enables people who have recently arrived in the U.S. to connect with one another and to find local help from people from their own country who are already established in the U.S. and are familiar with the way of life here. This online bidding platform enables its users to post tasks with which they need help and which other users can then bid on. Tasks can range from simple requests for a lift from the airport to help with complex immigration issues.

Moving to a new country can be a challenge, even for someone who has lived in many countries around the world. As well as homesickness, the complexities of a foreign language and the inevitable stage of culture shock, many new arrivals face the added difficulty of not knowing anyone to whom they can turn for help, advice or moral support.

Son Hoang Nguyen, the CEO and Founder of Greenhandshake experienced the challenge of adapting to a new culture first hand when he moved to the U.S. As he explains: “No matter how prepared we are, foreign students and immigrants inevitably encounter unforeseen challenges with both the culture and language.” Adapting to life in the U.S. and helping others to do so gave him the idea of creating an online marketplace especially geared towards the needs of U.S. immigrants and, in May 2014, Greenhandshake was launched. He says: “I realized that there was a real need for sharing information between new arrivals, experienced immigrants and those born in the U.S.”

Recent recognition for the value of the Greenhandshake marketplace has come in the form of a recommendation from The Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals (sinhvienusa.org), which described it as “a bridge for Vietnamese people in America to stay closer and find local help.”

Matthew Michel, Founder and CEO of Tinker Tailor Inc., is a member of Greenhandshake’s advisory board. He says: “In the past, new arrivals in the U.S. may have been able to find the help they needed by piecing together information from a number of websites. Now they only need to visit Greenhandshake to find themselves in touch with a trusted community of people who can help.”

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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 greenhandshake.com 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.

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