Internships in America

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Getting a full-time job in America is one of the most common ways to make immigrants eligible for green cards and internships can lead to such employment. Whether you are an international student or a foreigner seeking to sharpen your skills through internships or jobs in America, there are tons of helpful websites for you. Here are three most recommended and reliable internship searching sites:

1. internships.com

This is one of the largest internship marketplace that match students with paid/college credit internships and entry-level jobs in all over 50 states. You will also find the Internship Predictor tool that can suggest the best kind of internships/jobs and environment for you based on your personality and personal preferences.

2. internmatch.com

There are tons of great resources on Internmatch that will get you ready for a job search such as resume template, cover letter template as well as advice from expert recruiters about what to say in your interview. Complete profiles of employers are created for you to learn more about them before applying. Every week, Internmatch also showcases 10 trending students’ profiles that get the most views from employers and that will attract more recruiters!

3. Idealist.org

A review cited from a student using idealist.org on internships.about.com : “…You can search within 100 miles of a specific location by designating country, state, city, and mileage specifications and you can broaden or narrow your search by adding or deleting specific criteria. By clicking on Organizations and then country, you can get a full list of organizations participating and listing numerous opportunities…”. Idealist.org is one of the best internship search tools recommended in 2015.

Good luck with your American dream!

Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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How Greenhandshake Works

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.

10 myths about immigration

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1. Immigrants don’t pay taxes

WRONG. Immigrants DO pay taxes, even undocumented immigrants. In fact, several studies show that immigrants pay between $90 and $140 billion taxes a year in the form of their income, property and sales.

2. Immigrants come here to take welfare

Err…No. Immigrants work their asses off and even make up a larger share of U.S labor force (12.4%) than do the U.S population (11.5%). In one estimate, immigrants use $5 billion in public benefits and their tax payments surpass the amount of government services they use.

3. Immigrants send all their money back to their home countries.

True but as immigrants and their businesses contribute $162 billion in tax revenue to U.S governments, remitting billions dollars a year to their home countries is considered “one of the most targeted and effective forms of direct foreign investment”.

4. Immigrants take jobs and opportunities away from Americans

It is the opposite. Successful and creative immigrants in fact create jobs for U.S and foreign workers, and foreign-born students help many U.S graduate programs keep their doors open.

5. Immigrants are a drain on U.S economy

Immigrants fill jobs in key sectors, start their own businesses, and contribute to a thriving economy. The net benefit of immigration to the U.S. is nearly $10 billion annually. 70% of immigrants arrive in prime working age. That means not a penny was spent on their education, yet immigrants are transplanted into the U.S workforce and contribute $500 billion toward American social security system over the next 20 years.

6. Immigrants don’t want to learn English or become Americans

This obviously has changed drastically. 75% of Immigrants coming to the U.S nowadays have wonderful English skills and 33% of them are naturalized citizens. The numbers will undoubtedly continue to grow.

7. Today’s immigrants are different from those of 100 years ago

Similar to accusations about today’s immigrants, those of 100 years ago initially often settled in mono-ethnic neighborhoods, spoke their native languages, and built up newspapers and businesses that catered to their fellow emigrants. They also experienced the same types of discrimination that today’s immigrants face, and integrated within American culture at a similar rate.

8. Most immigrants cross the border illegally

Around 75% of today’s immigrants have legal permanent (immigrant) visas; of the 25% that are undocumented, 40% overstayed temporary (non-immigrant) visas.

9. Weak U.S. border enforcement has led to high undocumented immigration.

From 1986 to 1998, the Border Patrol’s budget increased six-fold and the number of agents stationed on the southwest border of America doubled to 8,500. Insufficient legal avenues for immigrants to enter the U.S, compared with the number of jobs in need of workers, has significantly contributed to this current conundrum.

10. The war on terrorism can be won through immigration restrictions.

Fact: Most of the 9/11 hijackers were here on legal visas. Since 9/11, the myriad of measures targeting immigrants in the name of national security have netted no terrorism prosecutions. In fact, several of these measures could have the opposite effect and actually make America less safe, as targeted communities of immigrants are afraid to come forward with information.

This is why America continues to welcome different people from around the world. Immigrants make up the United States, contributing to its growing economy and population.

Source:  http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/…/top-10-myths-about-immig…

Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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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.”

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

Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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