Immigration law and advice

first_imgF2A – spouses and minor children of U.S. residents, the waiting line is approx 1 1/2 – 2 years and, U.S. Residents are eligible to sponsor:  F1 – Adult single sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, the waiting line is approx 7-8 years, 1) Spouses and minor children called F2A and2) Adult single sons and daughters (and their minor children) called F2B. U.S. residents cannot sponsor their parents, Adult married sons and daughters or their Brothers and sisters. If a child who has been sponsored by a resident marries before the parent becomes a U.S. Citizen, the Immigration case is automatically cancelled, even if the child later divorces. F2B -Adult single sons and daughters of U.S. residents, the waiting line is approximately 7-8 years. Waiting times for family members in all countries except Mexico/India and Philippines:  F4 – Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, the waiting line is approx 13-15 years, Immigration attorney: Caroly PedersenNow that the Republican Congress and Trump Administration are threatening to eliminate nearly the entire family Immigration system, it’s important to understand which family members you can currently sponsor and how long it will take them to immigrate to the U.S. Here’s how it works: F3 – Adult married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, the waiting line is approx 12-14 years, Immediate relatives (spouses, minor children and parents of U.S. citizens), there is no waiting line, just USCIS and consular processing time (approx 8-12 months). U.S. Citizens are eligible to sponsor: Under current immigration regulations, once an Immigrant receives U.S. residency, (even conditional 2-year residency through marriage), and similarly when a resident becomes naturalized, they are eligible to sponsor any and all family members in any of the qualifying categories.There is no limit on the number of family members which can be sponsored at the same time. For instance, a U.S. citizen can sponsor an adult, single daughter, a married son and three sisters and two brothers all at the same time. However, due to the difference in waiting times, each family member would be immigrating at different times, depending upon the family immigration category.The recent immigration bill introduced in Congress, called the RAISE ACT, supported by Trump and most hard-line Republicans, will effectively eliminate all family based immigration. If the proposal is signed into law, no family members except spouses and minor children under age 21 will be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. going forward. However, those already sponsored now will remain eligible to immigrate, even if the law changes. 1) Spouses, minor children and parents (called “Immediate Relatives”)2) Adult single sons and daughters (and their minor children) F1,3) Adult married sons and daughters (and their spouses and minor children) called F3 and4) Brothers and sisters (and their spouses and minor children) called F4.last_img read more

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Jamaica’s crime rate soars

first_imgThe crime in Jamaica continues to rise and has claimed over 15,000 lives since January 1, this year.A total of 1,500 people have been murdered in Jamaica so far this year, including 51 children, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Periodic Serious and Violence Review. This compares to a total of 1,350 people who were murdered in that country last year.Majority of victims are maleThe figures show that nearly 1,400 men have been murdered in Jamaica January leaving many households now without a father or a male figure.According to the JCF data, 1,350 males have so far been killed this year due to violence. The data also revealed that between 2013 and this year 5,328 men have been murdered in Jamaica, while 569 women and 236 children died violently during the four year period.The data also reveal 51 children have been murdered this year, as compared with 37 last year.Guns the main weaponThe JCF figures show that guns have been used in 82 per cent of the killings here, with 1,228 people killed by the gun; 106 by knife; 44 by machete and 113 by other implements.Murder at funeralMeanwhile, two people were shot and killed after gunmen opened fire during a funeral service at a church in East Kingston Sunday.The gunmen shot at least nine people.Media reports said that three armed men arrived at the Kings Chapel on Sunday and opened fire at persons standing in the church yard.There are reports one of the gunmen was held and severely beaten by residents and is now under police guard at hospital.The mourners were attending the funeral service for Romaine White, otherwise called “Boisey”, who was fatally stabbed in the capital on November 29.No one has been held for his murder.last_img read more

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Jamaicans celebrate 56th independence around the U.S.

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks joins the large congregation in giving praise at Jamaica’s 55 independence service last year at Dumbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. (Credit: Derrick Scott) Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica across the United States are moving into independence mode, notably in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Atlanta, with several official events planned to mark 56 years of independence of the island of Jamaica.From August 4 to 25, the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington DC under the leadership of Ambassador Audrey Marks will be engaging in several activities, supported by various Jamaican organizations.BaltimoreThe activities commence on August 4th when the Baltimore-based Jamaican Association of Maryland (JAM) stages its annual independence gala at Martin’s West, with guest speaker Ambassador Audrey Marks.  JAM will also use the occasion to present its Marcus Garvey Award to local philanthropist Cecil Clarke, and its Community Service Award to Pastor Ezra Sterling.Dumbarton Chapel at Howard University School of Law is the venue for the annual Service of Thanksgiving, to be held on Sunday, August 5, commencing at 11:00 a.m. Ambassador Marks will deliver the Prime Minister’s independence Message, while Senior Pastor of the Apostolic Church of Christ in Syracuse, New York, Rev. G. Maxwell Jones, will deliver the sermon. A reception follows the church service. On Sunday, August 12, the Jamaican Association of Maryland (JAM) will host an Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Baltimore Central New Testament Church of God at 5 p.m., to mark Jamaica’s 56th anniversary of independence.  The sermon will be delivered by Rev. Stanley Murray. On Sunday, August 19, Top Tier Management, in association with Pumpstalion Entertainment, will host the DC World Reggae Festival at the RFK Stadium festival grounds, featuring Shabba Ranks, Chronixx and Toots and the Maytals. The event is endorsed by the Embassy of Jamaica.Curtains will come down on the Independence activities in Baltimore on Saturday, August 25, with a free family day picnic at Rosedale Park. PhiladelphiaOver in Philadelphia, Independence activities begin on Saturday, August 11th with the Team Jamaica Bickle Independence Gala, at the Calabash. On Sunday, August 12th, a service of thanksgiving will be held, at the Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church. The Rev. Wesley Pinnock will deliver the sermon. Philadelphia will wrap up its celebratory activities on August 26th with the Caribbean festival at Philadelphia Penn on the Waterfront. AtlantaIn Atlanta, Jamaicans and friends will join in a thanksgiving service on August 5th at St. Timothy United Methodist Church. The guest speaker will be the Professor of Theology and Ethics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University Rev Dr Noel Erskin.  On August 11, the Atlanta Jamaican Association will stage its annual Independence Ball & Scholarship Awards at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.  Guest Speaker will be Jamaican Olympic bobsledder Mr. Devon Harris, while attendees will dance to the music of Jah Movement band.“We are looking forward to the opportunity to stage these events, along with our partners and friends, who have helped to make Jamaica the wonderful country that it is,” said Ambassador Marks. “I hope that all Jamaicans in the Diaspora will continue the great tradition of sharing the Jamaican spirit. I encourage all Jamaicans and our friends to embrace this year’s theme, ‘One Love, One Family’ in celebration of Jamaica, land we love,” she added.last_img read more

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South Florida SWAT Team Resigns After Police Chief Kneels With Protesters

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH — Ten members of a South Florida police department’s SWAT team stepped down from their roles, citing kneeling by the Hallandale Beach police chief among the reasons for their resignation. The SWAT team sent a memo detailing its grievances to Hallandale Beach city officials, and City Manager Greg Chavarria said it was received Friday evening. The officers stated that they were “minimally equipped, under-trained and often times restrained by the politicization of our tactics to the extent of placing the safety of dogs over the safety of the team members.” Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones and other officers kneeled with protesters earlier this week. (City of Hallandale Beach) “Having members of the Command Staff taking a knee in solidarity with Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana … this lack of support is crippling,” the memo said. “Until these conditions and sentiments are rectified and addressed, we cannot safely, effectively and in good faith carry out duties in this capacity without putting ourselves and our families at this needless increased level of risk,” the officers added. The team members told Police Chief Sonia Quiñones that the last straw was when members of the Command Staff took a knee in solidarity, WPLG reported. Team members also wrote that Javellena “has shown that she takes pleasure in besmirching the hard work and dedication of the members of this professional agency, having the gall to compare us to the Minneapolis Police Department.” Javellana told the Sun-Sentinel she was shocked to learn about the letter while she was grocery shopping on Friday night. But she said she does not regret attending the protest. The 10 members will remain with the police force, the Miami Herald reported. Quiñones has set up a Monday meeting with the SWAT team members to hear their concerns and collect their equipment.last_img read more

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Betting Odds For August 6, 2017

first_imgUkraine Premier League:Vorskla Poltava vs Dynamo Kiev (Dynamo Kiev to score between 1 to 3 goals)The Ukrainian Premier League is always dominated by two power houses namely Shakthar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev. With the league just in its early stage, the previously mentioned teams won’t fancy dropping points. Therefore Dynamo Kiev would be prepped up for this game. The best call for this match would be to pick Dynamo Kiev to score between 1 to 3 goals since it’s an away match. The game would be a bit difficult for Dynamo Live with the team coming into the game on the back of a ucl qualifying away tie in Switzerland.Peru: Premier Division -Apertura:Sporting Cristal vs Juan Aurich (Sporting Cristal win or draw & under 4.5)The Peruvian premier division is often characterised by home wins and I don’t see any other thing than that. I will go for a combo call in this game to further enhance the safe nature of my calls. Sporting Crystal don’t normally lose at home and their defensive solidity is one of the reasons why I feel this game won’t see more than 4 goals. On the other hand, Juan Aurich will almost certainly be playing for a draw in this game due to the attacking threat from the home side. All these points to the conclusion of a home win or draw and under 4.5.Nigerian Professional Football League:Niger Tornadoes vs El kanemi Warriors (home win)This is a typical mid-table clash in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) where home sides normally take all 3 points. Niger Tornadoes are very difficult to beat at home although opponents El-kanemi Warriors have done well this season and are in the top six but I feel the Maiduguri-based side would still lose this match in a slim manner as regards the scoreline. Therefore I am going for a Niger Tornadoes home win.Croatia :1 HNLDinamo Zagreb vs Hajduk Split (Dinamo Zagreb win or draw & under 4.5)Dinamo Zagreb are coming into this game on the back of a UEFA Europa League (UEL) qualifying tie against Odds of Norway and normally there should be fatigue however the motivating factor for the team would be the sad memory of losing the league last season. Therefore this is a game they can’t afford to lose.Opponents Hadjuk Split are a very decent side and would definitely give the hosts a run for their money, and this is the main reason behind my decision to go for a win or draw and under 4.5 goals in this game.These are my four picks for today all amounting to a 3 odds. Stake big and win big.Writer: The MastermindRelatedEUROPA LEAGUE: Reunion For Petr Cech As Arsenal Draw RennesFebruary 22, 2019In “Europa League”Betting Odds For August 9, 2017August 9, 2017In “Europe”Shakhtar’s Taison Sent Off For Reacting To Racist InsultsNovember 11, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

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Betting Odds For August 8, 2017

first_imgWriter: The mastermindRelated Iceland Pepsidelid:Vikingur Reykjavik vs Vestmanaeyjar (12 Double Chance)The intensity of this game would be very high therefore one should expect the match not to end in a draw. The leagues in Iceland are not renowned for their defensive pattern. This match involves two teams that are capable of getting the 3 points at stake. My call for this one is simple and straightforward and that’s any team to win. I don’t see the game ending in a draw.Portugese Primeira Liga:Maritimo vs Ferreira (Home Win To Nil-No)This call is not really common with people who engage in betting. The call simply means the the home side won’t win the match with a clean sheet and anything apart from this means the call will sail through. I picked this option because I don’t see Maritimo winning this match or even if they win, I can see Ferreira scoring at least one goal. My verdict for this game is that the HWTN-No France, Coupe De La Ligue:Laval vs Lorient (away win to nill-no)Like the call I made om the previous game above, this is similar just that this time it’s for the away side. The idea behind this call is because Lorient will find the match to be a very difficult one and since it’s a cup tie, this should be a tight affair. AWTN-No is the call I am making for this game.European Super Cup:Real Madrid vs Manchester United (Home To Win the trophy)The European Super Cup is played in one game and a winner must emerge. I expect Real Madrid to win the game whether in regulation time, extra time or penalties due to their pedigree and the fact that Manchester United will have an eye on the start of the new English Premier League (EPL) season slated for this weekend. Another factor is the return of star man Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish side’s squad meaning that the European champions will have too much firepower for Manchester United.The picks amount to a 3 odds multiplier. Stake big and win big.last_img read more

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AUDIO: We Are Not Scared Of Akwa United – Duke Udi

first_imgAhead of their potentially explosive semi final matchup against Akwa United in the Aiteo Cup, Technical Adviser of Sunshine Stars Duke Udi has stated that his side is not afraid of the free-scoring Uyo-based outfit.In the first leg of their last four meeting on Saturday, Udi’s Sunshine Stars will host the 2015 Champions, who have scored 13 goals in their last three matches in the Aiteo Cup, in Ijebu Ode , with the return leg slated for Uyo on 4 October.Ahead of the showdown, the former Super Eagles midfielder admitted that Akwa United are a decent side, even as he called for a fair and unbiased officiating in both legs of the semi final match. “Duke Udi Sept 29” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “Duke Udi Sept 29” “For you to become a champion, you must beat the best team,” Udi told www.busybuddiesng.com in an exclusive chat. “So we are not scared of anybody.“The only thing I will say is that; this is an FA Cup (Aiteo Cup) match and the semi finals will showcase the best four teams in Nigeria.“But all I’m saying is let the better side win and the officiating should be better, because for me, officiating is key. If you want to see a good competition, officiating is key, so that they will bring the best team out that will represent Nigeria in the continental level. That’s just it!“If it is Akwa United or any other team, we respect them; we take them as the same. It’s eleven against eleven. Aiteo Cup is a one-time show. We respect teams but we are not scared of any team. We played them before and they are a good team,” the former Enyimba and Shooting Stars player stated.The other semi final will see defending champions (men), FC IfeanyiUbah battle Niger Tornadoes over two legs for a place in the final.As a head coach, it is the second time Duke Udi is guiding a club to the semi finals of the Nation’s oldest cup competition, after achieving same feat with defunct Giwa FC in 2014, when they lost to eventual champions, Enyimba.RelatedAUDIO: AITEO CUP: Preko Confident Of Victory Over Tornadoes In Semi Final Cracker.October 3, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Duke Udi Reflects On Outgone NPFL SeasonSeptember 22, 2017In “Nigeria”At Last, The Aiteo Cup Final Is HereOctober 15, 2017In “Nigeria”center_img 0:36 read more

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Kambi furthers Novomatic partnership, supplying Greentube sports betting provisions

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Nordic Nasdaq-listed sports betting platform and software supplier Kambi Group (Kambi) has confirmed that it has secured a contract to supply Novomatic digital gaming subsidiary Greentube with online betting provisions.Kambi furthers its relationship with leading gambling technology firm Novomatic, who last October agreed for Kambi to become the lead sports betting supplier for its lottery solutions customers.Partnering with interactive gaming services provider Greentube, Kambi will offer its betting platform to Greentube syndicated brands in the regulated European markets of Spain, Italy, UK, Germany and Romania.Commenting on the deal, Kristian Nylén, CEO, Kambi said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen to provide Greentube with our fully managed Sportsbook service. This deal is another positive step towards extending the partnership with NOVOMATIC Group. With Greentube’s many local licenses, the partnership has great potential to make it an important pan-European Sportsbook player alongside its already successful casino brands.”Thomas Graf CEO of Greentube backed Kambi’s support stating “Adding Kambi’s Sportsbook to our online brands will further enhance the appeal of our online casinos and open completely new customer segments for us. We look forward to this partnership and are convinced that it has the potential to be a great success.” Share Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020last_img read more

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Galway Races hits record prize money target for 2017 Festival

first_img StumbleUpon UK and Irish tote launch ‘single unified online betting pool’ July 16, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Ballybrit Galway racecourse management has confirmed that the 2017 Galway Races Summer Festival (31 July – 6 August) will feature its biggest prize pool with a record €2 million in festival prize money.  Galway Races event organisers were pleased to have secured the record prize money target with more than a month to go until the Festival start date. With 52 races planned over a week, each festival day will feature a minimum prize fund of €100,000 for its feature race.Flagship races include the €250,000 ‘Tote Ireland Galway Plate’ held on Wednesday 2 August, which has been boosted with a further €30,000 in prize money.Michael Moloney, the General Manager of Galway Racecourse, said, “It’s a huge credit to our sponsors and Horse Racing Ireland who with their support have enabled us to offer for the very first time a feature race every day valued at a minimum of €100,000.Galway Races legacy sponsor Guinness continues its commitment to the festival sponsoring Thursday 3 August’s ‘Galway Hurdle’ worth €300,000. The famous stout brewer will also continue to sponsor ‘Ladies Day’ on Friday, with its feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Handicap’.Director of Racing of Horse Racing Ireland, Jason Morris, thanked all Galway Races sponsors for their continued commitment to Irish racing’s most popular event“HRI is pleased to be supporting the Galway Festival with an increased prize money contribution to match the additional race sponsorship that the racecourse has been able to attract. It is very satisfying that the minimum value for all feature races at the festival has been increased to €100,000 for 2017.“Prize money has risen significantly at the Galway Festival in recent years and it is only appropriate that winners at Ballybrit are adequately rewarded at all levels given the extremely competitive nature of the racing.” Related Articles Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Camelot appoints Nigel Railton as UK CEO, tasked with ‘returning the National Lottery to growth’

first_img StumbleUpon UK National Lottery operator Camelot has today published its 2017/18 strategic review detailing major changes and initiatives for its operations and enterprise.Having undertaken a strategic review seeking to ‘return the National Lottery to Growth’, Camelot governance has confirmed the appointment of Nigel Railton as UK CEO. The appointment sees Railton the former Camelot International CEO, replace Andy Duncan (resigned April 2017) as UK leader on a permanent basis.Prior to his leadership announcement, Railton has led Camelot’s internal strategic review as the operator seeks to overturn a downturn in lottery tickets sales and fundraising for national charities.In its half-year update, Camelot has announced that total National Lottery ticket sales for the six months from 1 April to 23 September 2017 were £3,280.4 million, a decrease of 3.2% on last year’s first-half performance.During the period, Camelot generated direct returns for National Lottery Good Causes of £746.6 million 1, a reported 4.7% lower than the corresponding six months of last year.Seeking to overhaul the UK National Lottery downturn, Railton and Camelot executives will implement a four-point plan to reverse company performance, focusing on the following dynamics; ‘1. Improving the range of games, 2. Enhance retail offering, 3. Upgrade digital capabilities and 4. Reinvigorate The National Lottery brand’.Commenting on his appointment and future Camelot initiatives, Nigel Railton said: “It’s a privilege to have been given the opportunity to run Camelot’s UK business. As operator of The National Lottery, we’re a company like no other – a commercial organisation that raises billions of pounds for the public good.“Coming off the back of last year’s disappointing sales performance ­– and in the face of the very real threat posed by intensifying competition from the wider gambling sector, which benefits from significant taxation advantages, and continuing doubts over the economy – I don’t underestimate the challenge ahead of us. It is going to take some time to turn things around.“However, given the areas for improvement that we’ve identified during the strategic review, Camelot’s impressive track record of success over the long term and the first-class team that I’ll be working with, I firmly believe that we have an excellent platform to get The National Lottery back where it should be next year – in growth, creating more winners than ever before, and delivering, even more, money for the millions of people and thousands of communities for whom National Lottery funding is so crucial.” Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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