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Why doesn't the USCIS offer premium processing for all its immigration forms?

Premium processing is available on only certain USCIS immigration forms and not all USCIS immigration forms. Why doesn't the USCIS offer premium processing for all its immigration forms? Since the ...
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Are there countries which only allow new immigrants to settle outside of major cities?

As an example, a major criticism of the Canadian immigration strategy is that the vast majority of temporary residents (work and student visa holders) settle around Toronto or Vancouver, which drives ...
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Why are Republicans pushing merit-based immigration if the types of immigrants favored seem to cause more damage to Republicans electorally?

There was an article that talks about how Republicans tend to gain from immigrants. It talks about low-skilled immigrants driving native voters to Republicans: "Non-urban, low-skill counties with ...
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Why does the United States government utilize random selection (a "lottery") to determine eligibility for an H-1B visa? [duplicate]

According to my understanding of the H-1B application process, applicants must be selected for further consideration by random selection (a "lottery"). Why doesn't the US consider all ...
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How does Israel decide what DNA is Jewish?

When a person claims to be ethnically Jewish and wants to make Aliyah Israel's immigration authorities may request a DNA test. See this and this. However I cannot find the details of how it is decided ...
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How many Afghans have migrated/fled to the (present-day territory of the) EU in the past 25 years? And how many were granted asylum?

I'm trying to figure out from a migration perspective how much of an issue this is/was. But I can't get any total figures on a quick google search, unlike say for Syria. This may well be because of ...
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Why don't US citizens emigrate? [closed]

The situation for many US citizens is becoming worse with each and every year, due to healthcare costs, debt of any kind (education, healthcare, housing), shootings, racial tensions, retirement ...
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Do Democrats and Republicans still agree on what kinds of immigrants should be admitted?

In a highly cited 2015 paper, Hainmueller and Hopkins find that "beneath partisan divisions over immigration lies a broad consensus about who should be admitted to the country." For example, ...
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Why was American support for increased immigration higher in 2017 (under Trump) than 1993 (under Clinton)?

According to Gallup, American support for increased immigration was 6% in 1993 and 24% in 2017. What were some of the main drivers for this difference? I'm honestly quite surprised as Bill Clinton was ...
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How can POTUS legally prevent/change state National Guard movements/actions?

According to some news from the Texas-Mexico border, some other states, including Texas and South Dakota, are sending their troops to the Texas border to support border patrol agents. I don't think ...
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Any US deportation illegal immigrants statistics by presidents?

Different US presidents usually have different view on the question of adopting illegal immigrants. Some, for example D.Trump are generally opposing immigration, some, like current POTUS J.Biden, are ...
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What's going on with the wall building on US-Mexico border in Summer 2021?

Stopping the wall was part of Joe Biden's campaign points. And then, his administration signed an order on Inauguration Day ending the national emergency at the border and launching a 60-day review of ...
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Why hasn't Kamala Harris visited the US-Mexico Border?

Since Joe Biden put VP Harris in charge of the border migration back on March 24, 2021, VP Harris hasn't conducted a visit to the border. I am under the impression that it would be helpful for her to ...
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Is Russia able to influence Israel?

Is Russia able to influence the affairs of Israeli politics and foreign policy through the Russian immigrants in Israel?
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What does India not being a member to the 1951 Refugee Convention mean?

What does India not being a party to the protocol mean in the context of legal documents pertaining to refugee protection. A slightly detailed insight to this is most welcome. https://www.unhcr.org/...
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How many migrants have obtained Convention Against Torture protection under Title 42?

In March 2020, the Trump Administration invoked an obscure infectious disease provision in Title 42 of the US Code, allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away migrants who show up at ...
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Which Congressional Democrats have called on Biden to stop Title 42?

A year ago, the Trump Administration invoked an obscure infectious disease provision in Title 42 of the US Code, allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away migrants who show up at ...
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Is it possible for a US President to end DACA?

President Trump tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy that his predecessor President Obama had created. Trump's administration failed to end it. Is it ...
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Did Taiwan end up doing what its president said that it would do for "Hong Kongers"?

This answer to What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"? says (paraphrased): (Taiwan) means to help new settlements of Hong Kong people... ...
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Is their a significant named political movement in the United States for Latino civil rights?

I am aware of movements like Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ Pride, and the Women's March that stand for the civil rights of different groups. Is there such a movement or organization that organizes for ...
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Has Russia considered accepting migrants that want to reach Europe?

This article argues that Russia, like many other countries, faces a population decline that must be tackled sooner or later: The shrinking of Russia’s population overall, and especially the working-...
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Why is the agreement of the native country needed when sending back their citizen?

Following a recent murder of a teacher in France, the French government decided to send about 230 people back to their country (they were under surveillance by the French authorities for links to ...
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What is the impact of migration on sustainable developement

The UN global compact on migration contains this line : Ensure the full and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda by ...
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What are the upsides of having a birthright citizenship policy?

I've been reading a lot about the birth tourism issue in Canada lately, but this issue applies to any country with birthright citizenship. From a New York Times article describing the issue: Under ...
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Are there any reasonable policy proposals regarding mass climate migration?

There is an evidence, that we're on the beginning of a mass migration caused primarily by the climate change. I often read about latest deterrent policies, such as changes in the law and building of ...
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Why are migrants crossing the English Channel from the EU to the UK? [duplicate]

I'm a UK expat living in France and I've been reading the UK news, which is covering a decent number of migrants and refugees crossing the English Channel in the hopes of reaching the UK (example). I ...
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Has there been any research addressing systemic racism targeting West Indian immigrants relative to other ethnic immigrant groups?

In a 2018 Quilette opinion column, Coleman Hughes used similar data to suggest systemic racism in the US is not a large problem: The second natural experiment involves comparing the outcomes of black ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

I am trying to understand the precise (objective) history of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children (minors) of ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. government cancel at least some existing work visas to decrease unemployment? [closed]

The U.S. economy is suffering from an unprecedented crisis/pandemic/unemployment. The American people need jobs right now. And still there are like 1 million or so foreign workers, temp workers, H1B, ...
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Have any polls surveyed the opinion of Brexit supporters on the recent decision on Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders?

On July 1st, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, & Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announced that a 'path to full British citizenship' would be opened to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) ...
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Is it possible to discover the immigration status of the first patient(s) who brought the coronavirus back with them (to the U. S. from Wuhan)? [closed]

Is it possible to discover the immigration status of the first patient(s) who brought the coronavirus back with them (to the U. S. from Wuhan)? I didn't know where to begin looking, especially when ...
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What's the opposite of restrictionism on immigration?

If restrictionist is someone who wants restrictions on immigration, what do you call someone who opposes same?
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US Pre-1987 Visa Issue Data?

I can see a count of nonimmigrant visas issued by classification on the Dept. of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website going back as far as 1987, but the H-1 visa was established in 1952. Does ...
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When was the last time the Canada–US border closed to visitors?

Multiple sources have reported that Canada and the United States have announced that the Canada–United States border is about to close to non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the spread of ...
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Are de facto Schengen countries exempt from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

President Trump's presidential proclamation specifically defines the countries affected by the ban as the 26 signatories to the Schengen Treaty: For purposes of this proclamation, the Schengen Area ...
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Why are non-Schengen countries excluded from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

The US government suspended travel from Europe to US, except for countries which are not in the Schengen area such as the UK and Ireland. Many comments from EU leader seem to assume that this is a ...
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What has the reaction from the EU been to Trump suspending travel from the whole 26-country Schengen zone?

Breaking news US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping new travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address, he said travel from 26 ...
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Is the British Immigration health surcharge unique in the world?

People moving to the UK for longer than six months are required to pay an Immigration health surcharge. I.e., they pay a tax when they request a Visa to be allowed to use the National Health Service (...
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Do minimum wage laws in Europe prevent or induce immigration?

Do minimum wages (whether through minimum wage laws or because trade unions control access to low paying jobs) prevent or cause immigration in Europe? On one hand high minimum wages are attractive for ...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Is intra-EU movement/migration of EU/EUAA citizens a sizeable contributor to illegal work?

French president Macron has recently caused controversy with his contrast of extra-EU legal immigration and intra-EU illegal movements of EU/EUAA people: Last week, the right-wing French magazine ...
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Is there a longitudinal survey of US public attitudes toward the perceived "dual loyalty" of immigrants?

A 2003 survey on a US nationally representative sample found that 71.3% of respondents agreed that “It’s OK for immigrants to be loyal to both their home country and the U.S.” [statement that] was ...
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Did Palestinians have an opportunity to assimilate into Kuwait society and culture before the Gulf War of 1990 to 1991?

Approximately 400,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the Gulf War of 1990-1991. Did they have an opportunity to assimilate into Kuwait society and culture? That's simply a "yes" or "no" question,...
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Could the EU call bluff Turkish threat to send 3.6 milion refugees?

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Europe with a flood of refugees on Thursday if the continent’s leaders call the Turkish invasion of Syria an “occupation.” “We will open the gates ...
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Policing would-be immigrants away from rich countries borders: US vs EU

Apparently the EU has been increasingly conditioning funding of various programs in Africa on African countries stopping would-be immigrants to Europe far away from the actual EU borders. I've also ...
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How much will "new-policy detention" facilities for detained families cost?

As I understand it, the newly announced policy for detention of alien families, is intended to provide a place for these families to stay while awaiting adjudication of their immigration status. What ...
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What is the actual process in a US deportation to Mexico?

This question is a follow-up from a previous question Self-deportation of American Citizens from US, and the purpose of my question is not to discuss the particulars of the Galicia event, but to ask ...
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Book recommendation for connection between immigration and crime [closed]

I'd like to know a little bit more about the reasons behind the migration flows to Europe, especially in recent years, and the (eventual) connections with (organized) crime, especially in Southern ...
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How are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
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Why haven't Latin American countries condemned the U.S. for its migrant detention centers?

Why won't Latin American countries condemn the U.S. for its migrant detention centers? According to Wikipedia, the detention centers in the U.S. for so-called illegals and asylum seekers are ...
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