Out & About at ICC-WIN, GALA Language Academy, and Edwin’s Restaurant La Bastille Day

On Saturday morning, July 17th, the offices of Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC hosted the 13th annual summit of the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s 2021 Common Ground annual program. ICC-WIN’s mission is “celebrating Cleveland’s multicultural communities through collaboration and cooperation initiatives that promote the prosperity of the region and its diverse people.” On this day, Mr. Kenneth J. Kovach, the President

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WATCH: E-2 Investment Visa – What You Need to Know!

The E-2 non-immigrant ‘treaty’ visa allows a citizen of a treaty country (a country which has a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business. Certain employees of such a person or organization may also be eligible for this classification. Get more information on Investment Visas here.

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New Work Permit Lifeline for Undocumented Crime Victims Waiting for U-Visas

Usually when you file for a U-Visa ( for victims of certain crimes), you’ll need to wait in line for 5-6 years before securing authorization to work. Last week, the White House announced that people waiting for U-visas will have their applications preliminarily reviewed, and if the applications are deemed “bona fide,” they will receive work permits and protection from deportation while they wait for final approval on their visas. Margaret W. Wong

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ICE To Halt Immigration Detention of Pregnant Women

U.S. immigration officials have announced that they will no longer routinely jail migrants facing deportation if they are pregnant or recently gave birth, in what is a reversal of policies enacted by Trump. The new directive, announced Friday July 9th, does not bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from initiating proceedings to deport women who are pregnant, nursing or have given birth within the past year. However, they would generally

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President Biden Celebrates New U.S. Citizens at 4th July Event

President Joe Biden celebrated 21 new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the White House on Friday, on the same day his administration rolled out a new strategy encouraging more immigrants to become citizens. The ceremony was part of a USCIS effort to swear in over 9,400 new citizens across 170 naturalization ceremonies between June 30 and July 7 – demonstrating their ‘commitment to welcoming immigrants’. The 21 new

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U.S. and Canada Start to Loosen Border Restrictions

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced this week that the restrictions that have locked down U.S./Canada border since March 2020 will start to relax over the coming weeks. In the first step, as of Monday July 5th, those who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency and are fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 can enter Canada without needing to quarantine for 2 weeks. Previously, those who travelled by air were required to

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Biden Outlines New Measures for Deported Veterans

President Joe Biden’s administration this week unveiled new measures allowing immigrants who have served in the army and later deported to return to the U.S. legally. A ‘rigorous, systematic’ approach to review cases In an announcement from DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the government ordered immigration authorities to form a ‘rigorous, systematic’ approach to review cases of immigrants where there had been a ‘failure to live up to America’s highest values’.

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British American Chamber of Commerce Cleveland Passport Professionals Networking at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland

After work on Thursday, July 1st, we drove a few blocks down Chester Avenue to Hofbrauhaus Cleveland where we took part in the July networking of Cleveland Passport Professionals, which is the networking initiative of the British American Chamber of Commerce (BACC). Among the people present was, of course, Mr. Don Larson, President of the BACC, who greeted us warmly along with Mr. Michael Farago, Mr. Jim Wilson, and Mr.

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Estonian Independence Day held in the Estonian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

On Sunday afternoon, June 27th, we went to a celebration of Estonian Independence Day held in the Estonian Garden at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens commemorating both St. John’s Day (i.e. the birth of John the Baptist) and Victory Day when the Estonians defeated the Germans in 1919. Along these lines, Mr. Toomas Tubalkain spoke for a few minutes regarding Estonian history and battles for independence against Germany and Russia that

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Cleveland Ohio German Cultural Garden Open House June 2021

On Saturday afternoon, June 26th, we attended the German Cultural Garden Open House which was hosted by Mr. Thomas Stromann, President of the German Garden and Cultural Foundation. Upon arrival, all visitors were given a copy of the June/July 2021 edition of a magazine titled “German Life” which featured an article about our Garden. Along the way, we took a tour wherein we were guided by Ms. Leslie Weigand who

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