On Tuesday morning, August 3rd, we went with our good friend and colleague, Mr. Gordon Landefeld, to Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy on West 46th Street where Mr. Landefeld addressed a classroom of foreign-born high school students who had either immigrated to the United States, or were refugees, from such countries as Guatemala, Senegal, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Puerto Rico. We had been invited to Thomas
The Reverend Mark A. Latovich, Ph.D, Presents at the First Friday Club Luncheon at the City Club of Cleveland
On Thursday, August 5th, we went to a First Friday Club luncheon at the City Club of Cleveland where the speaker was Reverend Mark A. Latovich, Ph.D, who is the Rector of Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. On this occasion Reverend Latovich talked about the Heart of the Shepherd initiative which addresses such issues as seminary renovations, clergy pensions, clergy tuition debt, as well
On Thursday, August 5th, we went to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) that was presented by Lubrizol and presided over by its President and CEO, Mr. Eric Schnur who is also the GCP Board Chair. The theme for this year ‘s meeting was “All In” meaning that all local public, private, and philanthropic institutions must work together if Cleveland/Northeast
President Biden Offers Hong Kong Residents in the United States Protection from Removal and Work Authorization for 18 months
On Thursday (August 5, 2021) President Biden issued a memorandum directing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for “certain Hong Kong residents” who are present in the US. DED will be available to residents of Hong Kong who were present in the United States on August 5, 2021 and remain continuously present in the US since August 5, 2021. President Biden stated that his decision was in response to China’s imposition of
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
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.
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
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
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
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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