"Start talking with your compatriots."

Russian promotes new site for immigrants

Culture, Immigration October 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

RadarSpeak, a new social network for immigrants and tourists, has been launched. Once the user’s location has been determined, they can choose to communicate only with people in their location and who speak the same language.

Bollywood music for sale in Jackson Heights, Queens.

What you never knew about Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Housing, Immigration, Queens October 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

A tour of the city’s most diverse borough, complete with photos and sound bites.

NYC small businesses showing their worth

Caribbean, Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

It’s a predictable fact of our daily lives that in extremely difficult times, we search for a glimmer of hope, anything that would tell us that better days are ahead. So it is the small businesses, especially those in minority communities, which are suffering heavy blows from the demoralizing effectsRead More

Undocumented Irish have no trouble finding work

Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York, Western European October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

With immigration in the spotlight as one of the most contentious issues of the 2012 presidential race, there is renewed focus on groups like the city’s undocumented laborers. In a series of interviews, several said it’s far easier for them to work illegally in New York City than other nationalities.

New York supporting immigrant communities

Immigration, Opinion October 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Yesterday morning [October 7], Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order requiring all public states agencies to serve the public by providing free interpretation and translation services for New Yorkers who don’t speak English well. This new and historic policy, which will benefit 2.5 million people, comes at a timeRead More

NY Agencies Will Have Translators

Immigration, New York October 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York state agencies will start providing free interpretation and document translation services for any person who needs it. This, he said, was decided because there are approximately two and a half million people living in the Big Apple who don’t speak English asRead More

New York offers language help

Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

New York City and New York State have introduced initiatives to help immigrants with limited proficiency in the English language: HRA Finds Ways to Help LEP Clients (via Our Chinatown via Sing Tao): New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) just introduced ‘I Speak…’ cards to their clients with limitedRead More

David T. Donahue

Warning: visa lottery has pitfalls

Eastern European, Immigration, In the News October 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

According to David T. Donahue, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visas, participation in the Diversity Visa Program may influence the American consul’s decision to grant or deny someone a tourist visa. The State Department keeps records of the applicants, he told Nowy Dziennik during a teleconference with ethnic journalistsRead More

Nadia Habib and her mother, Nazmin, were granted a stay of removal, allowing them to remain in the country for 12 more months.

Mother and daughter face deportation

Immigration, In the News, South Asian October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Nadia Habib has been granted the greatest birthday gift of all – the gift of time. The 20-year-old Woodside resident and her mother, Nazmin, were facing deportation to Bangladesh on September 29, one day before Nadia’s birthday, but the pair was granted a last-minute reprieve, allowing them to remain inRead More

Rikers Island

New law would keep immigrants from feds

Immigration, In the News October 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

The New York City Council appears set to pass a bill to significantly limit the number of immigrant prisoners transferred to federal custody through the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) before they are released from Rikers Island prison.

Pictured with the Tanaiste on Sunday at the EIIC Noel Kilkenny, NY Consul General, Siobhan Dennehy, Carol Hanney, Eamon Gilmore, Hanora Kilkenny and David Coonan.

Irish explore new U.S. visa options

Immigration, In the News, Western European October 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Acknowledging that comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. is a longshot at best, Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore says the Irish government is exploring new options for securing a future stream of visas that would allow for legal immigration to the U.S. from Ireland.  

LGBT immigrants feel discrimination twice

LGBT immigrants feel discrimination twice

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, Opinion October 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

LGBT immigrants have the difficult distinction of belonging to two groups that routinely are targeted by discriminatory government policies.

Suffolk police failing residents

Suffolk police failing residents

Education, Immigration, Opinion October 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Despite touting new translation tools and cursory Spanish-language trainings, Suffolk County police consistently deny basic services to residents with limited English proficiency, according to a coalition of community members and advocates that spoke at a press conference in Bay Shore on September 21.

PAL-born baby’s nationality still unknown

PAL-born baby’s nationality still unknown

Immigration, Southeast Asian October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

When a baby is born in the US, he or she is automatically given citizenship. But what happens when a Filipino mother gives birth on an airplane on her way to America? A mother found out while on a plane from Manila to San Francisco when she went into labor 30,000 feet above ground.

Razin Ahmed, left, and Rizneylin Batista Diaz lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegience with Tim Houghton of the New York Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Queens welcomes newest Americans

Immigration, In the News, Queens October 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

Queens Center Mall welcomed America’s youngest new citizens in the 11th annual swearing-in ceremony. Thirty children from the ages of 5 and 15 pledged their allegiance to America, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and listened to a video message from President Obama.