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Department of Homeland Security Releases Year-end Statistics

Department of Homeland Security Releases Year-end Statistics

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its fiscal year 2014 enforcement statistics from the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). All three agency’s statistics are being reported and released together in an effort to promote transparency and timely reporting to Congress and the public. 

What is PERM Certification?

What is PERM Certification?

 

Before many foreign workers can apply for an employment-based Green Card through U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) or a consular post, his or her employer must first receive a PERM Labor Certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL). PERM certification verifies to USCIS that there are no available U.S. workers for a U.S. job position and it allows for the employer to file an immigrant petition with USCIS on behalf of the foreign worker. 

U.S. to Restore Full Relations with Cuba

U.S. to Restore Full Relations with Cuba

 

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Barack Obama made a surprise announcement ordering the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba. This historic deal ends a 54-year stalemate between the neighboring countries separated by a mere 90 miles of ocean. The President has provided a new approach in the hope of promoting more effective change that will support the Cuban people, as well as our national security interests.

Below is what the President’s new approach includes:

1. Re-establish diplomatic relations

Crowley Webb Asks Community to “Shine Some Light” on Domestic Violence

Crowley Webb Asks Community to “Shine Some Light” on Domestic Violence

BUFFALO, NY – Crowley Webb, a full-service marketing communications agency in Buffalo, NY, today mailed holiday cards to hundreds of friends, family, and clients. But the cards include more than the usual well wishes. There’s a message that encourages recipients to “Shine Some Light” to generate awareness for domestic violence.

The card itself features a single, burning candle. And similar glowing light can be seen from Crowley Webb’s office windows this season.

“A candle in a window has served as a sign of welcome to others for centuries,” said Dave Buck, President, Crowley Webb. “Seen from a distance and shining in good times and bad, it is a sign of friendship and family, warmth and welcoming. That’s what inspired us.”

Tips to Help Prepare for Your Biometrics Appointment

Tips to Help Prepare for Your Biometrics Appointment

Many applications filed with USCIS require that a comprehensive record check be conducted on the individual applicant prior to adjudication and/or interview. USCIS accomplishes this by capturing an applicant’s biometrics via electronic fingerprinting, which is then followed by a criminal and immigration records search.

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.