Trump Proposes Merit-Based Immigration Plan

Last month, Trump announced an immigration proposal that would dramatically reshape the legal immigration system in the United States. The plan emphasizes a merit-based or “points system”. The Merit-Based immigration plan would provide more green cards to highly skilled, highly educated and younger immigrants, and reducing immigration based on family relationships. Some points of the proposal include: Increase the number of legal immigrants based on skill. Through a point-based merit system, the plan proposes to increase the number of legal immigrants selected based on skill or merit from 12 percent to 57 percent. The plan also proposes recruitment requirements, displacement prohibitions

Social Media Questions Have Now Been Added to Online Visa Applications

On May 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) added a social media question to Form DS-160, which is the standard online application used by individuals seeking to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States. The new question requires applicants to use a drop-down list to indicate each social media platform they have used during the last five years. The drop-down list includes 20 popular social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. Applicants must also provide any identifiers or handles they have used on those social media platforms. DOS also added a similar item to the Form DS-260 online immigrant visa app

Simone Williams appeared on RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson

On May 28, 2019, Ms. Simone Williams, Managing Attorney of Williams Global Law, was a guest speaker on Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson to discuss hot topics in immigration. RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson is a vibrant radio show that explores provocative and relevant issues in the political, cultural and religious sphere. Please go to this link to watch and hear Simone discuss relevant and current immigration issues.

Public Hearing on Establishment of Office for Caribbean Affairs (OCA) to be held this Wednesday, Jun

The Mayoral Advisory Commissions on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA) was established in the District of Columbia (DC) by several Mayors, however, there has been no supporting office or agency dedicated to the District’s Caribbean community, as is the case with other cultural heritage and ethnic-focused commissions. A public hearing will take place this Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm in Washington DC, to discuss the establishment of an Office on Caribbean Affairs (OCA) and on the passing of B23-0201, the Office of the Caribbean Affairs Establishment Act of 2019. B23-0201 establishes an Office on Caribbean Affairs in Washington, DC, to monitor the delivery of services and make policy r

June is Immigrant Heritage Month!

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month in June, the District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser held a community celebration in Columbia Heights, Washington DC earlier this month. Immigrant Heritage Month is a month-long celebration highlighting the incredible contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make to our nation. Simone Williams attended the Immigrant Heritage Month celebration and was joined by fellow Commissioners of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Caribbean Community Affairs, (MACCCA), including Chairman of MACCCA, Michael Yates. The celebration featured international music and performances by local artists.

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month!

June is also Caribbean-American Heritage Month! By proclamation on May 31, 2019, President Trump, announced as Caribbean-American Heritage Month, in which the US will honor the contributions of Caribbean Americans to US culture. The Proclamation also highlights that the US will celebrate the strong partnership between the USA and the Caribbean, as part of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Caribbean American Heritage Month Reception TODAY!

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Caribbean Community Affairs, (MACCCA), will be hosting the Caribbean American Heritage awards, to take place this evening, Tuesday June 18, 2019. If you are in Washington DC, you are welcomed to attend. For more information, and to register for the event, go to this link.

Congratulations to Toronto Raptors - NBA Champions!

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, we congratulate the Toronto Raptors, for becoming the first international NBA basketball team to win the NBA playoffs! Below is Simone Williams, with proud immigrants: Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors (left) and Nav Bhatia, Toronto Raptors Superfan (right), at the Championship Parade in Toronto.

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