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Lawyers: Discharged Army specialist granted US citizenship

Aug. 17, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who sued after the military moved to discharge her has been granted citizenship, her attorneys said Friday. Yea Ji Sea, 29, had filed a lawsuit last month demanding a response to her citizenship application. She came to the country as a child on a...

Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

Aug. 14, 2018 9:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration officials have three weeks to decide whether to approve the citizenship application of a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who is suing after the military discharged her, a judge ruled Tuesday. Yea Ji Sea filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security last...

Iraq to reduce visa charges for Iranian pilgrims

Aug. 14, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is reducing visa charges for Iranian pilgrims who visit to mark a major religious occasion later this year. The reduction will only apply to pilgrims of the "Arbaeen," the anniversary of the passage of 40 days after the death of the deeply revered Shiite Imam Hussein, the Prophet...

Virgin joins BA in criticizing long wait times at Heathrow

Aug. 13, 2018 5:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Atlantic has joined British Airways in criticizing long waiting times at passport control at Heathrow Airport, releasing figures showing that the Border Force hit its target for processing passengers from outside the European Economic Area on just one day in July. Virgin says...

More than 700,000 foreigners overstayed visas last year

Aug. 7, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 700,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the United States during a recent 12-month period overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday. President Donald Trump has focused border security efforts on erecting a multibillion-dollar wall with Mexico....

Will economic boom complicate curbing immigration?

Aug. 3, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration. With the number of jobs available exceeding the number of Americans seeking jobs, employers are looking beyond the border to fill openings, and migrants are coming to the country in...

Central Americans seeking path to US have few legal options

Jul. 28, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Santamaria made sure to follow the U.S. immigration rules. She obtained a green card through her husband, came to the country on an immigrant visa and became an American citizen. When her sister came on a travel visa fleeing violence and civil war in her native El Salvador, she...

Specialist facing US Army discharge sues for citizenship

Jul. 20, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. Army specialist born in South Korea has sued to demand a response to her American citizenship application after the military moved to discharge her. Yea Ji Sea, a 29-year-old from Gardena, California, who has served four years and is assigned to the duty station at Fort Sam...

US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa

Jul. 19, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help solve their cases and catch criminals, and often provides their only clear path to citizenship. But as Republican President Donald Trump's administration has taken a harder line on immigration, U.S....

Philippines orders Australian nun deported and blacklisted

Jul. 19, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine immigration bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move "persecution" and said they would appeal. The Bureau of Immigration also wants to prohibit...