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November 2013 Archives

OSHA and DOL: tips to prevent workplace injuries on Black Friday

Five years ago, a worker at a Walmart store was trampled to death by stampeding shoppers as he opened the door the morning of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Other workers at the store were themselves trampled as they tried to rescue him.

USCIS: immigration-related help for Filipinos affected by typhoon

Now that the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (called Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) has passed, many lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens of Filipino origin are coming to realize that the disaster had an impact on immigration-related issues. While these are certainly secondary to the need to help those suffering after the catastrophic storm and grieving for lost loved ones, immigration issues are important, especially now, and not just for you.

Potential child citizenship issues with IVF or surrogacy abroad

If you want to start a family but are having trouble getting pregnant, you may be considering in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, or another form of assisted reproduction. Such procedures can be costly in the U.S., however, and it’s perfectly legal to seek such services abroad.

Worker injured by collapsed Vortex ride given no safety equipment

In the early hours of Oct. 28, a worker hired by Powers Great American Midways to help tear down the stands and rides at the end of the North Carolina State Fair was crushed when part of one of the Vortex rides collapsed. At approximately 3:30 a.m., a four-seat compartment fell from the ride, breaking his back in three places and fracturing his left femur and several other bones. His family says the man underwent emergency surgery on Nov. 1 and was still in serious condition the next day.

US permanent residence vs. citizenship for world-traveler fiancée

Americans love to travel so, naturally enough, journeys overseas are one of the most common ways U.S. citizens meet future spouses from abroad. If you and your fiancé or fiancée are both world travelers, however, you should know that U.S. immigration law requires people seeking naturalization to physically live in the United States for an extended period of time. The rules are less strict for permanent residency, however.

Man who lost legs to drug cartel biking 670 miles for asylum

“It’s a challenge and challenges are meant to be overcome,” a man named Carlos said in an interview just before beginning an extraordinary campaign to end what he believes is a discriminatory policy by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that considers victims of violence by Mexican drug cartels low-priority applicants for asylum.