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U.S. Military Announces Certain DACA Recipients May Now Serve Under MAVNI

U.S. Military Announces Certain DACA Recipients May Now Serve Under MAVNI

 

The U.S. Department of Defense unveiled a new policy on Sept. 25, 2014, that will give a small number of undocumented immigrants an opportunity to join the military. The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high demand skills such as foreign language expertise or specialized health care training. The program is known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI. 

Canterbury Woods Begins $1.5 Million Renovation Project

Canterbury Woods Begins $1.5 Million Renovation Project

                         Work at Oxford Village unit continues series of investments in recent years

Since opening its doors 15 years ago, Canterbury Woods has set the standard for retirement living and senior care in Western New York by continuously investing in the services and environment the community’s residents enjoy. The region’s premier life care community is continuing to build on that legacy with an extensive renovation project at its five star-rated Oxford Village skilled nursing unit.

Work recently began on the $1.5 million project, which will include a new entryway, additional kitchen, dining and activities space, reconfigured administrative areas, and upgraded carpeting, wall coverings and fixtures. The project is expected to be complete by early 2015.

AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data Host Civic App Symposium

AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data Host Civic App Symposium

Mobile and web apps are changing the world and local communities, and Western New York is no exception.  To further grow the technology and start up communities in Western New York as well as promote social entrepreneurship, AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data teamed up to host a civic app symposium entitled, Opportunities in Open Data at d!g Buffalo on Saturday, September 27th. More than 75 local entrepreneurs, technologist, app developers and software engineers atteneded the symposium to learn more about local community issues and avaialble data that could be used to help develop civic apps to address these issues for the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.  

Optimized Processing Available at Select U.S. Ports of Entry

Optimized Processing Available at Select U.S. Ports of Entry

 

Starting mid-September 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is “optimizing” processing for first-time Canadian TN visa and L visa applicants seeking entry into the U.S. under NAFTA. CBP has already designated 14 ports of entry that will ensure more efficient processing for the high quantity of TN and L applicants seeking admission. Among these optimized ports of entry is the Peace Bridge located in Buffalo, N.Y.

Remembering the Jay Treaty on Native American Day

Remembering the Jay Treaty on Native American Day

 

In the United States, we celebrate Native American Day on the fourth Friday of September. This is a day set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans as the first to settle in the U.S., and people are encouraged to spend the day learning more about Native American history and culture. In honor of Native American Day on Sept. 26, we will be discussing the Jay Treaty in today’s blog. 

The Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, Between His Britannic Majesty and The United States of America (otherwise known as the Jay Treaty) was a 1795 treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain. This treaty was credited with averting war, resolving previous disputes and facilitating 10 years of peaceful trade between the two countries. 

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

The challenge - Solve Local!

Technology giant AT&T along with University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo &Erie County and Hack Upstate today announced the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge—a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which developers are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building smartphone apps that serve Western New Yorkers. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $18,000.

The challenge, facilitated by Hack Upstate, was launched at d!g Buffalo (pronounced ‘dig’) on September 10, the newly opened co-work space on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and will run until November 10. Coders, designers and technologists can register for the challenge and get more information at attwny.hackupstate.com

What You May Not Know About the Affidavit of Support

What You May Not Know About the Affidavit of Support

 

Any person seeking to immigrate to the United States pursuant to a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, must have a financial sponsor who signs and submits a Form I-864, Affidavit of Support to the Department of Homeland Security. With this Affidavit of Support, the sponsor agrees to financially support the intending immigrant at 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to ensure that the intending immigrant will not become reliant on any means-tested public benefit. What many people do not realize is the extreme durability of this contract, which lasts through divorce and even bankruptcy.