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Obama nominates Indian-American Vince Chhabria to US District Court in California

Washington -- President Barack Obama has nominated yet another Indian American legal luminary, Vince Girdhari Chhabria, to a key judicial post in California.

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07/29/13
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SC verdict to keep criminals out of power

New Delhi --  In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court Wednesday declared unconstitutional the provision of the Representation of the People Act that allows elected representatives to continue as members of the elected bodies even after conviction in criminal cases.

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07/10/13
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SPLC spearheads legal collaboration to seek justice for over 500 Indian guest workers

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100 Indian guest workers tear up guest worker visas at White House rally in 2008 (file photo: New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
A coalition of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms filed a series of federal lawsuits in May to prosecute multiple human trafficking and racketeering allegations against a Gulf Coast marine services company and its network of recruiters and labor brokers.

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06/23/13
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Punjab to enact two laws for NRIs

Chandigarh, Dec 6 -- The Punjab government will bring two new laws for the welfare of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), a minister said here Thursday.

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12/06/12
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Landlord-Tenant Law: Tenant’s Rights

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As a tenant, you have rights, but you also have responsibilities.

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10/31/10
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Immigration Security Checks- An Important Tool

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By Udai V. Singh, Attorney-At-Law

Since 2002, USCIS has increased the number and scope of relevant background checks, processing millions of security checks without incident. However, in some cases, USCIS customers and immigrant advocates have expressed frustration over delays in processing applications, noting that individual customers have waited a year or longer for the completion of their adjudication pending the outcome of security checks.

While the percentage of applicants who find their cases delayed by pending background checks is relatively small, USCIS recognizes that for those affected individuals, the additional delay and uncertainty can cause great anxiety. Although USCIS cannot guarantee the prompt resolution of every case, it assures the public that applicants are not singled out based on race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. All applicants for a U.S. immigration benefit are subject to criminal and national security background checks to ensure they are eligible for that benefit. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Federal agency that oversees immigration benefits, performs checks on every applicant, regardless of ethnicity, national origin or religion.

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09/01/10
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Lawyers And Legal Fees

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By Udai V. Singh, Attorney-at-Law

WHO IS A LAWYER? A lawyer is a professional who is an officer of the court authorized to explain and interpret the law for you, to handle legal matters counsel and prepare legal documents, and to appear in Court on client’s behalf. To be a lawyer in Georgia, a person must have a license to practice law.

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07/03/10
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IT Companies fight back on H-1B requirements and sue DHS and USCIS

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By Udai V. Singh, Attorney-at-Law

For nearly two decades, IT companies in US have been using H-1B temporary worker visa for employing the services of IT professionals for projects in US. H-1B visa allows a US employer to sponsor a foreign worker in professional or specialty occupation to work in US for a temporary period up to six years. During the present economic downturn, the US professional workers complained that they were been replaced by lesser paid H-1B workers.

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07/01/10
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Marriage Of United States Citizens Abroad

By Udai V. Singh, Attorney-at-Law

image Admitted to practice in State of Georgia, USA since 1982, Mr. Singh practices Accident & Injury, Business, and Divorce only in Georgia. He practices federal immigration law in all immigration offices and immigration courts in USA. Udai Singh can be reached by phone at 770-300-0894 or 404-918-8167 or by e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Who May Perform Marriages Abroad

American diplomatic and consular officers are NOT permitted to perform marriages (Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations 52.1). Marriages abroad are almost always performed by local (foreign) civil or religious officials.

As a rule, marriages are not performed on the premises of an American embassy or consulate. The validity of marriages abroad is not dependent upon the presence of an American diplomatic or consular officer, but upon adherence to the laws of the country where the marriage is performed. Consular officers may authenticate foreign marriage documents. There are fees for authentication of a document.

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05/01/10
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What Public Benefits Are Available To Immigrants?

By Udai V. Singh, Attorney-at-Law

What is a Public Charge?

All immigrants must prove that he or she will not become a “public charge”, that is someone who is likely to need cash welfare or long-term health care.

One way to show that you will not become a public charge is to have someone in the United States be your financial sponsor.  This person, the sponsor, signs an “affidavit of support” for you.

Your sponsor must be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident.  A sponsor must be 18 years old or older.  A sponsor must live in the United States. If someone in your family filed a visa petition for you, that person must be your sponsor.

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03/01/10
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