Team IPC Boston -
Congratulations to #BostonMarathon runners, Mary Varden and Sinead McGlynn with official finish times of 4:25 and 4:01 respectively. We are the #IrishPastoralCentreBoston would like to thank them and congratulate them on running in the 121st Boston Marathon on behalf of Irish Pastoral Centre – Boston. Donations in excess of $10K have been raised through this event and we ‘thank you’ for your generosity.
Congrats to all the other athletes who participated, the volunteers who help make the day run so successfully, the men and women of law enforcement for keeping everyone safe.
The Irish Pastoral Centre honored Mary O’Malley Walsh at their annual fundraising banquet on Saturday night. Mary and her sons, Mayor Marty Walsh and Johnny Walsh, attended the event at Florian Hall. Johnny shared his heartfelt gratitude for his mother, saying that she is the embodiment of an Irish immigrant—warm, welcoming, and hard-working.
Mayor Walsh thanked the Irish Pastoral Centre for its contribution to the people of Dorchester and beyond. The Walsh’s kind words were followed by an active auction and some spirited dancing to the live music. Over three hundred generous supporters turned up to celebrate the accomplishments of the IPC which offers services to the elderly, women and children, undocumented immigrants, incarcerated persons, and any individuals who feel that the IPC is a safe space to receive support services.
Save the date: Saturday November 18, 2017 Irish Pastoral Centre’s 30th Anniversary.
1987 – 2017
By Kieran O'Sullivan
The E visa
The E Visa category remains a good option for those who are coming to the U.S. to do business.
One of the requirements to be met before applying for the E-1 is that your country has an established treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation with the U.S.
An applicant for an E-1 visa must be coming to the U.S. to carry on trade principally (more than 51% of the company’s total volume of trade) between the US and the foreign country of which you are a national.
There is a visa available known as the E-2 Treaty Investor visa. Readers should not confuse this visa with the other investor visa, which is also known as the “employment creation” visa. The “Treaty Investor” visa is a non-immigrant visa and does not give you legal permanent resident or green card status. The investment must be in a commercial enterprise; therefore non-profit institutions are not considered commercial enterprises and will not result in E eligibility.
The treaty investor visa is available to persons coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business in which they have invested, or are in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital. As with the treaty trader category, spouses and children may accompany the principal alien to the US. The company may also obtain visas for employees with essential skills or who are executives or managers. People would need to consult an immigration attorney on E visa eligibility.
#EVisa; @E-Visa; #immigration #IPCboston
Each year we see people turned away because they are inadequately prepared for the interview process. One person had a text message on his phone from a friend telling him to “enjoy the good pot in America.” This is frowned upon and seen as evidence the young man is a drug user, and put on the next flight back to Ireland from Boston. Another person had contacts for employment in the U.S., and as a result he too was denied entry. Other “visitors” were denied entry when it was discovered they had an apartment lease on the showing they were renting an apartment long term in Boston.
When coming to visit the U.S. as visitors – come adequately prepared.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained herein is provided to inform generally, and is not intended as a substitute for individual advice. Immigration law is subject to frequent changes and individual circumstances can affect the application of certain legal provisions. For individual legal advice, please contact the Irish Pastoral Centre directly regarding upcoming legal clinics or consultation with an immigration attorney.
Irish Pastoral Centre staff is being inundated with calls from summer students who face a dire housing situation this summer. Cases we have become aware of include young immigrants sleeping on buses, at the airport, ‘couch surfing’ or even at place of work!
We are appealing to the greater community to help us find housing for some of these students. High rents are excluding some young people from being housed safely, which may lead to bigger issues while away from ‘home’.
If you can house any students, we would greatly appreciate a call at our office 617-265-5300 ask for Kathleen.
J1 Students are strongly encouraged to remain in contact with their sponsors about issues such as housing. This is an important part of the J1 program to ensure the welfare of the students
CIEE 1-888-268-6245 or Interexchange (800) 621-1202.
The Irish Pastoral Centre is extremely disappointed with the announcement by the U.S. Supreme
Court of its 4-4 decision in the United States vs. Texas case.
As a result of this vote, DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent
Residents) and the expansion of DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programs
announced by President Obama in 2014, remain blocked by a lower court’s order. This means
that people cannot apply for these programs.
The vote means that thousands of Irish immigrants across the U.S. who hoped to participate in
the Deferred Action programs remain without status to live in constant fear of removal from the
Undocumented Irish devastated by decision
One young undocumented Irish mother said today that she is “devastated” by the news. She
would have been eligible for status if DAPA was allowed to proceed. She had attended IPC
legal & immigration clinics to prepare for the application process.
We acknowledge the stress and anxiety caused to immigrant families as our opponents’ efforts
continue to block DAPA and DACA. We want immigrant families to know we are here for
them. We offer one to one counseling as well as legal and immigration which is advice is
available each month at our legal clinics.
We will continue to advocate for the introduction of these programs. We will do so in alliance
with other Irish centers and immigrant advocacy groups across the U.S.