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Why Kenyan students in US aren’t doing as well as their Indian counterparts

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BY BOB MWITI

If you relocated to USA from Kenya like me as a student, you very well know there is nothing like student loans from financial institutions in Kenya for people who want to come and study in USA…right?

You very well know that sometimes families have to do fundraisers to help raise college tuition for those coming to study abroad..Right?

BUT…………………..,

Did you know that most Indian students come to study in USA using student loans acquired while back in their country?…and are able to repay the same easily because they end up getting very well paying Jobs here in America especially in IT sector, whereas we struggle to find good jobs.

Did you also know that most Indian students know that they would become highly paid IT consultants making 6 figure salaries before they even land in USA?

Did you also know that majority of Indian students get immigration papers through employment whereas very very few Kenyan students are able to do the same?

I came to USA as a master’s student and I must say I have been very very lucky I never fell out of status as an Immigrant in this country.

BUT that is not usually the case to so many of us who come to this country as international students.

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Today there are thousands and thousands of international students who came to USA like me but are currently residing here without any proper documentation and struggling to find good Jobs.

Since becoming an employer, I have had a lot of people come to me for counsel on Jobs & Immigration matters after falling out of status.

All the time, I have often felt helpless when someone is already out of status.

One of the MAJOR reasons why a lot of our students fall out of status is because they drop out of school for lack of finances to pay for their college tuition.

BUT did you know that there are private lenders out there that partner with some universities to provide international students with unsecured loans even before they set foot in USA?

Did you know that you can get up to $50,000 as international student loan without any collateral before you even set foot in USA?

A lot of people do not know about this!

Through Appstec America’s partnership with ABEDS Sacco, we came up with the KENYA AIRLIFT PROGRAM to address this need for our brilliant Kenyan brothers and sisters who wish to study in USA.

Through this amazing program, we are trying to solve this huge problem that a lot of students in our community face. i.e access to college education in USA, access to International student loans, graduate assistant-ship, student visa denials & other immigration matters, Job placement services after graduation among others.

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This program is for those wishing to study masters degree in IT and scored at least a B+ in KCSE combined with a 2nd class upper division.

If you know anyone who you think may be interested in relocating to USA a student and who you think may be a good fit for this, please share with them this information.

Information is power!!

For inquiries please reach out to us on;
813-573-5619 ext 402
scholars@appstecamerica.com

 

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182 Kenyans arrested in the US as they tried to apply for DACA immigration program

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182 Kenyans are among thousands of people who have been put behind bars in the US after they requested to be included in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a new report shows.

This became public on Saturday after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its updated data  (PDF, 756 KB) on arrests and apprehensions of illegal aliens.

Kenya has the second highest number among African countries led by Nigeria with 209 incarcerated persons.

“The release of this report reflects the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency. The report provides updated information on known arrests and apprehensions of DACA requestors. The data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed,” said USCIS.

Among the findings of the release are the following:

  • Nearly 110,000 DACA requestors out of nearly 889,000 (12%) had arrest records. Offenses in these arrest records include assault, battery, rape, murder and driving under the influence.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, 85% (67,861) of them were arrested or apprehended before their most recent DACA approval.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, more than 31% (24,898) of them had more than one arrest.
  • Of all DACA requestors, 218 had more than 10 arrests. Of those, 54 had a DACA case status of “approved” as of October 2019.





“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress. We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA.”

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Under current DACA guidelines, illegal aliens may be considered for DACA if they have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more “non-significant” misdemeanors not arising out of the same act, omission or scheme of misconduct, and they do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. The number of arrests illegal aliens have do not necessarily disqualify them from receiving DACA as a matter of discretion.

Find detailed figures in the table below:

 

The full comprehensive report here data  (PDF, 756 KB)

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Home Developer offering free transport from JKIA for Kenyans from Diaspora

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BY PETER NYAGA

Mahiga Homes Ltd, a leading real estate developer in Kenya specializing in selling affordable houses is offering our prospective diaspora customers a Free ride from the airport to your destination around Nairobi and its environs.

This is a way of appreciating the great contributions of Kenyans in the diaspora.
The offer starts from 1st to 24th December.

To book your free ride
Call/WhatsApp +245720460413
www.mahigahomes.co.ke

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US Immigration Service to charge $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system.

The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work in the United States.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.

Upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will first have to electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended.

“This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity.”

The final rule, Registration Fee Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens, is effective Dec. 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is fee-funded, and this non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the agency.

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USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the Federal Register once a formal decision has been made, and USCIS will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement.

USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking highlighting a registration fee on Sept. 4, 2019, which included a 30-day public comment period. USCIS received only 22 comments during that time, and has considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule, which is effective on Dec. 9.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

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