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Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

 

A recent influx of jobs into the Western New York marketplace has left Buffalo area businesses in an interesting position — trying to find enough qualified employees to fill those openings. As a result, a number of companies, especially those needing to fill high-tech positions, may expand their search beyond U.S. borders.

That, however, can create unanticipated problems for companies not familiar with the process for filling positions with foreign nationals. In a nutshell, the process can be both complicated and expensive.

Buffalo councilman has plan to counter violence


BUFFALO, NY - Recent multiple shootings involving Buffalo teenagers has prompted a common council member to take action.

Rasheed Wyatt announced on Friday he's opening a new University District office on Bailey Avenue in an effort to prevent future violence.

Wyatt says he feels being more accessible out in the community rather than downtown. The office will make it easier for neighbors in his district to come to him with their concerns, he said.

Wyatt also announced the formation of a district youth council.

Pastor Al Wilson, who runs the Martha Mitchell Community Center -- closest to where the shootings happened -- says he's hoping it will help.

He says he's already seen a change in his neighborhood.

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

 

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has recently answered some questions regarding the worldwide Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) problems that have delayed many from receiving their U.S. passports and visas. Consular Affairs is reporting that significant progress has been made in addressing the problem and most of the backlogged nonimmigrant visas have been issued. 

However, efforts are still being made to bring the CCD back up to its full operational capacity. Visa applicants are advised that they might still experience delays of up to one week in additional processing times and should take this into consideration when making travel plans. 

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

A fitness initiative for individuals with disabilities and specialized instruction for trainers will be offered at Daemen College through a $50,000 Inclusive Fitness Field-Related Grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). Daemen is one of only three organizations statewide to receive the grant, which is renewable for an additional two years based on the program’s success.

“We are very excited about this project and grateful to the DDPC for providing the funding for such an important endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “With this grant, Daemen can have a real impact on promoting regular exercise as a key element to a healthy lifestyle among individuals with disabilities.”

DOS and CBP May Waive Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements for Those Affected by CCD Outages

DOS and CBP May Waive Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements for Those Affected by CCD Outages

 

The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance, is experiencing technical problems. This has limited the State Department’s visa processing capacity. In turn, there have been worldwide delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance all across the globe. 

In order to assist individuals affected by these problems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will work in conjunction with the Department of State to exercise legal authority that will waive nonimmigrant visa requirements for admission on a case by case basis. 

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Jessica Gorski , associate athletic director for sport administration at Daemen College, has been named a class of 2014 honoree in Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty. The annual program recognizes young professionals in Western New York who are performing at high levels in the early stages of their careers, both at work and in the community. She will be honored with the rest of the 2014 class at a cocktail party and awards ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the USS Little Rock at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo.

"I am honored to have been selected for the 2014 Buffalo Business First 30 Under Thirty class," Gorski said. "I have been presented with a variety of opportunities at Daemen where I have the pleasure of working among highly talented colleagues from the department of athletics as well as other divisions. I have enjoyed these opportunities as a learning experience and a form of professional growth."

Teen shot near Main and Fillmore


BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police Department spokesman Mike DeGeorge tells 2 On Your Side that a 14-year-old boy was "grazed by gunfire" in the area of Main Street and Fillmore Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

An employee of the nearby Central Park Grill told us that another employee, who is also an emergency medical technician, brought the victim into the bar. The teen was then taken to Children's Hospital by ambulance.

The victim's name has not been released.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Department Confidential Tipcall Line at (716) 847-2255.