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U.S. Ties Africa Prosperity to Good Governance


WASHINGTON - Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, listed conditions that she said will propel Africa to prosperity - chief among them being responsible leadership.

Department of State Issues December 2009 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's (DOS') Visa Office (VO) has released the visa numbers for the month of December. The Employment First Preference category remains current for all chargeability areas. The Worldwide Employment Second Preference cutoff and the Second Preference cutoffs for Mexico and the Philippines are also current. The China mainland-born cutoff remained at April 1, 2005, and the India Second Preference cutoff remained at January 22, 2005.

Mayor Coleman Affirms New Era of Commitment to Minority Businesses


St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has affirmed the city’s commitment to do right by communities of color, small businesses, women-owned businesses and other disadvantaged businesses through restructuring city government to create new ways to do business with the City of St. Paul.

World Premiere of Walker Art Center-Commissioned Reggie Wilson and Andreya Ouamba’s The Good Dance:...


Two continents, two great rivers, and two of contemporary dance’s biggest talents: The Good Dance: Dakar/Brooklyn is the culmination of a landmark three-year collaboration between American dance/theater-maker Reggie Wilson and Congolese contemporary dance creator Andréya Ouamba. As a new commission receiving its world premiere at the Walker Art Center, the piece will be polished during a two-week residency that includes rehearsals and production work as well as community gatherings, workshops, and a master class.

Crucible for Silver and Furnace for Gold


Book Review

Title: Crucible for Silver and Furnace for Gold

Author: Moraa Gitaa

276 pages. Nsemia Publishers

$15 (on Amazon.com)

Minnesota Bar Admission Rules Under Review


A majority of States offer a pathway for foreign-educated lawyers to become licensed. Not Minnesota. Despite its tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees, Minnesota is in the minority of States that allow only graduates of lawschools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) to practice law.

Updates from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

USCIS Naturalization Test to Become Fully Implemented

Effective Oct. 1, 2009, all citizenship applicants must take the new naturalization test, regardless of when they filed their Application for Naturalization (Form N-400).

“Becoming a United States citizen carries with it extraordinary rights and responsibilities,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.  “Our new test captures the meaning of citizenship and is consistent with our values and history as a nation.”

Lasting Memories!


We draw on our memories to function in life. If the memories we store are based on a pessimistic view of life, we won’t function according to God’s plan.

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