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  • Published
    July 18, 2018

    Maine’s new immigrants: 12 people share their pain, joy, fears and aspirations

    Whether it's a man fleeing war, a solitary child or workers who stay seasonally, they all come in search of a full life. This special report reveals extraordinary personal journeys, examines our history and explores the data behind multiple pathways to America.

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    The temporary worker: This cook supports his family – and helps neighbors – back home

    What is an H-2B visa?About Jamaica WELLS — Leanord Thompson sends three-quarters of his paycheck home to Savanna-la-Mar, a small town on Jamaica’s southwest coast. The money supports his wife and five young daughters and helps send his neighbors’ children to school. Some goes to finish a home he’s building for his family. A little […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    The naturalized citizen: He came here to study and stayed to thrive

    What is naturalization?About Vietnam Quang Nguyen had a rather inauspicious arrival in the United States, especially for a young man who, 10 years later, is on track to fulfill his goal to become a millionaire. In August 2007, Nguyen traveled alone and with limited English skills from Vietnam to Portland. Just 18 at the time, […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    By the numbers: Temporary foreign workers

    Federally certified H-2B job positions from Maine employers, by federal fiscal year H-2B visas are given to workers hired to fill seasonal or temporary jobs, often in the tourism industry. Here is the number of jobs that Maine-based employers got permission to fill using H-2B visas. No data was available about how many international workers […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    By the numbers: Student visas

    Leading destinations for foreign students in Maine More than 2,800 international students attended Maine high schools and colleges in 2016, and the vast majority have F-1 visas. Here are the top destinations for the 1,396 college students in Maine in 2016: Country Students University of Maine 587 Colby College 287 Bates College 131 Bowdoin College […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    By the numbers: Refugees

    Refugees are brought to the United States to escape violence or persecution. Here is a look at the number of individuals resettled in Maine each year, and where they were born. It does not include refugees who moved here after first resettling in other states. Mouse over the charts to view detailed figures for each […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    By the numbers: Specialty workers

    Federally certified H-1B job positions from Maine employers, by federal fiscal year H-1B visas are given to highly skilled professionals hired to work temporarily in the United States. Here is the number of jobs that Maine-based employers got permission to fill using H-1B visas. No data was available about how many international workers were actually […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    By the numbers: Special immigrant visa

    ‘Special Immigration Visa’ arrivals nationwide since 2008 Translators and others who aided the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan can qualify for a special immigrant visa, along with family members. Here is a look how many special immigrant visa holders arrived in the U.S. since 2008, and their countries of origin.   SOURCE: U.S. Department […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    The family: A young Vietnamese man builds success here, then brings his parents to share in it

    Last November, three days after Quang Nguyen became a naturalized citizen, he applied to bring his parents from Vietnam to live in the United States. On Oct. 7, his father, Hung Nguyen, 53, and his mother, Hoa Le, 49, arrived at their new home with him in Portland, Maine. In the last week, after resting […]

  • Published
    October 8, 2017

    The specialty worker: This scientist temporarily leaves a happy life to seize a rare opportunity

    What is an H-1B visa?About the UK Jacqueline White uprooted her life in England in January and moved across the North Atlantic to Mount Desert Island. The idea of moving to the small, remote community in Maine gave her pause, and so did the prospect of leaving her partner, her home and her job. But […]

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