Finding, using data on visas and immigration

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting hosted a workshop on "Covering the U.S. Visa System in Your Own Backyard" this April. During one of the workshop sessions, Knight Chair and veteran investigative reporter Brant Houston highlighted key resources reporters can use to research stories. These are a few of the top tools.

Investigating student visas and diversity visas

Each year, thousands of students and exchange program participants enter into the United States under different visa categories. They are joined by tens of thousands who come to the country under diversity visas. Knight Chair Brant Houston discussed the programs and shared reporting tools during his Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting workshop session on April 11.

Investigating the EB-5 visa program

The EB-5 visa program, which has grown increasingly controversial due to its lack of quality oversight, basically gives foreigners looking to invest large sums of money in U.S. businesses a pay-to-play green card. Tim Novak, Chicago Sun-Times reporter, spoke about the program at a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting workshop.