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Working in the United States: The possibility is real

You've always wanted to work in the United States, but you aren't sure how to do so. You don't have family there, and you're not sure you can become a resident. You think the process is complicated, and you're right. There are many aspects to getting your work permit, but with the right documentation and support, it's possible for almost anyone to come to the United States to work legally.

If you want to work in the United States, you need to be approved to do so. You need to seek an Employment Authorization Document, also known as a work permit, a Permanent Resident Card, also known as a Green Card or an employment-related visa. It's a good idea to try to find a business that will sponsor you to come to the United States on an employment-related visa if you cannot seek a work permit or Green Card in your situation. For example, if you work at a bank as a manager, you could ask to transfer to a branch of your organization in the United States in your same role. That way, you'll have a sponsor to help your cause.

When you said I do, did immigration officials think you didn't?

When you came to Georgia from your country of origin to prepare for your wedding, emotions varying from excitement to trepidation may have consumed you. After all, when you accepted a marriage proposal from a U.S. citizen, you knew you'd be learning to adjust to a whole new culture, laws and day-to-day lifestyle. Hopefully, you did your research ahead of time and knew that, to fulfill the requirements of your visa, you had to marry within 90 days of your arrival in the United States.

Sometimes, immigration officials call marriages between U.S. citizens and noncitizens into question. Whether there is a specific list of criteria that prompts such questioning is not known. The fact is, if you receive notice that immigration officials are requesting a stokes interview with you and your spouse, the more you know about the process ahead of time, the higher your chances of obtaining a positive outcome.

Does your child qualify for American citizenship?

There are two common ways a child can qualify for automatic United States citizenship. The first is that any child born within the country gains United States citizenship the moment they are born. The second is that any child born abroad to an American citizen also automatically qualifies to receive United States citizenship at the time of their birth.

It's important to note that once an individual acquires American citizenship, there's very little chance of it being withdrawn from them. Generally, the only instances in which it may be removed from them is if they engage in an act of treason or swear allegiance to a country that does not recognize dual citizenship.

La visa u puede ayudar a las víctimas de crimenes a buscar asilo

Usted puede haber venido a los Estados Unidos con la esperanza de comenzar una nueva vida y alcanzar sus sueños. Sin embargo, en algún punto del camino, puede que se haya encontrado en una situación difícil que le causó daño. Debido a que usted es un inmigrante indocumentado, puede haber sentido que no tenía opciones para buscar ayuda.

Le puede interesar saber que usted tiene opciones para buscar asilo si ha sufrido abuso mental o físico como resultado de un crimen calificado. Ciertas visas pueden permitirle permanecer en el país y obtener ayuda si cumple con los requisitos de elegibilidad.

Decatur issues policy limiting compliance with ICE detainers

Decatur recently took a huge step forward in protecting the rights and privileges of immigrants who may face deportation under the new immigration guidelines laid out by the Trump administration. The city manager signed off on a policy directed at Decatur law enforcement, instructing officers that they may not detain or arrest, or even transport any person if they would only do so because of a detaining order from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

These detainers, issued by ICE, ask local jails to hold certain individuals for up to 48 hours so that ICE can acquire those individuals in order to deport them. According to the policy, law enforcement in Decatur is not allowed to comply with these detainers, which many legal authorities believe violate the constitutional rights of those who are held and handed over to the federal agency because of them.

U visa may help crime victims seek asylum

You may have come to the United States in hopes of starting a new life and achieving your dreams. Somewhere along the way, however, you may have found yourself in a difficult situation that resulted in you suffering harm. Because you are an undocumented immigrant, you may have felt that you had no options for seeking help.

It may interest you to know that you do have options for seeking asylum if you have suffered mental or physical abuse as the result of a qualifying crime. Certain visas may allow you to remain in the country and obtain help if you meet the eligibility requirements.

You can fight against deportation due to criminal activity

Legal immigrants may feel that they are entitled to be in the country, but the truth is that there are some crimes that could result in deportation even if you're here with all the right documents. You don't need to be undocumented to be deported for a crime.

Not all criminal acts are deportable offenses. The Immigration and Nationality Act defines the crimes that make an alien ineligible for admission into this country. Those crimes are primarily violent in nature. For example, the Act forbids sexual offenses, fraud, aggravated felonies, domestic violence, drug offenses and other violent crimes. Other crimes that might be included on this list include those with a year or longer minimum penalty. Those are primarily felony charges.

Sanctuary cities swarmed by ICE agents in mass arrest mode

Immigrants in sanctuary cities around the country were arrested in by the hundreds this week by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on orders from the Trump administration.

Federal authorities announced that "Operation Safe City" focused directly on those immigrants living in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and New York City. A total of 498 undocumented individuals were arrested over four days. Slightly fewer than two-thirds of the arrested individuals had criminal records here.

Las nuevas reglas para el DACA

Estas son las nueva bases si quieres renovar tu DACA.
  • Nadie puede solicitar por primera vez a partir de hoy.
  • Si usted tiene DACA y expira después del 3/5/2018, una vez que expire, su status se termina.
  • Si tiene DACA y va a expirar el 3/5/2018, tiene hasta el día 10/5/2017 para presentar una solicitud de renovación (incluso si todavía tiene 5 meses antes de que expire).
  • Si USCIS recibe la solicitud el 10/5/17, la procesarán y cuando se apruebe, seguirá siendo bueno durante 2 años a partir de la fecha de aprobación.

No dudes en visitarnos si tienes alguna duda o para poder renovar tu DACA.

Undocumented family arrested awaiting infant surgery in hospital

For undocumented immigrants, the number of places that are safe spaces in America is growing smaller. During the Obama administration, law enforcement abided by policies that kept them from arresting undocumented individuals in certain locations deemed sensitive locations, such as churches, hospitals, and schools, unless special circumstances justified doing so.

As the Trump administration changes the focus of immigration enforcement, these sensitive locations are no longer the safe havens they were for last several years.

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