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What visas are needed for kids adopted internationally?

The process of international adoption is intricately complex, because prospective parents must satisfy not just the laws of the United States but also the laws of the child's country of origin. But one thing is certain — to bring an adopted child to America from another country requires meticulous documentation.

Immigrants have rights, too

As an immigrant, it can be difficult to know what your rights are if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law. However, simply because you are not a fully-fledged citizen does not mean that you do not deserve to have your rights respected. A general understanding of what you are entitled to and what burdens you face as an immigrant in Georgia can help you avoid potentially devastating consequences.

What is an aggravated felony?

Unfortunately for those who immigrated to the United States, the law is not quite the same in how it doles out punishment or leniency as it is with fully-fledged citizens. In fact, the law carries an entirely separate category of offenses that can be leveled at immigrants. If you are an immigrant, or if you have a loved one who is an immigrant, it is always wise to educate yourself as much as possible about the law and have a plan in place for what steps to take if you find yourself on the wrong side of it.

Green cards for same-sex spouses

Citizens of the United States, as well as lawful permanent residents, can sponsor their spouses for immigrant visas, or "green cards." Ever since the Supreme Court struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, this sponsorship has been allowed for same-sex spouses. Of course, the legalization of same-sex marriage in every state in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges case has created more demand for same-sex spouses to petition for green cards.

What are Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor visas?

There are two types of visas for people from other countries who come to the U.S. to develop, direct and work in enterprises that involve a substantial amount of trade. These are called Treaty Trader, or E-1 visas and Treaty Investor, or E-2 visas. To obtain one of these, a person must be a citizen of a country that maintains commerce and navigation treaties with the U.S.

Employment immigration permit revoked, man sues government

A situation has developed in another state that may impact the lives of some immigrants in Georgia and throughout the nation. A man whose employment immigration permit was revoked has filed a claim against the federal government. The lawsuit seeks a declaration from the federal court in his home state that the ruling of the federal court in another state should not have bearing on his personal situation.

E-verify alerts may affect employment immigration situations

Immigrants and employers in Georgia and throughout the United States are obligated to abide by U. S. immigration law when it comes to hiring workers and seeking employment as a non-citizen. The employment immigration process is complicated, and those submitting applications or reviewing them from an employer-standpoint are advised to seek clarification through experienced guidance when questions arise. Keeping certain points in mind may help avoid potential problems.

Clarification re U.S. immigration law and asylum often necessary

It can be a very frightening experience to arrive in Georgia or another state as an immigrant. U.S. immigration law is complicated and often confusing to those whose first language is not English. Many who seek asylum face various challenges, including being lumped in with numbers regarding detentions regarding incidents at the Mexican border.

Inadequate care reported in several immigration detention centers

In Georgia and elsewhere in the United States, many people who have fled across the nation's borders in search of better lives have run into problems with immigration officials. Many immigration detention centers across the nation are filled to capacity with persons suspected of visa violations or unauthorized arrivals, as well as others facing deportations due to possible impending criminal convictions. In recent years, there have been multiple reports that some immigration officials have failed to provide adequate and safe care to those in their custody.

Religious leaders say U.S. immigration law must change

A group of religious leaders has called upon the government to act, noting that reform is needed in Georgia and throughout the nation. The topic of their pleas is U.S. immigration law. Especially, with regard to Koreans and other Asians, the group says many important issues have gone unspoken for too long.

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