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Choosing an immigration attorney: What to consider

As an immigrant, you know that you're not as familiar with the laws of the United States as the people who grew up here. Likewise, you know if you make a mistake, your life in the United States may be put at risk, even though citizens don't have to worry.

You committed a small crime, but you didn't think it could affect your right to stay in the United States. Unfortunately, over time, you found that you were mistaken. In fact, if you make the wrong move, you could be removed from the country and have to go back to a country you no longer know. In that kind of situation, you need to begin looking for an immigration attorney.

Does my child qualify for automatic U.S. citizenship?

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, children can automatically qualify for American citizenship provided they meet a number of criteria.

When a child is born outside of this country, they may automatically qualify for U.S. citizenship if their parents are married and both parents must have become U.S. citizens prior to the child's birth. At least one of the child's parents must also be able to prove that he or she has lived either here in this country or a U.S. territory prior to the child being born as well.

What could “merit-based” immigration mean for you?

The White House has been touting major immigration reforms for some time now, and there is a very real chance that the United States could soon see the largest change in immigration policy in nearly a century. As politicians push back and forth, one of the most commonly-used terms in the debate is "merit-based immigration".

While various parties may disagree about what exactly this term truly means, it seems clear that the current administration hopes to do away with one of our country's most accepted immigration practices -- allowing legal immigrants and citizens to sponsor family members to immigrate.

Los beneficios y límites del estatus de protección temporal

Al igual que muchos en Georgia y en todo el país, es posible que esté escuchando noticias sobre cambios en el estado de protección temporal de ciudadanos extranjeros en los Estados Unidos. Si tiene el estado de TPS, puede estar especialmente preocupado y se preguntará qué significan los cambios para usted y sus seres queridos.

Debido a que la ley de inmigración es compleja y se aplica rigurosamente, harías bien en buscar la orientación de un profesional del derecho que tenga experiencia en esta área de práctica. Esto garantizará que estes recibiendo el asesoramiento más apropiado en función de las adaptaciones actuales de las leyes de inmigración. Sin embargo, tener una comprensión general de TPS puede ayudarlo a decidir cuál es la mejor medida de acción para tomar si la designación a su país se aproxima.

Asylum is there to protect refugees

You came to the United States intending to visit for a short time until you could return home. You thought that you could enjoy some time away from home and still go back when you finished vacation. During your stay, your country became violent and dangerous. You don't think you can go back without putting yourself and your family at risk of serious injury or death.

Asylum is a type of protection offered by the United States. Every year, people attempt to come to the United States because of persecution. Many fear for their lives due to persecution due to political opinions, membership in a social group, religion, race and nationality.

A Georgia bills allows police to report undocumented immigrants

Georgia state senators passed a bill Monday, Feb. 26 that puts many undocumented residents at risk of deportation.

If SB 452 passes successfully through the Georgia House of Representatives, then both officers of the court and law enforcement agencies will have additional responsibilities on their hands. They'll be authorized to report any contact they have with a suspect who's also a legal immigrant to the appropriate immigration office.

The benefits and limits of temporary protected status

Like many in Georgia and across the country, you may be hearing news reports about changes in the temporary protected status of foreign nationals in the United States. If you have TPS status, you may be especially concerned and wonder what the changes means for you and your loved ones.

Because immigration law is complex and stringently enforced, you would do well to seek the guidance of a legal professional who has experience in this area of practice. This will ensure you are getting the most appropriate advice based on the current adaptations of immigration laws. However, having a general understanding of TPS may help you decide the best course of action to take if your country's designation is due to expire.

Supreme Court says DACA must continue for now

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, remains in place for now. The U.S. Supreme Court, which is one of the primary checks and balances to the White House, declined to hear an appeal by the Trump administration that sought to end DACA.

The appeal itself was unusual, because it sought to overrule a federal judge's ruling, which the Supreme Court rarely does. The ruling it sought to overturn compels the government to keep the DACA program going, despite the Trump administration's announcement that it planned to discontinue it on March 5. According to the lower court's order, which is still in place, the Department of Homeland Security continues to take in renewal applications for current DACA recipients.

United States employment: What immigrants need to know

You've worked hard at your university. You want to make something of yourself while exploring other cultures. You think you know exactly where you want to go: The United States of America.

While there are many opportunities in America, getting here isn't always very easy. Coming to the U.S. and violating the laws could actually get you banned for 10 years or longer.

What's the difference between a B-1 and B-2 visitor visa?

According to the United States Department of State (DOS), most foreign nationals seeking to visit the U.S. for some type of temporary business purpose or as a tourist for pleasure have to first acquire a visa to do so.

The B-1 visitor visa entitles non-immigrants to come here and engage in certain business activities including settling an estate, consulting with a business associate or negotiating a conflict. The B-1 business visa can also be requested by professionals who want to attend educational, business, scientific, or professional workshops or conferences as part of their vacation plans.

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