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Some local authorities refuse ICE requests to hold immigrants

Some Georgia residents may be interested to learn that some local authorities around the country have begun releasing immigrants accused of crimes despite requests from federal authorities to keep them in custody. According to some police and sheriff departments, holding immigrants beyond their intended release date has begun to hamper their local police efforts. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency maintains that the releases pose threats to public safety because some of those who have been released had previous felony charges on their records.

Obtaining citizenship for children adopted abroad

Several children are adopted internationally by Georgia residents each year. Adoptive parents will want to make certain that their adopted children become U.S. citizens. Children who do not obtain citizenship status may experience difficulties with voting, obtaining work legally, qualifying for scholarships and other obstacles. A child immigration lawyer may answer adoptive parents questions regarding citizenship for their children who have been adopted abroad.

Obtaining relief and protection from removal

Immigrants living in Georgia may benefit from understanding more about the relief and protections available to prevent removal. People involved in removal proceedings in Immigration Court or with the Board of Immigration Appeals may apply for benefits that might include withholding from removal, receiving asylum, removal cancellation, waivers of inadmissibility or an adjustment to permanent residency status. The authority presiding these matters is the Executive Office of Immigration Review, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Entry acceptance for Department of State green card lottery

Georgia residents aware of foreigners interested in the U.S. Diversity Visa for 2016 should note that entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 3. The program is open to natives of many countries, allowing a green card to be issued to some selected individuals. However, there are some exceptions, making it important to review changes if one has entered the drawing in previous years. Examples of excluded countries include Mexico, Canada and the Philippines for having significant immigration levels in the U.S. already.

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