When a person applies for a visa or seeks to change their immigration status, the process is usually more complicated and challenging than anticipated. No matter how you look at the immigration system in America, it is certainly not simple or user-friendly. This often leads individuals who want to play by the rules and follow the proper procedures to get help with the process, which is a good idea.
For months, Georgia has been a focal point for many stories that demonstrate the complex cultural and legal issues that affect immigration in the United States. Now, in a surprising turn of events, several members of the state's Immigration Enforcement Review Board are under fire for allegedly breaking laws by remaining on the board longer than the law stipulates.
You've likely always heard about becoming a dual citizen, which means that you hold citizenship in two countries. Many people seek dual citizenship between the United States and other countries. Before you do, you should recognize one interesting fact. That fact is that the United States doesn't formally recognize dual citizenship.
In recent weeks, the news of the Trump administration's move to further criminalize border crossings has dominated headlines across the media. In many cases, these headlines focus on the controversial practice of detaining parents and separating them from their children when border patrol agents find them crossing the United States border. For many, it seems as if this is a completely new practice that emerged out of nowhere, but that is not the case.
Foreign nationals or citizens are eligible to apply to become naturalized United States citizens under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).One of the first steps in qualifying for American citizenship is for you to take and pass the naturalization test. It includes sections testing your mastery of civics, English and U.S. history.
If you or someone you love must spend time in an immigration detention center, you do still have rights as a person, and may have legal grounds to contest your treatment. Here in Georgia, our state houses a detention center quickly gaining a reputation for being a place where anything but the law gets upheld.
A former immigration court judge in Memphis notes that immigrants facing deportation often find themselves up against significant odds when it comes to getting a fair shake in the United States legal system.
Whether you've been issued a visa to travel to the United States as a tourist or you've been awarded an employment or residency one, they all have expiration dates. You must either return to your home country or make arrangements to have your privileges extended before they expire on that date.
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.
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.