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.
You may be one of the many people here in Georgia and across the country waiting for the Trump administration and Congress to figure out what will happen with immigration reform. Recently, the administration released details regarding what it considers talking points for negotiations.
Whichever of the countless possible reasons that brought you to Georgia, you likely spent a great deal of time and handled more than your share of frustration to obtain your visa. You may have arrived in the United States to work, study or visit family, and you understood that your time as a foreign national was limited to the deadline on your visa.
When you married a U.S. citizen and came to Georgia to begin your life together, you assumed there would be an adjustment period. After all, you'd never been married before, and you also happen to be an immigrant, both issues that often present challenges. Depending how long you have been living in the United States and the current condition of your legal status, you may be worried that you could be at risk for removal. At some point, immigration officials may question your marriage itself.
When you married a U.S. citizen, you had great hopes for a new life here. Sadly, many marriages deteriorate over time, and some spouses even become the victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, many immigrants just like you are in the same situation, and they find it hard to reach out for help.
No matter what reasons you have for wanting to work and live in Georgia, you will likely face many challenges as you navigate the immigration process. The more you can learn about green card visas ahead of time, the less problems you may have along the way. The federal government oversees immigration throughout the nation. Your desire to obtain a green card may never materialize if you do not closely adhere to all regulations associated with the process.
When you arrived in Georgia, you assumed everyday life would include various types of challenges as you learned to adapt to life in the United States. Some days were better than others, and some days likely made you wonder if you did the right thing in coming here. Overall, you were fairly confident that if you could persevere, you would overcome any obstacles that may arise and set roots for a new, happy life in America. In the back of your mind, however, you feared deportation.
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.
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.
Many Georgia immigrants have been able to take advantage of a program started by the previous presidential administration in June 2012 aimed at helping certain immigrants avoid deportation. While this program's future is in doubt under President Trump, its status has not changed. If you entered the United States as an infant or minor and wind up in a situation where officials question your legal status, you may be able to halt the deportation process and receive special permission to continue to live and work here.