As the U.S. government grapples with questions of how to manage immigration, new policies emerge. The path to becoming a permanent resident in the United States has generally been slow, but the revival of a once-waived interview process for employment-based green card holders may add more time to the wait. For employment-based green card applicants in New York, this information may explain any delays they are now experiencing.
One of the basic rights given in New York and throughout the United States is the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a citizen the right to an attorney if one is desired. When charged with a crime, most defendants seek to retain an attorney who is expected to be knowledgeable about the law. When an individual receives legal advice that is completely ineffective, it can have far-reaching consequences. A recent story tells the tale of a permanent resident facing deportation who prevailed once he took the case to the Supreme Court.
Once you have a green card, you're a lawful permanent resident of the United States -- free to live and work anywhere you like, as far as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is concerned. You're probably well aware of how vital that work authorization is. You've worked hard to earn it, and you know that many immigrants don't have the right to work in the U.S.
The struggle to come to the United States, gain residency or citizenship can be a lonely one. It can seem like you are on your own and that few people will understand. It can be helpful in those moments to remember that many others have walked the same path you are on.
In this tumultuous political season, some casual observers might wonder if they could calm the waters with common-sense proposals that don't occur to politicians. If the average person was suddenly vaulted into a position of political leadership, could they offer lasting solutions to persistent problems plaguing the nation?
If you or a loved wants to become a permanent resident of the United States, securing a green card will be critical. However, the process of doing so can be incredibly complicated and frustrating which can lead to some unfortunate oversights and mistakes.
Annually, an average of 800,000 individuals apply to become U.S. citizens via the naturalization process. This year, that number is expected to increase by 25 percent and many are crediting none other than the Republican presidential nominee front-runner, Donald Trump for this increased push towards citizenship.
According to the Migration Policy Institute roughly 25 percent of the U.S. population are "first or second generation" immigrants. As countries to the south and across the Atlantic continue to be plagued by economic hardships, violence and political and religious conflicts; it's likely that the number of people attempting to immigrate, both legally and illegally, to the U.S. will continue to increase.
It can be a dream come true when the federal government grants a person authorization to both work and live here in the U.S. on a permanent basis, a reality evidenced by the issuing of a permanent resident card, or, as it is more commonly known, a Green Card.
You know that you married your spouse because you loved him or her, because you couldn't imagine living life without that person.