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Northern California Immigration Law Blog

Those seeking asylum face long, difficult roads

Feeling trapped in a frightening situation can leave many people feeling out of options. As a result, they may decide to take drastic measures in hopes of getting themselves and their families to safety. For some individuals from other countries, seeking asylum in the United States may be a risky but hopeful effort to leave dangers behind them.

California readers may be interested in one family's difficulties as they seek asylum in the country. Reports stated that a woman had fled her native country of El Salvador with her three children after her family became the target of a violent gang. As a result, she and her children reached the border between the United States and Mexico before they were discovered and taken to a Border Patrol facility. At that time, the woman was separated from her children, which is becoming a more common event for immigrants detained by officials.

Couple seeking adjustment of status face deportation instead

Many immigrants want to do their best to obtain a permanent place in the United States. Unfortunately, the task of seeking an adjustment of status can be difficult. Without the right information, some individuals may think that they are taking proper steps toward obtaining a visa, but in reality, they may not be helping themselves as much as they think.

California readers may be interested in one couple's situation involving a misunderstanding that has them facing deportation. Reports stated that a couple who came to the country from Albania applied for diversity visas in hopes of being chosen out of the lottery which awards these visas. They were recently contacted in order to interview for the visas, but upon their arrival for the interview, they were detained.

DACA survives thanks to Supreme Court

If you are a DREAMer in California, the recent spate of nationwide deportations probably has put you in a state of near panic. You may be constantly looking over your shoulder wondering if and when ICE officials will swoop down on you. Take a deep breath. If you are a DACA enrollee, the Supreme Court may have just given you a reprieve.

As you probably know, DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was recently set to expire. Congress could not agree on if or how to extend it. The debate became so acrimonious that the government actually shut down for three days in January.

Lawsuit filed in relation to TPS and permanent residency

Wanting to obtain a green card to become a permanent resident in the United States is a goal for many immigrants. Unfortunately, the path to permanent residency can be long and difficult, and as a result, many people may feel held back from certain opportunities. When additional complications arise on this path, some parties may not know what to do.

California readers may be interested in a lawsuit currently underway that relates to individuals seeking their green cards. Because numerous people who were once protected under temporary protected status (TPS) will soon lose that status, many are looking to obtain permanent residency. However, these parties are facing roadblocks because some officials state the individuals protected by TPS were not formally admitted into the country, and therefore, they cannot seek permanent residency.

Asylum seekers may feel some treatment unfair

Facing serious dangers and issues in one's native country can be harrowing. In some cases, the circumstances may be too severe to even stay in the country. This type of scenario affects numerous people around the world, and some choose to seek asylum in the United States. Of course, taking this route can have its complications, and individuals in California may face roadblocks.

One woman is currently seeking asylum in the U.S., but she is also facing issues that she believes are unfair in this country. After entering the country with her daughter, the boarder patrol separated the woman and her 7-year-old daughter. She was detained in California while the young girl was sent to a government custody facility in another state.

Could a reliance on public benefits affect permanent residency?

Coming to a new country may have been a stepping stone for many individuals looking to better their lives and the lives of their families. Of course, simply entering the country does not necessarily mean that success will be immediately found. As a result, many immigrants may need assistance from government benefits programs. While this may not have been an issue in the past, this need could potentially impact individuals working toward permanent residency.

California residents may be interested in recent reports regarding the relationship between recipients of government benefits and permanent residency. Reports indicated that the current administration is considering a proposal that may make it more difficult for visa holders on public benefits to obtain permanent resident status. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be allowed to consider this assistance as a negative mark on an individual's application.

Employment immigration: Time to file for work visas is coming up

Many people educated in or originally from other countries often seek employment opportunities in the United States. However, even with a dream job opening, employment immigration can prove difficult to navigate. Special visas are required for working in the United States, and obtaining this type of visa is no guarantee even though thousands of them are available every year.

In total, the number of H-1B visas, or work visas, available is limited to 85,000. Of those, 20,000 are available only to individuals with a master's degree or higher from a U.S. educational institution. Employers in California may be beginning the preparations for applying for such visas if they wish to employ foreign professionals as the opening date for filing petitions is coming up in just over a month on April 1.

Do you know your rights as an immigrant?

With so much talk about rights in America, it may seem that this topic is only relevant to those who are legal citizens of this country. However, every human being has certain rights regardless of their citizenship status.

That means that as an immigrant, you have rights, too. Knowing what these rights are can ensure you receive protection, especially when dealing with government agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If you face challenges in exercising these rights, speak to an immigration attorney for assistance.

Merit-based system may change U.S. immigration law

Though some people may think it will have no impact no them, changes to immigration can easily effect most individuals, including California residents. Paying attention to these potential changes may be especially important to individuals who have come to the United States from different countries. For them, U.S. immigration law could have a considerable impact on their family unity and livelihood.

Family unity has seemingly been a top priority in the past when it comes to immigration. Individuals who live in the U.S. often sponsor relatives in other countries so that they can make a home here. Many individuals feel that having family values as a priority in relation to immigration also reflects some of the overall important values of the American people.

U.S. immigration law: Man leaves family behind due to deportation

The idea of moving from a long-term home can often fill many people with anxiety. They may dread the idea of leaving friends or family behind, and the idea of getting used to new and unfamiliar surrounds can prove difficult. Though may California residents make the decision to move on their own, some individuals may be forced to move due to violations of U.S. immigration law.

It was recently reported that one individual in another state was deported. The man had lived in the United States with his family for approximately 30 years. He had entered the country as a 10-year-old child, and now as a 39-year-old man, he was required to leave his home and family for another country. The man has a wife who is a U.S. citizen, and they have two children together.

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