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Northern California Immigration Law Blog

It can take decades for individuals to become US citizens

Most people in California and around the world have dreams they hope to one day achieve. In some cases, those dreams can be turned into a reality much quicker than others, especially if certain procedures must be followed for the others. In particular, individuals dreaming to become citizens of the United States often have to wait several years before completing the process.

One woman recently gave her account of becoming a citizen after almost 18 years. She stated that she came to the United States with her husband from Pakistan due to fear that they would be harmed for their religious beliefs. After their daughter was married and had a child in the United States, the woman and her husband moved to the country and applied for green cards in 2001. However, they did not receive those cards until a decade later.

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Let us say your company has won the bid for building a water distribution system and you need a civil engineer to work in the design phase of the project. Your boss has someone in mind, a foreign national who has the experience to handle this kind of project. To begin the hiring process, you must file Form I-129 to bring this person to the U.S. on the H-1B visa.

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Proposed plan may keep those seeking asylum out of the country

Lately, it seems as if there are new plans in the works every day to address certain aspects of immigration. In particular, changes to policies involving asylum have many individuals in California and elsewhere immensely concerned. Any change to immigration policies can significantly impact people who are simply trying to find a safe haven.

It was recently reported that individuals who are trying to come to the United States from Central America may not be able to enter the country while they await asylum. Currently, immigrants hoping to obtain protections in the United States are able to stay in the country while officials review and process their cases. However, a proposed plan called "Remain in Mexico" is under consideration by the U.S. government.

Trying to comply with US immigration law leads to man's arrest

Numerous people face a great deal of turmoil and uncertainty when it comes to their immigration status. Unfortunately, U.S. immigration law is complicated, and even when parties think they are complying with the law, they could end up facing negative repercussions. In some scenarios, they could even be arrested or deported.

California residents may be interested in one out-of-state man's case. Reports indicated that the man, who is a native of Mexico, had remained in a church for over a year while taking sanctuary there. However, he recently left the church in order to attend an appointment he had with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration office in relation to a petition for deferred action he had submitted. Upon his arrival at the USCIS office, he was taken into custody by agents who were not in uniform.

Woman obtains US citizenship at the age of 106

Most California residents have goals in life they hope to achieve. As many people get older, they may begin to think that they will miss out on reaching those goals. However, even people of older ages can work toward making their dreams come true, especially if those dreams involve obtaining citizenship in the United States.

It was recently reported that a 106-year-old woman became a U.S. citizen on election day. The woman was born in El Salvador and eventually moved to the United States. She became a permanent resident after she received sponsorship from one of her sons. She stated that both she and her husband had wanted to become citizens, but sadly, he died before he was able to reach that goal.

Proposed asylum changes lead to controversy

For some immigrants, coming to the United States is not only a desire, but it is also a need. Many individuals face persecution in their countries of origin that they want and need to escape. As a result, they may come to California or other parts of the country in hopes of seeking asylum. However, the current presidential administration is currently eying changes to this protection.

It was recently reported that the administration is looking to find ways to end what it terms as the "rampant abuse" of the asylum program. Details on what specific actions could be taken to reach this proposed outcome were not provided, but the administration is apparently working on making an executive order regarding immigration in the near future. Currently, individuals seeking protection in the country can request it whether they arrived at a port of entry or not.

Preparing for a marriage based green card interview

If you have applied for a green card based on your marriage to a United States citizen, it is important to know the right steps to take. Typically, the main issue in most such cases is proving that the marriage is bona fide. Without knowing what type of information the authorities expect to see, even couples who have been together for a long time can inadvertently raise suspicions. 

When your spouse submits the petition on your behalf, the two of you will need to include supporting documentation. Be sure to include a copy of your marriage certificate; if either of you was married previously, you will also need copies of the divorce judgments. In addition, it is wise to prepare a range of documentation, including wedding pictures, statements from friends and relatives, and joint bills and account statements.

Proposed changes may impact employment immigration

Many people from other countries come to California and other parts of the United States in order to work. Though employment immigration is complex, many immigrants obtain the ability to work in their desired fields after obtaining the proper work visas. Commonly, these workers bring their families to the United States, or they follow soon after.

Though spouses of work visa holders often obtain a special visa of their own and try to build a life in this country, they can face difficulties. In fact, it was recently reported that spouses of immigrants who hold the H-1B work visa may no longer have the ability to work in the United States. Three years ago, individuals who held the H-4 EAD visa were given the ability to work, but proposed changes to that rule are now in the works.

Can birthright citizenship be revoked?

With the crackdown on immigration sweeping the country, it is understandable that many immigrants and their families may worry about their abilities to stay in California and other parts of the country. These worries can cause a great deal of stress and uncertainty in many people's lives. Even individuals who once thought they were safe due to their citizenship status could have concerns due to talks of immigration law changes.

It was recently reported that the current presidential administration is considering a major change to immigration law. Currently, individuals born in the United States automatically receive citizenship, even if their parents are noncitizens. However, that benefit is currently under scrutiny, and the president has even stated that the privilege needs to come to an end.

Separated families may have their asylum cases reviewed

Immigration issues can span far and wide. A family from another country may try to come to United States in hopes of pursuing a better life, but in the end, they may face more turmoil than expected. The separation of children from parents along the border remains a serious issue, but some asylum cases for these individuals may be reviewed.

It was recently reported that a judge in California has ordered that the U.S. government take the time to go over a number of asylum cases involving families who were separated at the border. The American Civil Liberties Union and the federal government came to an agreement last month that the asylum cases for over 1,000 separated immigrant families would be processed. So far, the government has not made headway on those cases.

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