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What Laws Govern Immigration?

As a democratic nation with a federal system of governance, the United States handles immigration matters through legislation that’s proposed, debated, voted on, and enacted by Congress. After the president signs approved bills into law, various processes of rulemaking and implementation begin, sometimes with a period of public commentary that’s used to gauge the opinions …Read More

Tips for Choosing an Immigration Representative

The United States immigration system has been in desperate need of reform for more than a decade, and one of the primary arguments in favor of comprehensive reform is related to its inefficiency. As much as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies have attempted to overhaul and simplify their processes, many applicants have a …Read More

What Happens to Your Permanent Resident Status if You Get Divorced?

Obtaining a green card through marriage is the second most common method of family-based immigration to the United States. This method falls under the broad visa category of family-sponsored immigration, which means American citizens or permanent residents must initiate the petition process for their foreign spouses, fiancés, or fiancées. The sponsorship aspect of this method …Read More

Which Crimes Can Get You Deported?

In May 2023, federal prosecutors issued an indictment against United States Representative George Santos, a Brazilian-American investor who has been caught in an intricate web of alleged lies, fraud, and money laundering. However, some voters in his New York district were disappointed to learn that he wasn’t charged with a deportable offense, specifically immigration fraud. …Read More

The Advantages of Marrying a U.S. Citizen: Unveiling the Perks

Compared to other methods of immigrating to the United States, the K-1 and CR-1 visa categories aren’t so common. However, they stand out as being the methods with the highest rates of approval and faster processing times. Since 2019, the number of K-1 fiancé and fiancée visas issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) …Read More

What Does the Dignity Act of 2023 Require?

The immigration agenda brought to the White House by United States President Joe Biden didn’t include a reform proposal. When asked about this, Biden explained that his long career in the Senate lets him know that comprehensive immigration reform can only be accomplished with a unified government. In other words, his Democratic Party would need …Read More

Can I Avoid Being Deported by Marrying a U.S. Citizen?

In Hollywood films such as The Proposal and Green Card, the topic of foreigners getting married to American citizens to avoid getting deported from the United States is given a romantic comedy treatment. Since these are feel-good movies, the marriages portrayed start off as zany and borderline fraudulent, but the characters end up as cute …Read More

What Happens if You Get Rejected by Immigration?

During the fiscal year 2021, more than 1.4 million visa applications were declined or not approved by the United States Department of State. This represents nearly 9.5 percent of all submissions, which were largely for non-immigrant visa categories, such as skilled workers, tourists, entrepreneurs, students, artists, and a few others. As for the negative adjudications …Read More

Can Immigrants in California Be Permanent Residents?

Of the various state laws that went into effect in California in January 2023, one of the most interesting is related to the hiring requirements for police officers. Senate Bill 960 eliminated the American citizenship requirement for foreigners who wish to enter police academies in the Golden State. As long as they’re legally authorized to …Read More

April 2024