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Can a Misdemeanor Have an Effect on Your Immigration Status?

In February 2022, Maryland lawmakers introduced a legislative proposal geared toward protecting the interests of hard-working immigrants in the Old Line State. Part of the bill’s name is “Probation Not Deportation,” and it seeks to defer prosecution of immigrants charged with misdemeanor offenses that could compromise their legal status in the United States. In essence, …Read More

Will I Need a Lawyer during My Interview for a Green Card?

With the increased pace of workforce reduction measures in the information technology sector, many skilled foreign workers in the United States are considering options that would allow them to stay even if their H-1B visas aren’t extended. The options range from evaluating other non-immigrant visas to pursuing permanent residency under certain circumstances. None of these …Read More

What’s the Difference between Permanent Residents, U.S. Citizens, & Immigrants?

The hot-button political issue of American immigration seems to get more complex and controversial each year. In 2023, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his Attorney General announced proposals to prevent individuals from China and Russia from acquiring real estate, but the first draft of the state bill in question didn’t make a clear and sufficient …Read More

How Do I Financially Sponsor an Immigrant?

In January 2023, the White House and State Department announced the creation of the Welcome Corps, a program intended to alleviate the burden of refugees and asylum seekers flowing into the United States. The program calls for Americans interested in providing financial support to refugees to form groups and raise a minimum of $2,275 per …Read More

What Occurs at Immigration Hearings?

In the early days of 2023, United States President Joe Biden scheduled a visit to the southern border with Mexico to get a closer look at the situation involving thousands of migrants seeking asylum. Since 2020, when former President Donald Trump closed the U.S. borders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the southern border has …Read More

Benefits Immigrants Receive when They Come to the United States

According to a news report published by The New York Times in January 2023, the number of foreigners completing the immigration process of naturalization in the United States, which effectively makes them American citizens, is currently at the highest level since 2006. The resumption of naturalization ceremonies following the COVID-19 pandemic prompted almost a million …Read More

How Is Naturalization Different from Immigration?

During the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended many of its operations in order to adjust to public health measures intended to prevent contagion. As a result of these measures, thousands of petitions for naturalization were put on hold. In some cases, immigrants with more than …Read More

What Effect Does Immigration Have on Human Rights?

In December 2022, the United States Congress passed a resolution related to immigrants who were deported and barred from returning despite their status as military veterans. Some of these immigrants are decorated war veterans, but their status as legal residents was revoked because of felony convictions, thus triggering deportation and removal according to immigration laws …Read More

What Are the Most Common Types of Immigration Law Violations?

By virtue of being a sovereign nation, the United States has the ability to develop, implement, and enforce immigration policy that’s reaffirmed by laws. The practical side of these laws is comprised of rules that govern the flow, permanence, and integration of foreigners who wish to become immigrants. Violations of immigration rules can prevent applicants …Read More

What You Need to Know about the 2024 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery

Until November 8th, 2022, foreigners interested in trying their luck with the United States immigration system were able to enter the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program for the fiscal year concluding in October 2024. Also known as the “green card lottery,” this program, which is managed by the Department of State, will offer up to …Read More

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