How can you help family members immigrating to the U.S.?
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by gturnercontentcustoms
1w ago
Having a family member immigrate to the United States is a joyous experience. Yet, even with all the excitement, there might be some uncertainty because the person coming here might be unsure of certain aspects of their move. Providing consistent emotional support is one of the most impactful ways to help a family member coming to the U.S. adjust to life here. Regular check-ins, listening to their experiences and reassuring them that it’s normal to find this transition period challenging can make a significant difference. Assisting with language skills Language barriers often pose one of the b ..read more
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Understanding cancellation of removal
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by bkabritsor
1w ago
Cancellation of removal is one way immigrants can stay in the United States if they are facing deportation to their home countries. It is for both permanent and non-permanent residents who meet certain rules. While cancellation of removal does not make people U.S. citizens, it can provide them with the relief of knowing they are no longer at risk of having to leave. Rules for permanent residents Permanent residents can qualify for cancellation of removal if they meet the following requirements: Have been a permanent resident for at least five years Lived in the United States for seven years wi ..read more
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The differences between refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
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by lbaxtercontentcustoms
3w ago
People come to the United States for various reasons. While some arrive looking for a better quality of life, others are fleeing from their homes and seeking protection within our borders. Many of us classify everyone coming to this country as an immigrant. However, there are different classifications with distinct legal meanings and implications. Refugee A refugee is someone who has fled their home country due to well-founded fears of prosecution based on race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Refugees coming to the U.S. must first receive a referral to the U.S. Refugee Admissions ..read more
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Can you lose your green card if you get a divorce?
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by kreed
1M ago
If you became a “permanent resident” of the U.S. and received your green card when you married your spouse, you likely went through multiple interviews by authorities who wanted to make sure that your marriage was real. The U.S government takes green cards very seriously.  So what happens to your green card if you and your spouse divorce? Generally, you can remain in the U.S. as long as you and your spouse didn’t commit “marriage fraud” to get your green card. Is your green card still conditional? If you have had your green card for less than two years, it’s considered conditional. That m ..read more
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Who can sponsor family members for immigration purposes?
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by gturnercontentcustoms
1M ago
Immigration law allows United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to sponsor family members for immigration into the U.S. Eligibility criteria, categories of relatives who can be sponsored and the processes involved vary significantly between these two groups. U.S. law is structured to encourage family reunification through specific methods and only under certain circumstances. Understanding who can bring specific individuals into the country is critical for anyone considering sponsoring loved ones. U.S. citizens U.S. citizens can sponsor more family members than LPRs can. Ci ..read more
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Does your green card last indefinitely?
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by lbaxtercontentcustoms
2M ago
When you get a green card, it gives you permanent resident status. Technically, this is called a Permanent Resident Card. “Green card” is just the common term used because the cards were originally printed on green paper. Despite the name, a permanent resident card does not last forever. It typically has to be renewed every 10 years. If the card has already expired, or if it is set to expire in roughly the next six months, it is wise to renew your status. Getting a green card is certainly a big step, but it is different from becoming a citizen and so renewals are necessary. Do the cards always ..read more
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Those with TN visas can be highly essential employees
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by kreed
2M ago
Canadian and Mexican citizens in specific professions who are seeking to work in the U.S on a temporary basis need to get a TN visa. They are known as “NAFTA professionals” or “TN nonimmigrants.” NAFTA, of course, is the North American Free Trade Agreement under which economic and trade relationships among the three countries operate. Among these NAFTA professionals are scientists, engineers, pharmacists, attorneys and teachers. They must have a “prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). These NAFTA professi ..read more
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3 common questions about hardship waivers
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by bkabritsor
2M ago
Certain immigration violations or criminal offenses make you inadmissible to the United States. Despite that fact, you have options. A hardship waiver might be the solution you need. They provide an opportunity for foreign nationals with loved ones in the U.S. to gain legal status. There are a few common questions about these waivers. 1. What is a hardship waiver? A hardship waiver allows for legal permanent residency despite past immigration violations or criminal offenses. To qualify, you must prove that your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, parents or children would experience ext ..read more
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What is withholding of removal?
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by lbaxtercontentcustoms
3M ago
The United States offers asylum to people who are concerned about facing persecution in their home country. Asylum allows someone to stay within the United States because they need protection. In fact, many people will enter the United States in an emergency, and then apply for asylum once they have arrived. There’s a similar process called withholding of removal. How is this different than asylum and how might it be beneficial? A short-term solution One key difference is that withholding of removal isn’t permanent. The government can revoke the status in the future, if the situation changes ..read more
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What differentiates a green card holder and a U.S. citizen?
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by gturnercontentcustoms
3M ago
Navigating the complexities of immigration status in the United States can be daunting. If you’re confused about the different statuses of foreign-born people in the United States, you’re not alone. If you are an individual seeking to establish roots in the land of opportunity, it’s crucial to understand the differences between holding a Green Card and being a U.S. Citizen. What is legal residency? Obtaining a green card signifies legal permanent residency in the United States. The eligibility criteria are often based on family connections, employment, refugee/asylee status or other special pr ..read more
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