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Another US immigration law change affects medical deferrals

Foreign nationals who need specialized medical care sometimes seek treatment in the United States, but these individuals sometimes receive orders for removal or need care beyond the time limits of their visas. According to U.S. immigration law, immigrants living in Louisiana and elsewhere who have serious medical conditions can apply for deferrals. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service -- USCIS -- used to be the agency that considered the deferrals. Now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be in charge of making those decisions.

US immigration law allows for appeals

The average person may spend months or even years looking forward to the end of his or her immigration case. Unfortunately, it is not always a satisfactory end, and a person may receive a decision that is not favorable. Under U.S. immigration law, a person may have a right to appeal that decision.

Revisions are coming to the U.S. citizenship test

There are many steps to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. From securing the appropriate documentation to come to the U.S. in the first place, a person must also meet the age requirement and have lived as a lawful permanent resident for five years or longer. Another step to becoming a citizen is to pass the citizenship test. Immigrants living in Louisiana who have been studying for that test should be aware that it will be revised soon.

Is Louisiana state law different than federal US immigration law?

Most people already know that there are federal laws governing the immigration process in the United States. However, states also enforce their own laws on a variety of matters, including requirements for employment, driver's licenses and more. For certain matters, immigrants should be sure to adhere to Louisiana state law. However, when state law may seem at odds with federal immigration law, federal law typically controls.

New US immigration law policy involves expedited removal

Expedited removal is a process by which an immigrant without documentation of proper legal status can be detained and removed from the country without a hearing. In the past, the expedited removal was relatively limited. A new policy for U.S. immigration law expands how agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- ICE -- can apply the policy both in Louisiana and the rest of the United States.