Starting a new life in Louisiana can be exciting, but there are many layers of applications and steps that immigrants must go through before calling this state home. Immigration interviews are just one of those steps, which many people feel unprepared for. Those who have an upcoming interview might want to keep the following in mind.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program provides important protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. However, these protections only extend so far, which can be concerning for some immigrants living in Louisiana. These concerns might be amplified by the recent situation involving a flight attendant who was accused of violating U.S. immigration law.
At times, the immigration process might feel prolonged for those who are ready to make Louisiana their new home. A recent decision concerning U.S. immigration law could make the wait times for some people even longer. In the near future, the locations of dozens of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in foreign countries could close.
Seeking asylum in the United States may be the only option for those who fear returning to their home country. Unfortunately, U.S. immigration law does not always make it easy for asylum-seekers to demonstrate credible fears. A recent ruling by a federal court could make it easier for those who hope to make Louisiana their home but were initially denied asylum to seek an appeal.
Undocumented immigrants in Louisiana often worry that they will never have a path toward remaining in the United States legally. However, if faced with deportation, these individuals have a couple of options they can take advantage of. Depending on the situation, they could either leave the country or apply for a hardship waiver. Getting a hardship waiver means that individuals must meet certain requirements under U.S. immigration law.
A recent joint sting operation from Homeland Security and Immigration's and Customs Enforcement resulted in over 100 arrests. Officials set up what they say was a fake university designed to catch people who were attempting to commit immigration visa fraud. This news might be upsetting to foreign national students who are hoping to study in Louisiana.
Those in Louisiana who were not already familiar with rapper 21 Savage for his music now probably know him for his ongoing legal issues. He is currently in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and faces potential removal from the country and a 10-year ban on re-entry. However, the rapper insists that he is being unnecessarily punished and has not done anything to warrant his current treatment.
The recent government shutdown threw an untold number of individuals into a state of uncertainty regarding their previously-scheduled immigration court dates. Despite the reopening, many are still dealing with constant confusion and chaos. On a recent Thursday, immigrants across Louisiana and the rest of the country showed up for what they thought were legitimately scheduled court dates only to discover something extremely upsetting upon their arrival -- their immigration court dates never existed in the first place.
Facing criminal charges in Louisiana is difficult enough as it is, but add in concerns over immigration status and things can very quickly go downhill. Because of how U.S. immigration law treats criminal charges and convictions, you might even feel as if you are being punished twice. Here is what you need to know about dealing with a criminal conviction as an immigrant.
Immigrating to the United States is a long process filled with paperwork, documents and lots and lots of waiting. Unfortunately, that waiting is only getting worse by the day. Because of several factors -- including a now record government shutdown -- immigration hearings in Louisiana and across the rest of the country are taking longer to get to than ever before.