Immigrant rights are hotly discussed topic that does not always include factual information. Many immigrants in Louisiana struggle to separate fact from fiction, and remain unaware of their rights and protections. For those living in America under U.S. permanent residency, understanding those rights is essential to living full and productive lives.
If you married a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, your green card status may be conditional. This occurs whenever your lawful permanent residence status depends on a marriage that was less than two years old when that status was received.
In the past, immigration authorities often gave people a chance to regularize their immigrant status when faced with a deportation order. This was especially true when the order was old and the immigrant had a good chance of qualifying for legal status. For example, old deportation orders were often lifted when the immigrant was married to a U.S. citizen, as long as that marriage was validated by immigration authorities.
When President Trump chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year, his legal team claimed that the administration needed to end the program. It was under threat of legal challenges brought by ten states, they said. A federal judge has just ruled that reasoning was in error.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said recently that the Trump administration may support a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. President Trump had previously said that he did not support citizenship as an option. Secretary Nielsen emphasized that no decision has yet been made -- and that building a border wall remains the administration's top priority.
"One of the things I wanted to let my kids know is they did have a father and I did not plan to leave them," says Marco C. The former U.S. Marine was deported 15 years ago after what he claims was a wrongful animal cruelty conviction. He served 15 months in prison and was later deported.
Among the immigrants who live and work here in the U.S. are green card holders. These individuals have permanent resident status in the U.S. and enjoy the rights that go along with this status. There are many such rights. We went over some of the prominent ones in a past post.
Just when the news over the latest departure from the White House fades into yesterday, another controversial stance is being taken regarding immigration reform. According to a recent ABCNews.com report, President Trump has endorsed a bill that would drastically reduce the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States.
Sometimes, foreign individuals already in the country on a different immigrant status desire to become a permanent resident of the United States. Such individuals may be able to pursue a green card through the adjustment of status process. One thing that can be critical when navigating this process is avoiding missteps. Missteps could further complicate the process and potentially reduce the chances of the process reaching the end-result the applicant desires.
One of the ways a person can end up getting a U.S. green card is through the diversity lottery. This lottery is part of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Under this program, up to 50,000 immigrant visas (visas connected to the permanent residency process) a year are issued to randomly selected diversity lottery entrants.