Individuals who have received an unfavorable decision in their U.S. immigration case, such as an application denial, have, in most instances, the right to bring an administrative appeal. However, this right does not last forever. Rather, there are strict deadlines for requesting such an appeal.
In our last post, we talked about how there is a huge backlog for immigration cases. Financial resources are being prioritized in areas of enforcement, as opposed to the immigration court system. The amount of cases in backlog is staggering, and new case work keeps coming in -- to the tune of roughly 200,000 cases per year. Given the casework of a typical judge, stress and burning out are two very serious issues for immigration judges.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about the incredible backlog of asylum cases that US immigration courts are dealing with. In just the last four years, pending asylum cases have skyrocketed by 800 percent. Today, we're going to start a series of posts to look at the US immigration system as a whole, and why the backlog problem with our immigration system is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Upon first glance, you may think that an article titled "What rights do immigrants in the US have?" would be an enlightening and interesting read, providing answers to the complex questions that often surround the world of immigration law. However, this article, though informative, fails where many before it have: providing clarity on such a complex issue is nearly impossible.
The U.S. system for asylum seekers still isn't where it needs to be, and nothing exemplifies this more than one Syrian man who is trying to get his family into the United States. The 35-year-old man was able to get in to the country after fleeing the civil war that enveloped his country in 2012. By 2013, the 35-year-old -- an educated and skilled man who ran his own importing business -- was targeted by the Syrian Regime.
What many people may not realize about "deportation" is that it is no longer legally considered "deportation" by name. It is still commonly referred to as deportation, of course, and everyone knows what someone means when they say "deportation." But in fact, a change in the laws in 1996 formally changed the name of the process for deporting someone from the United States to "removal."
When it comes to visas and eligibility, many people will immediately jump ahead in the conversation and immediately talk about people who enter the United States without inspectino. Obviously, entering the country without inspection typically complicates the matter quite a bit. But what about for people who are trying to go about the process legally from the start? What things may preclude them from ever obtaining that visa that they crave?
When it comes to immigration processes and matters, there will likely be an interview scheduled with an official at some point down the line. Almost all immigration process include such an interview, and the interview is performed with an official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This official is looking for any flaws in your background or history that would preclude you from the legal status that you are looking to obtain.
We have spoken about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) before. This program came into effect three years ago, and many people consider it to be a rousing success. It allows people who arrived in the United States before they reached the age of 16 to defer deportation and, more importantly, to get an education and work in the U.S.
The B visa is an important tool in the U.S. immigration law belt, and it can also be a bit confusing because of it's multi-faceted nature. The B visa can be used by tourists who just want to travel to the U.S. for a little while; and it can also be used by business professionals who are engaging in business activities in the U.S.