Immigration laws are constantly changing especially in this modern political climate. Here are five things to know about Immigration Laws in the USA. Click Here to schedule a consulting session regarding your situation and current immigration laws.
Immigration Laws and DACA
DACA is a current immigration law that is under immense controversy in the United States. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA provides young undocumented immigrants with 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years and is subject to renewal.
What is DACA?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either came or remained in the country illegally; to receive a two-year renewable period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.
Family Immigration Laws
Chain migration has been a popular buzzword going around in the media, but we’re here to debunk the myth of “chain migration”, and analyze family immigration laws.
What is Chain Migration?
The myth of “chain migration” is propagated by conservative media aiming to give people the impression that huge families arrive at once causing a massive influx in population. Although family-based immigration is the most common way for immigrants to secure legal status, this process can often take decades to reunite families, and reunification is sometimes not possible. Instead of “chain migration” which intends to dehumanize the plight immigrants must face when being separated from their family, we use the term “family reunification”.
Immigration Laws and Employment
When it comes to immigration, employment plays a considerable role. Immigrants can petition for themselves with limited circumstances. Second, a foreign worker who is already in the United States with a temporary visa classification may apply for “adjustment of status” to the permanent residence upon the approval of the employer's petition, if there is a visa number available.
Achieving citizenship is a long and grueling process. Before you can get citizenship, you must be a permanent resident or in other words possess a green card.
To become a US citizen you must meet certain requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time you file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- Be a permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least five years.
- Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400.
- Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the five years immediately before the date you file Form N-400.
- Show that you have lived for at least three months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
- Be a person of good moral character.
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
- You must be a legal permanent resident of the United States.
Humanitarian Relief Immigration
USCIS provides many humanitarian programs and protection to assist individuals in need of shelter or aid from disasters, oppression, and emergency medical issues. Humanitarian Immigration covers many broad areas for more information on these areas of immigration Click Here.