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How does the travel ban impact citizenship for my family?

The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump administration’s travel ban can temporarily take effect has made a lot of waves with people on both sides of the issue.

What seems to be getting lost in this conversation, however, is what the travel ban actually does. As previously stated, the decision by the high court is temporary, so it is worth watching how the executive order continues to progress, particularly through the lower courts.

The barriers between you and permanent resident status

If you are not a citizen of the United States, you know that marriage to a citizen may be a way for you to secure permanent resident status. However, there are still many challenges standing between you and your goal of legally and permanently residing in the United States, specifically Texas. 

There will still be conditions on your status even after marrying a U.S. citizen. In fact, your resident status will be conditional if you were married less than two years at the time you originally obtained this status. The reason for this provision is to prevent individuals from avoiding the legal process of obtaining legal residency and using marriage as a means to enter and reside in the U.S.

Late DACA renewals get a second chance

Since last November when Donald Trump secured the presidency, the subject of immigration has been anything but stable. From a mega border wall to the travel exclusion of entire countries, immigration policy has been up in the air. What would actually happen under President Trump?

One near certainty, however, was that Obama’s DACA policy would end. Sure enough, the president expects to eliminate the program one year from now. In the meantime, DACA recipients are struggling to figure out what to do.

What Social Security means for immigrants

Among the many complicated steps to achieve citizenship to the U.S., applying for a Social Security number tends to be one of the simpler tasks. A Social Security number can make it easier for you to find a job, buy a home and seek other opportunities. You will most likely need one if you are coming to work in the US. It’s important to know how the Social Security system may benefit you.

The purpose of Social Security is mostly to help citizens who are children, veterans, elderly or disabled. Even if you don’t fall into these categories now, the government designed this program to protect you and your family in case you are no longer able to support them in the future. For instance, public insurance and welfare are two possible benefits. As you work, you can build credit toward these services.

Preparing for the interview for a K-1 fiancé visa

You fell in love with an American, and now you want to come to the U.S. to get married. You’re probably already aware that in order to do so, you first need to obtain a K-1 fiancé visa. The visa application process can be long and complicated. In this post, we provide a step-by-step guide to preparing for your K-1 visa interview—which occurs after your petition (Form I-129F) is approved.

Once the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) approves your petition, the National Visa Center (NVC) will send you a letter with an appointed interview date. It is important that you do all of the following before your interview:

Three common barriers to naturalization – and how to fix them

If you’re considering applying for citizenship to the United States of America, you first need to know if you’re eligible for naturalization. As you review the requirements, you may find one that you do not meet. What do you do?

It’s important to note the difference between requirements that, if not met, will make you permanently ineligible for citizenship, and those that may be fixed. There are only a few truly permanent bars: these include convictions for murder or aggravated felonies, as well as proven involvement in systemic persecution (such as genocide). There are many more bars that are only temporary, and you can fix them either on your own or with the help of an attorney.

Getting the green light on your family green card

Immigration issues of all kinds are complex and difficult to understand, especially if you do not have an immigration law degree. Due to the ever-changing, constantly evolving laws and regulations that pertain to immigration, if you have questions or concerns about green cards and what they mean for the status of your family in Texas and elsewhere, you would be wise not to navigate these issues on your own.

If you are trying to get a green card for a family member, you know that you have a long road ahead. Family-based green cards require particular documentation, completed applications and much more. This is a daunting process, and it is fraught with challenges, but you do not have to face it alone.

Immigrant investor visa requirements could trip you up

If you want to immigrate to the U.S. for employment reasons, it pays to pay close attention to the various ways this is possible, and the specific requirements for employment immigration. You may not know that employment-based immigration to the U.S. can fall under five different categories, with 7% of these visas authorized for the category of Immigrant Investors, also known as Immigrant Entrepreneurs.

Though this unique category is desired for its new job creation in the U.S., it is highly specific to qualify for and can be a challenge to navigate.

5 immigration issues same-sex couples could face

After same-sex marriage was declared legal in all states, it opened up many questions for same-sex couples where one of them is not in the U.S., one is undocumented or here on a temporary visa, and any couples who are currently engaged or are considering marriage when their partner is not a citizen.

If you are looking forward to marrying a partner who isn’t a U.S. resident or citizen, or are currently married but wish to help them immigrate to the U.S., some issues may arise in your immigration process. Being prepared for these potential roadblocks can make all the difference in your immigration journey together.

ICE planning huge increase in private detention facility space

"The administration is doing everything it can on all fronts to detain and deport as many people as possible, and to criminalize as many people as possible," says the executive director of Detention Watch Network.

This was in response to news that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has recently posted Requests for Information on a government contracting website. The RFIs seek to identify private detention facilities in five areas: Detroit, Chicago, St. Paul, Salt Lake City and southern Texas.

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