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Avoid mistakes when seeking green card through marriage

One of the most common ways prospective immigrants commit fraud in the U.S. is through the marriage visa program. Because of this, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is vigilant about examining and reviewing those cases involving marriage of a foreign national to a U.S. citizen. If you are planning to marry someone who is a citizen of the United States, you should be prepared for a complex and often tedious process.

Having a green card gives you many rights and protections. As long as you do nothing to jeopardize your permanent resident status, you can live, work and enjoy many of the rights of a U.S. citizen. Obtaining those privileges through marriage takes a long time, and you want to avoid anything that will delay or damage your progress.

What can put a green card holder at risk for deportation?

If you are an immigrant, deportation is always a potential risk until you receive full citizenship. While a green card offers you a certain amount of security and stability to establish a life in the United States, many crimes can still be punishable by deportation—even after you become a lawful permanent resident.

Deportable crimes

Can I travel to the U.S. without a visa?

The immigration process in the U.S. is becoming increasingly complex. The current administration is creating additional hurdles for foreign nationals from certain countries who wish to enter the U.S. However, for citizens and nationals of other countries, the process is comparatively simple.

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a system that enables nationals of certain countries—mostly European countries—to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days.

Lawsuit seeks to make detention based on language illegal

About 20 miles south of the Canadian border, at a convenience store in Havre, Montana, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer stopped and detained two local residents who were picking up a few groceries. Their crime? Speaking Spanish.

The two women in question are both U.S.-born American citizens of Latin American descent. After going to the gym together, they stopped by the store to pick up some milk and eggs. The two conversed in Spanish as they waited in line. This fact alone was enough to put CBP agent O’Neal—who was also a customer in the store—on high alert.

What does an immigrant sponsor attest to in a petition?

Yours may be one of thousands of Texas households that include one or more family members who are not U.S. citizens. Immigration law includes processes whereby a U.S. citizen may file a petition to sponsor an immigrant so that he or she may come to live and work in the United States. There's a lot of paperwork involved, as is the case with most immigration applications. It's critical that you understand the requirements and obligations associated with sponsorship, whether you're being sponsored or sponsoring someone.

One thing the U.S. government doesn't take lightly is someone attempting to commit fraud in order to enter or help another person enter the United States without proper documentation. Anyone caught committing such crimes will not only be subject to possible criminal charges but will also be at risk for immediate deportation.

Immigrant facing criminal charges? Do this first.

You’re driving home late at night after a long day at work. Suddenly, you look up and see the lights of a police car flashing in your rear-view mirror. The officer pulls you over and asks whether you’ve been drinking. You haven’t; you’re simply exhausted. The officer, however, doesn’t believe you—and arrests you on the spot.

Under the best of circumstances, getting arrested for a crime you didn’t commit would be extremely frustrating. You might end up spending the night in jail until you can contact a lawyer and clear up the misunderstanding. As an immigrant in the same situation, however, an incident like this can compromise their entire future. As a non-citizen, facing a criminal charge—even one that doesn’t result in conviction—could result in deportation.

I’m well educated. What are my options for U.S. immigration?

In our last post, we discussed the overall public approval of highly skilled immigrants in the U.S. Today, we examine some of the common ways that highly educated workers come here.

There are a few different ways that an immigrant with advanced skills or education can live and work in the U.S. Some many come through family reunification visas—though there is no educational requirement for such visas. Many also come through one of the various employment-based green card programs.

Americans strongly support highly skilled immigrants, study says

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”. These lines were intended to give hope to immigrants from around the world, traveling to America in search of a brighter future.

In recent years, however, attitudes have shifted dramatically. There is a growing opinion that immigrants will drain the U.S. economy and steal American jobs. Anti-immigrant voices on Capitol Hill are also getting louder. Virtually every week, we see new policies designed to deter immigrants from entering the country.

Report shows child separation far worse than originally thought

Last year, we reported on the administration’s horrifying policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border—which was first announced in May of 2018. The policy led to massive public outcry. At the end of June, federal courts ordered that the policy be ended—and families to be reunified.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released a chilling report—following months of investigation into these family separations. The findings of the report indicate that the issue is far more wide-spread than we initially thought.

Removal of residence conditions after marriage

Marrying a U.S. citizen or green card holder brings many benefits aside from the joy of starting your married life together. You may have endured some time of separation while waiting for approval for your conditional status. Now that you are together, you have much to look forward to in your future here in Texas. However, your transition to lawful permanent resident of the U.S. is not quite over.

If you entered the U.S. on a visa for the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, your lawful status in the country is conditional. This means you have a deadline for having those conditions removed. The process can be complex, and it is critical that you begin in a timely manner to avoid losing your privilege of remaining in the country.

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