You may have a close friend who’s a foreign national living in the U.S. temporarily. Their visa may be expiring soon, and they’re worried about finding a way to remain in the U.S. You may wonder about marrying them as an easy way to resolve their immigration issue.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affords same-sex couples the same rights granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as opposite-sex couples. So, the same privileges and challenges apply to the immigration process, from applications to fees to interviews.
The United States is a country of immigrants. Nearly all of us have relatives who have moved here from another country as some point. Yet somehow, in this diverse melting pot, hostility towards immigrants has grown in recent years. As a result, a large percentage of our population lives every day in fear.
Child separation has become a heated issue in the United States. Ever since the current administration’s deplorable policy to separate immigrant children from their parents at border crossings last year, there has been overwhelming public outcry. Finally, the president ordered for children and parents to be reunited.
In 2018, more than 100,000 people who legally immigrated to the U.S. had been waiting a decade or more to apply for a green card. And it seems this trend is tied to changes in green card quotas going back to the 1990s.
Unfortunately, a fair number of marriages just don’t work out. However, for those whose marriage also facilitated their immigration to the United States, divorce can be even more challenging. How divorce impacts someone’s immigration status depends mainly on where they are in the process when they decide to end their marriage.
H-1B visas provide exciting opportunities for workers looking to come to the United States. Someone with an H-1B can find work in a specialty occupation, while also working toward becoming an American citizen.
Immigration law in the United States allows children who are unmarried and come to the U.S. before the age of 21 to apply for lawful permanent resident status. But, because of backlogs in processing, someone can easily “age out” if they reach their 21st birthday before the government accepts their application.
U.S. immigration law provides for two main categories of family-based immigrant visas: Immediate Relative Immigrant visas and Family Preference visas. While both stem from family ties to U.S. citizens, a few key differences exist between the two.
Applying for a visa to enter the United States can be an intimidating process. Whether you are a U.S. citizen looking to help your spouse enter the country or a foreign national who recently married a U.S. citizen, you probably have a lot of questions.