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September 2013 Archives

Navigating immigration system full of uncertainty

For undocumented individuals living in the Miami area, life is full of uncertainty. A young man who graduated from a high school in the city is all too aware of this. After years of facing that uncertainty, the young man voluntarily left the United States. His story illustrates just how difficult navigating the immigration system can be.

Mother hopes to be reunited with visa holding child soon

There are multiple reasons that an individual may decide to seek a family-based visa to come to the United States. While these individuals may settle in communities throughout the nation, including Miami, Florida, a common thread behind many of these is that the applicants are seeking a better way of life. In some cases individuals make the move ahead of their loved ones, with plans to bring over family members once they are established. Unfortunately, this plan does not always work the way one hopes.

ICE seeking undocumented workers via audits

In a recent post we wrote about the use of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by employers to check to make sure the individuals they are hiring are authorized to work in the United States. This is important to do because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency could launch an investigation into any business at any time. Recently, the government decided to employ a tactic last used 2009, called “silent raids.”

Study indicates immigration could aid nation's economy

When it comes to the immigration issue currently gripping the United States, those who are seeking authorization to live and work in the country are certainly interested in immigration reform coming to fruition. They are not the only ones who could benefit from changes to immigration laws in the U.S. however. It is possible that a change in the immigration laws could benefit individuals throughout the nation, including the Miami area.

Individuals seeking citizenship the target of phone scam

Obtaining citizenship is the goal for many individuals currently residing in the Miami, Florida area. As these people are likely aware, the path to citizenship can be long, complicated and confusing. People who are interested in the securing citizenship should be aware of a scam that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is currently warning people about. The scam is being facilitated over the telephone. According to the USCIS, the scammers pretend to be officials with the agency when they call those seeking citizenship either as petitioners or applicants. 

Changes to E-Verify verification system expected

For many employers in the Miami area, complying with requirements created by the Department of Homeland Security surrounding hiring is very important. The failure to properly comply with these regulations and laws could result in consequences for the business. Investigations into these matters are generally handled by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.