If you are from another country and would like to come to the United States to live permanently, there may be multiple ways to achieve that goal. The possible routes to becoming a permanent lawful resident include employment based and family-based immigration. Depending on the type of visa sought, the approach taken will vary.
We often write about visas available to individuals who can contribute to business in the United States. These individuals are not the only ones who want to come to the U.S. as part of their jobs however. There are many people who have different types of careers who can benefit from being here as well, such as athletes.
In previous posts we have mentioned that there is often more than one way to accomplish an immigration goal. This is true in an adjustment of status situation as well. For someone who wants to attain permanent residence in the United States the approach will vary depending on their specific circumstances and where they physically are.
We have written previously about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that many young people who entered the United States as children, lacking proper documentation, have been able to be a part of. Individuals who qualify for the program can do some of the things that citizens of the U.S. or documented immigrants can, such as apply for a driver’s license, open a bank account and work in the country. Education is a major component of the program as well as those who qualify for the program may continue on with their education, heading to college.
In previous posts we have written about employers throughout the nation being hit with I-9 audits. When the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement uncovers situations of noncompliance, a business could face financial penalties and possibly even criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances this can take quite a toll on a business.
There are multiple reasons why someone who is a permanent resident of the United States might decide to apply for citizenship. Depending on each person’s specific circumstances, the reasons will vary widely.
Throughout the nation employers hire individuals from other countries, to work at businesses. One way in which this is accomplished is via an H-1B visa. Though petitions for fiscal year 2016 will not be accepted until next spring, the fiscal year for employees who received a visa for 2015 begins at the start of next month. This may prompt some individuals to wonder about the requirements for obtaining this type of visa.
Family sponsorship is just one of many ways that immigrants may seek to obtain a visa that would enable relatives to live in the United States. For a family member to qualify there are certain requirements that must be met and the U.S. government has a variety of grounds upon which the visa application can be denied. One of those is on “terrorism grounds.” The U.S. Supreme Court is planning on reviewing a case in which that was the reason provided for the denial, without any additional explanation provided.