Residents of the state of Florida are likely trying figure out what to make of President Obama’s recent shift regarding Cuba. Though the embargo was not actually lifted, the change eases travel restrictions and encourages trade between the two nations. The change to the embargo that has been in place for more than 50 years, and was designed to force reforms by choking the economy, may make some wonder if the change will in any way impact immigration as it currently stands.
Readers may be aware that family based visas are one way to bring family members into the United States to live. They may not be aware however, that the program is not limited to opposite-sex marriage. Same-sex couples that are married can also use the program to bring a qualifying relative into the U.S. This became possible when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Windsor v. United States that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
When it comes to securing a visa to stay in the United States, those that are family or employment based are likely the first that come to mind for most readers. The reality however, is that there are multiple grounds upon which a visa could be pursued. So many in fact that the average person interested is likely unaware that there may be one that is applicable.
In a recent post we wrote about some of the changes to the immigration system that individuals in the United States could expect as a result of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Among other things the changes protect many immigrants from deportation. Since then, some of the changes outlined in the president’s plan have gone into effect.
While some people from other countries want to become citizens and reside in the United States forever, others seek to stay here for a shorter period of time. There could be multiple reasons for this including outbreaks of deadly disease in their home country. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security announced that natives of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, who are in the U.S., may remain here to avoid the Ebola virus that is ravaging those countries.