In a recent blog post, we discussed some of the differences between being a U.S. citizen and being a lawful permanent resident. In that post, which can be read in full by clicking here, we discussed many of the rights and benefits of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States.
People who are trying to become permanent residents in the U.S. know that it can be a complicated, frustrating and slow-moving process. Generally speaking, the first thing that happens is a petition needs to be filed by a prospective employer or a close family member. After that, most people will need to wait before filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence.
Employers have a lot of responsibility when it comes to their employees. For instance, they may be focused on providing a safe workplace, properly compensating workers and making sure their rights as employees are protected. However, employers must also be sure that they are in compliance with state and federal employment laws. For example, Florida business owners should be aware of their responsibility to employ only workers who are lawfully permitted to work in the U.S.
Too many people make the mistake of thinking that immigrants in this country are here unlawfully if they are not U.S. citizens. However, this is a very misguided and inaccurate assumption to make. The fact is that there are people across the U.S. and right here in Miami who are considered lawful permanent residents.
Readers of this blog are likely somewhat aware of the situation taking place in Europe right now as thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing their country in the hopes of finding sanctuary in the European Union. Countries in the EU have been overwhelmed by refugees and migrants crossing borders without the proper authorization.
The immigration system in the U.S. is enormously complicated, especially for people who may be unfamiliar with the laws or language in this country. Add in the ongoing political debates and challenges to current laws, and it's no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed, frustrated and scared about their future if they have to navigate the system.
When people think of immigration or citizenship violations, they often assume the violations stem from entering this country without proper permission or documentation.