The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office has raised rates for filing naturalization paperwork for the first time since 2010. News reports show that the price increases, which are designed to protect against fraud and improve administrative support, increase costs for immigration needs by an average of 21 percent. This agency, which is funded exclusively through application fees, is justifying the rate hike by arguing that additional money will improve customer service and agency efficiency.
In our previous post, we spent some time briefly discussing how the process of applying for asylum here in the U.S. works and, more significantly, how it can prove to be exceptionally lengthy regardless of the outcome.
U.S. immigration law permits individuals who have come to our nation in a bid to escape deplorable living conditions in their countries of origin to seek what is known as asylum. Specifically, if these individuals are able to demonstrate that they are unwilling or unable to return home owing to a well-founded fear of persecution, they will be granted asylum, meaning they can remain in the U.S. and apply for a green card after the passage of one year.
A few weeks back, our blog began exploring how it was that the international athletes who participate in some of the most popular sports -- from mixed martial arts and soccer to hockey and baseball -- are able to enter the U.S. to participate in games, matches and bouts.
As we've discussed in previous posts, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, passed back in 1986, requires all employers looking to expand their workforce to verify the identity and employment authorization of any prospective hire, meaning confirming that they are a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, noncitizen national or alien authorized to work.
Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A. is proud to announce that one of our firm's founding partners, Christine Alden, was recently appointed incoming President of the British American Business Council in Miami for 2017 and 2018.
When a person moves to Florida from out of the country, they typically have certain dreams and goals they want to reach. Regardless of their culture, many love their new country. Some even chose to protect their country by joining the military. While most people would think the country would be grateful for their sacrifice, immigrants who served the country could still find themselves subjects of deportation cases.