Each year individuals from countries throughout the world decide to take the steps necessary to try to obtain a green card. Securing a green card makes it possible for those individuals to live and work in the United States legally, in cities such as Miami. There are a couple different ways a green card can possibly be obtained.
In our last couple of posts we have focused on immigration matters regarding certain types of workers. While many throughout the nation seem focused on passing new laws regarding employment immigration, there are likely many in the Miami area wondering what other options are available for those who do not meet that criteria. There are of course a variety of ways in which to approach obtaining a visa to the United States including those that are family based.
For many people living in Miami, seeking to obtain legal residency in the United States, the chosen path is via a green card. Unfortunately, as we have discussed in previous posts, the length of time it takes to secure a green card is quite long. This means that in some situations where young people have sought to immigrate under green card applications submitted by their parents, upon turning 21, the children lost their priority date. Those individuals then needed to reapply for green cards independently which effectively sent them to the back of the line.
While we will undoubtedly have updates in the upcoming weeks on how the deferred deportation application process is going, both in Miami and throughout the nation, this week we wanted to follow up on a story we first wrote about last month.
In previous posts, we have mentioned how complex the current United States immigration laws are. Individuals born in other countries who may initially seem to be perfect candidates to legally stay in the country, routinely find that they need to leave.
Most would agree that immigration issues are some of the most divisive issues the United States is currently facing. Throughout the nation individuals born in other countries living in this country legally, are seeking ways to bring their family members into the U.S. to establish a lawful permanent residence. South Florida and the Miami area are not exceptions to this. There are many reasons people feel their lives would be better in the U.S. One reason commonly cited is natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Individuals from countries throughout the world are interested in coming to the United States to live in places like Miami. There are of course multiple ways this can be accomplished legally. One of those ways is through family-based immigration. Depending on the country one is seeking to immigrate from, the wait time can vary widely.
The ability for an American citizen to obtain a green card for an immigrant spouse, child or parent may be getting a little easier. Recently, the Citizenship and Immigration Services published a formal notice in The Federal Register regarding the proposed change. The reason behind this change in the green card process is twofold. First, it should lessen the burden on current citizens. Second, by streamlining the process, the associated costs will likely be reduced.