In previous posts we have written about the frustrations various types of businesses are experiencing while waiting for immigration matters to be worked through. While these entities are undoubtedly facing hurdles in that department, they are not the only ones. Families are having to navigate the immigration system without knowing how things will end up as well.
Notario fraud is rampant across the United States, but especially in Latino, Caribbean, Russian and Brazilian communities in South Florida. Scammers target their own, preying on fearful, desperate immigrants and promising often unattainable results. This is something that will increase as immigrants anxiously wait for President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration reform to come into effect.
As we have mentioned in previous posts there is more than one way that someone might be able to come to the United States to live. Multiple programs are in place that the average person is not aware of. Accordingly, it can be worth meeting with an immigration lawyer to learn about what options exist.
For those who would like to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, obtaining a green card is important. There are multiple ways in which this may be accomplished. In this post we will discuss one of those approaches--via sponsorship from a family member. Of course not every family member qualifies for this. Only certain individuals can secure a green card using this route.
In 2012, President Obama announced that he was taking executive actions on the immigration front. The president created a program, called Deferred Action, which afforded renewable work permits to many undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
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.
Each immigrant has his or her own reasons for seeking to move to the United States. Regardless of the reason there are multiple ways in which the goal may be accomplished. For those with family members already residing in the U.S., that may serve a big catalyst. If those individuals have relatives who are citizens of the U.S., they could play an integral role in the immigration process.
As those who have waited for or currently are waiting to secure an immigration visa are probably well aware, it can take quite some time for the process to be complete. A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could make that wait even longer for some individuals. Those who may be impacted by the decision are children who are currently waiting to obtain a visa with their parents.
There is no question that individuals who qualify for deferred action were pleased when the program was announced. While some undocumented immigrants residing in South Florida have been able to take advantage of the benefits this program provides qualified individuals, there are many others still living in fear of deportation. Some of these individuals may have started the process of obtaining a green card but as a result of the length of time it has taken to process their visa request, have “aged out,” and been forced to return to the country where they were born. In some cases these individuals may not have been in those countries since they were very young children.
There are multiple reasons that an individual may decide to seek a family-based visa to come to the United States. While these individuals may settle in communities throughout the nation, including Miami, Florida, a common thread behind many of these is that the applicants are seeking a better way of life. In some cases individuals make the move ahead of their loved ones, with plans to bring over family members once they are established. Unfortunately, this plan does not always work the way one hopes.