The most common types of visas individuals who want to permanently reside in the United States seek are either Family-Based or Employment-Based. While these are popular routes pursued by many, they are not the only routes. Many other visas are available to those who meet certain criteria.
It’s been hard to avoid news coverage of the recent typhoon in the Philippines that led to many deaths and left a large number of residents homeless. To say that residents of that nation are in need of aid to cover just the basics is an understatement. While the suffering those living there are experiencing is devastating, some Filipinos either living in, or seeking to live in, the United States, may have concerns about how the natural disaster has impacted their immigration status as well. Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a statement regarding the way in which it is responding to the natural disaster.
Last summer President Obama announced a program designed to provide certain undocumented immigrants, in South Florida and beyond, with a two year reprieve from deportation. To qualify for the program, referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an individual must meet several requirements. It has been a year since the first applications were received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In this post we will take a look at where the program stands based on information recently released by the Brookings Institute.
Earlier this summer we wrote about the impact the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act was poised to have on the immigration system. In this post we provide an update on the topic that could be relevant to individuals in South Florida. Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicated that visa applications submitted by same-sex spouses would be treated in the same manner as all others. More recently those changes were extended to U.S. embassies and consulates as well.