Thousands of immigrants who reside in the United States under the Temporary Protection Status program could lose their designation and be forced to return to their countries of origin. According to reports from the White House, President Donald Trump and Homeland Security officials do not intend to extend the dates of the TPS program, which means that immigrants who hold this designation will no longer be allowed to stay in the country since they would effectively lose their legal status.
Florida residents may be aware that President Trump has vowed to end the diversity lottery program in the wake of a terror attack in New York City that claimed eight lives. The 29-year-old man who has been charged in connection with the Oct. 31 truck attack entered the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan after being awarded a visa under the program. Trump told his cabinet that he plans to ask Congress to scrap the diversity lottery during a Nov.1 meeting at the White house.
Some immigrants in Florida succeeded in entering the United States through the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. This program gives people a chance to win a diversity visa through a lottery managed by the U.S. State Department. People who do not have family members in the country or an employer to sponsor them can enter this drawing.
Some immigrants to the United States who are living in Florida also live in fear of domestic abuse. Many of these individuals may be reluctant to report their abuse or leave their abuser because they are concerned about losing legal status to remain in the United States. However, federal law provides protection for some abuse victims who may be able to achieve permanent resident status independently of their U.S. sponsor.
Those living in Florida or elsewhere in the United States who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, had until Oct. 5 to renew their status. Anyone who reapplied by that deadline would generally be afforded the protections it offers for two more years. However, President Trump's decision to phase out the program may leave their futures uncertain if Congress doesn't take action to make DACA permanent.
People who are residents of other countries and have high levels of achievements may file an EB-1-B petition in order to work at educational or research facilities in Florida and the rest of the United States. Unlike other types of worker immigrant visa petitions, EB-1-B petitions are not subject to review by the United States Labor Department. They are also not affected by factors such as the job market, the hiring of American workers or salary matters.
Immigrants living in Florida and around the country who want an employment-based green card will now need to complete an in-person interview. The interview requirement went into effect on Oct. 1. In the past, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services generally waived the interview for those applying for such a green card. Many who understand the green card process say that they are unsure why this group was targeted.
Starting on October 18, the digital lives of immigrants living in Florida and across the United States will be monitored even more closely through the expansion of a new policy adopted by the Department of Homeland Security. This new policy, which was published on the Federal Register in mid-September, directs immigration agents to collect certain information on foreigners, specifically what DHS describes as "social media handles" and internet search engine results.
People who want to come to Florida from other countries to work on an H-1B visa may face additional scrutiny under the Trump administration. Data shows that the administration is issuing more challenges to visas than during the Obama presidency.
Hurricanes bring destruction to Florida as well as to islands that are located in the ocean. When hurricanes destroy property on island nations, migration to Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. increases from the devastated areas.