After a long and busy term, things are now relatively quiet in the halls of the Supreme Court of the United States and will likely remain this way until the start of the next session. From a legal news perspective, this means the nation's high court won't be making headlines any time soon.
It may seem hard to believe but it's been roughly five years since the Obama Administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- otherwise known as DACA -- which is designed to provide undocumented young people who have lived in the U.S. since childhood with a reprieve from removal.
Earlier this week, our blog discussed how all the advantages extended to a green card holder -- the right to pursue work, legal protection at all levels, permanent residence, etc. -- are granted on a quid pro quo basis. Specifically, in exchange for these advantages, the green card holder is expected to do things like file income taxes, obey all laws and call the U.S. home, or risk the loss of their permanent resident status.
When an individual secures permanent residence -- meaning they become a green card holder -- it's an understandably joyous occasion. That's because not only are they granted the right to live permanently in the U.S., but they are also extended the right to pursue any legal work of their choosing, and the protection of all federal, state and local laws.
There's no question that those individuals seeking an adjustment of status, meaning a change in their immigration status from nonimmigrant or temporary to immigrant or permanent, will find the process challenging. That's because there are arcane regulations to read, detailed petitions to file and, of course, stressful interviews to attend.
Ask anyone who has gone through the naturalization process about their experience and there's a very good chance that they will tell you that while the end result was rewarding beyond belief, getting there was not without its challenges. Indeed, there's a very good chance that they'll also share how the application fees associated with the process, set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, were by no means nominal.
Are you thinking about applying for permanent resident status in the United States? If so, one way to modify your status from temporary to permanent is by applying for "adjustment of status."
The immigration system in this country is complex, overwhelming and also one that is regularly at the center of some contentious political debates. Because of this, the process and laws can change quite frequently, which can significantly impact anyone living in the U.S. and those wishing to come to the U.S.
Living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident is something that people all across Florida spend months or even years trying to secure. They go through the extensive paperwork, go to the interviews, comply with eligibility requirements and pay the necessary fees to apply to register as a LPR.
If you are coming to the U.S. for work, to visit or in the hopes of reconnecting with your family, you have somewhat of a difficult road ahead of you in terms of meeting immigration requirements. The federal government will ultimately decide whether to grant your request for a visa or not only after first considering several factors.