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.
Florida residents who are seeking to become United States citizens by virtue of being the children of naturalized parents may be interested in a recent ruling. The Supreme Court has ruled that a section of the Immigration and Naturalization Act discriminates on the basis of gender between mothers and fathers.
Florida attracts people from all over the world, but obtaining authorization to live or work in the country or pursue citizenship can be extremely challenging. The controversy around President Trump's desire to allow the deportation of young people who grew up in the country without proper documentation has highlighted the hurdles that anyone faces when striving to live in the United States legally.