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- Overview on New Immigration Policies through November 2014 Executive Actions
On November 20 and 21, 2014, President Barack Obama announced an overhaul of the immigration system through a series of executive actions. The actions established new immigration programs, changed guidelines for existing programs and created new proposals for visas.
- Suspension and Deferral of Deportations: A Band-Aid Covering the Tumor
Congress and President Obama have both taken recent steps in passing two measures that move in the right direction to solve the immigration crisis in the United States.
- What Is Deferred Action for Parental Accountability?
On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the implementation of a new program called “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability” through an executive order. The program is similar to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and provides temporary immigration relief for otherwise law-abiding citizens.
- What Is Deferred Action?
Deferred action is the exercise of prosecutorial discretion for certain law enforcement agencies and governmental entities, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. There are several reasons why deferred action may be exercised.
- Requirements for Naturalization
Becoming a naturalized citizen can be a challenging process but if you meet any or all of the below guidelines the process can become much simpler. We have detailed what to consider when trying to obtain your naturalized citizen when the time comes.
- Employment-Based Permanent Residence Process
One method of obtaining permanent residency in the U.S. is through the Employment-Based Permanent Residence Process (“EBPRP”) or in other words: through an employer. Once you have an employer that is interested in your skills and in sponsoring you, then the EBPRP may begin. Obtaining your permanent residence through an employer usually takes three (3) phases: Labor certification; Immigrant visa petition; and application for permanent residence.
- What Does Obama's New Executive Order Mean to Me?
In November 2014, President Barack Obama established a new executive order that addressed border security and illegal immigration. By statistical estimates, the new executive order would provide for some distinct benefits to about 5 million immigrants who were already in the country.
- How Do I Qualify for Asylum?
Individuals who are presently in the United States who legitimately fear persecution in their home country may apply for asylum. However, before asylum is granted, an applicant must follow several requirements and meet eligibility guidelines.
- Canadian Tourists Who Have Been "Flagged" By US CBP: Steps to Overcome Inadmissibility
Due to the close proximity of the US border to most Canadian cities and the extensive relationship between the two countries, it is not surprising that the US receives millions of Canadian tourists each year.
- How Long Can You Stay in the US? Visa Validity vs. Duration of Stay
Often times in the U.S. immigration process, individuals who are approved for a visa and receive a visa stamp in their passport believe that is the end of the process and they are now free to enter the U.S. and remain in the country for the period of time indicated on the visa stamp. In reality, there is more to be understood about the purpose of the visa and its validity as well as the restrictions that may be imposed on an individual upon arrival in the U.S.