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How do I become a naturalized citizen?

Living and working in the United States is a dream for many people around the world. Opportunities for education, business, success and other goals abound in the U.S. That’s why so many people come here and seek permanent residency.

If, after having your green card for some time, you wish to more fully participate in the American democracy, you may wish to apply to become a naturalized citizen. Before making that decision, it is good to first fully understand the process.

How can immigrants prove asylum or refugee status?

Many immigrants live in constant fear when they have left their home country to enter the United States. The fear is more than what accompanies a major life transition, it is one that grips their life as they desperately cling to the mercy of a new country. These types of immigrants are in serious need of protection from the nation they have left behind.

Asylum and refugee seeking immigrants have no other hope than the country they have fled to for protection. America has historically received countless individuals and families escaping serious threat in their homeland. But how do local officials examine the petitions of immigrants seeking asylum or refugee status?

What types of family visa are available for immigrants?

With all the talk of immigration and families, here’s a primer on family-based immigration and how it works.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor family members to get permanent residence, also known as a “green card.” Family visas account for about 65 percent of legal immigration each year.

Helping relatives come to the United States

Family members are some of the most important connections in a person's life. Spending time and sharing experiences with family are opportunities to cherish when possible, but not everyone can do so with family living far away.

For those people living in the U.S. but with family in other countries, it's a challenge to wonder how life could be with family closer and potentially in a safer environment. U.S. citizens have options to help facilitate legally bringing family members into the country. It's important to know which family members you may be able to help and what the government requires of both you and the relatives seeking entry into the country.

Understanding which visas you need for international employees

Movement toward a global economy is making even small business owners think on an international level. When your work force must flow between borders, it is critical to make sure that your paperwork and visas are handled with care. Even a minor clerical error can mean major legal issues later.

Employee immigration is complicated. Even something as simple as understanding which type of visa is required for an international worker to be granted access to the country can quickly become confusing. These are a few of the most common temporary work visas American businesses may obtain on behalf of their employees.

ICE enforcement continues to grow

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been busy lately. Federal immigration agents visited over 120 businesses over the last five days (Feb. 12 –16, 2018) looking to crack down on the hiring of undocumented workers. In 2017, ICE conducted a total of 1,300 of these workplace audits. In many cases, workers stop showing up to work fearing ICE would arrest them during these audits.

Employers face civil fines and criminal prosecution for employing undocumented workers. ICE expects a 300 percent increase in the amount of workplace audits in 2018.

Louisiana Man Fights Deportation To Stay With His Family

Jose Torres, a husband and father of two young children, is in an uncertain limbo in a New Orleans church. He sought sanctuary there to avoid deportation so he can continue to be with his family. Originally from El Salvador, he immigrated to the United States to work in the construction trade after Hurricane Katrina.

Increasing Deportations, Growing Fears

Status of Dreamers still uncertain

The biggest hope for many immigrants is that their children will be able to live a better life in a new country. In recent weeks, the President and Congress have focused policy on children who arrived in the country with their parents in an uncertain status. What does the future hold for these young people known as Dreamers?

Deal or no deal?

Although the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is set to expire, there are a couple of ways it could continue. Supporters of DACA are using both legislation and lawsuits in an attempt to preserve the law. 

What is a sanctuary city?

It’s a term you may have heard a lot recently: Sanctuary city. With all the talk across the country about illegal immigration and deportations, people have been using the phrase frequently.

What exactly is a sanctuary city? Is New Orleans considered a sanctuary city? How does it affect residents? Today we’ll answer some common questions on this topic.

You may be protected from deportation

There are few things scarier than deportation for undocumented families. Removal from the United States is heartbreaking after you have worked so hard to pursue a better life here. However, you may be able to remain in the U.S. despite deportation orders against you. Here are some ways you could be protected.

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