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July 2014 Archives

The asylum process

There are many people in Lancaster and across Pennsylvania who come to this country each year in search of a safer life. These people flee persecution in their home countries with the hope that they will be able to start over in the U.S. For these people, asylum is often their best chance of being protected from their own governments.

Immigration issue with minors complicated because of safety

The U.S. has had an issue with illegal immigration for years. Whether the entrants are from Mexico, Cuba or another country, arriving in this country via illegal means can cause all sorts of complications for everyone involved. Recently, there has been an influx of illegal immigrants, but with a twist; the immigrants are all minors. Although Lancaster is hundreds of miles from the borders in question, many of the families these children are trying to reach can be found throughout the country.

Speedier naturalization through U.S. citizen spouses

When U.S. citizens marry foreign nationals, their spouse does not automatically acquire U.S. citizenship. Most of us in Reading realize this. Having a U.S. citizen as a family member, however, can make the naturalization process a lot quicker. Unlike most immigrants who must spend five years as U.S. permanent residents before they can apply for naturalization, foreign nationals who are married to U.S. citizens need only spend three years as permanent residents before applying.

Changes need to be made to employment-based visa system

For most Pennsylvanians, the one thing standing in the way of obtaining a higher-paying job is an advanced degree. For immigrant workers who already have a graduate degree, the only thing standing in their way is the visa lottery. The H-1B visa is required for technical employees who want to work in the U.S. However, getting one is all about chance.