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May 2015 Archives

The deportation of naturalized citizens due to criminal activity

Pennsylvania residents who have become naturalized citizens of the United States may wonder if a subsequent criminal conviction could lead to deportation proceedings being initiated against them. While this would not happen if the crime in question was committed after they were naturalized, they could be deported if illegal activity that occurred prior to their naturalization is uncovered during a criminal investigation.

Families may be released from immigration detention centers

A federal court judge in California is expected to rule on whether the immigration detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas should continue to hold families with children. If the judge finds that holding the families is unconstitutional, more than 2,000 mothers and children who have come to the United States seeking asylum could be released from the three detention centers.

Asylum and immigration in the U.S.

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in learning more about some of the recent changes affecting asylum and immigration status in the United States. According to the House Judiciary Committee, between 2007 and 2013, there was more than a 585 percent increase in the number of people granted asylum into the United States. By the end of 2014, there were more than 415,000 cases involving non-detained asylum cases still awaiting review by immigration court.

The P-1A visa classification for nonimmigrant athletes

Athletic competitions and events occur all over the world, and when they are held in the United States, foreign athletes must obtain P-1A visa classification prior to entering the country via Pennsylvania or another state. The athletes may be performing as individuals or with teams or groups at internationally-recognized performance levels. As with other types of visa classifications, the athletes have to meet certain criteria and complete the application process.