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Family immigration may be at risk with new proposals

In a city on the West Coast, Somali immigrants gathered on a recent Friday to discuss issues that affect their communities and other immigrants throughout the nation. Immigrants in Pennsylvania may have similar support networks in place to encourage and assist new arrivals, as well as those who have been living here for some time. A main topic of discussion at the recent gathering was whether newly proposed regulations would adversely affect family immigration.

Removing conditions from a green card based on marriage

Foreigners in Pennsylvania who have conditions on their permanent residence status based on marriage may have those conditions removed after two years. A person who marries a U.S. citizen and becomes a permanent resident must wait two years to have conditions removed so that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be sure that the marriage was not fraudulent.

If I marry a U.S. Citizen can I apply for a marriage-based visa?

Individuals who have married an American citizen may apply for marriage-based visas in addition to other pathways to legal residency. There are specific requirements for each type of benefit for which petitioners apply.

Extreme workload for non-profits assisting minor immigrants

Those who work with Pennsylvania non-profit agencies may understand the stresses facing organizations in Miami as they attempt to reunite young immigrants with their families. The flow of children from Central American countries into the United States has consistently increased in the last two years, resulting in heavy workloads for relevant non-profits. Organizations now often lack the funding to pay the workers needed to handle the increasing demand for their services. Layoffs have affected some of these organizations, and in many cases, workers put in a significant amount of unpaid hours.

Immigration issue with minors complicated because of safety

The law was also meant to put a stop to the human trafficking of children. In some cases, children were being sent here to be sold to individuals for illegal activities. The law was a way of keeping track of the children and protect them from those who would victimize them.

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.

Recent Supreme Court decision may force immigrant families apart

For those people in Lancaster who have never had to deal with the immigration system, they may think that everyone's applications are processed relatively quickly and that there isn't much wait to get an immigrant visa and, eventually, be approved for citizenship. Anyone who has dealt with the immigration system, however, is well aware that this is far from true. For some immigrants, depending on where they are from, they could wait years in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa before they are granted permanent residency.

Why would Americans need to sponsor immigrant siblings?

It may seem counterintuitive, but not all siblings share the same citizenship and one may need to sponsor the other for a green card. Although many people in Lancaster likely do share the same citizenship, whether American or otherwise, there are some who don't and want to bring their siblings to the country. As with any other family member being sponsored for permanent residency, there are specific requirements that must be met.

Overworked immigration officials are delaying on green cards

We have spoken extensively about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Obama started in 2012. This program allowed young people who were brought to the country outside of the immigration system to receive a work permit and a deferral from deportation. The program has worked well and many immigrants appreciate the work the president has done on behalf of this large group of immigrants (although many also don't think he has gone far enough), but it has also had some unforeseen consequences.

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