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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 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.

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.

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