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How can I learn English to pass the naturalization test?

Difficulty speaking English can create a problem if your goal is to take the naturalization test. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a portion of the test addresses your fluency in English. Unless you meet certain exemptions regarding your age and the length of time you have lived in the country as a permanent resident, you will need to pass the English test. What are the ways you might accomplish this?

How is Florida’s foreclosure rate at the end of 2015?

Ever since the housing market crash, Florida has held the dubious honor of being one of the top states suffering from foreclosures and other major financial issues. If you faced a foreclosure in Miami or elsewhere in the Sunshine State at any point during the past few years, you were far from alone.

Immigrants who don’t speak English have a right to an interpreter

The language barrier is one of the most difficult challenges for non-English speaking immigrants in Miami to overcome. This is especially true when immigrants are involved in legal processes, but according to Cornell University of Law’s Legal Information Institute, those who don’t understand English well have the right to an interpreter in court.

Addressing immigrant employment and benefit myths

Ever since the United States became a melting pot of diversity, people have been concerned about how immigrants fit in when it comes to jobs and social services. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we understand that addressing these concerns can help to foster better relations among citizens and immigrants in Miami and elsewhere. Here, we’ll discuss some common employment and government benefit misconceptions as they apply to immigrants.

A brief look at employment trends among immigrants

Economic trends may affect the type of employment that immigrants gravitate to in the United States, but regional tendencies can also have an impact. For example, more foreign-born people in Florida work in housekeeping than in other industries, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s yearly American Community Survey. This profession is shared among eight other states as the top immigrant-employed job, although a wide range of industries are represented across the United States. According to the Voice of America, janitors, construction workers and agricultural laborers are a few of the other jobs most popular among foreign workers.

Can your condo manager enter your property without permission?

When you’re buying a condo or townhouse in Miami, you may not realize that under some circumstances, property managers or maintenance workers can enter your residence without your prior knowledge or permission. You will not be the only one to think that this is an invasion of privacy. However, when residences are grouped into units that connect to each other, it is sometimes necessary for personnel to enter if you aren’t available to give permission.

Allendale community aims to keep developer from changing property

When real estate developers hope to purchase land and buildings and make changes to these sites, they are sometimes met by opposition. This has been the case for a Miami developer who has purchased or hopes to purchase different properties in St. Petersburg and Allendale. Reportedly, the man bought the historic downtown YMCA building, with plans to convert it into an event venue with hotel accommodations, a restaurant and a private club. However, a previous hopeful buyer disputed the purchase. The judge ruled in favor of the latter developer, but the building remains stuck in real estate limbo.

Haitian immigrant numbers growing in the U.S.

Many of the foreigners coming to the United States do so to escape terrible conditions in their native countries. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we speak to many of these people on a regular basis. We are prepared to assist immigrants in Miami through the process of gaining legal status and, when possible, permanent legal residency.

The problem of immigrant human trafficking in the United States

Many immigrants in Miami are able to overcome daunting challenges and live significantly improved lives from the conditions they endured in their home countries. Unfortunately for countless others, their nightmare continues upon arriving in the United States. Human trafficking is a terrible plague affecting immigrants across the country. According to the Flagler College Gargoyle, Florida holds the unfortunate ranking of third in the country for human trafficking. So far this year, 191 cases of human trafficking or smuggling were suspected in the state. The crime of sexually exploiting people against their will is considered a third-degree felony in Florida.

What are the recent issues affecting Cubans entering the U.S.?

With little more than 90 miles separating the Miami coast from Cuba, many Cubans hoping to start a new life in the United States travel by boat to Florida. The Cuban government has long been considered repressive by the United States, so a policy called the Cuban Adjustment Act was enacted to help Cuban refugees who are fortunate enough to set foot on American soil. According to The Washington Post, this is also known as the wet-foot dry-foot policy. If Cubans make it to land, they can file for asylum and may be eligible for permanent residency and eventual citizenship; however, if they are caught at sea, Cubans are usually sent back to their home country.

Trump challenges birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants

The United States Constitution’s 14th Amendment gives people born in the country innate rights as U.S. citizens. According to National Public Radio, children born to immigrant parents in Florida and other states automatically become Americans. Certain restrictions apply, such as being born to diplomats or to hostile forces occupying the country.

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