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U.S. Army offers expedited citizenship to qualifying applicants

Most immigrants to Miami and across the country need to wait years if their goal is United States citizenship. Currently, there is a pilot program available to a select number of qualifying immigrants, which may dramatically expedite citizenship. The program, called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI), is a recruiting incentive offered by the U.S. Army. The rules surrounding MAVNI include the following:

Cuban and Haitian immigrants risk lives coming to Florida by sea

Between the months of October 2014 to June 2015, 33,501 refugees came to Florida, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Most of them were from Cuba, and some came from Haiti and other countries. These numbers represent a 36 percent increase in immigrants coming to the state over the same time period the previous year. As many Floridians know, a large number of refugees set foot on Florida land after spending time at sea.

Addressing common immigration myths

Many native-born United States residents have prejudices about immigrants and continue to perpetuate myths about them and the U.S. immigration process in general. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we have a full understanding of U.S. citizenship and immigration law. We are well equipped to correct the common misconceptions about immigration where it pertains to newcomers in Miami and elsewhere. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the following points address these immigration myths:

What are some of the most common disputes between neighbors?

It's been said that one of the most important aspects to living in a good neighborhood is the neighbors you share the area with. Getting along with your neighbors can make the difference between harmony and an unpleasant real estate dispute. Unfortunately for some Miami residents, it seems that good neighbors are few and far between. The following points illustrate some common neighbor disputes you might encounter, as well as the difference between a public nuisance and a private nuisance.

Report: Florida is not disbursing foreclosure aid as it should

Homeowners in Florida facing foreclosure may qualify for federal programs intended to help those who were hit hard by the housing crisis. Many people dealing with real estate issues often find that they are upside-down on their homes. In other words, they owe more money on their house than the house is worth. To combat the situation, which countless people across the country find themselves in, the federal government launched several assistance programs. Unfortunately, a recent report found that Florida is failing to execute that effort.

Understanding Florida’s HOA election laws

The state of Florida sets forth several parameters that outline how someone may be elected to the board of a homeowners’ association, though the process is largely determined by the organization’s bylaws. Our team at Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., knows how important the leadership of your association may be. Electing people correctly can prevent problems down the road.

Fewer zombie homes in Florida point to housing market improvement

Zombies exist in the world outside of movies and television shows, but not in the form that people would expect. Many homes in Florida have been abandoned by homeowners who were underwater on their mortgage payments, but the banks have not yet taken over ownership of the properties. These homes are known as “zombie foreclosures,” because they often present a problem for the former homeowners who have tried to walk away from insurmountable financial challenges, as well as a blight to the neighborhood.

What mistakes are common in an adjustment of status interview?

If you arrived in the country on a temporary status, such as with a temporary work visa or vacation permit, you may have decided to apply for an adjustment of status to seek permanent residency. Many temporary residents in Florida petition to change to permanent status for a variety of reasons. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, after submitting your application for an adjustment of status, you should have an interview with a USCIS official to determine your eligibility.

How are undocumented immigrants often mistreated by their bosses?

One of the perks of being a resident of the United States is having the right to fair treatment and wages by employers. Unfortunately, if you are one of the many undocumented immigrants in the Miami area, you may lack such protections at work simply because your employer may use the threat of deportation against you.

Parents of U.S. citizen children may face deportation

A previous post in this blog discussed the factors surrounding derived citizenship for Miami immigrant children. To recap, non-resident children may qualify or apply for United States citizenship through their parents, if their parents are naturalized under specific requirements.

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