When you arrived in Florida as a foreign national, you likely felt excited and nervous at the same time. You hopefully have a strong support system of family and friends on hand to help you adapt to your new life in the United States. Like most immigrants, you've probably faced your share of challenging situations, perhaps including the first times you had to speak English in a social setting or an issue regarding an adjustment of status.
Before the year is over, many Florida residents will become victims of violent crimes. Sadly, some will experience violence in their own households. When a victim of violence happens to be an immigrant who may otherwise not be eligible for permanent residency, it may be possible to file an application for an adjustment of status based on his or her current circumstances.
Florida readers may relate to an ongoing immigration situation involving threat of removal. In January, a man who had emigrated from another country of origin was submitting an application for citizenship at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services center in another state. He was seeking an adjustment of status, but the application process did not go as planned. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers took him into custody in connection with a 2010 deportation order.
Many Florida immigrants can relate to one man's current situation. He is a husband and also a father of three children, ages 11 and under. The man was one of nearly 100 people who were taken into custody by immigration officers who raided their workplace. The question now is whether he will obtain an adjustment of status or get deported.
Thousands of immigrants choose Florida as their final destinations in the United States. Many go on to seek adjustment of status by applying for green cards after marrying U.S. citizens. A man in another state who not only is married to a U.S. citizen but also has two children born here is in danger or deportation after a recent incident at a military base.
Many Florida immigrants remember what was like when they fled their countries of origin to seek asylum in the United States. Such situations are often wrought with fear and trepidation. The process can be long and arduous, especially for those who did not realize there was a deadline associated with their adjustment of status applications.
A 33-year-old man in Florida came to the United States some 14 years ago on a crewman's visa. For some reason, he reportedly did not obtain an adjustment of status once that visa expired. Immigration officials say this is why they recently arrested him and placed him in a detention facility, awaiting possible deportation.
If there's one topic that often incites contentious debate in political and social settings, it's immigration and naturalization law. In Florida and beyond, it seems no matter where you go, you can find people at odds in their opinions regarding various issues pertaining to adjustment of status or other immigration issues in the United States. Laws often change, making it difficult for immigrants to remain updated and avoid complications when attempting to file applications for visas or citizenship.
In Florida and throughout the nation, there are currently more than a quarter million immigrants from El Salvador living in the United States under temporary protected legal statuses. Most of these immigrants, among hundreds of thousands of others from other countries, fled to the U.S. following natural disasters or other emergency situations that made it unsafe to return to their countries of origin. It was recently announced that the program providing the temporary legal status may be coming to an end, and those affected are encouraged to seek an adjustment of status while there's still time.
There are currently many immigrants in Florida facing serious problems related to threat of deportation. They may relate to the story of a man and his son who are fighting a similar adjustment of status battle in another state. Their situation began when the father, a news reporter, fled his country of origin in fear for his life.