If you or a loved one is currently living in the United States with temporary or nonimmigrant status, it is important to understand whether and how you can achieve permanent residency. Fortunately, adjustment of status can allow for you to file for green card residency without necessarily having to leave the country. Beyond that, the process provides options for those living outside of the country and/or who are not eligible to adjust their immigration status. It is important to note, however, that adjustment of status processes can be rather complex. That is why the attorneys at Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., are committed to educating our clients on all of the residency options available to them.
On Nov. 20, President Obama issued an immigration-based executive order that may be of interest to Florida residents. The new order protects against deportation for undocumented parents of lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens. In addition, the executive order is designed to help keep skilled workers in the country.
Florida residents may be interested in an article discussing the major differences between those who enter the country classified as immigrants versus those who are called refugees. These differences may have a large effect on how they are treated by the U.S. legal system.
In a decision that may surprise many in Florida, the Supreme Court ruled on June 9 that immigrant children will be moved to the back of the line to obtain their visas when they turn 21. This includes those who came to the United States with their parents and have been waiting to become citizens for years.
As those in Miami who’ve been following the recent federal immigration debate already know, there is concern in Washington that the proposed legislation that was approved by the Senate last year would not be put on the current legislative agenda for the House. Worries have even surfaced that the bill itself has lost all previous momentum. A major part of the proposed legislation was to offer a path to permanent U.S. residency to undocumented farm workers. Those hoping for more movement on that front do, however, have something to be excited about.
One may be surprised to learn just how many of their friends and neighbors in Miami are living in the U.S. illegally. Equally as surprising may be the notable public figures with ties to undocumented immigrants. Yet despite whom one may know or even be related to, according the immigration experts, his or her path to permanent residency isn’t any clearer than one who has no famous family at all.
There are currently more than 11 million illegal immigrants estimated to be living in Miami and throughout the U.S. And while a majority of Americans agree on the need to provide these undocumented immigrants with a path to permanent residency or citizenship, recent attempts at reforming U.S. immigration policy have reached a political stalemate. Yet that has not stopped the current administration from enacting some changes that now allow for new residency opportunities for select groups of illegals.
For those hoping to immigrate, work, and establish a life in Miami or in other areas across the United States, an immigrant visa is the key to making that happen. While obtaining such a visa presents a clear the path to one establishing permanent residency, it can be much more difficult and costly to be approved for one compared to a non-immigrant visa. Should one who is already in the U.S. fail to meet the strict requirements for getting an immigrant visa, they could face deportation to their country of origin.
Permanent residency is ultimate goal for many who have immigrated here to the U.S. and Miami illegally. And as the number of illegal immigrants has grown to over the years to 11 million people, so has the need to reform current immigration laws that address both the issue of those waiting to come into the U.S. and the issue of those currently here.
As immigrants in the state of Florida and all across the country keep on top of the latest news and ongoing debates over federal reform measures, millions await their fate. Countless individuals, no matter their legal status, may be effected by changes to the U.S. immigration system; and for many of those that have been waiting to become citizens for years, changes cannot come soon enough. Potential updates to current immigration policies could effectively speed the process along for countless people seeking American citizenship.