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Rapper's plight illustrates dangers of overstaying a visa

In the news recently, rapper 21 Savage was arrested and marked for possible deportation. It is noted that he has been in this country without proper documentation for many years since his visa expired. This case has brought an important issue to light – not everyone without proper immigration status came here illegally. Some did come the correct way --- but didn't leave the country when they technically should have. Far from living furtive lives in order to evade detection, they've lived rather openly in the past when immigration policies weren't as fierce.

We know that keeping up with immigration matters isn't always easy. Sometimes, the issue that the person who is here simply isn't aware that they need to do anything to continue to remain here legally. When this happens, a lot of trouble can start very suddenly if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decides to take note.

Removal procedures must be handled carefully

Immigrants facing deportation are forced to confront an uncertain future with the possibility of being sent back to a country with which they aren't familiar. In some cases, this might even be a place where they are facing extreme danger due to civil unrest, outright wars, gang activity and other hazards.

There are many ways that a person who may be deported can face the situation. It is imperative that they understand these options and that they make decisions based on what they feel is best for their case.

Review your family-based immigration petition carefully

Many people choose to come into the United States from other countries in an effort to live a better life. The opportunities here are amazing, but you have to ensure that you come in as a legal immigrant because failing to do so could badly limit those opportunities. People who are planning on coming here on a family-based visa must ensure that they have everything in order so they can enjoy the benefits of living in this beautiful country.

The immigration laws here are complex. Some might apply to you, but others might not. Determining which laws apply to your situation is a key part of immigration law. The attorneys in our office are here to help you work through the process of moving family members to the U.S. Sometimes, having another person review what's going on could help you spot things that might have a negative impact on the outcome of your petition to unite your family in the U.S.

Family-based immigration has specific limits

Family-based immigration enables people who come to the United States for a better life to bring their loved ones with them. The process isn't easy but taking the proper steps can ensure that family members are able to remain in the country legally.

There are many things that you need to know if you are going to try to bring loved ones here. First, there are two categories for family members in the family visa program. Anyone who doesn't meet the criteria in these two is ineligible for this immigration program.

  • Immediate relatives
    • Parents of citizens who are at least 21 years old
    • Spouse of citizen
    • Orphan adopted overseas and those to be adopted in the U.S. by a citizen
    • Citizen's children who aren't married and under 21
  • Family preference
    • Sons and daughters of citizens (married or unmarried)
    • Spouses and children of children of citizens
    • Legal permanent resident's spouse, minor children and unmarried adult children
    • Brothers and sisters of citizens, along with their minor children and spouse
    • Married sons and daughters of citizens, along with their spouse and children

Prepare for the journey toward citizenship

With the changes in immigration that are happening often in the United States, trying to keep up with what's going on can be challenging. For the people who are planning to pursue naturalization, this can be problematic because you have to know the current information, so you can do things in the correct manner.

We know that you have a lot to think about right now. We are here to help you sort through the latest information about immigration policies that might impact you. This can help you determine if there is anything that you need to do differently with your petition for citizenship.

Employment visas have some special considerations

Coming to the United States to work can take a considerable amount of time in some cases. Immigrants have things in order when they get to this country. This might not be easy, and part of what they will need must be handled by their employer. We know that this is a complex undertaking, but understanding what is necessary in these cases can help take the stress out of the situation.

Some of the points that you have to remember when you are dealing with employment visas are that you have to pay close attention to any correspondence you receive in connection with the case and that you have to act quickly when there are things that need to be done. Sometimes, you will have very strict methods and time limits for things that the government needs to process the case.

6 tips for helping your children adjust to life in this country

Families who immigrate into the United States with children have to ensure that the kids are going to be able to thrive here. One area that they can be concerned about is school. There are several ways that kids can do well in school and enjoy a vibrant social life.

While these tips will not apply to all families, you might find some ways that you can help your children when you first move to this country.

  • Take the time to meet their teachers. This gives you a chance to relay your concerns. You may need to bring an interpreter so that you can communicate without misunderstandings.
  • Encourage your children to get involved. Extracurricular activities, sports and clubs are a great way for children to meet others who have similar interests. This can be the springboard for them to make friends whose company they will share often and eagerly. Many American schools have activities based in academic subjects and things other than sports.
  • Teach your children common American customs. These can be difficult to grasp. Some of the most important are that your children should practice good hygiene, shake hands when they meet someone, make eye contact when talking and respect personal space. Others, such as tipping at restaurants are also important but this can come over time as your children age and mature.
  • Learn about some of the common phrases people use. Slang terms change often. Keeping up with these can be challenging, but it can ensure that you know what your children are speaking about. When your children know slang terms, it will help them to fit in better with their peers.
  • Be courteous and respectful. Holding the door open for people behind you and speaking in a respectful tone are important here. Work with your children to be sure they understand these customs and are doing them when appropriate.
  • Plan to travel. Americans often take their children on vacation to see different parts of the country. These family vacations can give the children something to talk about with their peers. Plus, they are a good opportunity to make positive memories in a new country.

Immigration detention can be a frightening experience

Being detained because you are an immigrant who might not have appropriate documentation is troublesome. The entire process can be rather scary, but you need to know that you do have specific rights in these cases. We are here to help you when you need it the most.

In some cases, we work with the loved ones of the person who is detained. We know that it is difficult for you to see your family member in this position. We can help you to find out what options you have to help the detainee.

5 things you need to know about fiancé visas

Like other engaged couples, you can't wait to officially start your life together with your fiancé. You want to set a date and plan your wedding. There's just one difference - your fiancé doesn't live in the U.S.

You have been told to look into K-1 fiancé visas, but what exactly does that entail? Here are five things that can help you plan for the process and the future you deserve.

Know the ins and outs of holding a dual citizenship

People in the United States have the option of holding a dual citizenship. This includes people who are interested in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens while they still have their citizenship in another country. There are some specific things that you have to consider if you are planning on trying to do this.

One important point is that you have to obey the rules of both countries. This can pose a problem when the laws directly contradict each other. In some cases, the dual citizenship itself violates laws. In the United States, there isn't any law that recognizes dual citizenships, but there isn't any law that forbids it either.

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