The U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) lottery grants immigrant visas to 50,000 people from countries with historically low rates of immigrantion to the U.S. This year, two applicants from Iran and two from Yemen were among the randomly selected winners of that lottery, which was supposed to allow them and their families to move to the U.S. and become lawful permanent residents.
Immigrants with work visas who are trying to get green cards are likely to see delays in the process. On Aug. 28, the U.S. Citizenship and immigrantion Services announced that they will be required to submit to an in-person interview once their I-485 green card applications are submitted.
When it comes to immigration policies and procedures, everything can get a little confusing. This is particularly true for those who are not familiar with the system or processes needed to obtain certain documents. To help those in California hoping to achieve permanent residency status and/or citizenship, this week's post is going to cover eligibility requirements specifically related to green cards.
Problems with immigration are still considered a hot topic among U.S. lawmakers. While one of the biggest concerns frequently reported has to deal with the number of undocumented immigrants currently living in and coming to the country every year, visa issues are something many would also like to see addressed. When it comes to H-1B visas, which are needed for certain types of employment, approval can be difficult to get. The lack of availability not only hurts immigrants but also employers in California and throughout the country.
Those who have already obtained a green card know that getting one is not necessarily an easy task. There is a lot that must be accomplished before this much desired legal document is granted to immigrants here in California or elsewhere. Those wishing to obtain permanent residency status must meet certain requirements in order to qualify. To ensure all these requirements are met, professional assistance with green cards is available to help make this desire a reality.
While the pathway to being granted legal status to stay in the country isn't always easy, there are those fighting to provide more options for individuals who wish to call the United States home. Recently, the Department of Labor asked government officials to grant green cards to foreign graduates of U.S. colleges, in order for them to use the education they gain here to support the local economy. This could be a huge benefit to California students about to graduate, who may otherwise be forced to head back to their native country when their college days are done.
A change in current immigration law may offer San Diego residents and their families a better chance at obtaining green cards. The current regulations require that those immigrants seeking green cards who apply for a hardship waiver are first required to return to their own country for a consulate interview. Many times, this results in an individual being denied reentry to the U.S. The new change permits applicants for green cards to apply for the hardship waiver in the United States, which can then permit them to stay for an indefinite period of time while awaiting citizenship.
Many undocumented immigrants are in hiding because of immigration policy that bars them from re-entry for a minimum of three years if they leave the United States. A proposed change in immigration law would allow any undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States while awaiting a waiver showing that an American citizen would be detrimentally affected by their absence. This change has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of Americans the difficulty of being separated from their spouses or children while awaiting the citizenship process. Proponents of the law believe that it would benefit numerous families by streamlining the process and shortening the length of time that family members are separated.
It seems that the state of California is doing what the federal government cannot do in terms of passing immigrant friendly legislation. Over the last several months, California has made some important changes in their immigration policies that are set up to actually help illegal immigrants. These changes include some new measures that will help open state-funded scholarships to undocumented students, as well as a law that states that employers are not required to check immigration status via the federal E-Verify program. This is a major step forward in employment immigration law and making California a welcoming place for immigrants.