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California immigrantion: Visa plan could help millions of people

Obtaining documentation to live and work in the United States can be a much harder task than many people seem to realize. However, it was recently reported that U.S. immigrantion officials have big plans for issuing visas over the next decade. Current and potential immigrants, in California and elsewhere, can take steps to try to secure these visas and, eventually, take further actions to try to receive status adjustments.

Work visas -- for California and other states

The H-1B visa program allows foreign workers to temporarily hold employment in specialized fields within the United States. These work visas, petitioned for by employers in California and other states, can remain in effect for up to six years. There are certain requirements of eligibility for both the prospective employee and the employer filing the petition.

Undocumented immigration increases California population

It was recently estimated that nearly 7 percent of the population in California includes residents who hale from foreign lands. Undocumented immigration is estimated to reflect the statuses of nearly three million California residents. A recent study from the Public Policy Institute of California concluded that many of these immigrants came to the United States from Latin America.

U-Visa to offer deportation defense for some in California

It is no secret that many immigrants fail to report crimes due to fears of being deported. It is sad that anyone should feel they have to remain in horrific circumstances just to stay in the country. Lawmakers in California, in an attempt to help these victims, have passed a bill making it possible for these individuals to obtain a certain type of visa that will serve as a deportation defense.

California immigration: Immigrants have rights too

Undocumented immigrants who are currently living in California or other areas of the country are, more than likely, in constant fear of being deported. These individuals just want a better life for themselves and their family members. However, working through the immigration process can take time, and it is unfortunate that numerous people are detained before they are able to obtain the necessary papers to remain in the country.

Online immigration applications programs -- good or bad?

Anyone, in California or elsewhere, who has been or is currently going through the immigration process alone, could probably attest to how time consuming it is to figure out the current system. Even when one thinks he or she has it all figured out, making even the tiniest of mistakes on an application can have major consequences. Accessing, filling out and filing immigration applications should not be so confusing. Will changes be made to the system anytime soon?

Immigrants in California deserve a real deportation defense

Millions of immigrants are hoping to qualify for the programs offered by President Obama's plan for immigration. Unfortunately, due to a court injunction, the programs outlined in the President's executive order are currently unavailable, and it is unknown if or when they will become available. In response to this injunction, several legislators have come to together and created a pamphlet they seem to believe will provide undocumented immigrants all over the country, including those residing in California, with a suitable deportation defense.

Meeting with immigration officer doesn't have to be intimidating

Those who are working on their immigration status will, understandably, have a lot of questions and fears about the entire process -- especially if an interview is required. Immigrants in California and across the country can seek the help of a local immigration attorney to prepare them for and provide support throughout all immigration procedures. Utilizing the experience an attorney in this field brings to the table can calm fears and prepare petitioners for every issue that may present itself.

Judge says thousands may get to present deportation defense

Approximately 10 individuals claim they were coerced by U.S. government officials in southern California into signing orders that expelled them from the country back to Mexico, which may be a violation of their due process rights. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the individuals, indicating that they were denied their right to present a deportation defense to an immigration judge. In Aug. 2014, the U.S. government and the ACLU came to an agreement, which was recently approved by a federal judge.

Immigration attorney can help with obtaining a status adjustment

The state of California often serves as a hub for those wanting to start a new life on American soil. While there are those who only wish to stay for a brief period of time, there are others who truly want to make the United States their new home. Working through the immigration process to make that happen can be a difficult, confusing and emotional experience. An immigration attorney may be able to help make it easier to handle.

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