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Executive action on immigration put on hold after court ruling

Some would say President Obama made a bold move when deciding to use executive powers to help about 5 million immigrants currently living in the country. Even though the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) would only help a small amount of immigrants currently in the country, including many living in California, those who thought they qualified under this executive action were already working on the application process. However, this immigration policy has been questioned by many U.S. lawmakers and was recently blocked by a judge.

Immigration hearings and appeals do not have to be tackled alone

It is sad, but true, that many immigrants living in California feel alone in their fight to remain in the country. Immigration issues are often challenging to tackle, and the laws surrounding these issues can be extremely confusing. Immigrants are entitled to seek legal assistance at any point during their immigration proceedings. This includes during deportation hearings and the appeals process.

Moving family members to the U.S. a desire for many immigrants

While many immigrants living in California came with the intent to start a new life and better their situation for themselves and their families, many had to leave their family members behind in order to get started. Once established, moving family members to the U.S. is the next big step most would like to take. Unfortunately, current immigration laws can make this a difficult process.

California immigration issues: Why might a visa be denied?

A number of issues affect those wishing to immigrate to California or any other state in the country. Some may affect those who are wishing to come for the first time, while others may affect those whose current papers are about to expire. Today, we'd like to cover one specific immigration issue -- visa denials.

Immigration scams likely to accompany changes in policies

While many immigrants in California are anxiously waiting for President Obama's executive orders regarding immigration to take effect, it is likely that scammers have already started to make their move. Immigration scams are nothing new. However, far too many people fall for the false promises offered, only to find themselves in a worse position after-the-fact.

Eligibility requirements f visas strict but manageable

You've accomplished something not everyone can say they have -- you've found "the one." Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with is no small feat, and it is certainly something to celebrate. However, for California residents whose special someone is a foreign national, getting them into the United States legally may prove to be a frustrating experience. For those in this situation fiancé visas are available but, as with all visas, certain eligibility requirements must be met before these types of visas are approved.

Are there any benefits to Obama's immigration reform plans?

Immigration reform has been long debated among United States lawmakers, with little result. President Obama has grown impatient and recently announced his plan for some of the immigration issues currently affecting the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living across the country, including those here in California. Even though this executive action is facing scrutiny from all sides, millions of immigrants may benefit if this plan is effectuated.

Study shows deportation defense odds improve with an attorney

A recent study released by an immigration-rights group, in conjunction with a Stanford law clinic, has shown that immigrants faced with deportation would greatly benefit from having legal counsel on their side. A deportation defense can be difficult, particularly for someone who may not know the ins-and-outs of the law. Immigrants in California could better their odds of avoiding deportation by being legally prepared to confront the situation.

Assistance with green cards open to immigrants in California

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.

Immigration holds down in California jails

In a previous  immigration lawblog.com/2014/06/several-california-jails-will-no-longer-abide-immigration-holds.shtml">post we discussed how jails in multiple counties in California were refusing to hold immigrants for federal authorities. Assembly Bill 4, which prohibits local law enforcement agencies from holding immigrants who are considered non-violent offenders, took effect in January of this year. With this new law, the number of immigrants turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has dramatically decreased compared to years previous, with more jails refusing to abide by immigration hold requests.

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